Happy Fourth of July!

By: Megan Jones

Happy Fourth of July weekend! We wish you a wonderful weekend and hope you get to spend your weekend with family and friends. If you are looking for something to do or need a new recipe to spice up your table, PsiNapse has you covered!


Looking to go out and explore a new parade or get active this 4th of July. Check out these amazing options all over the east bay!

Danville 4th of July Parade

Date: Monday, July 4th

Time: 9:00AM-12:00PM

Info: The Danville parade regularly attracts upwards of 30,000 people and many local residents set up their chairs a few days in advance. The parade starts at 9am and runs from the corner of Hartz and Railroad avenues, ending at the corner of San Ramon Valley Boulevard and Town and Country Drive. Consider checking out the hype by going to the Danville parade this year!

Great America 4th of July Celebration

Date: Monday, July 4th

Info: Looking for skip the parades this year?  Consider spending the day at California’s Great America. Enjoy the fun attractions, waterpark, fireworks, and BBQ cookout. It can be a great way to be active with friends and family.

Mad Hatters July 4th Celebration

Date: Monday: July 4th

Time: 11:00AM-10:00PM

Info: Looking for an all-day event to celebrate the holiday? Check out Vallejo’s Mad Hatter celebration, with entertainment, fireworks, crafts, and live music!

Pier 39 4th of July Celebration

Date: Monday, July 4th

Time: 6:00PM

Info: Looking for a crowd pleaser, come to Pier 39 and check out their 4th of July celebration. With live music, barbeques, and entertainment and a firework display at 9:30PM it has an attraction for everyone!

Rose, White and Blue Parade

Date: Monday, July 4th

Time: 10:00AM-3:00PM

Info: Check out San Jose’s 4th annual parade and festival! There will be food, art, entertainment, a car cruise and so much more!  

Run for a Reason

Date: Monday, July 4th

Time: 8:00AM

Info: Looking to start your fourth of July by getting active? Join the Fourth of July Run for  a reason in Orinda where patrons have the option of running a 2- or 5-miles paved path that is dog and stroller friendly. After your run enjoy a pancake breakfast and a parade that follows.

USS Potomac July 4th Celebration

Date: Monday, July 4th


Info: Looking to spend your fourth of July on a boat? Look no further! Enjoy the USS Potomac to enjoy a historical filled day. While on board you will experience the excitement of living history and fireworks over the SF Bay on this beautifully restored ship. This is a one-of-a-kind memorial and a floating National Historic site.

Welcome Back Annual 4th of July Picnic

Date: Monday, July 4th

Time: 12:00PM-7:00PM

Info: Looking to try something new? Consider checking out 4th of July picnic at Joaquin Miller Park hosted by the Jamaican American Community Organization. Admission is free so come out and enjoy sports, dancing, entertainment, and food provided for a small donation.


Are you looking to keep it local and enjoy a BBQ with friends and family? Here are a few fun side recipes to add to your table!

Cowboy Caviar

When I say that I found this recipe, a few weeks ago and have made it every week since, I am not kidding. This is a crowd favorite among my friends, and it is easy to alter (I sub the black eyed peas for pinto beans) and adjust based on the needs for your guests! Additionally, this pairs wonderfully with the Elote chips from Trader Joes. Whenever I make this recipe, it is never in the house for more than a day!

Greek Potatoes

Potato salad is a recipe of the past for me. These Greek potatoes are crispy and yet very refreshing. Consider updating your potato salad for these. The are delicious with a tzatziki on top!

Layered Mocktail

Looking for a new mocktail for friends and family. This drink is so great it doesn’t need the kick of alcohol! It is perfectly sweet and festive and a great option for everyone!

If you are looking for something a little simpler, consider trying a flavored club soda, with a little simple syrup, blueberries and muddled strawberries!

Strawberry Shortcake

There is something so refreshing about a strawberry shortcake in the summer. The sweetness of the strawberries and the fresh whip cream are to die for. I like my strawberry shortcake to be firmer and more like a biscuit. However, strawberry shortcake, can pair wonderfully with poundcake or angel food cake as well!

Watermelon Salad

Watermelon can be so refreshing in the summer; this salad keeps your table light and fresh.

If you are not feeling a salad, consider dicing your watermelon and adding seasoning salt it gives you the great barbeque flavor with the refreshing watermelon.

However, you choose to spend the weekend. We hope you have a wonderful weekend!


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