Free and family friendly July 4th events in San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose 2018
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The 4th of July is a celebration beloved by kids and adults, who gather to celebrate America’s birthday. There will be several great Independence Day celebrations in San Francisco in 2018, so make plans to take the family out for a day of fun on this patriotic holiday in 2018.

July 4th Celebration at Pier 39
July 4 @ 3 p.m.
Pier 39, Beach St. & the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94133

Pier 39 will offer a day of family-friendly fun and entertainment leading up to the fireworks spectacular. There will be live entertainment from 3-6 p.m., featuring the band Tainted Love. The fireworks show will light up the skies over San Francisco at 9:30 p.m.

City of Alameda Mayor’s 4th of July Parade
July 4 @ 10 a.m.
Park St., Alameda, CA 94501

The entire family will have fun celebrating Independence Day at the Alameda 4th of July Parade.  The three-mile parade route is the longest route in the U.S. over 60,000 spectators will line the streets to watch the floats, antique cars, marching bands, equestrians, dance troops and more. The 4th of July Parade will be great free entertainment for kids and adults. The parade will travel along Park Ave., Otis Dr., Grand St., Central Ave. and Webster St.

4th of July @ Berkeley Marina
July 4 @ 12 p.m.
Berkeley Marina, 201 University Ave., San Francisco, CA 94608

The Berkeley Marina will host a free 4th of July party for the entire family. The alcohol-free event will include an Adventure Playground for kids, live entertainment, music, food court, and more. The day of fun will be highlighted by the grand fireworks over the water at 9:35 p.m.

Sausalito 4th of July
July 4 @ 10 a.m.
Dunphy Park, Sausalito, CA 94965

The City of Sausalito will host a day of fun and entertainment for the family. The 4th of July Town Parade will march down Bridgeway and then Caledonia at 10 a.m. and will conclude at Robin Sweeny Park. The festive parade will include decorated floats, marching bands, classic cars, clowns, acrobats, and music. The 4th of July Picnic at Dunphy Park will feature live music, dancing, bands, and food vendors. The fireworks show will be at Gabrielson Park at 9:30 p.m.

Freedom Festival – 3rd of July Parade & 4th of July Picnic & Fireworks
July 3 @ 6:30 p.m., July 4 @ 12 p.m.
City Park, Benicia, CA 94510

The Torchlight Parade, led by Grand Marshal Harold Bray, USS Indianapolis survivor will be on July 3 at 6:30 p.m. On July 4, kids and adults will have fun at the Picnic in the Park in City Park. The Independence Day events will include The National Anthem, musical entertainment, arts &b crafts, games, kids’ entertainment, and more. The fireworks display will illuminate the waterfront at 9 p.m.

Foster City 4th of July Festival and Fireworks
July 4 @ 9 a.m.
Leo Ryan Park, 650 Shell Blvd, /Hillsdale, Foster City, CA 94404

The 4th of July Festival in Foster City will be a day of fun for kids adults, featuring live music, a Lions Club BBQ, food,  arts & crafts vendors, and more. The family at dog parade will be at 11:05 a.m. and will travel from the VIBE Teen Center to the Amphitheater. The fireworks display will light up the skies over the lagoon at Leo Ryan Park at fun-filled 9:30 p.m.

Half Moon Bay’s Ol’ Fashioned 4th of July Parade
July 4 @ 12 p.m.
Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

The 48th Ol’ Fashioned 4th of July Parade will be fronted by the Sant Mateo County Sheriffs and CalFire. The fun-filled parade will include whimsical floats, marching bands, cool classic cars, community groups, “Pooches on Parade,” youth sports teams, dance groups, American Legion Color Guard, equine entries, and more.

Rose, White & Blue Parade in San Jose 2017
July 4 @ 10 a.m.
The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95123

The popular Rose, White, and Blue Parade will be led by Grand Marshal Tim Ritchie, President & CEO of The Tech Museum of Innovation.  The parade, ‘technology in the Valley,” will wind through the Rose Garden neighborhood and end on San Jose’s The Alameda. 

The Fremont 4th of July Parade
July 4 @ 10 a.m.
Fremont Main Library, Stevenson Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538

The theme of this year’s parade will be “Journey Across America.” The family-friendly event will feature marching bands, equestrians, floats, car clubs, inflated balloons, and more. The parade will march on Paseo Padre Pkwy and Capitol Ave.