Red, White + Boom: Fourth of July Fireworks + Events Around the Bay Area
The Bay Area will be sparkling with many Independence Day events and displays I’m excited to share with you! There’s literally something for everyone on this list.
First off, please come see my team and I in the Kiwanis-Danville Parade on Monday, July 4th, from 9 AM – Noon in downtown Danville.
This year’s parade theme is Celebrating Our Local Olympians to recognize our local community members who have taken part in the Olympic movement. The Parade will take place along Hartz Avenue and San Ramon Valley Boulevard from approximately 9am to noon, starting at San Ramon Valley High School at Railroad Avenue. The parade can be seen from either side of the street and there is always plenty of room for everyone! See you there 🙂
Where to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks in 2022 —
San Francisco Bay Area + Wine Country
The annual fireworks show over San Francisco Bay is back on for 2022! Find your own perch at locations including Angel or Treasure Island, Bernal Heights Park, Twin Peaks, or the Berkeley Marina. Or, head to one of these classic public events. The show starts at 9:30pm.
Blue & Gold Fleet: Onboard you’ll find music, dancing, booze (except on the 8:15pm family boat), and front-row seats to the fireworks over SF Bay. Sailings from Pier 39 and Pier 41 begin at 8pm. // Tickets ($95/adults, $85/kids age 5 -11, kids under 5 are free) are available at blueandgoldfleet.com.
Fisherman’s Wharf: For the classic crowded touristy vibe, park yourself in Aquatic Park, Pier 39, or Ghirardelli Square where all retailers will be open for perusing before the evening fireworks display. // Look for additional details at fishermanswharf.org.
Sunset and Fireworks Sail: From Sausalito, board the schooner Freda B for a bay sail with views as good as they get. Bring cash or credit cards to purchase California craft beers, Napa and Sonoma wines and bubbles, and Salt Point cocktails from the deck bar. // 7:15pm to 10:30pm Sunday, July 4; board at 100 Bay St. (Sausalito); tickets ($295/person) are available at Eventbrite.
Don your red, white, and blue—or your gold and green—to celebrate the Fourth with the Oakland A’s at the Oakland Coliseum. The team takes on the Blue Jays at 6:07 pm. After the game, on-field seating will be available for a one-a-kind fireworks show (tickets are $7.04). // For more info and tickets, go to mlb.com.
Sonoma County’s largest July 4th celebration is a cultural affair for the whole family, beginning with indoor/outdoor performances by the Transcendence Theatre Company and Santa Rosa Symphony, which will play show tunes and patriotic numbers. A pre-concert Kids Zone begins at 4:30pm with carnival games, bounce houses, face painting, food, and music. There will be fireworks after the show. // Tickets are $30-$60. Concert is 7:30pm at Weill Hall + Lawn at Green Music Center, 1801 E. Cotati Ave. (Rohnert Park), gmc.sonoma.edu.
After drive-in style festivities in 2021, Concord’s day-long Fourth of July festivities are back to normal, and they’re expecting nearly 15,000 participants in 2022. Hit the ground running with an 8am 5K for kids and adults, then check out the parade at 10am. Gates open at 6pm for the fireworks show at 9pm. // Fireworks at Mt. Diablo High School, 2450 Grant St. (Concord); tickets ($25/vehicle) are available at concordjuly4th.com.
Spend the day tasting wine, then gather in Downtown Napa for a free concert at the Oxbow RiverStage (5:30pm) followed by fireworks display (9:30pm)—best viewed from Oxbow Commons, the Harry T. Price Riverwalk, Veterans Park, and Riverfront Green Park—put on by Napa Parks and Rec. // For more info, plus special events around Napa Valley, go to visitnapavalley.com.
This year’s Rose, White & Blue Festival kicks off with the parade and classic car cruise at 9:45am. Afterward, enjoy loads of live entertainment from 11am to 3pm, plus the car show, face painting in the kid’s fun zone, and various local food and crafts vendors. Then head to Downtown San Jose’s Discovery Meadow for the Rotary Club fireworks show at 9:30pm. // Rose, White & Blue Parade is 11am to 3pm; parade begins at Lincoln High School on Dana Ave. For the schedule, route and parking information, visit rwbsj.org.
The fireworks show will begin at around 9:30 pm and will last approximately twenty minutes. Fireworks will be launched off of the Downtown Parking Garage located at 2350 Railroad Ave. on Monday, July 4th. The Fireworks show will be choreographed to music which can be heard while on location Downtown at 104.9 FM. // Free to attend; for more information, visit livermoredowntown.com
The Fireworks Show will be held at the Martinez Marina, and will begin at approximately 9:00 p.m. Vehicle access to the Marina will be closed off starting at 6:00 a.m. on the Fourth of July. Blocked access to the Marina will include access at Berrellessa Street, Ferry Street and Marina Vista Avenue. // cityofmartinez.org
Fourth of July Concerts, Fairs, Pub Crawls
+ More Around the Bay Area
San Francisco Symphony at Shoreline
Edwin Outwater will be conducting a spectacular program of patriotic classics, beloved jazz and mambo favorites, and some Disney film hits for the kiddos—think “The Star-Spangled Banner” meets Duke Ellington, West Side Story, and Frozen. The summery outdoor performance will be capped by fireworks. // Show starts at 8pm at Shoreline Ampitheatre (Mountain View); tickets ($22-$54) are available at concerts.livenation.com.
SF Pub Crawl + Hot Dog Eating Contest
If you’re staying local for the Fourth, make a whole weekend of it with CrawlSF, which is hosting a two-day Independence Day bar crawl with DJs, drink specials, and food. The crawl kicks off at Mayes Oyster House and makes its way to the likes of McTeague’s Saloon, Soda Popinski, Wreck Room, El Lopo, and more. The event culminates with the hot dog eating contest, which you can sign up for here. // 4pm to 10pm Saturday, July 2 and Monday, July 4 on Lower Polk St. (TenderNob / Nob Hill); for schedule and tickets ($9 and up), go to july4sf.com.
Marin County Fair – San Rafael
After going 100 percent virtual in 2021, the annual Marin County Fair is back IRL for 2022. The stage lineup will feature Sheila E. (July 1), Digable Planets (July 3), Dumpstaphunk (July 4), and more. As always, expect lots of food and drink, local retail vendors, garden and landscaping demos, art exhibits, and carnival rides. // 11am to 11pm, June 30 through July 4, 10 Avenue of the Flags (San Rafael); tickets ($25/adults and teens, $20/kids and seniors) For more info, go to marinfair.org.
USS Hornet’s Independence Day Celebration – Alameda
Wave the flag aboard the USS Hornet all day long on the Fourth. You can kick it to DJ beats on the flight deck, get food from Oakland Smoke Shack BBQ and the Grilled Cheese Guys, and see exhibits in the museum before disembarking to catch the fireworks at your viewpoint of choice. // 10am to 5pm; 707 West Hornet Ave. (Alameda), uss-hornet.org; tickets ($20-$90) are available at eventbrite.com.
Safe & Sane 4th of July – Dublin
JUNE 28-JULY 5: Safe & Sane July 4th Fireworks Booth Sales. More than a dozen non-profit organizations open booths citywide. “Safe and Sane Fireworks may be used on July 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., in neighborhoods with single-family homes, and at four designated parks in the City of Dublin:
Alamo Creek Park (Dougherty Road and Willow Creek Drive)
Dublin Sports Grounds (Dublin Boulevard and Civic Plaza)
Emerald Glen Park (Central Parkway, behind The Wave)
Shannon Community Park (Shannon Avenue and San Ramon Road)
Hops & Creek Brewfest – Walnut Creek
With multiple craft breweries to fill your cup and your day, come spend part of your 4th of July holiday weekend in Walnut Creek’s Civic Park – rain or shine. Breweries from all over Nor Cal and your favs from the Bay Area will be pouring from 1-4pm on Sunday, July, 3rd. // Eventbrite
4th of July ParKoncert – Walnut Creek
Bring the family and a picnic and join your Walnut Creek Concert Band as we celebrate our country with Patriotic Music, Marches and a fun time. The concert is free and open to all.
Fourth of July Celebration Concert – San Ramon
July 4, 2022 from 5:00 – 8:00pm. San Ramon Central Park Amphitheater, 12501 Alcosta Blvd. The San Ramon 4th of July 2022 Celebration Concert will feature Pride & Joy, one of the best Bay Area party bands playing all of your favorite songs. The evening will begin with patriotic music from Olympia Fields and a tribute to our Veterans. // www.sanramon.ca.gov
Red, White & Boom – Milpitas
Pool Party: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Red, White & Boom Concert & Fireworks – 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Milpitas Sports Center, 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas, CA “Waving the Red, White & Blue Pool Party: Join us at our free pool party before enjoying the concert and fireworks in the evening. There will be balloon twisters and DJ. “4th of July – Red, White & BOOM! Concert and Fireworks: Celebrate 4th of July with the City of Milpitas! There will be live music, food trucks, kids area, fireworks, climbing wall, RC cars, video game truck, and more! Tickets on sale at the Milpitas Community Center, Sports Center and Barbara Lee Senior Center. // facebook.com/MilpitasRecreation/events
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Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July!
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