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20 Jun 19
Musings from the Chiefio

Weekly Occasional Open Discussion for 20 June 2019.

20 Jun 19
What's Next: The Grommet Blog

Hosting a big cookout or dinner party sounds like fun, but once you realize how many people are coming, it’s easy to find yourself in panic mode. What if you don’t make enough food? What if I make something that someone can’t eat? What if I make too much and I’m buried in leftovers? It’s […]

20 Jun 19
Santa Cruz Sentinel
The U.S. turns 243 years old July 4, and let’s just say she’s not one to observe the birthday with quiet restraint, especially here in the Bay Area. Communities all over the region are ready to let loose with parades, fireworks, concerts, fun runs, costumed events, watermelon eating contests, pancake breakfasts and all manner of quintessential American fun. Here’s a rundown of community celebrations, fireworks displays and more throughout the Bay Area. Communities are listed alphabetically. All events listed here take place on July 4 unless otherwise noted. Go to http://www.mercurynews.com/entertainment for a longer list of July 4th events, as well as a separate roundup of Bay Area fairs and festivals through the summer. Alameda 77 Lancers Marching band from Southern Minnesota takes part in the Alameda’s 4th of July parade along Park Street in Alameda, Calif., on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. The Alameda parade will step off  this year at 10 a.m. at Park Street and Lincoln Avenue. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade: 10 a.m. Park Street and Lincoln Avenue. Featuring equestrians, dance troupes, floats, antique cars and a large variety of bands. Prior to parade, 5K race, 9:45 a.m. 1420 Park St. Prizes. Coast Guard Festival following parade, noon-4 p.m., Pier 3, next to USS Hornet Museum. Food Truck Mafia, kids activities.  www.alamedaparade.com Albany A Green, Red, White & Blue Celebration: Noon-4 p.m. Memorial Park, 1325 Portland Ave. Music, watermelon eating contest, beard & mustache contest, diaper derby, reptile show, family games and more. https://bit.ly/2Xvv9Oe American Canyon American Canyon Fourth Celebration: 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Community Park 2, 20 Benton Way. Pancake breakfast, parade, festival, hike, fireworks, live entertainment, children’s games, food and more. https://bit.ly/2wFzdQh Antioch Fireworks will be displayed at the Contra Costa Fairgrounds at dusk inAntioch on the Fourth of July. Beverly Knight Photography Fireworks & Festival: 11 a.m. Parade on Second Street. Festivities at the Contra Costa Fairgrounds, 1201 West 10th St., 4-10:30 p.m. Car show, live music, kids zone, food and craft vendors and fireworks. https://bit.ly/2yriWlO Aptos World’s Shortest Parade: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Aptos Village Park, 100 Aptos Creek Road. Parade at 10 a.m. followed by party in the park, noon-4 p.m., with kids games, face painting, pony rides, food trucks, beer, wine, music and more. Pancake breakfast 7:30 -10 a.m., in burger.Aptos parking lot. https://bit.ly/2wGfLCW Benicia Torchlight Parade: 6:30 p.m. July 3. First Street. Dancers, floats, bands, cars and entertainment. https://bit.ly/2gw7mMg Picnic in the Park & Fireworks: Noon-7 p.m. Benicia City Park, First Street at Military West. Live entertainment, arts and crafts, food and children’s activities. Fireworks start around 9 p.m. at the foot of First Street.  https://bit.ly/2gw7mMg Berkeley Fourth of July: Noon-10 p.m. Berkeley Marina, 201 University Ave. Live entertainment all day, a children’s adventure playground, food; fireworks at 9:35 p.m. Parking fee $20. www.anotherbullwinkelshow.com/4th-of-july Calistoga Star-Spangled Social: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Kick off your day with a parade through downtown to the Napa County Fairgrounds where the gates open at noon. Carnival, golf ball drop, live music, food and fireworks. Bring your own picnic or grab a meal from one of many food trucks. $20-$25. www.CelebrateNapaValley.org/social Concord Members of the Concord Blue Devils sound the horns as they march down Grant Street during the Concord Fourth of July Parade celebrating the 150 years of the City of Concord, July 4, 2018. (Photo by Dan Rosenstrauch) Fourth of July: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Todos Santos Plaza, Willow Pass Road at Grant Street. Stars & Stripes 5K Run & Walk, Kids Fun Run registration 7 a.m., races start at 8 and 8:15 a.m. $44 registration. Parade starts at 10 a.m. on Grant Street. Festival at 4 p.m., Mt. Diablo High School, 2450 Grant St. Carnival, food, vendors, entertainment. Fireworks at 9 p.m. www.concordjuly4th.com Clayton Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks: 4 p.m. at Municipal Park, 325 McCullers Drive. Family events, basketball competitions, watermelon and ice cream giveaways, live music, food vendors, cornhole tournament, inflatables, fair rides and more. Fireworks shoot off at dark. http://bit.ly/2ZjN4rJ Cupertino Children’s Parade & Concert in the Park:  7:30-11 a.m. pancake breakfast, Quinlan Community Center. 9-11:30 a.m. children’s carnival, 10 a.m. children’s parade, Memorial Park, 21121 Stevens Creek Blvd. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Concert, Memorial Park Amphitheatre, 21163 Anton Way. Featuring music of the Arena Band. Fireworks show approximately 9:30 p.m. Viewing sites: Creekside Community Church, Creekside Park, Sedgwick Elementary, Miller Avenue (between Bollinger and Phil). http://cupertino.org/index.aspx?page=1083 Danville Kiwanis Fourth of July Parade: 9 a.m.-noon, Hartz and San Ramon Valley Boulevard. Theme: Celebrating the American Legion’s 100th Anniversary. www.srvkiwanis.org/parade/ El Cerrito WorldOne Festival: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. with music on the main stage until 6:30 p.m. Cerrito Vista Park, 950 Pomona Ave. Live entertainment, children’s fun area with carnival games, jump houses, face painting and rides, arts and crafts, art show and sale, food, and business and service booths. www.el-cerrito.org/july4 Fairfield Fourth of July Parade: 10 a.m. Along Texas Street. Pancake breakfast, 8-10:30 a.m., Fairfield Moose Lodge, 623 Taylor St. $6. https://bit.ly/2tmPRSH Felton Old Time Celebration: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Road. Games, activities, live music and barbecue. Food available for purchase. Train rides, $26-$34. http://bit.ly/2wRYczT Foster City Fourth of July Celebration: 9 a.m.-9:45 p.m. Leo Ryan Park, 650 Shell Blvd. Games, food, entertainment, family and dog parade, fireworks display. http://bit.ly/2KJsRHT Fremont A participant greets the spectators during the Fremont 4th of July Parade in Fremont. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group) Fourth of July Parade: 10 a.m. Begins at Fremont Library, continues north on Paseo Padre Boulevard to Capitol Avenue. Bands, drill teams, dance teams and more. http://fremont4th.org Gilroy 4th of July Weekend BBQ: Noon and 1 p.m., July 4-7, Gilroy Gardens, 3050 Hecker Pass Highway. BBQ ribs, hot dogs, lemon pepper chicken, curry and rice, potato chips, salad, watermelon, Hawaiian rolls and ice cream. Complimentary soda fountain. Drinks, beer and wine available for purchase. $12-$17. Park admission: $48. https://bit.ly/2JRDuIF Fireworks Show: Approximately 9:30 p.m. Gilroy High School, 750 W. 10th Street. https://bit.ly/2JO4JRb Half Moon Bay Ol’ Fashioned 4th of July Parade: Noon, Main Street. Featuring an array of floats, marching bands, horses, classic cars, decorated trikes and bikes, nonprofits, “Pooches on Parade,” youth sports teams, dance and theater troupes, a Color Guard by the American Legion, and local dignitaries and celebrities. 8 a.m.-noon, Lions Club Pancake Breakfast; noon-3 p.m., Red, White and Blue Community BBQ; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. libations tent selling wine, beer, margaritas and mimosas, Mac Dutra Plaza, 504 Main St. From 1:30-3 p.m., live music, Mac Dutra Plaza.  www.miramarevents.com/4th-of-july-parade Hayward Fourth of July Celebration: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Meek Park, 240 Hampton Road. Historic crafts, music, face-painting, sidewalk chalk, bike repairs, bounce house, community booths and food vendors. Music by Johnny Mahalo and the Wild Coconuts. www.haywardareahistory.org Hercules Dynamite 5K Run/Walk, Festival, & Parade: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Refugio Valley Park, 1515 Refugio Valley Road. Post-race festival, refreshments, entertainment, vendor booths. Parade begins at 10:45 a.m. at Redwood and Sequoia streets. www.hercules4thofjuly.com Livermore Red, White and Boom Fireworks Celebration: 9:30 p.m., downtown. 4 p.m. street closure. Lawn chair viewing: Livermore Avenue to L Street on Railroad Avenue and First Street from Maple Street to Flag Pole Plaza. http://bit.ly/2XH8heX Los Altos Los Altos Hills Fourth of July Parade: 9:30-11 a.m., Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road. Parade goes down Fremont Road and concludes at Gardner Bullis School, where you can enjoy a beverage and watermelon treat. https://bit.ly/2LQzJjZ Martinez Fourth of July Parade: 10 a.m. Hometown Parade on Main Street. Parade begins at Court Street, ending at Alhambra Avenue. https://downtownmartinez.org/events Menlo Park Fourth of July Parade and Celebration: 11:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Parade beginning at Wells Fargo parking lot on Santa Cruz Avenue and Chestnut Street, followed by celebration at noon, Burgess Park, 701 Laurel St. Live music, carnival games,  jump houses, rock walls, crafts, games, crafts, face painting, food and more. $8 wristband required for some activities. http://bit.ly/2WCH5MU Milpitas Fireworks explode above the city’s sports center as Milpitas celebrates the Fourth of July during its annual “Red, White & Boom” event. About 18,000 people watched from the center and surrounding areas. Photo by Steve Balsbaugh/MSAphotos Fourth of July Celebration: 1-4 p.m. “Waving the Red, White & Blue” Pool party. 7-10 p.m. “Red, White & Boom” Fireworks and concert. $3. Milpitas Sports Center, 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd. http://bit.ly/2stxXN9 Monterey Monterey Firefighters Charity Pancake Breakfast: 7-11 a.m. Fire Station 1, 600 Pacific St. Arts and crafts for kids and meet your local firefighters. $10. http://bit.ly/31qfkuV Marjorie Garcia dances to to the Brazilian drumming beat of Samba Legal while participating in the Fourth of July parade in downtown Monterey on July 4, 2017. (David Royal for the Monterey Herald) Independence Day Parade: 10 a.m. Starts at Alvarado and Pearl streets. Floats, patriotic displays, entertaining costumes and musical bands. http://bit.ly/2X99pem Big Little Backyard Barbecue: 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Colton Hall, 570 Pacific St. Music, carnival games, face painting, balloon artists, jump houses and food. http://bit.ly/2KJTFry Evening Concert: 7 p.m. Golden State Theatre, 417 Alvarado Ave. The Monterey County Pops group performs an evening of patriotic and American music. http://bit.ly/2KLbxm0 Moraga July 4th at the Commons: 7:30 a.m.-9:45 p.m. Moraga Commons Park, 1425 St. Marys Road. All-day event with pancake breakfast, parade, community booths, food, wine and beer, entertainment; fireworks at 9:30 p.m. http://www.moraga.ca.us/ Morgan Hill Freedom Fest Fireworks on the Green: 4 p.m. Entertainment, games, bounce houses, face-painting and music. Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center, 16500 Condit Road. Music starts at 5 p.m. Fireworks start at dusk. http://morganhillfreedomfest.com/fireworks Mountain View Shoreline Lake in Mountain View rents boats and kayaks for a lakeside viewof the fireworks at nearby Shoreline Amphitheatre. (Photo courtesy of Mike Gioia/Shoreline Lake) On-the-Water Fireworks Viewing: 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. 3160 N. Shoreline Blvd. The Boathouse & American Bistro at Shoreline Lake in Mountain View will have on-the-water viewing of fireworks — from a pedalboat, rowboat, canoe or kayak. Barbecue picnic from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m., $13-$17. Also offering pre-prepared picnic baskets offered by the American Bistro, $30 for two. Reservations: https://shorelinelake.com/upcoming.html San Francisco Symphony with Fireworks: 8 p.m. Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway. Selections include the classic film scores, patriotic standards, pop and rock songs featuring vocalists Capathia Jenkins and Constantine Maroulis, a salute to Armed Forces and more. Fireworks will follow.Starting at $45. https://bit.ly/2F8qURP Novato Terrie Marshall rides Buddy as they get ready for their first Fourth of July parade in Novato, Calif. on  July 4, 2017. (Alan Dep/Marin Independent Journal) Fourth of July Parade: 10 a.m. Grant Avenue, between Reichert and Seventh streets. Classic cars, color guards, festive floats, music bands, cowgirls on golden palominos and decorated basset hounds. http://novatoparade.com Oakland 4th of July Block Party: Noon-5 p.m. Jack London Square, 245 2nd St.. Featuring music, entertainment, beer and wine, barbecue, shopping and kids zone. Beer/wine pass, $25-$50. https://bit.ly/2IJMOMb Fourth of July Patriotic Picnic: Noon-3:30 p.m. Pardee Historic Home Museum, 672 11th St. Burgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, cold drinks and other treats. Frederick Hodges at the piano accompanied by Ann Gibson singing patriotic songs. Games, activities and raffle. $5-$20, children under 5 free. www.pardeehome.org Independence Day Sail On the Bay: 1-4 p.m. USS Potomac, 540 Water St., Jack London Square. Five-piece dixieland band plays patriotic tunes and other songs from yesteryear. Open bar, appetizers and ship tours. $150. https://bit.ly/2KeYp9j Oakland Municipal Band Concert: 1-3 p.m. Edoff Memorial Bandstand, Lakeside Park. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic lunch. https://oaklandmunicipalband.org/ Orinda Members of the Blue Devils Corps participate in the Orinda’s Fourth of July parade in Orinda, Calif., on July 4, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group archive) Fourth of July: 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Community Center, 28 Orinda Way. Pancake breakfast, parade, flag-raising ceremony, fun run, concert by Three Day Weekend, food, games and more. http://orindaassociation.org/4th-of-july-parade/ Pacifica Games aplenty at July 4 picnicPhoto courtesy of Park and Rec Dept.Pacifica TribuneYesYes 45th annual 4th of July Celebration: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Frontierland Park, 900 Yosemite Drive. Rocket run, entertainment, games, food and more. https://bit.ly/2t07dFt Palo Alto Konstantin Spektor fills his chili sample with cheese at the Palo Alto Police Department Explorer Post booth during the  Chili Cook-Off at Mitchell Park in Palo Alto on July 4, 2013. (Kirstina Sangsahachart/ Daily News) Chili Cook-Off: Noon-5 p.m. Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive. 38th annual chili battle plus arts and crafts, food and kid’s activities. $5 chili tasting tickets. www.paloaltochilicookoff.com/ Piedmont Critters by the Bay, shakes hands with parade watchers along Highland Avenue during the City of Piedmont’s 4th of July Parade on  July 4, 2016 in Piedmont, Calif.  Parade steps off  this year at 10 a.m. at the corner of Highland Avenue and Park Way. (Photo by Marcus Edwards) Parade and Pancake Breakfast: 8-10:30 a.m. pancake breakfast, Veteran’s Hall, 401 Highland Ave. Parade begins at 11 a.m. at the corner of Highland Avenue and Park Way. Neighborhood floats and entries from community organizations, bagpipe bands, antique and classic cars. Following the parade, there will be scout troop and crew food stands at Piedmont Park, 711 Highland Ave. https://bit.ly/2F8sP8T Pittsburg Fourth of July Fireworks: Dusk (approximately 9 p.m.), Road closures near Marina Boulevard and Bayside Drive. https://bit.ly/2Zpn7Y2 Pleasanton Community Concert Band July 4 Celebration: Noon-2:30 p.m. Lions Wayside Park, 4401 First St. https://bit.ly/2ISAw4j Pleasant Hill John Hoffman, 12, carries the American flag during a flag ceremony to kick-off Pleasant Hill’s Fourth of July event at Pleasant Hill Park in Pleasant Hill, Calif., on  July 4, 2015. The event, which follows the parade, features food, live music and endless activities for kids of all ages. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group) Fourth of July Celebration: 8 a.m. Firecracker 5K Fun Run, 5K course starts in front of City Hall, and ends in front of the Clock Tower. “Rockin’ in the USA” parade, 9:30 a.m., starts at Gregory and Woodsworth Lanes. Party in the Park, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Pleasant Hill Park, 147 Gregory Lane. Food, games, rides, watermelon-eating contest, barbecue, music. Fireworks pre-show begins at 7:15 p.m. with live music followed by fireworks around 9:10 p.m. at College Park High School, 201 Viking Drive. www.phjuly4.com Redwood City Twins Chase and Blake Affrunti, 6, represent the Santa Clara Valley T-Bird Club in the 2013 Fourth of July parade in Redwood City. This year’s parade steps off at 10 a.m. in downtown Redwood City. (Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group) Independence Day Parade: Northern California’s largest Fourth of July parade starts at 10 a.m. at Brewster Avenue and Winslow Street and winds through downtown. Followed by downtown festival. www.parade.org/parade/. Old Fashioned Fourth: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown. Arts and crafts, entertainment, battle of the bands, food and beverages, chalk festival and more.  www.parade.org/festival/ Fireworks: Port of Redwood City starts at approximately 9:30 p.m. www.parade.org/ Richmond Third of July Celebration: 5-10 p.m. July 3. Marina Bay Park. Food, children’s games, live music, and a great view of the Richmond Waterfront fireworks. www.ci.richmond.ca.us/2153/Special-Events. Fireworks explode in the sky during the 8th Annual Oakland Symphony Independence Eve Celebration at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, Calif., on July 3, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) Oakland Symphony Independence Eve Celebration: 6:30-9:30 p.m. July 3, Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way West. Live music, food, and an instrument petting zoo. Featuring Sousa marches, movie themes and singalongs. Concert ends with a fireworks display over the waterfront. https://bit.ly/2JY9Yh3 San Francisco Angel Island Fourth of July Experience: 6-11 p.m. San Francisco Bay. Round-trip shuttle to Battery Ledyard (fireworks viewing area), where you can see views of the San Francisco fireworks, Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Music, food and drinks. Special picnic dinners available for purchase. Tiburon Ferry leaves at 7 p.m. (begins boarding at 6:40 p.m.) and returns 10:45-11 p.m. San Francisco ferry leaves at 6 p.m. (begins boarding at 5:20 p.m.) and departs Angel Island promptly at 10:50 p.m. $52-$73. Tiburon Ferry or San Francisco Ferry. 4th of July Celebration at The Pier: 3-9:30 p.m. Pier 39. Live entertainment on Entrance Plaza Stage featuring Mustache Harbor — Yacht Rock Explosion live from 3-6 p.m. Fireworks 9:30 p.m. https://bit.ly/2tkzuGd Red and White Fleet Cruises: Departures: 7:45, 7:50, 8:15 and 8:20 p.m. from Pier 43½. Hosted bar and snack stations. $95-$115. https://bit.ly/2tnizoa SS Jeremiah O’Brien: Fourth of July Fireworks Dockside Viewing: 8 p.m. Pier 45. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Tickets include hot dogs, popcorn and soft drinks. $10-$80. https://bit.ly/2t9WOqW San Jose Members of Boy Scout Troop 390 carry a large flag during the Rose, White and Blue Parade in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, July 4, 2015. (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group) Rose, White & Blue Parade, Picnic and Festival: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Parade starts on Dana Avenue and ends at the festival area located on The Alameda. Marching bands, dance groups, antique cars, and more. The festival features live music, artisan booths and food. www.rosewhiteblueparade.com Rotary Centennial Fireworks: 9:30 p.m. Discovery Meadows, 180 Woz Way in downtown San Jose. Organized by the Rotary Club. www.rotaryfireworks.org San Jose Giants: 6:45 p.m. Municipal Stadium, 588 E. Alma Ave. Baseball, barbecue and fireworks. Tickets $10-$59. www.sjgiants.com San Pablo July Fourth Multi-Cultural Celebration and Fireworks: 5-10 p.m. El Portal Soccer Field, 2600 Moraga Road. Activities, food, games, entertainment and fireworks. http://bit.ly/2q0pbHs Santa Clara All-City Picnic and Fireworks Extravaganza: Noon, Central Park, 909 Kiely Blvd. Carnival games, crafts, bounce houses, live entertainment, food, public swimming and more. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. https://bit.ly/29bNdU4 Santa Cruz Firecracker Run: 6:30 a.m. Harvey West Park, 326 Evergreen St. Kids 1K, 5K and 10K. Pancake breakfast, 7-11 a.m., at Harvey West Clubhouse. www.santacruzfirecracker10k.org Drummer girls lead the way during an Old-Fashioned Independence Day at Wilder Ranch State Park. (Ken Sievers) An Old-Fashioned Independence Day: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wilder Ranch Cultural Preserve, 1401 Coast Road. Participate in an early 1900s-style celebration including a family parade at noon, games, children’s crafts area, live big band music, living history demonstrations, historic speeches and flag-raising. Food and drink available for sale, or bring a picnic lunch. https://bit.ly/2dkE6Uz Saratoga Jack Mallory as Thomas Paine and Sue Mallory as Betsy Ross at a recentIndependence Day celebration in Saratoga. This year’s celebration is setfor July 4 at Kevin Moran Park. Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration: 9:30-11 a.m. Kevin Moran Park, 12415 Scully Ave. Highlights include patriotic music, singing, parade, popsicles and more. www.saratogaJuly4.com Sausalito 4th of July Festivities: Parade, 10 a.m.-noon, begins at Second and Main streets and ends at Robin Sweeny Park. Picnic, noon-6:30 p.m., with dancing, tug of war, egg toss and food at Dunphy Park, Bridgeway and Napa Street. 6:30-9:30 p.m., dinner, live music and fireworks at Gabrielson Park, 750 Bridgeway. Dinner table reservations, $120-$130. https://bit.ly/2M4yQnV St. Helena 4th of July Bluegrass-Fed Live Music and BBQ: 5-10 p.m. Long Meadow Ranch, 738 Main St. Featuring Ben Morrison and Goodnight, Texas. $20-$55. https://bit.ly/2wRRj1z Vallejo Coca-Cola July 4th Fest: Nightly, July 3-6, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, 1001 Fairgrounds Drive. $57.99. Save $14 with a Coke can. www.sixflags.com/discoverykingdom Vacaville Celebration and Fireworks Show: 6 p.m. Andrews Park, 614 E. Monte Vista Ave. Live music from Top Secret, food, beer and wine and fireworks. http://creekwalkevents.com/4th-of-july Watsonville John Martinelli, one of the Grand Marshalls of the Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July Parade, drives the company’s  1932 Ford Model B delivery truck along the Main Street parade route. (Dan Coyro — Santa Cruz Sentinel) Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July Parade: Noon, Main Street from St. Patrick’s Church to First Street.  http://bit.ly/2qWq2pP To have your festival included in the listing, email lherendeen@bayareanewsgroup.com.  
20 Jun 19
Kozmo Photos

Philadelphia the city of brotherly love. But is it the city of free offers? You bet it is. There are tons of free things to do in Philly that are both fun and entertaining for kids and adults. You can recreate the epic scene from your favorite Philadelphia based movie. Or imagine you are 240 […]

20 Jun 19
The Mercury News
The U.S. turns 243 years old July 4, and let’s just say she’s not one to observe the birthday with quiet restraint, especially here in the Bay Area. Communities all over the region are ready to let loose with parades, fireworks, concerts, fun runs, costumed events, watermelon eating contests, pancake breakfasts and all manner of quintessential American fun. Here’s a rundown of community celebrations, fireworks displays and more throughout the Bay Area. Communities are listed alphabetically. All events listed here take place on July 4 unless otherwise noted. Go to http://www.mercurynews.com/entertainment for a longer list of July 4th events, as well as a separate roundup of Bay Area fairs and festivals through the summer. Alameda 77 Lancers Marching band from Southern Minnesota takes part in the Alameda’s 4th of July parade along Park Street in Alameda, Calif., on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. The Alameda parade will step off  this year at 10 a.m. at Park Street and Lincoln Avenue. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade: 10 a.m. Park Street and Lincoln Avenue. Featuring equestrians, dance troupes, floats, antique cars and a large variety of bands. Prior to parade, 5K race, 9:45 a.m. 1420 Park St. Prizes. Coast Guard Festival following parade, noon-4 p.m., Pier 3, next to USS Hornet Museum. Food Truck Mafia, kids activities.  www.alamedaparade.com Albany A Green, Red, White & Blue Celebration: Noon-4 p.m. Memorial Park, 1325 Portland Ave. Music, watermelon eating contest, beard & mustache contest, diaper derby, reptile show, family games and more. https://bit.ly/2Xvv9Oe American Canyon American Canyon Fourth Celebration: 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Community Park 2, 20 Benton Way. Pancake breakfast, parade, festival, hike, fireworks, live entertainment, children’s games, food and more. https://bit.ly/2wFzdQh Antioch Fireworks will be displayed at the Contra Costa Fairgrounds at dusk inAntioch on the Fourth of July. Beverly Knight Photography Fireworks & Festival: 11 a.m. Parade on Second Street. Festivities at the Contra Costa Fairgrounds, 1201 West 10th St., 4-10:30 p.m. Car show, live music, kids zone, food and craft vendors and fireworks. https://bit.ly/2yriWlO Aptos World’s Shortest Parade: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Aptos Village Park, 100 Aptos Creek Road. Parade at 10 a.m. followed by party in the park, noon-4 p.m., with kids games, face painting, pony rides, food trucks, beer, wine, music and more. Pancake breakfast 7:30 -10 a.m., in burger.Aptos parking lot. https://bit.ly/2wGfLCW Benicia Torchlight Parade: 6:30 p.m. July 3. First Street. Dancers, floats, bands, cars and entertainment. https://bit.ly/2gw7mMg Picnic in the Park & Fireworks: Noon-7 p.m. Benicia City Park, First Street at Military West. Live entertainment, arts and crafts, food and children’s activities. Fireworks start around 9 p.m. at the foot of First Street.  https://bit.ly/2gw7mMg Berkeley Fourth of July: Noon-10 p.m. Berkeley Marina, 201 University Ave. Live entertainment all day, a children’s adventure playground, food; fireworks at 9:35 p.m. Parking fee $20. www.anotherbullwinkelshow.com/4th-of-july Calistoga Star-Spangled Social: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Kick off your day with a parade through downtown to the Napa County Fairgrounds where the gates open at noon. Carnival, golf ball drop, live music, food and fireworks. Bring your own picnic or grab a meal from one of many food trucks. $20-$25. www.CelebrateNapaValley.org/social Concord Members of the Concord Blue Devils sound the horns as they march down Grant Street during the Concord Fourth of July Parade celebrating the 150 years of the City of Concord, July 4, 2018. (Photo by Dan Rosenstrauch) Fourth of July: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Todos Santos Plaza, Willow Pass Road at Grant Street. Stars & Stripes 5K Run & Walk, Kids Fun Run registration 7 a.m., races start at 8 and 8:15 a.m. $44 registration. Parade starts at 10 a.m. on Grant Street. Festival at 4 p.m., Mt. Diablo High School, 2450 Grant St. Carnival, food, vendors, entertainment. Fireworks at 9 p.m. www.concordjuly4th.com Clayton Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks: 4 p.m. at Municipal Park, 325 McCullers Drive. Family events, basketball competitions, watermelon and ice cream giveaways, live music, food vendors, cornhole tournament, inflatables, fair rides and more. Fireworks shoot off at dark. http://bit.ly/2ZjN4rJ Cupertino Children’s Parade & Concert in the Park:  7:30-11 a.m. pancake breakfast, Quinlan Community Center. 9-11:30 a.m. children’s carnival, 10 a.m. children’s parade, Memorial Park, 21121 Stevens Creek Blvd. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Concert, Memorial Park Amphitheatre, 21163 Anton Way. Featuring music of the Arena Band. Fireworks show approximately 9:30 p.m. Viewing sites: Creekside Community Church, Creekside Park, Sedgwick Elementary, Miller Avenue (between Bollinger and Phil). http://cupertino.org/index.aspx?page=1083 Danville Kiwanis Fourth of July Parade: 9 a.m.-noon, Hartz and San Ramon Valley Boulevard. Theme: Celebrating the American Legion’s 100th Anniversary. www.srvkiwanis.org/parade/ El Cerrito WorldOne Festival: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. with music on the main stage until 6:30 p.m. Cerrito Vista Park, 950 Pomona Ave. Live entertainment, children’s fun area with carnival games, jump houses, face painting and rides, arts and crafts, art show and sale, food, and business and service booths. www.el-cerrito.org/july4 Fairfield Fourth of July Parade: 10 a.m. Along Texas Street. Pancake breakfast, 8-10:30 a.m., Fairfield Moose Lodge, 623 Taylor St. $6. https://bit.ly/2tmPRSH Felton Old Time Celebration: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Road. Games, activities, live music and barbecue. Food available for purchase. Train rides, $26-$34. http://bit.ly/2wRYczT Foster City Fourth of July Celebration: 9 a.m.-9:45 p.m. Leo Ryan Park, 650 Shell Blvd. Games, food, entertainment, family and dog parade, fireworks display. http://bit.ly/2KJsRHT Fremont A participant greets the spectators during the Fremont 4th of July Parade in Fremont. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group) Fourth of July Parade: 10 a.m. Begins at Fremont Library, continues north on Paseo Padre Boulevard to Capitol Avenue. Bands, drill teams, dance teams and more. http://fremont4th.org Gilroy 4th of July Weekend BBQ: Noon and 1 p.m., July 4-7, Gilroy Gardens, 3050 Hecker Pass Highway. BBQ ribs, hot dogs, lemon pepper chicken, curry and rice, potato chips, salad, watermelon, Hawaiian rolls and ice cream. Complimentary soda fountain. Drinks, beer and wine available for purchase. $12-$17. Park admission: $48. https://bit.ly/2JRDuIF Fireworks Show: Approximately 9:30 p.m. Gilroy High School, 750 W. 10th Street. https://bit.ly/2JO4JRb Half Moon Bay Ol’ Fashioned 4th of July Parade: Noon, Main Street. Featuring an array of floats, marching bands, horses, classic cars, decorated trikes and bikes, nonprofits, “Pooches on Parade,” youth sports teams, dance and theater troupes, a Color Guard by the American Legion, and local dignitaries and celebrities. 8 a.m.-noon, Lions Club Pancake Breakfast; noon-3 p.m., Red, White and Blue Community BBQ; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. libations tent selling wine, beer, margaritas and mimosas, Mac Dutra Plaza, 504 Main St. From 1:30-3 p.m., live music, Mac Dutra Plaza.  www.miramarevents.com/4th-of-july-parade Hayward Fourth of July Celebration: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Meek Park, 240 Hampton Road. Historic crafts, music, face-painting, sidewalk chalk, bike repairs, bounce house, community booths and food vendors. Music by Johnny Mahalo and the Wild Coconuts. www.haywardareahistory.org Hercules Dynamite 5K Run/Walk, Festival, & Parade: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Refugio Valley Park, 1515 Refugio Valley Road. Post-race festival, refreshments, entertainment, vendor booths. Parade begins at 10:45 a.m. at Redwood and Sequoia streets. www.hercules4thofjuly.com Livermore Red, White and Boom Fireworks Celebration: 9:30 p.m., downtown. 4 p.m. street closure. Lawn chair viewing: Livermore Avenue to L Street on Railroad Avenue and First Street from Maple Street to Flag Pole Plaza. http://bit.ly/2XH8heX Los Altos Los Altos Hills Fourth of July Parade: 9:30-11 a.m., Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road. Parade goes down Fremont Road and concludes at Gardner Bullis School, where you can enjoy a beverage and watermelon treat. https://bit.ly/2LQzJjZ Martinez Fourth of July Parade: 10 a.m. Hometown Parade on Main Street. Parade begins at Court Street, ending at Alhambra Avenue. https://downtownmartinez.org/events Menlo Park Fourth of July Parade and Celebration: 11:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Parade beginning at Wells Fargo parking lot on Santa Cruz Avenue and Chestnut Street, followed by celebration at noon, Burgess Park, 701 Laurel St. Live music, carnival games,  jump houses, rock walls, crafts, games, crafts, face painting, food and more. $8 wristband required for some activities. http://bit.ly/2WCH5MU Milpitas Fireworks explode above the city’s sports center as Milpitas celebrates the Fourth of July during its annual “Red, White & Boom” event. About 18,000 people watched from the center and surrounding areas. Photo by Steve Balsbaugh/MSAphotos Fourth of July Celebration: 1-4 p.m. “Waving the Red, White & Blue” Pool party. 7-10 p.m. “Red, White & Boom” Fireworks and concert. $3. Milpitas Sports Center, 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd. http://bit.ly/2stxXN9 Monterey Monterey Firefighters Charity Pancake Breakfast: 7-11 a.m. Fire Station 1, 600 Pacific St. Arts and crafts for kids and meet your local firefighters. $10. http://bit.ly/31qfkuV Marjorie Garcia dances to to the Brazilian drumming beat of Samba Legal while participating in the Fourth of July parade in downtown Monterey on July 4, 2017. (David Royal for the Monterey Herald) Independence Day Parade: 10 a.m. Starts at Alvarado and Pearl streets. Floats, patriotic displays, entertaining costumes and musical bands. http://bit.ly/2X99pem Big Little Backyard Barbecue: 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Colton Hall, 570 Pacific St. Music, carnival games, face painting, balloon artists, jump houses and food. http://bit.ly/2KJTFry Evening Concert: 7 p.m. Golden State Theatre, 417 Alvarado Ave. The Monterey County Pops group performs an evening of patriotic and American music. http://bit.ly/2KLbxm0 Moraga July 4th at the Commons: 7:30 a.m.-9:45 p.m. Moraga Commons Park, 1425 St. Marys Road. All-day event with pancake breakfast, parade, community booths, food, wine and beer, entertainment; fireworks at 9:30 p.m. http://www.moraga.ca.us/ Morgan Hill Freedom Fest Fireworks on the Green: 4 p.m. Entertainment, games, bounce houses, face-painting and music. Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center, 16500 Condit Road. Music starts at 5 p.m. Fireworks start at dusk. http://morganhillfreedomfest.com/fireworks Mountain View Shoreline Lake in Mountain View rents boats and kayaks for a lakeside viewof the fireworks at nearby Shoreline Amphitheatre. (Photo courtesy of Mike Gioia/Shoreline Lake) On-the-Water Fireworks Viewing: 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. 3160 N. Shoreline Blvd. The Boathouse & American Bistro at Shoreline Lake in Mountain View will have on-the-water viewing of fireworks — from a pedalboat, rowboat, canoe or kayak. Barbecue picnic from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m., $13-$17. Also offering pre-prepared picnic baskets offered by the American Bistro, $30 for two. Reservations: https://shorelinelake.com/upcoming.html San Francisco Symphony with Fireworks: 8 p.m. Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway. Selections include the classic film scores, patriotic standards, pop and rock songs featuring vocalists Capathia Jenkins and Constantine Maroulis, a salute to Armed Forces and more. Fireworks will follow.Starting at $45. https://bit.ly/2F8qURP Novato Terrie Marshall rides Buddy as they get ready for their first Fourth of July parade in Novato, Calif. on  July 4, 2017. (Alan Dep/Marin Independent Journal) Fourth of July Parade: 10 a.m. Grant Avenue, between Reichert and Seventh streets. Classic cars, color guards, festive floats, music bands, cowgirls on golden palominos and decorated basset hounds. http://novatoparade.com Oakland 4th of July Block Party: Noon-5 p.m. Jack London Square, 245 2nd St.. Featuring music, entertainment, beer and wine, barbecue, shopping and kids zone. Beer/wine pass, $25-$50. https://bit.ly/2IJMOMb Fourth of July Patriotic Picnic: Noon-3:30 p.m. Pardee Historic Home Museum, 672 11th St. Burgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, cold drinks and other treats. Frederick Hodges at the piano accompanied by Ann Gibson singing patriotic songs. Games, activities and raffle. $5-$20, children under 5 free. www.pardeehome.org Independence Day Sail On the Bay: 1-4 p.m. USS Potomac, 540 Water St., Jack London Square. Five-piece dixieland band plays patriotic tunes and other songs from yesteryear. Open bar, appetizers and ship tours. $150. https://bit.ly/2KeYp9j Oakland Municipal Band Concert: 1-3 p.m. Edoff Memorial Bandstand, Lakeside Park. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic lunch. https://oaklandmunicipalband.org/ Orinda Members of the Blue Devils Corps participate in the Orinda’s Fourth of July parade in Orinda, Calif., on July 4, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group archive) Fourth of July: 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Community Center, 28 Orinda Way. Pancake breakfast, parade, flag-raising ceremony, fun run, concert by Three Day Weekend, food, games and more. http://orindaassociation.org/4th-of-july-parade/ Pacifica Games aplenty at July 4 picnicPhoto courtesy of Park and Rec Dept.Pacifica TribuneYesYes 45th annual 4th of July Celebration: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Frontierland Park, 900 Yosemite Drive. Rocket run, entertainment, games, food and more. https://bit.ly/2t07dFt Palo Alto Konstantin Spektor fills his chili sample with cheese at the Palo Alto Police Department Explorer Post booth during the  Chili Cook-Off at Mitchell Park in Palo Alto on July 4, 2013. (Kirstina Sangsahachart/ Daily News) Chili Cook-Off: Noon-5 p.m. Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive. 38th annual chili battle plus arts and crafts, food and kid’s activities. $5 chili tasting tickets. www.paloaltochilicookoff.com/ Piedmont Critters by the Bay, shakes hands with parade watchers along Highland Avenue during the City of Piedmont’s 4th of July Parade on  July 4, 2016 in Piedmont, Calif.  Parade steps off  this year at 10 a.m. at the corner of Highland Avenue and Park Way. (Photo by Marcus Edwards) Parade and Pancake Breakfast: 8-10:30 a.m. pancake breakfast, Veteran’s Hall, 401 Highland Ave. Parade begins at 11 a.m. at the corner of Highland Avenue and Park Way. Neighborhood floats and entries from community organizations, bagpipe bands, antique and classic cars. Following the parade, there will be scout troop and crew food stands at Piedmont Park, 711 Highland Ave. https://bit.ly/2F8sP8T Pittsburg Fourth of July Fireworks: Dusk (approximately 9 p.m.), Road closures near Marina Boulevard and Bayside Drive. https://bit.ly/2Zpn7Y2 Pleasanton Community Concert Band July 4 Celebration: Noon-2:30 p.m. Lions Wayside Park, 4401 First St. https://bit.ly/2ISAw4j Pleasant Hill John Hoffman, 12, carries the American flag during a flag ceremony to kick-off Pleasant Hill’s Fourth of July event at Pleasant Hill Park in Pleasant Hill, Calif., on  July 4, 2015. The event, which follows the parade, features food, live music and endless activities for kids of all ages. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group) Fourth of July Celebration: 8 a.m. Firecracker 5K Fun Run, 5K course starts in front of City Hall, and ends in front of the Clock Tower. “Rockin’ in the USA” parade, 9:30 a.m., starts at Gregory and Woodsworth Lanes. Party in the Park, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Pleasant Hill Park, 147 Gregory Lane. Food, games, rides, watermelon-eating contest, barbecue, music. Fireworks pre-show begins at 7:15 p.m. with live music followed by fireworks around 9:10 p.m. at College Park High School, 201 Viking Drive. www.phjuly4.com Redwood City Twins Chase and Blake Affrunti, 6, represent the Santa Clara Valley T-Bird Club in the 2013 Fourth of July parade in Redwood City. This year’s parade steps off at 10 a.m. in downtown Redwood City. (Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group) Independence Day Parade: Northern California’s largest Fourth of July parade starts at 10 a.m. at Brewster Avenue and Winslow Street and winds through downtown. Followed by downtown festival. www.parade.org/parade/. Old Fashioned Fourth: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown. Arts and crafts, entertainment, battle of the bands, food and beverages, chalk festival and more.  www.parade.org/festival/ Fireworks: Port of Redwood City starts at approximately 9:30 p.m. www.parade.org/ Richmond Third of July Celebration: 5-10 p.m. July 3. Marina Bay Park. Food, children’s games, live music, and a great view of the Richmond Waterfront fireworks. www.ci.richmond.ca.us/2153/Special-Events. Fireworks explode in the sky during the 8th Annual Oakland Symphony Independence Eve Celebration at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, Calif., on July 3, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) Oakland Symphony Independence Eve Celebration: 6:30-9:30 p.m. July 3, Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way West. Live music, food, and an instrument petting zoo. Featuring Sousa marches, movie themes and singalongs. Concert ends with a fireworks display over the waterfront. https://bit.ly/2JY9Yh3 San Francisco Angel Island Fourth of July Experience: 6-11 p.m. San Francisco Bay. Round-trip shuttle to Battery Ledyard (fireworks viewing area), where you can see views of the San Francisco fireworks, Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Music, food and drinks. Special picnic dinners available for purchase. Tiburon Ferry leaves at 7 p.m. (begins boarding at 6:40 p.m.) and returns 10:45-11 p.m. San Francisco ferry leaves at 6 p.m. (begins boarding at 5:20 p.m.) and departs Angel Island promptly at 10:50 p.m. $52-$73. Tiburon Ferry or San Francisco Ferry. 4th of July Celebration at The Pier: 3-9:30 p.m. Pier 39. Live entertainment on Entrance Plaza Stage featuring Mustache Harbor — Yacht Rock Explosion live from 3-6 p.m. Fireworks 9:30 p.m. https://bit.ly/2tkzuGd Red and White Fleet Cruises: Departures: 7:45, 7:50, 8:15 and 8:20 p.m. from Pier 43½. Hosted bar and snack stations. $95-$115. https://bit.ly/2tnizoa SS Jeremiah O’Brien: Fourth of July Fireworks Dockside Viewing: 8 p.m. Pier 45. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Tickets include hot dogs, popcorn and soft drinks. $10-$80. https://bit.ly/2t9WOqW San Jose Members of Boy Scout Troop 390 carry a large flag during the Rose, White and Blue Parade in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, July 4, 2015. (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group) Rose, White & Blue Parade, Picnic and Festival: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Parade starts on Dana Avenue and ends at the festival area located on The Alameda. Marching bands, dance groups, antique cars, and more. The festival features live music, artisan booths and food. www.rosewhiteblueparade.com Rotary Centennial Fireworks: 9:30 p.m. Discovery Meadows, 180 Woz Way in downtown San Jose. Organized by the Rotary Club. www.rotaryfireworks.org San Jose Giants: 6:45 p.m. Municipal Stadium, 588 E. Alma Ave. Baseball, barbecue and fireworks. Tickets $10-$59. www.sjgiants.com San Pablo July Fourth Multi-Cultural Celebration and Fireworks: 5-10 p.m. El Portal Soccer Field, 2600 Moraga Road. Activities, food, games, entertainment and fireworks. http://bit.ly/2q0pbHs Santa Clara All-City Picnic and Fireworks Extravaganza: Noon, Central Park, 909 Kiely Blvd. Carnival games, crafts, bounce houses, live entertainment, food, public swimming and more. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. https://bit.ly/29bNdU4 Santa Cruz Firecracker Run: 6:30 a.m. Harvey West Park, 326 Evergreen St. Kids 1K, 5K and 10K. Pancake breakfast, 7-11 a.m., at Harvey West Clubhouse. www.santacruzfirecracker10k.org Drummer girls lead the way during an Old-Fashioned Independence Day at Wilder Ranch State Park. (Ken Sievers) An Old-Fashioned Independence Day: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wilder Ranch Cultural Preserve, 1401 Coast Road. Participate in an early 1900s-style celebration including a family parade at noon, games, children’s crafts area, live big band music, living history demonstrations, historic speeches and flag-raising. Food and drink available for sale, or bring a picnic lunch. https://bit.ly/2dkE6Uz Saratoga Jack Mallory as Thomas Paine and Sue Mallory as Betsy Ross at a recentIndependence Day celebration in Saratoga. This year’s celebration is setfor July 4 at Kevin Moran Park. Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration: 9:30-11 a.m. Kevin Moran Park, 12415 Scully Ave. Highlights include patriotic music, singing, parade, popsicles and more. www.saratogaJuly4.com Sausalito 4th of July Festivities: Parade, 10 a.m.-noon, begins at Second and Main streets and ends at Robin Sweeny Park. Picnic, noon-6:30 p.m., with dancing, tug of war, egg toss and food at Dunphy Park, Bridgeway and Napa Street. 6:30-9:30 p.m., dinner, live music and fireworks at Gabrielson Park, 750 Bridgeway. Dinner table reservations, $120-$130. https://bit.ly/2M4yQnV St. Helena 4th of July Bluegrass-Fed Live Music and BBQ: 5-10 p.m. Long Meadow Ranch, 738 Main St. Featuring Ben Morrison and Goodnight, Texas. $20-$55. https://bit.ly/2wRRj1z Vallejo Coca-Cola July 4th Fest: Nightly, July 3-6, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, 1001 Fairgrounds Drive. $57.99. Save $14 with a Coke can. www.sixflags.com/discoverykingdom Vacaville Celebration and Fireworks Show: 6 p.m. Andrews Park, 614 E. Monte Vista Ave. Live music from Top Secret, food, beer and wine and fireworks. http://creekwalkevents.com/4th-of-july Watsonville John Martinelli, one of the Grand Marshalls of the Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July Parade, drives the company’s  1932 Ford Model B delivery truck along the Main Street parade route. (Dan Coyro — Santa Cruz Sentinel) Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July Parade: Noon, Main Street from St. Patrick’s Church to First Street.  http://bit.ly/2qWq2pP To have your festival included in the listing, email lherendeen@bayareanewsgroup.com.  
20 Jun 19
East Bay Times
The U.S. turns 243 years old July 4, and let’s just say she’s not one to observe the birthday with quiet restraint, especially here in the Bay Area. Communities all over the region are ready to let loose with parades, fireworks, concerts, fun runs, costumed events, watermelon eating contests, pancake breakfasts and all manner of quintessential American fun. Here’s a rundown of community celebrations, fireworks displays and more throughout the Bay Area. Communities are listed alphabetically. All events listed here take place on July 4 unless otherwise noted. Go to http://www.mercurynews.com/entertainment for a longer list of July 4th events, as well as a separate roundup of Bay Area fairs and festivals through the summer. Alameda 77 Lancers Marching band from Southern Minnesota takes part in the Alameda’s 4th of July parade along Park Street in Alameda, Calif., on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. The Alameda parade will step off  this year at 10 a.m. at Park Street and Lincoln Avenue. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade: 10 a.m. Park Street and Lincoln Avenue. Featuring equestrians, dance troupes, floats, antique cars and a large variety of bands. Prior to parade, 5K race, 9:45 a.m. 1420 Park St. Prizes. Coast Guard Festival following parade, noon-4 p.m., Pier 3, next to USS Hornet Museum. Food Truck Mafia, kids activities.  www.alamedaparade.com Albany A Green, Red, White & Blue Celebration: Noon-4 p.m. Memorial Park, 1325 Portland Ave. Music, watermelon eating contest, beard & mustache contest, diaper derby, reptile show, family games and more. https://bit.ly/2Xvv9Oe American Canyon American Canyon Fourth Celebration: 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Community Park 2, 20 Benton Way. Pancake breakfast, parade, festival, hike, fireworks, live entertainment, children’s games, food and more. https://bit.ly/2wFzdQh Antioch Fireworks will be displayed at the Contra Costa Fairgrounds at dusk inAntioch on the Fourth of July. Beverly Knight Photography Fireworks & Festival: 11 a.m. Parade on Second Street. Festivities at the Contra Costa Fairgrounds, 1201 West 10th St., 4-10:30 p.m. Car show, live music, kids zone, food and craft vendors and fireworks. https://bit.ly/2yriWlO Aptos World’s Shortest Parade: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Aptos Village Park, 100 Aptos Creek Road. Parade at 10 a.m. followed by party in the park, noon-4 p.m., with kids games, face painting, pony rides, food trucks, beer, wine, music and more. Pancake breakfast 7:30 -10 a.m., in burger.Aptos parking lot. https://bit.ly/2wGfLCW Benicia Torchlight Parade: 6:30 p.m. July 3. First Street. Dancers, floats, bands, cars and entertainment. https://bit.ly/2gw7mMg Picnic in the Park & Fireworks: Noon-7 p.m. Benicia City Park, First Street at Military West. Live entertainment, arts and crafts, food and children’s activities. Fireworks start around 9 p.m. at the foot of First Street.  https://bit.ly/2gw7mMg Berkeley Fourth of July: Noon-10 p.m. Berkeley Marina, 201 University Ave. Live entertainment all day, a children’s adventure playground, food; fireworks at 9:35 p.m. Parking fee $20. www.anotherbullwinkelshow.com/4th-of-july Calistoga Star-Spangled Social: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Kick off your day with a parade through downtown to the Napa County Fairgrounds where the gates open at noon. Carnival, golf ball drop, live music, food and fireworks. Bring your own picnic or grab a meal from one of many food trucks. $20-$25. www.CelebrateNapaValley.org/social Concord Members of the Concord Blue Devils sound the horns as they march down Grant Street during the Concord Fourth of July Parade celebrating the 150 years of the City of Concord, July 4, 2018. (Photo by Dan Rosenstrauch) Fourth of July: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Todos Santos Plaza, Willow Pass Road at Grant Street. Stars & Stripes 5K Run & Walk, Kids Fun Run registration 7 a.m., races start at 8 and 8:15 a.m. $44 registration. Parade starts at 10 a.m. on Grant Street. Festival at 4 p.m., Mt. Diablo High School, 2450 Grant St. Carnival, food, vendors, entertainment. Fireworks at 9 p.m. www.concordjuly4th.com Clayton Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks: 4 p.m. at Municipal Park, 325 McCullers Drive. Family events, basketball competitions, watermelon and ice cream giveaways, live music, food vendors, cornhole tournament, inflatables, fair rides and more. Fireworks shoot off at dark. http://bit.ly/2ZjN4rJ Cupertino Children’s Parade & Concert in the Park:  7:30-11 a.m. pancake breakfast, Quinlan Community Center. 9-11:30 a.m. children’s carnival, 10 a.m. children’s parade, Memorial Park, 21121 Stevens Creek Blvd. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Concert, Memorial Park Amphitheatre, 21163 Anton Way. Featuring music of the Arena Band. Fireworks show approximately 9:30 p.m. Viewing sites: Creekside Community Church, Creekside Park, Sedgwick Elementary, Miller Avenue (between Bollinger and Phil). http://cupertino.org/index.aspx?page=1083 Danville Kiwanis Fourth of July Parade: 9 a.m.-noon, Hartz and San Ramon Valley Boulevard. Theme: Celebrating the American Legion’s 100th Anniversary. www.srvkiwanis.org/parade/ El Cerrito WorldOne Festival: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. with music on the main stage until 6:30 p.m. Cerrito Vista Park, 950 Pomona Ave. Live entertainment, children’s fun area with carnival games, jump houses, face painting and rides, arts and crafts, art show and sale, food, and business and service booths. www.el-cerrito.org/july4 Fairfield Fourth of July Parade: 10 a.m. Along Texas Street. Pancake breakfast, 8-10:30 a.m., Fairfield Moose Lodge, 623 Taylor St. $6. https://bit.ly/2tmPRSH Felton Old Time Celebration: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Road. Games, activities, live music and barbecue. Food available for purchase. Train rides, $26-$34. http://bit.ly/2wRYczT Foster City Fourth of July Celebration: 9 a.m.-9:45 p.m. Leo Ryan Park, 650 Shell Blvd. Games, food, entertainment, family and dog parade, fireworks display. http://bit.ly/2KJsRHT Fremont A participant greets the spectators during the Fremont 4th of July Parade in Fremont. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group) Fourth of July Parade: 10 a.m. Begins at Fremont Library, continues north on Paseo Padre Boulevard to Capitol Avenue. Bands, drill teams, dance teams and more. http://fremont4th.org Gilroy 4th of July Weekend BBQ: Noon and 1 p.m., July 4-7, Gilroy Gardens, 3050 Hecker Pass Highway. BBQ ribs, hot dogs, lemon pepper chicken, curry and rice, potato chips, salad, watermelon, Hawaiian rolls and ice cream. Complimentary soda fountain. Drinks, beer and wine available for purchase. $12-$17. Park admission: $48. https://bit.ly/2JRDuIF Fireworks Show: Approximately 9:30 p.m. Gilroy High School, 750 W. 10th Street. https://bit.ly/2JO4JRb Half Moon Bay Ol’ Fashioned 4th of July Parade: Noon, Main Street. Featuring an array of floats, marching bands, horses, classic cars, decorated trikes and bikes, nonprofits, “Pooches on Parade,” youth sports teams, dance and theater troupes, a Color Guard by the American Legion, and local dignitaries and celebrities. 8 a.m.-noon, Lions Club Pancake Breakfast; noon-3 p.m., Red, White and Blue Community BBQ; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. libations tent selling wine, beer, margaritas and mimosas, Mac Dutra Plaza, 504 Main St. From 1:30-3 p.m., live music, Mac Dutra Plaza.  www.miramarevents.com/4th-of-july-parade Hayward Fourth of July Celebration: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Meek Park, 240 Hampton Road. Historic crafts, music, face-painting, sidewalk chalk, bike repairs, bounce house, community booths and food vendors. Music by Johnny Mahalo and the Wild Coconuts. www.haywardareahistory.org Hercules Dynamite 5K Run/Walk, Festival, & Parade: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Refugio Valley Park, 1515 Refugio Valley Road. Post-race festival, refreshments, entertainment, vendor booths. Parade begins at 10:45 a.m. at Redwood and Sequoia streets. www.hercules4thofjuly.com Livermore Red, White and Boom Fireworks Celebration: 9:30 p.m., downtown. 4 p.m. street closure. Lawn chair viewing: Livermore Avenue to L Street on Railroad Avenue and First Street from Maple Street to Flag Pole Plaza. http://bit.ly/2XH8heX Los Altos Los Altos Hills Fourth of July Parade: 9:30-11 a.m., Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road. Parade goes down Fremont Road and concludes at Gardner Bullis School, where you can enjoy a beverage and watermelon treat. https://bit.ly/2LQzJjZ Martinez Fourth of July Parade: 10 a.m. Hometown Parade on Main Street. Parade begins at Court Street, ending at Alhambra Avenue. https://downtownmartinez.org/events Menlo Park Fourth of July Parade and Celebration: 11:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Parade beginning at Wells Fargo parking lot on Santa Cruz Avenue and Chestnut Street, followed by celebration at noon, Burgess Park, 701 Laurel St. Live music, carnival games,  jump houses, rock walls, crafts, games, crafts, face painting, food and more. $8 wristband required for some activities. http://bit.ly/2WCH5MU Milpitas Fireworks explode above the city’s sports center as Milpitas celebrates the Fourth of July during its annual “Red, White & Boom” event. About 18,000 people watched from the center and surrounding areas. Photo by Steve Balsbaugh/MSAphotos Fourth of July Celebration: 1-4 p.m. “Waving the Red, White & Blue” Pool party. 7-10 p.m. “Red, White & Boom” Fireworks and concert. $3. Milpitas Sports Center, 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd. http://bit.ly/2stxXN9 Monterey Monterey Firefighters Charity Pancake Breakfast: 7-11 a.m. Fire Station 1, 600 Pacific St. Arts and crafts for kids and meet your local firefighters. $10. http://bit.ly/31qfkuV Marjorie Garcia dances to to the Brazilian drumming beat of Samba Legal while participating in the Fourth of July parade in downtown Monterey on July 4, 2017. (David Royal for the Monterey Herald) Independence Day Parade: 10 a.m. Starts at Alvarado and Pearl streets. Floats, patriotic displays, entertaining costumes and musical bands. http://bit.ly/2X99pem Big Little Backyard Barbecue: 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Colton Hall, 570 Pacific St. Music, carnival games, face painting, balloon artists, jump houses and food. http://bit.ly/2KJTFry Evening Concert: 7 p.m. Golden State Theatre, 417 Alvarado Ave. The Monterey County Pops group performs an evening of patriotic and American music. http://bit.ly/2KLbxm0 Moraga July 4th at the Commons: 7:30 a.m.-9:45 p.m. Moraga Commons Park, 1425 St. Marys Road. All-day event with pancake breakfast, parade, community booths, food, wine and beer, entertainment; fireworks at 9:30 p.m. http://www.moraga.ca.us/ Morgan Hill Freedom Fest Fireworks on the Green: 4 p.m. Entertainment, games, bounce houses, face-painting and music. Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center, 16500 Condit Road. Music starts at 5 p.m. Fireworks start at dusk. http://morganhillfreedomfest.com/fireworks Mountain View Shoreline Lake in Mountain View rents boats and kayaks for a lakeside viewof the fireworks at nearby Shoreline Amphitheatre. (Photo courtesy of Mike Gioia/Shoreline Lake) On-the-Water Fireworks Viewing: 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. 3160 N. Shoreline Blvd. The Boathouse & American Bistro at Shoreline Lake in Mountain View will have on-the-water viewing of fireworks — from a pedalboat, rowboat, canoe or kayak. Barbecue picnic from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m., $13-$17. Also offering pre-prepared picnic baskets offered by the American Bistro, $30 for two. Reservations: https://shorelinelake.com/upcoming.html San Francisco Symphony with Fireworks: 8 p.m. Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway. Selections include the classic film scores, patriotic standards, pop and rock songs featuring vocalists Capathia Jenkins and Constantine Maroulis, a salute to Armed Forces and more. Fireworks will follow.Starting at $45. https://bit.ly/2F8qURP Novato Terrie Marshall rides Buddy as they get ready for their first Fourth of July parade in Novato, Calif. on  July 4, 2017. (Alan Dep/Marin Independent Journal) Fourth of July Parade: 10 a.m. Grant Avenue, between Reichert and Seventh streets. Classic cars, color guards, festive floats, music bands, cowgirls on golden palominos and decorated basset hounds. http://novatoparade.com Oakland 4th of July Block Party: Noon-5 p.m. Jack London Square, 245 2nd St.. Featuring music, entertainment, beer and wine, barbecue, shopping and kids zone. Beer/wine pass, $25-$50. https://bit.ly/2IJMOMb Fourth of July Patriotic Picnic: Noon-3:30 p.m. Pardee Historic Home Museum, 672 11th St. Burgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, cold drinks and other treats. Frederick Hodges at the piano accompanied by Ann Gibson singing patriotic songs. Games, activities and raffle. $5-$20, children under 5 free. www.pardeehome.org Independence Day Sail On the Bay: 1-4 p.m. USS Potomac, 540 Water St., Jack London Square. Five-piece dixieland band plays patriotic tunes and other songs from yesteryear. Open bar, appetizers and ship tours. $150. https://bit.ly/2KeYp9j Oakland Municipal Band Concert: 1-3 p.m. Edoff Memorial Bandstand, Lakeside Park. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic lunch. https://oaklandmunicipalband.org/ Orinda Members of the Blue Devils Corps participate in the Orinda’s Fourth of July parade in Orinda, Calif., on July 4, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group archive) Fourth of July: 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Community Center, 28 Orinda Way. Pancake breakfast, parade, flag-raising ceremony, fun run, concert by Three Day Weekend, food, games and more. http://orindaassociation.org/4th-of-july-parade/ Pacifica Games aplenty at July 4 picnicPhoto courtesy of Park and Rec Dept.Pacifica TribuneYesYes 45th annual 4th of July Celebration: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Frontierland Park, 900 Yosemite Drive. Rocket run, entertainment, games, food and more. https://bit.ly/2t07dFt Palo Alto Konstantin Spektor fills his chili sample with cheese at the Palo Alto Police Department Explorer Post booth during the  Chili Cook-Off at Mitchell Park in Palo Alto on July 4, 2013. (Kirstina Sangsahachart/ Daily News) Chili Cook-Off: Noon-5 p.m. Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive. 38th annual chili battle plus arts and crafts, food and kid’s activities. $5 chili tasting tickets. www.paloaltochilicookoff.com/ Piedmont Critters by the Bay, shakes hands with parade watchers along Highland Avenue during the City of Piedmont’s 4th of July Parade on  July 4, 2016 in Piedmont, Calif.  Parade steps off  this year at 10 a.m. at the corner of Highland Avenue and Park Way. (Photo by Marcus Edwards) Parade and Pancake Breakfast: 8-10:30 a.m. pancake breakfast, Veteran’s Hall, 401 Highland Ave. Parade begins at 11 a.m. at the corner of Highland Avenue and Park Way. Neighborhood floats and entries from community organizations, bagpipe bands, antique and classic cars. Following the parade, there will be scout troop and crew food stands at Piedmont Park, 711 Highland Ave. https://bit.ly/2F8sP8T Pittsburg Fourth of July Fireworks: Dusk (approximately 9 p.m.), Road closures near Marina Boulevard and Bayside Drive. https://bit.ly/2Zpn7Y2 Pleasanton Community Concert Band July 4 Celebration: Noon-2:30 p.m. Lions Wayside Park, 4401 First St. https://bit.ly/2ISAw4j Pleasant Hill John Hoffman, 12, carries the American flag during a flag ceremony to kick-off Pleasant Hill’s Fourth of July event at Pleasant Hill Park in Pleasant Hill, Calif., on  July 4, 2015. The event, which follows the parade, features food, live music and endless activities for kids of all ages. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group) Fourth of July Celebration: 8 a.m. Firecracker 5K Fun Run, 5K course starts in front of City Hall, and ends in front of the Clock Tower. “Rockin’ in the USA” parade, 9:30 a.m., starts at Gregory and Woodsworth Lanes. Party in the Park, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Pleasant Hill Park, 147 Gregory Lane. Food, games, rides, watermelon-eating contest, barbecue, music. Fireworks pre-show begins at 7:15 p.m. with live music followed by fireworks around 9:10 p.m. at College Park High School, 201 Viking Drive. www.phjuly4.com Redwood City Twins Chase and Blake Affrunti, 6, represent the Santa Clara Valley T-Bird Club in the 2013 Fourth of July parade in Redwood City. This year’s parade steps off at 10 a.m. in downtown Redwood City. (Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group) Independence Day Parade: Northern California’s largest Fourth of July parade starts at 10 a.m. at Brewster Avenue and Winslow Street and winds through downtown. Followed by downtown festival. www.parade.org/parade/. Old Fashioned Fourth: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown. Arts and crafts, entertainment, battle of the bands, food and beverages, chalk festival and more.  www.parade.org/festival/ Fireworks: Port of Redwood City starts at approximately 9:30 p.m. www.parade.org/ Richmond Third of July Celebration: 5-10 p.m. July 3. Marina Bay Park. Food, children’s games, live music, and a great view of the Richmond Waterfront fireworks. www.ci.richmond.ca.us/2153/Special-Events. Fireworks explode in the sky during the 8th Annual Oakland Symphony Independence Eve Celebration at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, Calif., on July 3, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) Oakland Symphony Independence Eve Celebration: 6:30-9:30 p.m. July 3, Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way West. Live music, food, and an instrument petting zoo. Featuring Sousa marches, movie themes and singalongs. Concert ends with a fireworks display over the waterfront. https://bit.ly/2JY9Yh3 San Francisco Angel Island Fourth of July Experience: 6-11 p.m. San Francisco Bay. Round-trip shuttle to Battery Ledyard (fireworks viewing area), where you can see views of the San Francisco fireworks, Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Music, food and drinks. Special picnic dinners available for purchase. Tiburon Ferry leaves at 7 p.m. (begins boarding at 6:40 p.m.) and returns 10:45-11 p.m. San Francisco ferry leaves at 6 p.m. (begins boarding at 5:20 p.m.) and departs Angel Island promptly at 10:50 p.m. $52-$73. Tiburon Ferry or San Francisco Ferry. 4th of July Celebration at The Pier: 3-9:30 p.m. Pier 39. Live entertainment on Entrance Plaza Stage featuring Mustache Harbor — Yacht Rock Explosion live from 3-6 p.m. Fireworks 9:30 p.m. https://bit.ly/2tkzuGd Red and White Fleet Cruises: Departures: 7:45, 7:50, 8:15 and 8:20 p.m. from Pier 43½. Hosted bar and snack stations. $95-$115. https://bit.ly/2tnizoa SS Jeremiah O’Brien: Fourth of July Fireworks Dockside Viewing: 8 p.m. Pier 45. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Tickets include hot dogs, popcorn and soft drinks. $10-$80. https://bit.ly/2t9WOqW San Jose Members of Boy Scout Troop 390 carry a large flag during the Rose, White and Blue Parade in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, July 4, 2015. (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group) Rose, White & Blue Parade, Picnic and Festival: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Parade starts on Dana Avenue and ends at the festival area located on The Alameda. Marching bands, dance groups, antique cars, and more. The festival features live music, artisan booths and food. www.rosewhiteblueparade.com Rotary Centennial Fireworks: 9:30 p.m. Discovery Meadows, 180 Woz Way in downtown San Jose. Organized by the Rotary Club. www.rotaryfireworks.org San Jose Giants: 6:45 p.m. Municipal Stadium, 588 E. Alma Ave. Baseball, barbecue and fireworks. Tickets $10-$59. www.sjgiants.com San Pablo July Fourth Multi-Cultural Celebration and Fireworks: 5-10 p.m. El Portal Soccer Field, 2600 Moraga Road. Activities, food, games, entertainment and fireworks. http://bit.ly/2q0pbHs Santa Clara All-City Picnic and Fireworks Extravaganza: Noon, Central Park, 909 Kiely Blvd. Carnival games, crafts, bounce houses, live entertainment, food, public swimming and more. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. https://bit.ly/29bNdU4 Santa Cruz Firecracker Run: 6:30 a.m. Harvey West Park, 326 Evergreen St. Kids 1K, 5K and 10K. Pancake breakfast, 7-11 a.m., at Harvey West Clubhouse. www.santacruzfirecracker10k.org Drummer girls lead the way during an Old-Fashioned Independence Day at Wilder Ranch State Park. (Ken Sievers) An Old-Fashioned Independence Day: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wilder Ranch Cultural Preserve, 1401 Coast Road. Participate in an early 1900s-style celebration including a family parade at noon, games, children’s crafts area, live big band music, living history demonstrations, historic speeches and flag-raising. Food and drink available for sale, or bring a picnic lunch. https://bit.ly/2dkE6Uz Saratoga Jack Mallory as Thomas Paine and Sue Mallory as Betsy Ross at a recentIndependence Day celebration in Saratoga. This year’s celebration is setfor July 4 at Kevin Moran Park. Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration: 9:30-11 a.m. Kevin Moran Park, 12415 Scully Ave. Highlights include patriotic music, singing, parade, popsicles and more. www.saratogaJuly4.com Sausalito 4th of July Festivities: Parade, 10 a.m.-noon, begins at Second and Main streets and ends at Robin Sweeny Park. Picnic, noon-6:30 p.m., with dancing, tug of war, egg toss and food at Dunphy Park, Bridgeway and Napa Street. 6:30-9:30 p.m., dinner, live music and fireworks at Gabrielson Park, 750 Bridgeway. Dinner table reservations, $120-$130. https://bit.ly/2M4yQnV St. Helena 4th of July Bluegrass-Fed Live Music and BBQ: 5-10 p.m. Long Meadow Ranch, 738 Main St. Featuring Ben Morrison and Goodnight, Texas. $20-$55. https://bit.ly/2wRRj1z Vallejo Coca-Cola July 4th Fest: Nightly, July 3-6, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, 1001 Fairgrounds Drive. $57.99. Save $14 with a Coke can. www.sixflags.com/discoverykingdom Vacaville Celebration and Fireworks Show: 6 p.m. Andrews Park, 614 E. Monte Vista Ave. Live music from Top Secret, food, beer and wine and fireworks. http://creekwalkevents.com/4th-of-july Watsonville John Martinelli, one of the Grand Marshalls of the Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July Parade, drives the company’s  1932 Ford Model B delivery truck along the Main Street parade route. (Dan Coyro — Santa Cruz Sentinel) Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July Parade: Noon, Main Street from St. Patrick’s Church to First Street.  http://bit.ly/2qWq2pP To have your festival included in the listing, email lherendeen@bayareanewsgroup.com.  
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