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
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
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.
Photo from dailycal.org.