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SAN FRANCISCO

Location: Pier 39 (39 Beach St.)
Time: Events begin at 1:00 p.m. (Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.)
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Details: PIER 39 celebrates Independence Day on Friday, July 4th with performances by two popular cover bands. Enjoy Big Bang Beat from 1- 4 pm and Tainted Love from 6 - 9:30 pm. Following the onstage entertainment, visitors will be treated to the City of San Francisco's spectacular fireworks display at approximately 9:30 p.m. Shot from a barge off PIER 39 and from the Municipal Pier, this show over San Francisco Bay should not be missed! (Listen to the KISS-FM simulcast while watching the fireworks!)

Location: Golden Gate Park (Spreckels Temple of Music at the Music Concourse)
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Details: The Golden Gate Park Band will be presenting a free, patriotic 4th of July concert.

Location: The Cannery (Del Monte Square, 2801 Leavenworth St.)
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (No fireworks)
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Details: Come celebrate Independence Day, July 4th, at The Cannery. There will be face painting to entertain the children, live musical performances featuring local artists playing classic American hits plus delectable food offerings by The Cannery's fine selection of restaurants and cafes. The festivities begin at 11 a.m. in the Courtyard at The Cannery. Face painting will be available from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Live music entertainment will run through 8 p.m. Show your red, white and blue spirit by letting Janelle the Clown paint your cheeks with your favorite Independence Day symbol!

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Foster City

Location: West end of Leo J. Ryan Park (650 Shell Blvd.)
Time: Events begin at 8:00 a.m. (Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.)
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Details: A parade will begin at 11:05 a.m. Prizes will be given for the most creative, most patriotic, wagons, bikes, and costumes. So use your imagination and gather your red, white and blue craft supplies and create your Fourth of July masterpiece. Join your favorite wacky and fun summer camp leaders for an afternoon of games for kids of all ages. Don't miss the ever-popular 16th Annual Stars & Stripes Dog Show.

Mountain View

Location: Shoreline Amphitheatre (One Amphimtheatre Parkway)
Time: Events begin at 8:00 p.m. (Fireworks after dark)
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Details: Presented by Radio Disney and featuring interactive booths games and activities and a performance by the San Francisco Symphony. $24-$29.50.

Redwood City

Location: Downtown (Parade route begins at Brewster AVe. and Winslow St.)
Time: Events begin at 9:00 a.m. (Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.)
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Details: Redwood City celebrates its 70th annual 4th of July "Family 4th" with a fun run, pancake breakfast, parade, live music and fireworks.

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Alameda

Location: Lincoln Ave. between Grand Ave. and Park St.
Time: 10:00 a.m. (No fireworks)
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Details: The Alameda 4th of July Parade is the second longest Independence Day parade in the nation. With over 170 floats that travel a three mile route, the parade has become a central activity drawing over 20,000 spectators.

Antioch

Location: Downtown Antioch at 2nd street
Time: Events begin at 2:00 p.m. (Fireworks at 9:00 p.m.)
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Details: Antioch's 10th Annual Fourth of July Celebration will take place in historic downtown Antioch. The Classic Car Show will begin at 2:00 p.m. on 2nd Street and A Street. The Parade will begin at 5:00 p.m. and proceed down 2nd Street. The fan-favorite Fireworks Extravaganza will begin about 9:00 p.m. over the San Joaquin Delta. Antioch's 10th Annual Fourth of July Celebration is a free, family-oriented event that offers fun for people of all ages. The event will include children's activities, live entertainment, a parade, classic car show, great food and fireworks!

Berkeley

Location: Berkeley Marina (201 University Ave.)
Time: Events begin at 11:00 a.m. (Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.)
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Details: It's a day full of fun starting at noon on the 4th of July. The south shore of the Berkeley Marina at the bottom of University Ave. is filled with great stuff to do all day. Sign up for an old-fashioned sack race or get your face painted. No need to cook  lots of international food booths. There's art & craft booths, massages, free sailboat rides from, dragon boat rides and much more. Free admission.

Hercules

Location: Refugio Valley Park (1301 Refugio Valley Rd.)
Time: Events begin at 10:00 a.m. (Fireworks at dusk)
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Details: The 4th of July Parade is co-sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and City of Hercules and takes place the morning of the 4th. You can see the parade go from Redwood Road to Sycamore Ave and then ending at Refugio Valley Park. Immediately after the parade, there will be food, games and booths so come and celebrate with family and friends in the park. The night of the 4th, fireworks light up the Hercules/Pinole waterfront. The fireworks portion of the event is co-sponsored by the City of Hercules and City of Pinole.

Livermore

Location: Robertson Park (3200 Robertson Park Rd.)
Time: Events begin at 4:00 p.m. (Fireworks at 9:35 p.m.)
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Details: Spectacular fireworks, family games, carnival, hat parade, food and beverages, with special musical guests "The Classic Rock All Stars" and "Heartbreaker." $3 per walk in, $15 per car load.

Oakland

Location: Jack London Square (70 Washington St.)
Time: Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
Web site
Details: Come on out to Jack London Square on the 4th of July to enjoy Oakland's free community fireworks display, and our Annual East Bay BBQ Competition.

Location: Lakeside Park
Time: 1:00 p.m. (No fireworks)
Web site
Details: The 97th Concert Season of the Oakland Municipal Band will present a special July 4th concert, "All Sparkling, Red White & Blue" in Lakeside Park under the direction of Robert Farrington, Musical Director and Conductor. This great tradition of thirty-five musicians offers a delightful afternoon of fine music.

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American Canyon

Location: Elliott Dr. and Kimberly Dr.
Time: Events begin at 10:00 a.m. (Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.)
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Details: Fourth of July event and festival. Parade begins at Elliott Dr. and Kimberly Dr.

Cloverdale

Location: City Park
Time: Fireworks at dusk
Details: Lions Club Fireworks Display

Healdsburg

Location: Healdsburg High School Field (1026 Prince Ave.)
Time: Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Details: Fireworks show presented by the American Legion Sotoyome Post 111.

Novato

Location: Grant Ave.
Time: Events begin at 7:20 a.m. (No fireworks)
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Details: Over the past 16 years, the Novato 4th of July parade has grown into the second largest parade in the North Bay. There will be a "Four on the Fourth" four mile road race and a "Mayor's Mile" one mile family walk/jog as well as a pancake breakfast and a parade.

Petaluma

Location: Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds (175 Fairgrounds Dr.)
Time: Events begin at 3:00 p.m. (Fireworks at dusk)
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Details: Celebrate Petaluma's 150 Anniversary Celebration with live music, food, art and children's activities. Adults $3, kids 13 and under free.

Location: Petaluma Historical Museum (20 4th St.)
Time: 10:00 a.m. (No Fireworks)
Details: The 44th annual bell ringing ceremony. This was a tradition started in response to President Kennedy's interest in having communities across the country simultaniously ring bells on the fourth of July.

San Rafael

Location: Marin County Fairgrounds (Civic Center Drive)
Time: Events begin at 11:00 a.m. (Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. )
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Details: The fun kicks off with a day full of events at the Marin County Fair. Music, food and fun for the whole family. The day culminates with a fireworks with the longest, most elaborate fireworks spectacular ever staged over the lagoon. The fireworks take place every night of the Fair over the lagoon, all beautifully reflected in the water below.

Sonoma

Location: Vallejo Field (West Spain St.)
Time: Events begin at 9:00 a.m. (Fireworks at dusk)
Details: Parade, Fireman's Water Fight, art, wine, beer, and food for sale.

Location: Sonoma Plaza (West Napa St. at Broadway)
Time: Events begin at 10:00 a.m. (Fireworks at night)
Details: An old-fashioned 4th of July celebration in the downtown Sonoma Plaza features an art show, parade and fireworks in the evening.

Rohnert Park

Location: Eagle Park (corner of Emily Ave. and Ellen Ave.)
Time: Events begin at 3:00 p.m. (No fireworks)
Details: 10th annual concert in the park. Live music by the Rohnert Park Community Band and the Moonlighter Big Band.

Sausalito

Location: Downtown (2nd St. and Main St.)
Time: Events begin at 10:00 a.m. (No fireworks)
Web site
Details: The parade starts on the corner of Second and Main, it moves along Bridgeway to Caledonia Street and ends at Dunphy Park. Following the parade is a town picnic in the park with food, entertainment, raffles and the annual tug-o-war.

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Cupertino

Location: Cupertino High School (10100 Finch Ave.)
Time: Events begin at 10:00 a.m. (Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.)
Web site
Details: City's Annual July 4th festivities start with morning festivities with De Anza Optimists hosting the traditional pancake breakfast at the Quinlan Community Center. There is independence day parade from Memorial Park that ends at Quinlan Community Center. The parade is followed by the community sing-a-long. Evening festivities are at Creekside Park, Hyde Middle School, or Sedgewick Elementary School. They began with roving entertainment provided by local band. The Parks and Recreation Department provides games and face painting for children. The fireworks at the late evening are launched from Cupertino High School.

Los Gatos

Location: Los Gatos Civic Center (110 East main St.)
Time: Events begin at 11:00 a.m. (No fireworks)
Web site
Details: Join the town of Los Gatos for an afternoon of old fashion family fun with games and entertainment. Beginning with a flag raising ceremony and Mayor's welcome, the San Jose Wind Symphony will perform a traditional concert with many favorite patriotic selections. Everyone is invited to kick-back and cool off in the shade as the Los Gatos Senior Center hosts free bingo games with prizes for the winners and lemonade for all.

San Jose

Location: Discovery Meadow (Woz Way at West San Carlos St.)
Time: Events begin at 12:00 p.m. (Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.)
Web site
Details: The San Jose America Festival, held each year on the 4th of July, celebrates the diverse and numerous communities of which America is built. Now in its 18th year, the 2008 event showcases a new beneficiary: Habitat for Humanity Silicon Valley. At the Festival, the variety of communities that comprise San Jose and Silicon Valley come together to enjoy American and international music, multicultural crafts and a variety of ethnic and festival foods. The Festival is free all day, very family-oriented and centrally located at Discovery Meadow. Rides and games designed especially for children are in Kidland, an area focused on young fun.

Santa Clara

Location: Central Park (969 Kiely Blvd.)
Time: 7:15 a.m. (Fireworks at 9:30 .pm.)
Web site
Details: Pancake breakfast, live entertainment, petitng zoo, face painting and patriotic arts and crafts. Fireworks in the evening.

Sunnyvale

Location: Baylands Park (999 Caribbean Drive.)
Time: Events begin at 12:00 p.m. (No fireworks)
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Details: The Department of Parks & Recreation invites you to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a good old fashioned picnic at Baylands park. On this day, all picnic sites will be free and available on a first come, first served basis and parking is free for Sunnyvale residents with valid ID, a savings of $5. Rock Lerum, a veteran performer at the Hands On the Arts Festival, will be roving the picnic areas as a stilt walker and juggler; The Sunnyvale Parks and Recreation Fun on the Run vehicle will also be onsite to provide free games and activities for elementary school-aged children.

Morgan Hill

Location: Downtown and Community Park
Time: Events begin at 7:45 a.m. (Fireworks at dusk)
Details: 5k run and walk, parade, car show and family festival. The night will end with a fireworks display.
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