Where to celebrate the Fourth of July with a bang

The El Cerrito & WorldOne Celebration is a family-friendly festival full of food and fun.

The Fourth of July is always filled with BBQs, picnics, parades and of course, fireworks! If any of these things appeal to you, check out our roundup of festive events close to BART all over San Francisco and the East Bay. Many cities will be hosting celebrations with their own local flair, so show your support and have fun!

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

Catch the spectacular fireworks show put on by the City & County of San Francisco.

July 4th Celebration at Pier 39 by 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 "Mustache Harbor" for a yacht rock explosion from 3 to 6pm. The fireworks will begin around 9:30pm. Take BART to Embarcadero and walk towards Pier 39 until you start to see the fireworks.

Free A’s Post-Game Fireworks Show by Coliseum

Those who like their fireworks a day early will want to catch the A’s post-game fireworks show on Wednesday, July 3. Anyone is welcome to watch the fireworks display following the game against the Twins; 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 score 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.

The 4th of July Block Party at Jack London Square is a daylong festival on the waterfront.

4th of July Block Party at Jack London Square by 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 6pm including live music, a beer/cider garden, tasty backyard BBQ, local shopping, a craft area and a kids' zone. 10,000 people are expected to attend, so prepare for a large crowd! Admission is free. Take BART to 12th St/Oakland City Center and walk 14 minutes to Jack London Square.

Enjoy carnival games like this one at the City of El Cerrito 4th of July/WorldOne Festival.

City of El Cerrito 4th of July/WorldOne Festival by El Cerrito Plaza

The largest community gathering in El Cerrito will take place on Thursday, July 4 from 10am to 6pm in Cerrito Vista Park. 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. Did we mention free valet bike parking? Take BART to El Cerrito Plaza and walk 22 minutes to Cerrito Vista Park.

Pleasant Hill Fourth of July Parade by Pleasant Hill

See the BARTmobile at the Pleasant Hill Fourth of July Parade. The parade begins at 9:30am on Cleaveland Road and Gregory Lane. Stick around for the pary in the park after the parade, which includes children's games, a petting zoo, food, BBQ, music and fireworks. 

Fremont 4th of July Parade by Fremont

It’s the Fremont 4th of July Parade’s 21st anniversary, and this year’s theme is “This is 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 4th of July Festival & Fireworks by Concord

Concord loves the 4th of July and it shows. Festivities begin 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. Admission is free for all of the activities, save for the 5k, which has an entry fee of $44. Take BART to Concord and walk two minutes to Mount Diablo High School.

Odd mascots are just some of the fun at the Orinda 4th of July Parade.

Orinda 4th of July Parade by 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 pancake breakfast begins at 7:30am, and the parade begins at 10am. Take BART to Orinda and walk six minutes to the Wells Fargo Bank at 80 Moraga Way.

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