There is no end to the fireworks, parades and good times available to San Francisco Bay Area residents and visitors looking to celebrate this 4th of July. It’s one of the benefits of living, playing and doing business in one of the nation’s great metropolitan areas.
The events listed below are extensive though not complete. There are just too many things going on this 4th of July to contain in the space, so we selected some of the premier opportunities, as well as some particularly close to the hotel.
We want to help you get in on the fun, so The Rose Hotel is offering an Independence Day special – just $177.60 for a Deluxe King room. (Yes, it’s a less-than-perfect play on numbers, but it’s the closest we could get to matching the year of our nation’s birth.)
Just call our front desk at 800-843-9540 and request the Independence Day special. But do so by July 4, after which the deal expires.
Our front desk personnel will also help you decide between the many 4th of July events you might find of interest. The following list was compiled by KGO-TV San Francisco. For the complete list go to this page on the KGO website.
Fourth of July Dinner Dance & Fireworks Cruise in San Francisco – Four-course seated dinner, open premium bar, fireworks, live bands and dancing, 6:30-11p.m. Wednesday, July 4th, (800)-410-8233.
Blue and Gold Fleet
Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise – Music, fireworks, drinks and snacks. Watch fireworks while cruising on the San Francisco Bay. Sailings begin Wednesday, July 4, from Pier 41 at 8 p.m., (415) 705-8200.
Fillmore Jazz Festival – Free live jazz music, arts and crafts, gourmet food. Saturday, July 7 and Sunday July 8, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine, Fillmore Street between Jackson & Eddy, (415) 456-6436.
Hornblower 4th of July cruise
4th of July Premier Dinner Dance Cruise – Watch San Francisco fireworks from the bay during a four-hour cruise; dinner, cocktails, music, views, fireworks and more. Departs Wednesday, July 4 from Pier 3 in San Francisco at 7 p.m., (888) 467-6256.
Fourth of July Celebration at PIER 39 - PIER 39 celebrates Independence Day with fun for the whole family—dancing, live entertainment, and fireworks. Fireworks display starts at approximately 9:30pm. Wednesday, July 4, 2012, 12pm - 9:30pm. Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133. (415) 705-5500.
4th of July at Berkeley Marina – Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Live entertainment all day, face painting, arts and crafts, Adventure Playground, dragon boat rowing and food. Wednesday, July 4, 12-noon until 10 p.m., 201 University Ave. Berkeley, (510) 548-5335.
The San Francisco Symphony performs with Music Director and Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas in a rare summer appearance. The program features the iconic sounds of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with members of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Sunday, July 8, 2 p.m., 19th Aveune and Sloat, San Francisco, (415) 252-6252.
Jack London Square
July 4th Family Fun Festival - Family fun, activities for kids, live music, festival food and entertainment at Jack London Square. Wednesday, July 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Broadway & 1st streets, Oakland, (510) 627-1670.
Las Positas College Stadium in Livermore
Livermore’s Community Gathering and Firework Display – Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. Family fun, games, live music, food and drinks. The entertainment includes Faith Alpher (KKIQ on-air personality), Jason “Wolf” Hamlin (Livermore’s American Idol), and The Humming Birdz playing high-octane blues, Wednesday, July 4, 4-10 p.m., 3000 Campus Hill Drive, Livermore.
USS Hornet Museum
Fourth of July Party – View of surrounding fireworks displays begins around 9:15 p.m. with patriotic music (weather permitting). Throughout the day, live music and entertainment featuring the band The Cocktail Monkeys, as well as carnival games, flight simulator, jump house, interactive games, ship exploration, food and beverages. Wednesday, July 4, 1-9 p.m., 707 W. Hornet Ave., Alameda, (510) 521-8448 x282.
July 4th Fireworks on San Francisco Bay – Champagne, dessert, tea, coffee and fireworks aboard Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Floating White House,” Wednesday, July 4, 7:30-10:30 p.m., yacht docks at Clay Street, Jack London Square, Oakland, (510) 627-1215.
San Jose Municipal Stadium
San Jose Giants Fireworks Extravaganzas – Get tickets for Wednesday, July 4 or Thursday July 5, post-game fireworks extravaganzas on both nights, 588 East Alma Ave., San Jose, (408) 297-1435 ext. 15.
San Jose, The Alameda Avenue
Rose, White, and Blue Parade – Parade through Rose Garden neighborhood. Live music, arts and crafts booths, antique and classic car show and picnic, Wednesday, July 4. Parade starts 10 a.m. at W. San Carlos and Shasta avenues. Festival located at The Alameda between Hanchett and Hester avenues, (408) 436-8581.
4th of July Fireworks Spectacular with the San Francisco Symphony – Gold medal music, sonic gymnastics, and fireworks accompanied by the orchestra, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, (650) 967-3000.
Concord’s 4th of July Jubilee – A day full of events in Concord, 5k run and walk, parade, run, food and drink vendors, fireworks in the evening. “The Singing Flag,” a variety show promoting patriotism through dance, song, comedy and the spoken word will be at Dave Brubeck Park. Wednesday, July 4.
Danville’s 4th of July Parade
Recognizing Our Future Leaders – Parade with bands, gymnasts, Scouts, community organizations, horses, other animals, antique cars and more, Wednesday, July 4, 9 a.m. until 12-noon, 400 Hartz Ave., Danville.
Happy Independence Day on the Cabernet – Gourmet buffet dinner, dancing, bar and fireworks aboard luxury yacht, Wednesday, July 4, 6-11 p.m., boarding at 6 p.m., 2394 Mariners Square Drive, Alameda, (510) 337-9000.
Irvington District of Fremont
Fremont 4th of July Parade – Floats, marching bands, balloons, equestrian units and some surprise out-of-town entries at the historic Irvington District in Fremont, Wednesday, July 4. Parade starts 10 a.m. at Mission Boulevard and Pine Street in Fremont.
Fireworks at 9 p.m., Firecracker 5K Fun Run at 8 a.m., parade at 9:30 a.m., plus entertainment and games in the park starting at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 4, Pleasant Hill.
San Ramon Central Park
Live music, patriotic celebration, and a salute to the armed forces, Wednesday, July 4, 4-7:30 p.m., 12501 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon.
Todos Santos Plaza in Concord
July 4th Jubilee and Parade – “Standing Together Celebrating Our Community.” Join Concord’s festival with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. and parade at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 4, 2151 Salvio St., Concord, (925) 671-3464.
California’s Great America
Saturday Night Fireworks – (note, no fireworks on July 4th). Fireworks on Saturday, July 7. Great America hosts fireworks show every Saturday during July and August 2012. Park open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with Planet Snoopy, rides, rollercoasters, live shows and many dining options, 4701 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, (408) 986-5866.
City of Gilroy’s Annual Fireworks – Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m., Wednesday, July 4, 750 West 10th St., Gilroy, (408) 846-0419.
Milpitas Sports Center
Red, White & Boom! – Water fun at the Milpitas Sports Center pools, an evening of music and fireworks. Pool party 1-4 p.m., concert gates open at 6 p.m. and fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the celebration on Wednesday, July 4, 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd., (408) 586-3210.ib
Written by Mike Consol