Happy Fourth Of July Weekend!

By: Megan Jones

BBQ’s, Fireworks and Parades (oh my)! Happy Fourth of July Weekend! This weekend is a wonderful opportunity to (safely) get together with family and friends and enjoy the warm weather. As the east bay continues to open, here are some fun activities and recipes for you, your family and friends to enjoy.  

Parades and Parties!
Cookie Decorating

When: July 3rd from 10:00AM-11:30AM

Where: 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, CA 94705

Description: Family fun for all ages! Decorate a dozen cookies in 4th of July themes. Eat as you decorate or take them home with you.

Price: $40.00

Freedom Fest

When: July 4th at 3:00PM

Where: 6500 Condit Rd. Located between Tennant and East Dunne Ave, Morgan Hill

Description: Come out for food trucks, drinks, activities and live music!

Price: $10 for parking

Ol’ Fashioned Parade and Coastwide Rising Music Festival

When: July 4th at 11:00AM

Where: 500 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA, 94019

Description: Celebrate with a street festival, live music, food trucks, beer, wine, cocktails, Kidz Fab Funzone, performances.

 Price: Free

Rose, White and Blue Party and Car Show

When: July 4th 10:30AM-3:00PM

Where: 1100 Shasta Avenue San Jose, CA 95126

Description: Join Rose, White & Blue, San Jose Bike Party, Safely Social SJ and Host, Quinn-Mai Nguyen for the RWB July 4th Party, Car Show and Bike Ride!

Price: Free

 Thrive City Block Party

When: July 3 and 4 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Where: 1725 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94158

Description: The Golden State Warriors will host the Thrive City Block Party presented by Chase. Enjoy two full days of live entertainment including a band and DJ, local food vendors, beer gardens, and family-friendly activations, including a kids’ zone and an NBA 2K Gaming Zone.

Price: Free

Walnut Creek Parkoncert

When: July 4th at 6:00PM

Where: 1375 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Description: Walnut Creek Concert Band at Civic Park in Downtown WC.  6pm. Bring your family and friends, have picnic and enjoy the sounds of your Walnut Creek Concert Band as we celebrate America!

Price: Free

Firework Shows!

Looking for a festive Firework show to enjoy? Look no further!

Concord Firework Show: Load up your family and friends in your car and join us at the Concord Pavilion for the largest Fireworks Display ever seen in Concord presented by Marathon Petroleum. Tickets for Concord Residents will go on sales starting Saturday May 29, 2021 at 12:00 PM, and General Tickets will go on sale starting June 4th, 2021 at 12:00 PM. Tickets are $25 per vehicle. On the day of the event, gates will open at 7:00 pm and Fireworks will begin at dark. 

Freedom Fest: Parking is a modest $10 to help pay for the LARGEST land based fireworks show in Northern California and you can sit just yards away from where they are being shot off! The show beings at 9:45.

Hometown Fourth of July: This year Sonoma’s Independence Day celebration includes a higher aerial display, encouraging viewers to watch from home or from a distance.  At dusk, shift your eyes to the skies for the spectacular fireworks show that lasts approximately 45 minutes. 

Pleasant Hill Celebration: Enjoy the show beginning at 9:15PM from the comfort of your own home or check out a secluded spot near College Park High!


Looking to keep it local for your fourth? Have some fun in the sun with these festive recipes!

American Flag Snack Tray

Firecracker Dogs

Grilled Sweet Corn with Chili Lime Honey Butter

Red White and Blue Sangria

Whether staying at home or going out I hope you all enjoy the festivities this weekend! Wishing you a Happy Fourth of July!

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