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S.F. Bay 4th of July fireworks, parades and festivals

East Bay Area parents are fortunate again this year to have many 4th of July festivities to choose from. 

Independence Day 2010 brings the usual pancake breakfasts, parades and fireworks.  But you can also enjoy dog parades, car shows, rock climbing walls, free sailboat rides, train rides, petting zoos and more.

Most of these events are free, but check the websites for potential fees and parking information. 

Alameda: A celebration at the USS Hornet Museum at Pier 3, Alameda Point from 1 to 9 pm includes music by Temptest, The Bell Brothers, 3 O'Clock Jump and The Mighty Neptunes. Food and beverages including beer and wine will be available.  Enjoy interactive family activities such as carnival games and prizes, a flight simulator and jump house. In the evening guests can see a panoramic view of Bay Area fireworks.

Albany: 4th of July Green, Red, White & Blue Celebration in Memorial Park at Albany Memorial Park, 1325 Portland Avenue from 11 am to 4 pm with music by JimBo Trout and the Fishpeople, food, games, rock climbing wall. Dog Jog & Walk, Mustache & Beard Contest, pet show, Reptile Show by the East Bay Vivarium, the Annual Pugnacious Pet Show and Albany Lion's Watermelon Eating Contest. $4 for a child's all-day ride wristband.  Albany Lion's will be serving a Pancake Breakfast in the Veterans Memorial Building from 8 to 11 am.

Antioch: Parade 1 to 3 pm at followed by a performance by the Temple Hill Chorus in the Somersville Towne Center.

Benicia: Free festivities begin at noon in City Park with arts and crafts, delicious hot food, live entertainment, and children's activities and fireworks at 9 p.m.

Berkeley: Festival from noon to 10 p.m. on the Berkeley Marina with live music until 9 p.m, dancers, jugglers, art and crafts, massages, free sailboat rides from 1 - 4 pm, dragon boat rides from 2 - 6 pm Adventure Playground is open 11 am to 8 pm. Enjoy sack races or the giant slide, create a nature sculpture or play on the beach. Fireworks off the end of the Berkeley Pier at 9:30 p.m.

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Fireworks as seen from Richmond, CA by Marcin Wichary 2009

Clayton: Pancakes at Endeavor Hall at 7am. Parade at 10 am on Main Street.

Concord (1 of 2): The annual festival begins at 8 am in Todos Santos Plaza with a pancake breakfast hosted by Concord Diablo Rotary Club. Tickets are $5.  Jump/swing, boogie-woogie band Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums perform on the Todos Santos stage at 1 pm. The Diablo Vista Chorus, Bay Area Square Dancers and D'Ann's Academy of Dance also perform.  A parade with the Concord Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps B starts at 11:30 am at the Park 'N Shop Shopping Center on Willow Pass Road and circles Todos Santos Plaza.

Concord (2 of 2) : Playland & Concessions open at 4 pm.  The Flag Show from 7:30 to 9:30 pm.  Dave Brubeck Memorial Park.  The evening culminates in a fantastic aerial fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. National recording artist, Tony LeBron returns as guest soloist with Bay Area favorite radio voice, Brian Rhea.

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College Nannies '23 T-Bucket Roadster by d.culp

Danville: Parade "Honoring Our Heroes" starts at 11 am 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.  "College Nannies & Tutors will be in the parade," said owner Dave Culp, "Some of our nannies will be passing out patriotic gifts to children along the parade route."  "Watch for our '23 T-Bucket Roadster," he added.

El Cerrito: Fair and WorldOne Festival starts at 10 am Sunday at Cerrito Vista Park. 


Hayward: Free 1880's style celebration 11 am to 3 pm with patriotic art activities, old fashioned races and games at Meek Park, 240 Hampton Road, between Mission Boulevard and Meekland Avenue.  Bring picnic or buy food and drinks on site. Free live music by The Banjo Racketeers.

Hercules: Parade begins at 4:00 pm, at the corner of South Front Street and Tsushima, continuing on to Sycamore Avenue, then San Pablo Avenue and ending at the Market Hall stage. Food and games will follow. Enjoy fireworks at Market Hall or along the Hercules Waterfront at dusk.

Martinez: Pancakes at 8 am.  Parade starts at 10 and runs along main Street. The celebration continues in the Main Street Plaza with live music, arts & crafts and kids activities 9 am to 4 pm. Fireworks at dusk. 

Moraga: Festival from 8 am to 1 pm at the Moraga Commons includes pancake breakfast, dog parade, car show, children's bike parade, games, magic, food, live music and fireworks.

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Fireworks as seen from Richmond, CA by Marcin Wichary 2009

Oakland: Family Fun at Jack London Square, 12 to 4 pm.  Magician, jugglers, petting zoo, stilt walking, kinetic art's, youth circus troupe, live blues music, food and beverages.

Orinda: Parade at 11 am along Camino Pablo, Santa Maria Way, Orinda Way and Camino Sobrante then a free celebration at Orinda Community Park from 9 am to 2:30 pm with food, music and community groups.

Piedmont: Parade with Westies and Scotties from Highland Avenue and Park Way to Piedmont Park.  Community picnic follows.

Pittsburg: Fireworks at the Pittsburg Marina at dusk.

Pleasant Hill: Parade "A Star Spangled Celebration" at 9 am (route), free celebration at Pleasant Hill Park from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm with live music, bbq, games, contests, slides, train rides clowns, rides and petting zoo. Fireworks at dusk (approx 9:10 p.m.) over College Park High School with music starting at 7:45 pm.

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Fireworks as seen from Richmond, CA by Marcin Wichary 2009

Pleasanton: Free concert from 12:30 to 2 pm at Lions Wayside Park, corner of First and Neal streets. Bring a picnic or buy food on site.

San Francisco: Waterfront Celebration on Pier 39 from 3 to 9:30 pm with free concerts. Enjoy the soft rock of Mustache Harbor  from 3 to 5 pm, then rock out to your favorite 80's hits with Tainted Love from 6 to 9:30. Fireworks follow. 

San Ramon: "Red, White & Blue Picnic & Fireworks" at San Ramon Central Park, 12501 Alcosta Blvd from 1 to 10 p.m. with music from KKIQ radio.  Enjoy the Sky Concert fireworks show synchronized to KKIQ radio 101.7 at 9:30 p.m.  

Walnut Creek: Free concert of patriotic music in Civic Park at 6 pm.

Teri Stoddard is a nature loving, 50-something San Francisco Bay Area native, mom of four and grandma to two. After a career in foster and child day care, Teri continues her child advocacy by reporting on family rights and issues affecting San Francisco Bay Area families. Teri is Director of Marketing for Danville and Lamorinda College Nannies & Tutors.

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