Independence Day Around the East Bay


After Richmond starts the 4th of July party one night early, our neighboring cities keep it going all day long.  Here are our top picks of local Independence Day celebrations:

El Cerrito: worldOne 4th of July Festival

Cerrito Vista Park
7007 Moeser Ln, El Cerrito, CA 94530
10am – 7pm

For a day of July 4th fun that celebrates the USA’s multicultural heritage, check out the nearby worldOne festival, now in its 17th year.  Live reggae, jazz, Zydeco music, and more create a vibrant soundtrack for an afternoon of carnival games, food, and art.  This award-winning celebration is a mainstay of the El Cerrito community.


Berkeley:  Food, Fun & Fireworks at the Berkeley Marina

Berkeley Marina
201 University Ave, Berkeley 94710
12pm – 10pm.  Fireworks at 9:30pm.

To truly celebrate “on the water,” head to the Berkeley Marina for a festival that includes free dragon boating from noon to 5pm.  In addition, enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, crafts, and carnival rides.  Food trucks and concessions include Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Dojo Dog, Sonoma Teriyaki, and more.  Be aware that parking is limited and is $15 in the Marina lots; festival is also accessible by bus or bike.  Free valet bike parking is provided by Mountain High Yoghurt.


Vallejo: 4th of July Parade & Waterfront Fireworks

Vallejo Waterfront
Georgia and Mare Island Way, Vallejo, CA 94590
Parade begins at Broadway and Tennessee streets.
Parade and celebration begin at 10am; fireworks start at 9:15pm. 

A parade of classic cars and floats kicks off the celebration in Vallejo.  At the waterfront, attendees can enjoy live music, and artisan beer garden, a dog parade, and “pirating zombies.”  Food vendors include Earl’s Bar-B-Q, tacos, and pupusas.


Antioch: Live Music, Car Show & Fireworks

Contra Costa County Fairgrounds
1201 W 10th St, Antioch, CA 94509
Fairgrounds open at 3pm; fireworks at 9pm.
Parade starts at 3 pm at 2nd and D streets. 

Live music, kids games, and a car show mean that every member of the family will have a way to celebrate.  Local bands will provide music, including Shawn Raiford and Band, Lori Maxwell & Timez End, and The Best Intentions.  This event is free of charge, courtesy of the Celebrate Antioch Foundation.

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