4th of July Events in the East Bay

Published Jan 30, 2017

Are you ready to celebrate the birth of America with your kids this year? To help you out we’ve assembled a list of all of the best 4th of July events in Oakland and the East Bay area.

It’s almost the 4th of July again! Are you ready to celebrate the birth of America with your kids this year? To help you out we’ve assembled a list of all of the best 4th of July fireworks in Oakland and the East Bay area, as well as all the other great celebrations and activities that you can enjoy with your family this Independence Day!

There’s plenty of great family-friendly events happening throughout the region this year, with fireworks, celebrations, parades, fun runs / walks, and so much more.

Looking to go further afield? Check out our guides for San Francisco peninsula and the North Bay and San Jose and the South Bay.

Happy Fourth of July!

July 4th Festival of Family Fun at Jack London Square

Celebrate Independence Day at the Jack London Square July 4th Festival of Family Fun. This festive day will fill the waterfront with interactive activities and entertainment for both parents and children. Free to attend, the July 4th Festival of Family Fun will also feature tasty treats, music and much more! (Sorry no fireworks!)

Date: July 4
Time: 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Location: Jack London Square, Oakland

4th @ the Berkeley Marina

On the 4th of July the biggest party is at the Berkeley Marina from noon-10PM with all kinds of free fun! Adventure Playground, always a favorite, where children can use hammers, nails, saws, and paint with parental supervision, is open until 8PM. Get your face painted, try the giant slide, or splash in the water at the beach. Stay for the fireworks at night!

Date: July 4
Time: 12:00 noon
Location: Berkeley Marina

City of El Cerrito & WorldOne 4th of July Festival

The City of El Cerrito and WorldOne present a day of fun, food and entertainment for the whole family!The event includes live entertainment, a children’s fun area with carnival games, jump houses and rides, Circus Imagination, and several arts & crafts vendors.

Date: July 4
Time: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Location: Cerrito Vista Park

Alameda County Fair

Fair Favorites will be back including horse racing, exhibits, animals, food, rides, games, pig races, kids' attractions, special event days and more.

Alameda County Fair Announces Exciting New Attractions and 4th of July Fireworks With Oakland East Bay Symphony for 2015, The Beach Boys, War, Brian McKnight, Tanya Tucker, Kansas and more set for the Big O Tires Concert Series!

Date: June 17-July 5
Location: Alameda County Fairgrounds

July 3rd - 6th Annual Independence Day Celebration featuring the Oakland East Bay Symphony

For the past six years, the Oakland East Bay Symphony has joined forces with the City of Richmond to present a free Independence Eve Celebration at the Craneway Pavilion, located inside the historic Ford Point Building on the waterfront in Richmond. This free event is fun for the whole family, with live music, food, an instrument petting zoo and spectacular fireworks over the bay! The centerpiece of the evening is a free concert by the Oakland East Bay Symphony conducted by Michael Morgan, featuring Sousa marches, music from the movies, sing-alongs and more. 

Date: July 4
Time: 6:30 p.m.; fireworks at about 9:15 p.m.
Location: Craneway Pavilion

July 3rd Fireworks Night - Oakland A's vs. Seattle

Jaw dropping displays of color set to themed music highlight A's Fireworks Nights during the 2015 season. Following each Fireworks game, fans will be invited to sit on the outfield grass to enjoy the sky high show.

Salute to Armed Forces Fireworks, Sport Clips Charity Cuts, Authentic Fan Friday (special ticket required)

Date: July 3
Time: 6:05 p.m.. 
Location: O.co Coliseum

Celebrate Concord 4th of July

Come out and enjoy Concord's Home Town Picnic, Starting at 4:00pm the gates will open for the 1st Annual 4th of July Festival with a kids carnival, food booths, vendor exhibits, and live entertainment on stage. Then finally at 9:00 pm the day will be concluded with a fireworks display that will not disappoint and keep the tradition alive. We look forward to seeing you Downtown this year for a day full of activities.

Date: July 4
Time: 4:00 p.m.; fireworks at 9 p.m.
Location: Mt. Diablo High School, then Downtown Concord

Mayor's 4th of July Parade in Alameda

The City of Alemada’s annual 4th of July Parade  is one of the longest Independence Day parades in the nation with over 170 floats and 2,500 participants.

Date: July 4
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Downtown Alameda

A Green, Red, White & Blue Celebration in Albany

The City of Albany Recreation & Community Services Department invites you to attend the 4th of July Green, Red, White & Blue Celebration in Memorial Park. By "Green", the goal is to have a zero-waste event, using compostable plates & utensils and by recycling cans & paper goods, etc.

Date: July 4
Time: 12:00-4:00
Location: Albany Memorial Park

San Pablo 4th of July Family Celebration and Fireworks

Celebrate the 4th of July with your family and the City of San Pablo! There will be activities, food, games, live entertainment and fireworks. Bring your own lawn chairs, throw blankets for a spot on the lawn. The day includes children activities, arts and crafts, community outreaches, food and beverages. Bring your own picnic baskets.

Date: July 4
Time: 4 p.m.; fireworks at dusk
Location: El Portal Soccer Field, San Pablo

Martinez 4th of July Parade and Celebration

Join the crowd at the Waterfront or head over to your special viewing spot before 9:15 p.m. Pyrotechnics begin around 9:30 p.m. and will last approximately twenty-five minutes. Waterfront Park will be by parking permit only and vehicles with boats. Limited Handicapped Parking is available, so arrive earlier in the day.

Date: July 4
Time: 9:30 p.m.
Location: Martinez Shoreline Park

Town of Moraga 4th of July Celebration

Join the Town of Moraga’s July 4th Celebration for a pancake breakfast, dog parade, children’s bike parade, old fashioned kids’ games, music, fireworks, and more!

Date: July 4
Time: 8:00 a.m.–9:40 p.m.; fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Location: Commons Park, Moraga

Kiwanis Danville 4th of July Parade

Since 1975, the best of Danville can be seen in the 4th of July parade, one of the largest special events in the Bay Area. The Kiwanis July 4th Parade is an incredible event which attracts over 40,000 attendees including local community residents as well as friends and family from areas far beyond Danville. The 2014 Parade starts at 9:00am and runs from the corner of Hartz Avenue and Railroad Avenue, continues down Hartz and San Ramon Valley Boulevard and ends at the corner of San Ramon Valley Boulevard and Sycamore Valley Road.

Date: July 4
Time: 9:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Location: Downtown Danville

Orinda’s 4th of July Parade and Activities

July 4th is an Orinda tradition started by the Orinda Association in the early 1980s as a way to celebrate not only Independence Day, but also to celebrate “community.” On July 4th there are events for every age group starting with the annual Pancake Breakfast, flag raising ceremony, fun run, parade, live music, food, games and booths in the park following the parade. 

Date: July 4
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Downtown Orinda

Piedmont 4th of July Parade and Pancake Breakfast

The City of Piedmont will celebrate its 50th annual 4th of July Parade this year starting at 11 a.m. at the corner of Highland Avenue and Park Way. The Piedmont parade is unique for the appearance of several bagpipe bands in keeping with the city’s Scottish traditions, and with a rich array of dozens of antique and classic cars.

A festive community picnic is held in Main Park following the parade, with music provided by a big band on the main stage. Preceding the parade, a Piedmont tradition, the Pancake Breakfast will be held from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM in the Veterans’ Hall. Join your friends and neighbors for a hearty breakfast before the parade begins!

Date: July 4
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Highland Ave, Main Park

Pleasant Hill 39th July 4th Celebration

Start off the day at 8 am with the Firecracker 5K fun run, followed by traditional parade with this year's theme being "Celebrating America's Story".  Enjoy games, food, races, and other contests at Pleasant Hill Park for the rest of the day out with the family.  Don't forget to return by 9 pm for the Fireworks show, which seems to get bigger every year!

Date: July 4
Location: Pleasant hill Park

Fremont 4th of July Parade

On July 4, Independence Day, thousands of people will watch the star spangled excitement of creative floats, specialty units, marching musical units and guest celebrities! 

This patriotic parade will start at 10:00 a.m. sharp and is expected to take just under two hours to pass spectators along a one-mile route from the Library to Fremont's developing Downtown District.

Date: July 4
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Downtown Fremont

4th of July Celebration at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach

Let freedom ring and play FREE PLAY pinball and arcade games all weekend long, Enjoy some all-American carnival nostalgia in our climate-controlled Museum of Fun!

Playland-Not-at-the-Beach will be open all weekend, but you can also find their booth at the El Cerrito Fourth of July World One Fair at Cerrito Vista Park.

Date: July 4
Time: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, Cerrito Vista Park

For even more great July 4th ideas make sure to check the events page on ChatterBlock.

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