Another year upon us, and we're celebrating the Nation's birthday. The questions are, what's there to do, what are you going to choose to do, whom will you be with, and where will you be?
The 4th brings to mind not only family time, barbecues, good music, and celebrations, but also great sales at stores!
Though some events have started, most of these are all day before the fireworks celebrations.
These are for the Contra Costa Area:
Antioch. Family-friendly celebration with live music, car show, food and kids zone starts 5 p.m.; parade is 7 p.m. followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m.; Second Street, downtown Antioch; $4 donation; www.antiochjuly4th.com.
Brentwood. Parade begins 11 a.m., followed by live music and family-friendly amusements, including a petting zoo and fire truck slide and more. The parade begins at northeast end of Streets of Brentwood shopping center, 2565 Sand Creek Road; www.shopstreetsofbrentwood.com.
Concord Fourth of July Jubilee and Parade. The event, which runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Todos Santos Plaza, includes a parade, music, a fair and a 5K walk and run. On July 2-4, there will be fireworks and the presentation of the popular Singing Flag at Dave Brubeck Park, 4363 Concord Blvd., starting at 9:20 p.m. each night. www.concordjuly4th.com.
Danville's Fourth of July Parade. Things get under way at 9 a.m. at Hartz and Railroad avenues. Bands, gymnasts, marching groups, horses and antique cars. www.kiwanis-srv.org.
El Cerrito. Family-friendly celebration includes food, carnival games, arts and crafts and live entertainment. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Cerrito Vista Park, 950 Pomopna Ave.; 510-559-7000, el-cerrito.org.
Martinez. Events kick off at 8 a.m. with flag-raising and pancake breafast and parade at 10 a.m. Fireworks at dusk on Waterfront Park Marina; www.mainstreetmartinez.org.
Moraga. Events kick off at 8 a.m. and include fun run, dog parade, car show, kids activities and fireworks (around 9:30 p.m.) at Moraga Country Club, 1600 St. Andrews Drive, Moraga; www.moraga.ca.us, 925-888-7045.
Orinda. Events begin at 7:30 a.m. with Roadrunners' Pancake Breakfast and include flag-raising ceremony, fun run and parade (10 a.m.). Orinda Community Park, Orinda Way; 925-254-0800, www.orindaassociation.org/programs.
Richmond's Craneway Pavilion Independence Day. On July 3, there will be music from the Oakland East Bay Symphony, food and drink and fireworks at Crane Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way S. Things get under way at 6:30 p.m., with the Symphony performing at 8. www.craneway.com/Events.
San Ramon July Fourth. Event will include music from Pride & Joy and a tribute to America's Armed Forces. No fireworks. 4-7:30 p.m., San Ramon Central Park, 12501 Alcosta Blvd. www.sanramon.ca.gov.
Of course, in San Francisco, you have their amazing fireworks display and extravaganza.
San Francisco Fourth of July Waterfront Celebration. Music and viewing of fireworks display over San Francisco Bay. 2-11 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Pier 39, Beach Street and the Embarcadero. Free. 415-705-5500, www.pier39.com