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.
Head to American Canyon for this year's celebration on Wednesday, July 4. Here are the events scheduled this year:
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.
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.
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.
The Novato Fourth of July Parade is on Wednesday, 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.
The Petaluma Fourth of July celebration starts at 5 pm at the Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds (175 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma) and runs until 10:30pm.
Enjoy live music, food and other entertainment until the fireworks show begins at around 9:30pm. Admission is free and parking is available.
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 Wednesday, 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.
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.
Red, White & Boom! 2018 is on Wednesday, 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 3pm 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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