Communities all over the Bay Area have scheduled fireworks, parades, concerts even a singing flag (Concord) to celebrate July Fourth. Here's a rundown.
All events July 4 unless otherwise noted:
SANTA CLARA COUNTY
Milpitas Red, White & Boom Celebration: The event starts at 7 p.m. (gates open at 6) at the Milpitas Sports Center, 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd. There will be music plus fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Tickets are $3 for ages 2 years and up. www.milpitasinfo.com.
Morgan Hill: The July 4 free event begins at 7:45 a.m. with a 5K walk/run at P.A. Walsh School followed by a parade. There will be a car show immediately following the parade. Entertainment and fireworks viewing will be at Morgan Hill Community Park. Music begins at 6 p.m., fireworks display at dark. www.mhfreedomfest.com.
Palo Alto Summer Festival & Chili Cook-off: Event takes place at Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive. The festival features live music, children's activities, food vendors and -- of course -- a chili tasting. Nominal fee for tastings. Things get underway at noon; for more information, visit www.cityofpaloalto.org.
San Francisco Symphony: Fireworks show set to patriotic songs, marches and narrations. Symphony performs at 8 p.m. Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View. $33-$47.35, $10 parking, www.livenation.com.
San Jose's Rose, White and Blue Parade: The parade starts at 10 a.m. at the Lincoln High parking lot on Dana Avenue and wends its way through the neighborhood to a festival on The Alameda near Shasta Avenue. There will be food, drink, music, carnival rides and activities for the kids. Free, www.rosewhiteblueparade.com.
San Jose Giants Fireworks Extravaganza: The single A ballclub of the San Francisco Giants will host the Visalia Rawhide on July 4 and July 5. Fireworks will begin after the conclusion of each game. Game time is 6:30 p.m. Municipal Stadium, 588 East Alma Ave., San Jose. 408-297-1435, http://sjgiants.com.
Santa Clara Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza: Fireworks return to Santa Clara's Central Park. Event starts at 5 p.m. The Groove Kings perform at 7:30 p.m. before the fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Kiely Boulevard will be lined with food trucks. http://santaclaraca.gov.
Alameda County Fair: The fair, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., off Bernal Avenue, will have shorter hours (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.). Tickets are free for kids under 6, $6 for kids 6 to 12, $8 for seniors, $10 for adults. Parking is $10-$20. The Red, White and Blues Festival will be held all day with nine performances at the amphitheater. No fireworks on the Fourth. www.alamedacountyfair.com
Alameda Mayor's July Fourth Parade: The parade gets underway at 10 a.m. from Lincoln Avenue at Park Street and wends its way through downtown. There are bands, antique cars, marching units, dance troupes and more. www.myalamedaparade.com.
Albany: Events include mustache contest, baby race called the Diaper Derby, Vivarium Reptile Show and free ice cream. Also three-legged races, egg toss and sack races. Kids can purchase a Fun Band for $5 for unlimited use of most entertainment. Registration cost may apply to enter contests. Noon-4 p.m., Memorial Park, 1331 Portland Ave. www.albanyca.org.
Berkeley Marina fireworks and celebration: Food, live entertainment, art and crafts vendors, dragon boat rides 2-6 p.m. Noon-9:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. University Avenue. Free admission. 510-548-5335, www.ci.berkeley.ca.us.
Dublin fireworks/celebration: Families can picnic and shoot off safe and sane fireworks between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. at Alamo Creek Park, 7601 Shady Creek Road; Dublin Sports Grounds, 6700 Dublin Blvd.; and Emerald Glen Park, 4201 Central Parkway. No alcohol or illegal fireworks. www.ci.dublin.ca.us
Fremont Fourth of July Parade: The parade starts at 10 a.m. at State Street and Capitol Avenue in downtown. More than 70 marching units are expected including bands and floats. www.fremont4th.org.
Livermore Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration: 4 to 9:30 p.m., Las Positas College, 3000 Campus Hill Drive. Cost: $20 per vehicle or $5 per person walk-in, children 6 and under free. Arts and crafts, live entertainment, food vendors. No alcohol or ice chests permitted. http://bit.ly/11IyBVk
Pleasanton: Picnic, free Pleasanton Community Concert and patriotic entertainment, noon to 1:30 p.m., Lions Wayside Park, Neal and First streets. Lions Club will sell a hot dog and a drink for a dollar, free ice cream for kids. No fireworks. http://www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us
USS Hornet Museum Independence Day: Live music on the flight deck, interactive games for all ages, prizes and a bounce house for kids. Tours of the famous aircraft carrier will be available throughout the day. Fireworks from other Bay Area events can be viewed on deck. 1-9 p.m. July 4. 707 W. Hornet Avenue, Pier 3 in Alameda. $20-$25, $10 children. Please contact the museum for more information at 510-521-8448, or visit www.uss-hornet.org.
San Francisco Fourth of July Waterfront Celebration: Music and viewing of fireworks display over San Francisco Bay. Noon-9:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Pier 39, Beach Street and the Embarcadero. Free admission. 415-705-5500, www.pier39.com.
SAN MATEO COUNTY
Menlo Park 4th of July Parade: The parade begins at 11:45 a.m. from the parking lot on Chestnut Street at Santa Cruz Avenue and ends at the 4th of July celebration at Burgess Park (Alma and Burgess Ave.) From noon-2:30 p.m., there will be food, music, and many fun activities. There will be a $7 charge for some activities. www.menlopark.org.
Redwood City Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks: Redwood City celebrates its 75th annual Fourth of July parade, beginning at 10 a.m. from Marshall Street at Winslow Street. After the parade comes the 27th annual Independence Day Festival in downtown with a battle of the bands, arts and crafts, food, drink and children's entertainment. Fireworks over the Port of Redwood City start around 9:30 p.m. www.redwoodcity.org.
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY
Antioch Fourth of July Car Show, Parade and Fireworks:l 5-10 p.m. Festivities start with a car show at the Antioch City Hall parking lot, two kid zones near the El Campanil Theatre and Nick Rodriguez Community Center and other entertainment acts. The parade, on Second Street, will start at 7 p.m., and the grand finale, the fireworks, will start atï»¿ 9:30 p.m. www.antiochjuly4th.com
Clayton Fourth of July Parade: Kiddie Parade line up starts 9:30 a.m. (no registration required); Parade runs 10 a.m.-noon down Main Street. Theme: "Celebrating Community and Country." www.ci.clayton.ca.us
Concord: Stars & Stripes Kids Fun Run, 8:15 a.m.; 5k 8:30 a.m. Inaugural fire truck pull, ceremonial 10 a.m., team pull 10:15 a.m. Parade, 10 a.m. with new route starting at Mt. Diablo High School on Grant Street, and going around Todos Santos Plaza. Singing Flag, by Calvary Temple, 7:30 p.m., July 2-4, Dave Brubeck Park, 4201 Concord Blvd. Fireworks, 9:20 p.m. www.concordjuly4th.com
Craneway Pavilion: Music and fireworks celebration kicks off at 6:15 p.m. July 3, highlighted by Oakland East Bay Symphony performance. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.. 1414 Harbour Way; www.oeb.org for details.
Danville Kiwanis Fourth of July Parade: It begins at 9: 30 a.m. at Hartz and Railroad avenues, travels down Hartz to San Ramon Valley Boulevard, ending about 11:30 a.m. at Sycamore Valley Road. About 120 entries are expected. www.kiwanis-srv.org/parade.asp
El Cerrito : Family-friendly event is full of fun, food, entertainment, carnival games, jump houses and kids rides, El Cerrito Art Association Art Show and Sale, vendor booths and more. No dogs. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cerrito Vista Park, 950 Pomona Ave. (at Moeser Lane). 510-559-7000.
Martinez parade, celebration: Pancake breakfast 8-10 a.m., Roxx on Main, 627 Main St. $7 adults, $4 kids to age 10. Flag-raising 9-9:15 a.m. Veterans Memorial Building, 930 Ward St. Parade 10 a.m. on Main Street between Court, Alhambra. . Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. at Martinez Shoreline Waterfront Park. www.cityofmartinez.org
Orinda 30th anniversary parade and celebration: Pancake breakfast, Orinda Community Center, 7:30 a.m. Roadrunners Fun Run/Haley's Run for a Reason at 8:15 a.m. Parade begins at 10 a.m. at Orinda Theatre, goes under Highway 24 to the Orinda Community Center where there will be food, music, games and activities until 1 p.m. www.orindaassociation.org
Pittsburg Old Town Festival and Fireworks: Free festival featuring carnival-type games such as a pie toss and dunk tank, activities for children and food and beverage vendors start at 6 p.m. at Pittsburg Marina, 51 E. Marina Blvd., followed by fireworks at 9 p.m. http://oldtownpittsburgca.com/fireworks2013/
Pleasant Hill: 8 a.m. Firecracker 5k Fun Run starts at the Clock Tower downtown. Parade starts 9:30 a.m. on Contra Costa Boulevard at Woodsworth Lane, to Crescent Drive, to Boyd Road. Music, food, contests, displays start 10:30 a.m. at Pleasant Hill Park, 147 Gregory Lane. Fireworks about 9:15 p.m. at College Park High, 201 Viking Drive. www.phjuly4.com
Richmond: The official city location is Marina Bay Park, at the foot of the Marina Bay Parkway, where there will be live blues music, food vendors and a children's play area from 6 to 10 p.m. July 3. The fifth annual Target Independence Day Celebration with the Oakland East Bay Symphony offers an indoor event the Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South. Admission is free, but there is a charge for parking at the Ford Point grounds, and seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
USS Red Oak Victory: Fireworks viewing and dining will be available on the historic ship SS Red Oak Victory on July 3. Boarding is at 6 p.m., barbecue will be served at 7 p.m., movies and karaoke will be offered in the hold below deck before pyrotechnics time. Admission, including food, is $25, with proceeds benefiting the restoration and operation of the ship at 1337 Canal Blvd. in the Port of Richmond. For details or to reserve tickets, call 510-235-7387 or 510-237-2933.
San Pablo: Live entertainment, activities and food and community booths starting at 3:30 p.m. at the El Portal Soccer Field, 2600 Moraga Road. Fireworks show at dusk. Performances will include 1960s and '70s R&B, a Brazilian Afro-Latin drum dance ensemble, Latina love ballads, classic funk, a tribute to Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, and 1980s pop by the Spazmatics.
San Ramon: The city will celebrate the holiday and its 30th year as a municipality. The free party goes from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at Central Park. San Ramon Symphonic Band concert, followed by The Cheeseballs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. No fireworks. www.ci.san-ramon.ca.us
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
Aptos Fourth of July Parade and Celebration: Food, entertainment, games, art and crafts. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Pancake breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m., parade at 10 a.m. on Soquel Drive. Aptos Village Park, State Park Drive and Soquel Drive. Free admission. www.aptoschamber.com.
Roaring Camp Fourth of July Celebration: Free event will feature hula hoop contests, games, live music and barbecue. Roaring Camp and Big Trees Railroad, 5355 Graham Hill Road, Felton. 831-335-4484, www.roaringcamp.com.