California’s Great America http://www.cagreatamerica.com/events/events.cfm Saturday Night Fireworks – note: NO FIREWORKS ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 4TH, 2012 Fireworks on Saturday, July 7, 2012. Great America hosts fireworks show every Saturday during July and August 2012. Park open 10am – 10pm with Planet Snoopy, rides, rollercoasters, live shows and many dining options. 4701 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA 95054. (408) 986-5866.
Gilroy http://gilroywelcomecenter.org//events City of Gilroy’s Annual Fireworks! – Fireworks start at approximately 9:15pm. Wednesday, July 4, 2012. 750 West 10th Street, Gilroy, CA 95020. (408) 846-0419.
Gilroy Gardens http://www.gilroygardens.org/visit/ Independence Day Weekend BBQ – All-You-Can-Eat BBQ includes: Tangy BBQ Chicken, All Beef Hot Dogs, Potato Salad, Western Style Chili Beans, Garden Salad, Dinner Rolls, Fresh Cut Watermelon, Ice Cream Novelties and Cola-Cola Soft Drinks. June 30 – July 4, 2012. 3050 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy, CA 95020.
Milpitas Sports Center http://www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov/_pdfs/_event_July4Flyer.pdf hhttp://www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov/_pdfs/rec_activity_guide.pdf Red, White & Boom! – Water fun at the Milpitas Sports Center pools, an evening of music, and fireworks. Pool party 1pm – 4pm , concert gates open at 6pm and fireworks begin at approximately 9:30pm. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the celebration! Wednesday, July 4, 2012. 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd. (408) 586-3210.
San Jose Municipal Stadium http://sanjose.giants.milb.com/ San Jose Giants Fireworks Extravaganzas – Get tickets for Wednesday, July 4, 2012 or Thursday July 5, 2012. Postgame Fireworks Extravaganzas on both nights. 588 East Alma Avenue, San Jose, CA. (408) 297-1435 ext. 15.
San Jose, The Alameda Avenue http://www.rosewhiteblueparade.com/ Rose, White, and Blue Parade – Parade through Rose Garden neighborhood. Live music, arts & crafts booth, Antique & Classic Car Show and Picnic on the Alameda. Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Parade starts 10am at W. San Carlos and Shasta Ave. Festival located at The Alameda between Hanchett and Hester Ave. (408) 436-8581.
Shoreline Amphitheatre http://www.sfsymphony.org/season/Event.aspx?eventid=58258 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular with the San Francisco Symphony – Gold medal
music, sonic gymnastics, and fireworks accompanied by the Orchestra.
Alamedahttp://www.myalamedaparade.com/ http://www.alamedarace.com/ https://www.facebook.com/AlamedaParade Alameda Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade – 2nd longest parade in the nation starts at Lincoln Ave. and Park St., Alameda, CA. Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Race starts at 9:45am, parade starts at 10am and Jumpin’ & Jivin’ Jubilee begins at 12pm. (510) 633-9550.
Antioch http://www.antiochjuly4th.com/ Antioch July 4th, 2012 Celebration – Parade at 7pm and fireworks at 9:30pm at the historic waterfront Rivertown District. Live music, kids zone, car show and food. Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Antioch, CA 94509.
Berkeley Marina http://www.anotherbullwinkelshow.com/4th-of-july/index.html 4th of July at Berkeley Marina – Fireworks starts at 9:30pm. Live entertainment all day, face painting, arts & crafts, Adventure Playground, dragon boat rowing, and food. Wednesday, July 4, 2012. 12pm – 10pm. 201 University Ave. Berkeley, CA 94710. (510) 548-5335.
Commodore Events http://commodoreevents.com/fourthofjulycruise.html Happy Independence Day on the Cabernet! – Gourmet buffet dinner, dancing, bar, and fireworks aboard luxury yacht. Wednesday, July 4, 2012. 6 p.m. 11 p.m. Boarding at 6 p.m. 2394 Mariners Square Dr. Alameda, CA 94501. (510) 337-9000.
Craneway Pavillion http://www.craneway.com/Events/ Target Independence Day Celebration – Live music, food and fireworks! Gates open at 5pm, live music begins at 6:30pm, and the Oakland East Bay Symphony starts performance at 8pm. Guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs. Tuesday, July 3, 2012. 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond, CA 94804.
Irvington District of Fremont http://fremont4th.org/ Fremont 4th of July Parade – Floats, marching bands, balloons, equestrian units and some surprise out-of-town entries at the historic Irvington District. Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Parade starts 10am at Mission Blvd. & Pine St. Fremont.
Jack London Square http://www.jacklondonsquare.com/events.php#special_events July 4th Family Fun Festival – Family fun, activities for kids, live music, festival food and entertainment at Jack London Square. Wednesday, July 4, 2012. 11am – 4pm. Broadway & 1st St. Oakland, CA 94607. (510) 627-1670.
Lions Wayside Park
Concert in the Park – Fourth of July concert and food Monday, July 4, 2011. 12:30pm – 1:30pm. 1st St & Neal St, Pleasanton, CA 94566. –>
USS Hornet Museum http://www.uss-hornet.org/calendar/4thjuly/index.shtml Fourth of July Party – View of surrounding fireworks displays begins around 9:15pm with patriotic music (weather permitting). NOTE: USS Hornet does not host the fireworks show. Throughout the day, live music and entertainment featuring The Cocktail Monkeys. Carnival Games, Flight Simulator, Jump House, Interactive Games, ship exploration, food and beverages. Wednesday, July 4, 2012, 1pm – 9pm. 707 W. Hornet Ave, Alameda, CA 94501. (510) 521-8448 x282.
USS Potomac http://www.usspotomac.org/documents/2012_charter_brochure.pdf http://www.usspotomac.org/events/images/FourthofJuly2012.jpg July 4th Fireworks On San Francisco Bay – Champagne, dessert, tea, coffee and fireworks aboard Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Floating White House.” Wednesday, July 4, 2012. 7:30 p.m. 10:30 p.m. Yacht docks at Clay St., Jack London Square, Oakland, CA. (510) 627-1215.
Alcatraz http://www.alcatraz.us/?event=offer.detail&offerId=3718 Fourth of July Dinner Dance & Fireworks Cruise in San Francisco – Four-course seated dinner, open premium bar, fireworks, live bands and dancing, 6:30pm – 11pm. Wednesday, July 4th , 2012. 1(800)-410-8233.
Blue and Gold Fleet http://www.blueandgoldfleet.com/special-events/ http://blueandgoldfleet.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/4thofjuly2012.pdf Fourthof July Fireworks Cruise – Music, fireworks, drinks and snacks. Watch San Francisco fireworks from the bay. Sailings begin Wednesday, July 4, 2012 from Pier 41, San Francisco, CA at 8pm (415) 705-8200.
Fillmore District http://www.fillmorejazzfestival.com/ Fillmore Jazz Festival – Free live jazz music, arts and crafts, gourmet food. Saturday July 7 and Sunday July 8, 2012 10am – 6pm RAIN OR SHINE. Fillmore St. between Jackson & Eddy, San Francisco, CA. (415) 456-6436.
Pier 33, Alcatraz Landing
4th of July Fireworks Cruise – Fireworks Cruise, snacks, cocktails, wine, beer – please note does not dock on Alcatraz Island. , July 4, 2010 boarding 7:15pm – 8:15pm, cruising 8:15pm – 10:30pm. Pier 33, Alcatraz Landing, San Francisco, CA. (415) 438-8365.–>
Hornblower 4th of July cruise http://www.hornblower.com/hce/port/overview/sf+belle_July4th 4th of July Premier Dinner Dance Cruise – Watch San Francisco fireworks from the bay. 4-hour cruise, dinner, cocktails, music, views, fireworks and more. Departs Wednesday, July 4, 2012 from Pier 3, San Francisco, CA at 7pm. 1 (888) 467-6256
Pier 39 http://www.pier39.com/Events/ Fourth of July Celebration at PIER 39 – PIER 39 celebrates Independence Day with fun for the whole family — dancing, live entertainment, and fireworks. Fireworks display starts at approximately 9:30pm. Wednesday, July 4, 2012, 12pm – 9:30pm. Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133. (415) 705-5500.
Stern Grove http://www.sterngrove.org/home/celebrate75/july8/ San Francisco Symphony – The San Francisco Symphony performs with Music Director and Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas in a rare summer appearance! The program features the iconic sounds of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with members of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Sunday, July 8, 2012, 2pm. 19th Ave. & Sloat, San Francisco. (415) 252-6252.
Boulder Creekhttp://www.bcba.net/events.html Annual Boulder Creek 4th of July Parade – Parade starts at 10am. Wednesday, July 4, 2012 Scarborough Lumber and Railroad Ave, CA.
Roaring Camp Railroads http://www.roaringcamp.com/events#fourth_July 4th of July Celebration – Sock Hop and 50′s family 4th of July. Hula Hoop contests, games, live music and all-American barbecue. Wednesday, July 4, 2012. 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton, California 95018. (831) 335-4484.
Skypark in Scotts Valley http://www.scottsvalleychamber.com/calendar/event.php?ID=108 4th of July Fireworks Celebration - Fireworks scheduled to begin at 9:15pm. Celebration opens at 3pm with a parade along Scotts Valley Drive. Food, live music and bounce houses and food follow at Skypark. Wednesday, July 4, 2012 3pm – 10pm. 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. (831) 438-3251.
Wilder Ranch State Park http://parks.ca.gov/?page_id=26413 Old-fashioned Independence Day at Wilder Ranch – participate in a 1911-style Independence Day celebration including parade at noon, games, crafts, live big-band music, living history demonstrations, historic speeches and flag-raising. Bring a picnic lunch or food/drink also for sale. Wednesday, July 4, 2012. 11am – 4pm. Hwy. 1, 10 miles north of Santa Cruz. (831) 426-0505.
Come to Santa Cruz and visit the kingdom of Fungi! Learn about the hundreds of beautiful and fascinating species of local fungi on display in a re-created woodland habitat. A unique Santa Cruz tradition, the Santa Cruz Fungus Fair features a special room full of hands-on activities for the kids, including a fungus exploration area, clay mushroom building, face paints, and more! The 38th Annual Santa Cruz Fungus Fair will be held at the Louden Nelson Community Center. Sponsored by the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz, the fair draws more than 2,000 visitors each year Hours: Friday 3:00 to 7:00 pm; Saturday/Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
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Explore the Wit and Whimsy of Mel Chin’s Recolecciones. Where in one place can you see a revolving secret door, a low-rider table complete with hydraulic lifts, or a set of tables shaped like the seven continents?
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