#virtuallyBARTable | Guide to Fourth of July 2020
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Photo courtesy of the City & County of San Francisco.
This year, the skies around the Bay Area won't be bursting with official fireworks shows. As with other events and holidays, Fourth of July is going virtual in communities around the Bay Area. This year, keep in your social bubble, get your grill and drinks ready, and celebrate Independence Day from the comfort of your own home. Here's your #virtuallyBARTable guide to Fourth of July.
Photo courtesy of Pleasant Hill Fourth of July Commission/Tim Flaherty.
Pleasant Hill’s parade may have been canceled, but the city’s celebration is still happening throughout the day. If you’re in Pleasant Hill, at 10am, go outside and make as much noise as you can (think pots, pans, scream, and whistle). After that, look to the sky for a special Fourth of July message and secret auto tour parade throughout the city. Check out the website throughout the day to celebrate in place with a live stream of the auto tour, sing-a-longs, special guests, and more.
Fourth of July is so much more than fireworks in Milpitas. Although the grand fireworks display isn’t happening, the city of Milpitas is celebrating Independence and community in a new way- at home, online, and through giving projects. There are also virtual fireworks if you are missing the show in the sky.
Photo courtesy of Orinda Association.
Orinda’s Fourth of July tradition of a parade and celebration began in the 1980s and COVID-19 isn’t going to stop this city from celebrating together but apart. The city’s virtual event includes five minutes of noise at noon to honor local essential workers and heroes, front yard barbecues (socially distanced from your neighbors of course), and a decorating contest turning the homes in Orinda into a sea of red, white, and blue. The celebration begins at 10:30am.
Photo courtesy of the City of Redwood City.
The Redwood City Parks & Arts Foundation is hosting their annual “Chalk Full of Fun” festival but with a virtual twist. This year, participants can send their photos in to enter the contest and the masterpieces will be shared on social media and on the website.
Fremont’s Fourth of July parade will be missed but keeping the community connected while staying home is top of mind. That’s why this year’s parade is now the Fremont “Porch Parade.” Residents in Fremont are asked to decorate their porches with their red, white, and blue spirit and register their display to be a part of the parade map. Then you can plan a socially distanced walk or bike ride around the neighborhoods to see the city’s spirit.
This year’s Concord Fourth of July parade is going virtual. This year, virtual floats can be submitted by local organizations and families/households and submissions will be compiled into a parade to be aired on Concord TV or the City of Concord’s Facebook page. The fun begins at 5pm and includes the best of past parades and local music.
Photo courtesy of PBS Facebook.
The 40th anniversary presentation of PBS’ “A Capitol Fourth” airs on July 4 at 5pm on PBS. This star-spangled birthday party honors our country with an all-star salute and a fantastic view of Washington D.C.’s fireworks display. Hosted by John Stamos and Vanessa Williams, this celebration will feature performances by Grammy Award-winning legend Patti LaBelle, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer John Fogerty, Grammy Award-winning soprano Renee Fleming, the legendary Motown stars The Temptations, and more.
Photo courtesy of Macy's.
Celebrate the American spirit with Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks special from New York. This year, Macy’s reimagined their fireworks and will have smaller displays in every borough of New York City. You can watch the special on NBC beginning at 8pm.