Where to go on Fourth of July in the East Bay (2019) - 510 Families

Where to go on Fourth of July in the East Bay (2019)

Note: These are 2019 events, all have been cancelled for 2020 (as far as we know. Please choose a new destination from our Massive Summer Bucket List.

Kite flying at Ocean Beach | Photo: Julia Gidwani

Thanks to Sarah’s Science camp for sponsoring our Fourth of July for East Bay Families guide. Independence Day is a Thursday this year. Many camps and businesses will be closed for the holiday. Sarah’s Science camp is open July 1-3, but closed on July 4-5, and offers a pro-rated price for the short week. Read on for things to do with kids to celebrate July 4th, 2019.

Our sponsor Sarah’s Science Camp has weekly openings through August 23 in Berkeley and Oakland and invites your child to come have a BLAST! Campers make and take home a fun science project each day while exploring complex science topics. Some highlights this summer include robots, machines, catapults, knights, princesses, furry forest critters, and more!

East Bay fireworks shows

We’ll be honest: we’ve missed a whole lot of fireworks with our kids because the start time is always after 9 pm. However, there’s more fun to be had on the Fourth of July than just fireworks. A daytime festival in a park, followed by a nap and a BBQ makes a great Fourth. If your kids can handle the late night, however, here the places to go in the East Bay:

Berkeley Fireworks Show

Pack low chairs and blankets and find a grassy spot at the Berkeley Marina. Fireworks over the Bay begin at 9:30 pm.  You can also see the fireworks from many places along the frontage road parallel to 80, and even from the Berkeley Hills, from where you might see both the Berkeley fireworks show and the ones in San Francisco.
When: 9:30 pm on July 4

Oakland As Fireworks Games

Though not on July 4, there will be fireworks after the As game on July 3 as well as several other nights throughout the summer.
Where: Oakland Coliseum
More details about Oakland As fireworks games >>

San Pablo Fireworks Show

Multi-cultural live entertainment, food, and games at this free festival, followed by fireworks after dark.
Where: El Portal soccer field, San Pablo
When: Beginning at 5 pm
Details >

Moraga Commons 4th of July Event

A full day of fun at this lovely park in Moraga, from a pancake breakfast to a dog parade, and plenty of other activities and food. The evening ends with a 9:30 pm fireworks show.
Where: Moraga Commons Park
When: Pancakes start at 7:30 am; Fireworks start at 9:30 pm
Details >

Annual Third of July Celebration (Richmond)

Another “Fourth of July Eve” show! Fireworks, food, and fun are what this event is all about.  Celebrate with the Richmond community at Marina Bay Park from 5:30 pm-10:00 pm to enjoy music and the youth play area (for a fee) until the night sky explodes with color during 20-minute fireworks display at approximately 9:15 pm.

Have a blast this summer learning something new at Sarah’s Science Day Camp! The week of July Fourth is a great opportunity for first-time campers to try out the program for a couple days.

Here are 10+ other things to do with kids in the East Bay on Thursday, July 4, 2019:

July 4 events in Alameda

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 am that morning, too.
When: 10 am
Where: Check out the route through 3 miles of Alameda >

Coast Guard’s Festival
New this year, following the parade, there will be live music, food trucks, and activities and games for kids.
When: 12-4 pm
Where: Pier 3 at Alameda Point

Alameda South Shore Center Festival
There will be live music and unspecified kids activities.
Where: South Shore Center, Alameda
When: from 3pm to 5pm.

Fourth of July Parade in Alameda | Photo: AlamedaParade.com

July 4 events in Albany and El Cerrito

Albany Pancake Breakfast at Memorial Park
The opening event to the all-day Memorial Park celebration, this breakfast is hosted by the Lion’s Club and will fuel you for the day.
When: from 9 to noon
Where: Memorial Park, Albany
Details >

Albany’s Green, Red, White and Blue Festival
Festivities include a reptile show, a Diaper Derby, and tons of activities for kids. Pack a picnic and stay all afternoon.
When: 12 pm to 4 pm
Where: Memorial Park in Albany
Details >

worldOne Festival, El Cerrito
This all-day event will offer live music, carnival games, rides and food tents.
When: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Cerrito Vista park in El Cerrito
Details >

July 4 events in Berkeley

Berkeley Marina 4th of July Celebration
This huge 4th of July festival includes bouncy houses in all shapes and sizes, canoe races, fun performances, a petting zoo.
When: 12 pm to 10 pm
Where: Berkeley Marina
Details >

Berkeley Fireworks Show
Pack low chairs and blankets and find a spot on the lawn. Fireworks over the Bay begin at 9:30pm.
Details >

Tilden Park, Berkeley
The Carousel and Steam Trains will both be running (opposite ends of the park).

Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley – SOLD OUT
First-of-its-kind spectacular party with science activities and fireworks viewing at 9:15. Food trucks and live music, too. Fees are $20 to $25. There will be road closures once the party starts. Details about July 4th at the Hall >
When: 6 pm to 10 pm
Where: Lawrence Hall of Science

Where to spend July 4 in Fremont

Fremont Fourth of July Parade
Begins at the Library and heads toward Capitol via Paseo Padre. This parade is so big it has its own app!
When: 10 am
Where:  Route map through Fremont>

East Bay Independence Day Guide
Photo courtesy Alameda Parade

July 4th events in Oakland

Oakland Zoo
Open on the Fourth from 10 am to 5 pm — check out the new gondola!

Piedmont Park Parade and pancakes
Pancakes and parading ends with festivities in the park.
When: Parade begins at 11 am; pancakes in Veteran’s Hall start at 8 am.
Where: Route from Highland Avenue and Park Way to Piedmont Park
Details >

Fireworks in Berkeley | Photo Credit: Tim Volz
Fireworks in Berkeley | Photo Credit: Tim Volz

sarahs science campThanks again to Sarah’s Science day camp (where my children have gone every summer for ten years!) for sponsoring our Fourth of July guide for East Bay families. Both Berkeley and Oakland 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.

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