Fireworks Guide & Where to Celebrate Fourth of July in the East Bay - 510 Families

Fireworks Guide & Where to Celebrate Fourth of July in the East Bay

Thanks to the Oakland Athletics for sponsoring today’s guide to July Fourth festivities, parades, and fireworks.

Fourth of July is Awesome This Year

We’ll be honest: we’ve missed a whole lot of fireworks with our kids through the years because the start time is always after 9 pm. Luckily, there’s more fun to be had on the Fourth of July than just fireworks. A daytime playdate in a park followed by a nap and a BBQ makes a great Fourth. This year there are some fireworks shows and parades back in the mix. Yippee!

See fireworks at the A's game
See fireworks at the A’s game | Photo: Sally Mason

Many of the big, East Bay community events are back in 2022! Here’s what’s going on for July Fourth that’s awesome for Bay Area families:

Bay Area Activities, Fireworks, Parades, & Fests for Independence Day

🎆 July 4, 6:07 pm start, Oakland A’s Fireworks Game @ Oakland Coliseum: Watch the best fireworks in town: the beloved post-game fireworks celebration is on July 4 this year for the first time EVER. Expect a red, white, and blue experience. A Family 4-pack of tickets in the Treehouse Plaza is $39 and includes parking! Buy tickets >

kids on baseball field watching fireworks
Watching the explosive show from the baseball field | Photo: Oakland A’s

July 4, worldOne Festival, 10 am to noon. The City of El Cerrito is back with its kid-friendly fair with food, jump houses, and small rides at Cerrito Vista Park. worldOne more info.

🎆 July 4, Antioch Parade & Fireworks Antioch is hosting an annual parade and celebration that starts bright and early with a pancake breakfast at City Hall followed by a parade AND, later, fireworks! Pancakes at 8 am, Parade at 5 pm. Fireworks begin at 9:20 pm. Antioch Independence Day.

July 4, Orinda Parade, 10 am to noon. The City of Orinda is holding its Fourth of July parade starting at 10 am with a pancake breakfast beforehand. Other activities of the day include flag-raising, a library sale, fun run, and a concert in the park. Orinda Parade Route.

July 4, Piedmont Parade, 11 am to 2 pm. Watch the annual Fourth of July Parade through downtown Piedmont. The parade begins at 11 am and travels down Highland Avenue; then, join a community celebration in Piedmont Park. Learn more about Piedmont on the Fourth.

July 4, Alameda Parade, starts at 10 am. The Alameda July Fourth Parade claims to be the longest in the nation. Show up at 10 am to watch or even earlier to stake out the best viewing spot.

July 4, Albany Concert in the Park, 11 am to 2 pm. Spend time with friends and neighbors at this Fourth of July concert in the park. Bring your own lunch and enjoy live music on the lawn of Memorial Park. Details >

July 4, Alameda Family Fest at South Shore Center, 3 to 5 pm. Face painting, glitter tattoos, and performances make this celebration manageable and fun. Details >

🎆 July 4, Concord Parade and Fireworks, starts at 8 am. Family fun run, parade, and nighttime fireworks promise a whole day of fun. Kids run starts at 8 am and the fireworks start at 9 pm. Hope there’s time in between for a nap. Learn more >

🎆 July 4, Martinez Parade and Fireworks, starts at 10 am. Parade down Main Street begins at 10 am. Fireworks are at the marina beginning at 9 pm. Learn more >

🎆 July 4, Moraga Commons 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks, starts at 11 am
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. Details >

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

🎆 July 4, Benicia Picnic and Fireworks, starts at noon. Benicia’s City Park is filled with arts and crafts, delicious hot food, live entertainment and children’s activities beginning at noon. Fireworks start at 9 pm. Learn more >

July 4, San Pablo Carnival, 4 pm to 8 pm. This event will include carnival games, face painting and food trucks. Please note that there will be no fireworks this year. Learn more >

July 4, Fourth of July Aboard USS Hornet, 10 am to 5 pm. Enjoy this annual summer BBQ party on the flight deck, plus listen to music and tour the ship and its aircraft. Read more >

🎆 July 4, Fourth of July at Great America, 11 am to 9 pm. Plan for a day full of fun at the amusement park and stay for an amazing fireworks display at the end of the day. Exhaust yourselves. Learn more and buy tickets >

Please choose lots more destinations from our Massive Summer Bucket List.

Thanks again to the Oakland Athletics for sponsoring today’s guide to July Fourth festivities, parades, and fireworks.

a's fireworks show
Fans may move down to the field to watch the fireworks after a game at the Oakland Coliseum. | (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

 



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