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4th of July Overview

San Francisco

The 4th of July is Independence Day in the U.S.A. and a National Holiday. It commemorates our independence from England and the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. Residents display flags on the 4th of July to show their respect for the many who died during our struggle to be an independent nation and to declare allegiance to the union. The fireworks represent the 'Bombs Bursting in Air' as stated in our National Anthem. Celebrations take place all over California that include fireworks, concerts, carnivals, parades, barbecues and more. We've listed all of the locations in San Francisco where a Fourth of July fireworks show can be viewed.* We do not list Independence Day celebrations that don't include professional fireworks.

TIP: Checkout the Pleasant Hill 4th of July Fireworks page for great advice on how to capture the perfect fireworks shot.

* We make no guarantees that fireworks will be on display at these locations, days or times. This list is based upon past years events and shows often get canceled due to lack of funding.

City of San Francisco

View the City & County of San Francisco Fireworks Show from Aquatic Park and Pier 39. Enjoy live music and exhibits all along Fishreman's Wharf. Reserve a seat at one of several restaurants that will have a clear view of the fireworks including The Franciscan Crab, Chowders, Pier Market, Wipeout Bar & Grill and Scoma's.

160 Jefferson Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

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Enjoy a scenic tour of San Francisco Bay to sites like Alcatraz, Angel Island and the Golden Gate Bridge before viewing The City of San Francisco's fireworks show with an unimpeded view from the Bay. Blue & Gold Fleet, Tiburon Ferry and Red and White Fleet offer family-friendly viewing with a snack bar and light drinks while Hornblower Cruises offers an adult-oriented experience with meals and full bar. Show starts at approximately 9:30pm.

Hornblower Cruises
Pier 3
San Francisco, CA 94109
(888) 467-6256
Map  |   Website

Red and White Fleet
Pier 43½
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 673-2900
Map  |   Website

Blue & Gold Fleet
Pier 41
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 705-8203
Map  |   Website

Angel Island - Tiburon Ferry
21 Main Street
Tiburon, CA 94920
(415) 435-2131 or (415) 435-1531
Map  |   Website

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Napa Valley

Start your Independence Day in downtown Calistoga with a hometown parade, live music and festivities. Later that night, head over to the Napa County Fair for carnival games, rides and a Fourth of July fireworks show choreographed to patriotic music. Show starts at approximately 9pm. Downtown Calistoga is on Lincoln Avenue off Highway 29/128. The fairgrounds can be reached by making a left on Fair Way.

Napa County Fair
1435 N. Oak Street
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-5111

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Head to Crane Park for a free Fourth of July fireworks show at approximately 9pm. Crane Park is situated behind St. Helena High School off Highway 29/128.

Crane Park
Grayson Ave
St Helena, CA 94574

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The Napa Wine Train is located between Highways 29 & 121 in the heart of downtown Napa. Choose between several vintage car options, including a glass dome car with panoramic viewing, while traveling through wine country. Enjoy a gourmet meal while watching a 4th of July fireworks extravaganza.

Napa Valley Wine Train
1275 McKinstry Street
Napa, California 94559
(800) 427-4124

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Silverado Resort and Spa offers a BBQ and fireworks event on July 3rd. Bring your own chairs to view the show or reserve on of their picnic tables ahead of time. Silverado Resort is on Atlas Peak Road off Highway 121.

Silverado Resort and Spa
1600 Atlas Peak Road
Napa Valley, CA 94558
(707) 257-0200

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Great views of 4th of July fireworks from anywhere in downtown Napa when they launch from Veterans Memorial Park at approximately 9:30pm. Festivities including food and drink vendors start at noon earlier that day. Downtown Napa can be reached by turning on either 1st or 3rd Streets from both Highways 29 or 121.

Veterans Memorial Park
830 Main Street
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 257-0322

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Head to Community Park 2 in American Canyon for an all-day Fourth of July Celebration including a pancake breakfast, patriotic parade, flag raising ceremony, festival and professional fireworks show. The festival includes a rock wall, treasure hunt, Zorb Balls, double wrecking ball, giant water slide, jump house and 2 stages with live music and entertainment for adults and kids. Independence Day fireworks begin at approximately 9:30pm. Turn west on Donaldson Way from Highway 29 to find Community Park 2.

Community Park 2
319 Donaldson Way
American Canyon, CA 94503

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Sonoma

The Cloverdale Independence Day fireworks show starts at approximately 9:30pm at the Cloverdale High School Football Stadium. Turn off Highway 101 at either Citrus Fair Drive or Highway 128 and follow Cloverdale Boulevard on the west side of the highway to the high school.

Cloverdale High School
97 School Street
Cloverdale, California 95425

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The Healdsburg 4th of July fireworks show starts at approximately 9:30pm at the Healdsburg High School Football Stadium. Head west on Dry Creek Road from Highway 101, turn right on Healdsburg Avenue, left on Powell Avenue and left on Prince Avenue to the high school.

Healdsburg High School
1024 Prince Avenue
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 953-7242

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Windsor Kaboom is an Independence Day celebration at Keiser Park that includes live music, food & drink, jump houses, laser light shows and more. Festivities start at 4pm with a fireworks extravaganza at dusk. Go west on Windsor River Road from Highway 101 to find Keiser Park.

Keiser Park
Oak Park Street
Windsor, CA 95492

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The Red, White and Boom event starts early and includes live music, food & drink, kids activities and a professional fireworks show. Event takes place at the Veteran's Memorial Building across from the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Paid admission includes the best 4th of July fireworks extravaganza in Sonoma County starting at approximately 9:30pm and simulcast to patriotic music on KZST 100.1 FM. The Sonoma County Fairgrounds are located off Highway 12 from South E Street just a few blocks east of Highway 101.

Sonoma County Fairgrounds
1350 Bennett Valley Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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Head to the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University for a symphony concert and an Independence Day fireworks show. The Green Music Center is located west of Highway 101 off the Rohnert Park Expressway.

Green Music Center
Sonoma State University
1801 E Cotati Ave
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
(866) 955-6040

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Downtown Guerneville puts on an all-day Independence celebration and tops things off with a professional fireworks show over the Russian River from Johnson's Beach. This event usually takes place a day or two before the Fourth of July. Guerneville can be reached via Highway 116 from Jenner and Santa Rosa or from Healdsburg on Westside Road.

Guerneville
Church Street
Guerneville, CA 95446

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View the famous water curtain light show on Monte Rio Bridge followed by a professional fireworks show. Best viewing is from Monte Rio Beach adjacent to the bridge. This event may take place before the 4th of July and starts days earlier with a firehouse barbecue, floating parade and games. Verify the days and festivities ahead of time. Monte Rio can be reached via Highway 116 from Jenner and Santa Rosa or from Healdsburg on Westside Road.

Monte Rio Beach
20488 Hwy 116
Monte Rio, CA 95462
(707) 865-9956

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The Sebastopol Kiwanis organizes an annual Fireworks & Music Festival on July 3rd at Analy High School. Paid admission includes live music, a flag raising ceremony, the Star Spangled Banner sung by a choir and Independence fireworks show. Food & drink available from several local eateries. Sebastopol is located west of Santa Rosa on Hwy 12.

Analy High School
6950 Analy Avenue
Sebastopol, CA 95472

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Fireworks Over Bodega Bay is viewable from all around Bodega Harbor. Reserve ahead at one of several Bodega Bay restaurants including The Boat House, The Tides Wharf, Spud Point Crab Company, Drakes and Lucas Wharf or view from Westshore Road, Doran Beach Road, Bay Flat Road, Smith Brothers Road or Highway 1. The fireworks extravaganza begins at approximately 9:30pm on a day preceding the Fourth of July. Check ahead for exact day and time. Bodega Bay is located on Highway 1 west of Sebastopol on Bodega Highway.

Bodega Bay
Bodega Bay, CA 94923

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North Bay

Paid admission includes live music, food & drink, games and entertainment at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Petaluma. Top the night off with a 4th of July fireworks show. The Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds are located on the west side of Highway 101 from either Washington or Lakeville Streets.

Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds
175 Fairgrounds Drive
Petaluma, CA 94954
(707) 778-4380

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Fireworks take place every day of the Marin County Fair from June 30th with a final Fourth of July fireworks show at 9:30pm. The show is choreographed to music and fired from barges over a reflecting lagoon for a dramatic effect. Paid admission to the fair includes live music, shows, contests, entertainment, food & drink, rides, carnival games and more. The Marin County Fairgrounds are located off Highway 101 from San Pedro Road in San Rafeael.

Marin County Fair
10 Avenue of the Flags
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-6400

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This is an all-day Independence Day celebration that starts with a parade at 2nd and Main Streets and ends with a professional fireworks show at Gabrielson Park at 9pm. Mid-day festivities are held at Dunphy Park and include food & drink, live music, entertainment, a car show, egg toss, tug-of-war contest and more. Reserve a table for 6 ahead of time for the best view of the fireworks over the bay. Sausalito is located north of San Francisco on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Gabrielson Park
Spinnaker Drive
Sausalito, CA 94965

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Head to Angel Island for 4th of July festivities and an unimpeded view of the San Francisco Fireworks Show. Paid admission includes live music and a barbecue meal in Ayala Cove before heading to Battery Ledyard for more live music, a beer garden and fireworks viewing. Access to Angel Island requires a ferry ride from Tiburon. An alternate choice would be to catch the Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry and view the fireworks extravaganza from the water. Tiburon is located north of San Francisco off Tiburon Boulevard from Highway 101.

Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry
21 Main Street
Tiburon, CA 94920

Map  |   Hotel  |   Angel Island Website  |   Tiburon Ferry Website  |   Other Ideas


Head to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom for several days of celebration during July 4th Fest. End a day of thrilling roller coaster rides, funnel cakes and wildlife shows with a professional fireworks show at Chabot Stadium. Event begins several days before and ends on the Fourth of July. Admission requires paid entry into the amusement park. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is located northeast of San Francisco off Redwood Parkway from Interstate 80 or Fairgrounds Drive from Highway 37.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Chabot Stadium
1001 Fairgrounds Dive
Vallejo, CA 94589

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Spend a day in the park with arts and crafts, food, live entertainment and children's activities at Benecia City Park. A 4th of July fireworks show begins at approximately 9pm. Benicia is located northeast of San Francisco off 780 freeway at Southampton Road.

Benicia City Park
1st Street & Military W
Benicia, CA 94510

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Celebrate Independence Day all day long at the Suisun Marina. Enjoy free live music, craft vendors, local restaurants & bars and family entertainment including a ferris wheel, giant slide, car-go-round, trampolines, mechanical bull, merry-go-round, pony ride, petting zoo and more. The fireworks show over the water starts at approximately 9:15pm. Suisun City is located northeast of San Francisco via Interstate 80 and Highway 12.

Suisun Marina
Suisun City, CA 94534

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Celebrate the Fourth of July with an evening of live music, food, craft vendors and a professional fireworks show in downtown Vacaville. Downtown Vacaville is located northeast of San Francisco off Davis Street from Interstate 80.

Downtown Vacaville
Davis Street
Vacaville, CA 95688
(707) 451-2100

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East Bay

Head to Contra Costa College for an Independence Day celebration including activities, food, games, live music, entertainment and a 4th of July fireworks show. Event is held at the El Portal Soccer Field at Contra Costa College. Contra Costa College is located northeast of San Francisco off San Pablo Dam Road from Interstate 80.

El Portal Soccer Field
Contra Costa College
2600 Moraga Road
San Pablo, CA 94806

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Enjoy food, fun and fireworks at this Independence Day celebration. This event takes place the day before the Fourth of July. The fireworks extravaganza begins at approximately 9:15pm. Marina Park is located northeast of San Francisco from Marina Bay Parkway off 580 freeway.

Marina Park
Marina Bay Pkwy
Richmond, CA 94804

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El Cerrito hosts an Independence Day celebration at Cerrito Vista Park with live music, shows, food, carnival games, jump houses, rides and a Fourth of July fireworks show. El Cerrito Vista Park is located northeast of San Francisco from Carlson Boulevard off Interstate 80.

Cerrito Vista Park
7007 Moeser Lane
El Cerrito, CA 94530

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fireworks photo courtesy of Tim Volz

Fourth of July @ Berkeley Marina starts at noon and includes live music, entertainment, craft vendors, food trucks and a Kid's Adventure Playground with bouncy houses, pony rides, giant slides, mini-train rides, a petting zoo and more. Entertainment includes Dragon boat rides, belly dancers, steel drummers, face painters, balloon twisters, magicians and clowns. The Independence Day fireworks extravaganza begins at approximately 9:30pm. Berkeley Marina is located northeast of San Francisco from University Avenue off Interstate 80.

Berkeley Pier & Marina
201 University Ave
Berkeley, CA 94720

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The U.S.S. Hornet is a decommissioned aircraft carrier moored in Alameda. Although the U.S.S. Hornet does not have its own professional fireworks show, they offer an all-day July 4th celebration with live music, food and entertainment and open view to the San Francisco Fireworks Show. Kids can enjoy a flight simulator, jump house and interactive games until the fireworks start at approximately 9:15pm. The U.S.S. Hornet is located east of San Francisco off the 880 freeway.

U.S.S. Hornet
707 W Hornet Ave, Pier 3
Alameda CA 94501
(510) 521-8448

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The U.S.S. Potomac is an historic ship that once served as President Franklin Roosevelt's "Floating White House". Although the U.S.S. Potomac does not have its own professional fireworks show, they offer an Independence Day cruise to view the San Francisco Fireworks Show that includes deserts, champagne, tea and coffee. The U.S.S. Potomac is located east of San Francisco off the 880 freeway.

U.S.S. Potomac
540 Water Street
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 627-1215

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Concord hosts an an all-day July 4th celebration with a 5K run, parade, festival and professional fireworks show. Enjoy a carnival, food, vendors and live entertainment at Mt. Diablo High School. Independence Day fireworks begin at approximately 9pm. Mt. Diablo High School is located east of San Francisco off Grant Street from Highway 242.

Mt. Diablo High School
2450 Grant Street
Concord, CA 94520

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Pleasant Hill hosts an an all-day Independence Day celebration with a 5K run, parade, festival and professional fireworks show. Enjoy games, BBQ, live entertainment, contests, clowns, rides, a petting zoo and more at Pleasant Hill Park. July 4th fireworks begin at approximately 9pm at College Park High School. Pleasant Hill Park is located east of San Francisco off Monument Boulevard from the 680 freeway. College Park High School is located north of there along Contra Costa Boulevard.

College Park High School
201 Viking Drive
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

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Celebrate the Fourth of July in Antioch at the Contra Costa Fairgrounds. Festivities include a parade, car show, live entertainment, kid's zone, games and an Independence Day fireworks show. The Contra Costa County Fairgrounds are located east of San Francisco off L Street from Highway 4.

Contra Costa County Fairgrounds
1201 W. 10th Street
Antioch, CA 94509

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Celebrate the 4th of July in Downtown Livermore with all-day shopping & dining deals, family fun and a 9:30pm fireworks extravaganza. Downtown Livermore is located east of San Francisco off Livermore Avenue from the 580 freeway.

Downtown Livermore
First Street
Livermore, CA 94550

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July 4th marks the final day of the Alameda County Fair. Start the day early in downtown Alameda with one of the largest Independence Day parades in the nation. Then head to the fairgrounds for rides, carnival games, livestock exhibits, horse racing, live entertainment, food and an Independence Day fireworks show at 9:30pm that's choreographed to live symphony music. The Alameda County Fairgrounds are located east of San Francisco off Bernal Avenue from the 680 freeway.

Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Avenue
Pleasanton, CA 94566
(925) 426-7600

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South Bay

The City of Milpitas hosts a Fourth of July celebrations at the Milpitas Sports Center behind Calaveras Hills High Schoool. Enjoy family fun, live music and food trucks. Paid admission includes the 'Waving the Red White & Blue' pool party earlier in the day and the 'Red, White & BOOM' fireworks extravaganza in the evening that's choreographed to a live orchestra. The Milpitas Sports Center is located southeast of San Francisco off Calaveras Boulevard from the 680 freeway.

Milpitas Sports Center
1325 E. Calaveras Blvd
Milpitas, CA 95035

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fireworks photo courtesy of www.rotaryfireworks.org

Head to Discovery Meadow in downtown San Jose for the Rotary Fireworks show that's choreographed to live symphony music. Music begins at 5:30pm and the 4th of July fireworks start at approximately 9:30pm. Discovery Meadow is located at the junction of the 87 and 280 freeways.

Discovery Meadow
180 Woz Way
San Jose, CA 95110

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The City of Santa Clara presents a July 4th All-City Picnic & Fireworks show at Santa Clara Central Park. Enjoy swimming, live entertainment, carnival games, jump houses and food. Bring a blanket and lawn chair for the Independence Day fireworks at approximately 9:30pm. Santa Clara Central Park is located off Homestead Road from the San Tomas Expressway.

Santa Clara Central Park
909 Kiely Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95051
(408) 615-3140

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California's Great America amusement park offers a Fireworks Extravaganza throughout the year, including the 4th of July. Park admission includes access to rides, restaurants, entertainment and fireworks shows at the Redwood Amphitheatre. California's Great America is located off Great America Parkway from Highway 101.

California's Great America
4701 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95054
(408) 988-1776

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Enjoy a Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular with the San Francisco Symphony. Patriotic music begins at 8pm at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View. The Shoreline Amphitheatre is located off Shoreline Boulevard from Highway 101.

Shoreline Amphitheatre
1 Amphitheatre Pkwy
Mountain View, CA 94043
(650) 967-4040

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Start your Independence Day with a 5K run, pancake breakfast and street festival with food and entertainment. The July 4th fireworks show begins at approximately 9:30pm from the Port of Redwood City and can be seen from all over the mid-Peninsula. Redwood City is located south of San Francisco off Veterans Boulevard from Highway 101.

Downtown Redwood City
Marshall Street
Redwood City, CA 94059

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Foster City hosts a Fourth of July celebration with a pancake breakfast, barbecue, live music, games, entertainment, people & dogs parade and an Independence Day fireworks show over the lagoon at approximately 9:30pm. Festivities take place at Leo Ryan Park located south of San Francisco off Hillsdale Boulevard from Highway 101.

Leo Ryan Park
650 Shell Blvd
Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 286-3380

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