North Bay & Wine Country Fourth of July 2018

The Best Festivals and Fireworks in these SF Bay Area Cities

The San Francisco Bay Area hosts dozens of festivals, fireworks displays, and parades every year for Fourth of July. Here you will learn all about the top events scheduled for both the North Bay and the Northern California Wine Region areas.

North Bay Fourth of July Celebrations

American Canyon (2017)

Head to American Canyon for this year's celebration on Tuesday, July 4. Here are the events scheduled this year:

  • Boy Scouts Pancake Breakfast 7am-11am
    • (Location: Boys and Girls Club American Canyon Clubhouse)
    • $7 for 10 yrs old and older
    • $4 for 3-9 yrs old
    • FREE for children 2 yrs old and younger

  • 4th of July Parade 10:30am
    • Starts at Kimberly and Elliott, ending at Amarillo

  • 4th of July Open Swim with Waterslide
    • 2:00pm-7:00pm
    • (Location: Phillip West Aquatic Center 100 Benton Way)
    • Residents: $2 (12 and under), $3 (13+) Non-Residents: $3 (12 and under), $4 (13+), $1 spectators fee

  • 4th of July Festival 12noon-9:30pm
    • Features a touching flag raising ceremony, fun children's games, teen zone, a variety of food, great entertainment, and more!
    • Location: Community Park 2, Corner of Benton Way and Donaldson

  • Fireworks Show 9:30pm
    • Location: Community Park 2, Corner of Benton Way and Donaldson

Bodega Bay

Bodega Bay kicks of its Independence Day celebrations early this year with Fireworks Over Bodega Bay on Sunday, July 1. Fireworks start at around 9:30pm. Wherever you can see the water of Bodega Bay Harbor, you should be able to see the show.

Calistoga & Napa

This year's Napa County Fair and Fireworks event is on Wednesday, July 4 in Calistoga. The event kicks off with the parade at 11am in downtown Calistoga. Enjoy other events at the county fairgrounds from noon until shortly before the fireworks start. Highlights include cooking demonstrations, olive oil tastings, and live music.

This year's fireworks display starts around 9:30pm.

Corte Madera

This year's "Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories Generation to Generation" Independence Day celebration begins with a parade on Wednesday, July 4 at 10:30am from Redwood High School in Larkspur to Corte Madera Town Center. Later on, you can enjoy arts and crafts, live entertainment, children's activities, and food at Corte madera Town Park from 9am to 5pm.


On Wednesday, July 4, the day starts with a pancake breakfast hosted by the BSA Troop 21 at the Villa Chanticleer Annex, at 1248 N. Fitch Mountain Road.

The fireworks display is later that day, around 9 pm, from the Healdsburg High School Football Field. Fireworks only, no festival.

Marinwood (2017)

If you want a pancake breakfast to start your 4th of July, head out to Marinwood between 8:30 am and 11:30 am and get your grub on. This event supports the Marinwood Firefighters and is always a fun way to start your holiday. There are no fireworks at this event.

Novato (2017)

The Novato Fourth of July Parade is on Tuesday, July 4 at 10am. This year's parade begins in the Old Town district on Grant Avenue between Reichert and 7th Avenue, and has over 100 entries making it one of the largest in the San Francisco Bay Area.

There is also a four-mile Firecracker Roadrace at 8am and a Buckaroo Breakfast from 7am to 10am before the parade.

Petaluma (2017)

The annual Fourth of July Bell Ringing Ceremony kicks off at 10:30 am on Tuesday, July 4. The event is held at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum with the bell ringing at 11am. Afterwards, stay for some cookies and lemonade.

The Petaluma Fourth of July celebration continues at 4:30 pm at the Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds (175 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma).

Enjoy live music, food and other entertainment until the fireworks show begins at around 9:30pm. The cost is $5 per person and parking is free.

Rohnert Park

This year's festivities at Rohnert Park's Weill Hall and Lawn begin with a kids zone starting at 4:30pm, complete with carnival games, bounce houses, food, music, and more.

Then, at 7:30pm, the Santa Rosa Symphony take the stage along with the Transcendence Theatre Company. They will perform until the spectacular fireworks show.


This year's parade starts at 11am on Tuesday, July 4. It is followed by lunch and games on the Ross Common. The festival includes children's games, face painting, live music, and more. The festivities after the parade last from 12pm to 2pm.

San Rafael

One of the largest North Bay Celebrations is in San Rafael at the Marin County Fair. From June 30 - July 4, catch live music and fireworks each night at 9:30pm and more than 35 hands-on games for the entire family during the day.

Top performers this year include the Beach Boys, Eddie Money, Los Lobos, and Leann Rimes. All concerts are free with gate admission.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors (65 and older), $15 children (4 to 12), and free for children under 4. There are also five-day fair passes available for $80, $60, and $45, respectively.

Santa Rosa (2017)

Red, White & Boom! 2017 is on Tuesday, July 4 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. This year's events include tasty food from local vendors, a watermelon eating contest, jumpy houses, face painters, and, of course, fireworks.

Festivities begin at 3:30pm and the fireworks show will be around 9:30pm.


Sausalito's festivities this 4th of July include a morning parade, afternoon festival and a fireworks display at night. This year's parade starts at 10am and ends around noon.

Head over to Dunphy Park after the parade for games, live music and more all afternoon.

The Sausalito Fireworks celebration is in Gabrielson Park. Listen to live music starting at 6:30pm. Fireworks begin at 9:00pm and last for about 30 minutes.

All events are on Wednesday, July 4.


On Tuesday, July 3rd, head to Sebastopol's Analy High School for this year's Independence Day Celebration. Festivities start at 6 pm with live music, dancing and other fun activities. Fireworks are set to start around 9:40pm. General admission is $10 per person, $5 for children 6 to 11, and those 5 and under get in free.


This year, Sonoma's Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade and Celebration is honoring the local heros, especially those that helped save lives during the 2017 fall fires all around the county. This year's theme is "Sonoma Strong."

Festivities at the plaza, including food, games, and informational booths, run from 9am to 5pm.

The annual parade starts at 10am at 1st Street East and Spain Street. The day ends with a fireworks display at dusk that lasts about 45 minutes.


This year's Windsor celebration is on Wednesday, July 4th. This all day event features live music, kids activities and several other fun activities. It ends with a fireworks show that starts around 9:10pm.

The cost is $5 per person, $3 for kids 7 and under, and children 3 and under are free.

All events are at Keiser Park.

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