15 places to go on the 4th of July

Thanks to Sarah’s Science camp for sponsoring our Fourth of July Guide for East Bay families. Sarah’s Science has locations in Oakland and Berkeley and invites your child to come have a BLAST! Campers make and take home a fun science project each day, from robots to rockets, catapults to ladybug gardens.

East Bay Fourth of July Guide

Independence Day is a Saturday this year, so a 3-day weekend is observed by most day camps and businesses on Friday, July 3. Sarah’s Science has openings and offers a reduced rate for the shortened week of June 29-July 2.

Here’s what’s happening around the East Bay on Saturday, July 4, 2015:

  1. Pancake Breakfast at Memorial Park, Albany – Inside the Veteran’s Building from 8 to 11 am. Details >
  2. Lawrence Hall of Science – main exhibit area, animal discovery room and planetarium show are all open on Saturday, July 4.
  3. Alameda County Fair – in Pleasanton you’ll find the fairgrounds open from 10 am to 9 pm for the holiday. Visit the official website to print coupons and see the schedule of events. The day is packed with story times, clown performances, magic, and music, not to mention rides. Fireworks  are set to Oakland Symphony music and begin at 9:30.
  4. Family Fun Festival – Jack London Square has planned a big afternoon of kid-friendly fun, but no fireworks
  5. Berkeley Marina – this huge 4th of July festival includes bouncy houses in all shapes and sizes, free dragon boat rides, performances by Buddy Club talent, a petting zoo, and if you can stay til 9.30 pm, fireworks over the Bay.
  6. Oakland Zoo – Open on the Fourth from 10-4
  7. Albany’s Memorial Park – the Green, Red, White and Blue festivities include a mustache contest, human hamster balls, a diaper derby, and tons of activities for kids. Pack a picnic and stay all afternoon.
  8. LEGO Brickshow in San Leandro – Open from 10 am to 5 pm for $4 per person admission. FREE tickets for 4th of July only are up for grabs on Goldstar.com as of this writing.
  9. Children’s Fairyland – Open on the Fourth from 10-4.
    East Bay Independence Day Guide
  10. Alameda’s Mayor’s Parade – more than 30,000 people watch this parade and there’s a kid’s area with attractions to fill the day. Line up starts as early as 8 am! A 5k takes place at 9.45 am that morning, too. Check out the route>
  11. Piedmont Park Parade – Begins at 11 am and ends with festivities in the park. Details >
  12. Tilden Park – The Carousel and Steam Trains will both be running.
  13. WorldOne Festival – At Cerrito Vista park in El Cerrito, this all day event will offer live music, carnival games, rides and food tents.
  14. Fremont Fourth of July Parade – Begins at the Library at 10 am and heads toward Capitol via Paseo Padre. Route map>
  15. San Pablo Fireworks Show – At the El Portal soccer field, entertainment, food, and games begin at 4 pm. Fireworks after dark. Details >

Thanks again to Sarah’s Science day camp (where my children have gone every summer for five years!) for sponsoring our Fourth of July guide for East Bay families. Both Oakland and Berkeley locations of Sarah’s Science camp are set outdoors in beautiful parks where wonderful counselors blend science and nature studies with traditional summer camp activities like hiking, arts and crafts, and swimming. Campers go home dirty, tired, and excited to share their creations and what they learned.