Fourth of July festivities

Photo courtesy of Rochelle Douglass McEathron and Rochellez Photography.

Fourth of July marks the date in 1776 when our country officially gained its independence, and for many it means a holiday filled with BBQs, picnics, parades and of course, fireworks! If you feel like partaking in some national customs this Wednesday, check out our roundup of festive events close to BART all over San Francisco and the East Bay. Many cities will be hosting events with their own local flair, so show your support and have fun!

BART will be running special hours for the holiday; trains will open at 8am and provide a three route service with some longer trains and extra event trains in the evening.

July 4th Celebration at Pier 39 at Embarcadero

Pier 39 is hosting its annual day party, followed by a fireworks show around 9:30pm. The party will be filled with family entertainment and live music. Catch the band Tainted Love who’ll be playing 80’s hits from 3 to 6pm. The fireworks will begin around 9:30pm. Take BART to Embarcadero and walk 31 minutes to Pier 39, or take Muni, rideshare or cab.


Free A’s Post-Game Star Wars Fireworks Show at Coliseum

Celebrate the holiday a day early by catching the A’s post-game fireworks show on Tuesday, July 3. Anyone is welcome to watch the fireworks display following the A’s versus Padres game; the theme will be patriotic. It will begin approximately three hours after the game starts, whether the A’s win or lose. Fans with game tickets will be invited to sit on the outfield grass to enjoy the show, but there is no need to pay to view the fireworks — they will be visible from outside the venue. So if you don’t a ticket don’t fret; just find a cozy spot outside Coliseum and gaze in awe overhead. There will also be longer trains on the Richmond/Warm Springs line from start of service for the game. Take BART to Coliseum and walk towards the stadium.

Jack London Square in Oakland is hosting a 4th of July Block Party.

Photo courtesy of Jack London Square.

4th of July Block Party at Jack London Square at 12th St./Oakland City Center

Block parties are great, but block parties by a beautiful waterfront are even better. Jack London Square will be hosting festivities from 11am to 5pm including live music, a beer/cider garden, tasty backyard BBQ, local shopping, a craft area and a kids zone. Around 10,000 are expected to attend, so prepare for a large crowd! Admission is free, but beer/wine passes range from $25-$50 and can be bought online. Take BART to 12th St./Oakland City Center and walk 18 minutes to Jack London Square.

WorldOne Festival at El Cerrito Plaza

The 20th World Music & Circus Festival (July 3-4) will be held at Cerrito Vista Park, with circus performances, hula hooping, musical ensembles, dancers and DJs. Visitors can expect global music such as bluegrass, hip hop jazz fusion and punjabi dance music. On July 3, there will be performances from 4 to 7pm, but July 4 is the main festival day, which will last from 10am to 6pm. There will arts and crafts vendors, various food options, vendor booths by local business and service groups, an art show and sale and a children’s fun area with carnival games, jump houses and more. Admission is free. Take BART to El Cerrito Plaza and walk 22 minutes to Cerrito Vista Park.

Fremont's annual fourth of July parade.

Photo courtesy of Fremont 4th of July Parade's website.

Fremont 4th of July Parade at Fremont

It’s the Fremont 4th of July Parade’s 20th anniversary, and this year’s theme is “Journey Across America.” There will be a national anthem singer, parade Grand Marshal and parade judges to give awards for Overall Appeal, Creativity/Uniqueness, Parade Themes, Patriotic and People’s Choice. The parade kickoff is at 10am. Take BART to Fremont and walk 12 minutes to the Fremont library, where the parade begins.

Concord 5th Annual 4th of July Festival & Fireworks at Concord

Concord’s 4th of July celebration starts with a 5k/kids run at 8am, then a parade at 10am. Starting at 4pm, gates will open for the festival portion, which will feature a kids carnival, food booths, vendor exhibits and live entertainment. 9pm is when the fireworks display starts. The 5k entry fee is $44 but admission is free for the rest of the activities. Take BART to Concord and walk 2 minutes to Mount Diablo High School.

Orinda's annual July 4th parade.
Photo courtesy of Orinda Association's website.


Orinda 4th of July Parade at Orinda

Orinda’s 4th of July festivities feature events for every age, including the annual Pancake Breakfast, flag raising ceremony, fun run, parade, live music, food, games and booths in the park. The first event begins at 7:30am, but the parade begins at 10am. Take BART to Orinda and walk 6 minutes to the Wells Fargo Bank at 80 Moraga Way.

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