Take in a Fourth of July parade in Danville, enjoy free concerts in San Ramon, see fireworks in Livermore, attend a speech in Pleasanton or enjoy the day at the Alameda County Fair -- there is a lot of patriotic fun planned for July 4 in the Tri-Valley.
The parade is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley and attracts about 40,000 people each year. It features bands, gymnasts, Scouts and other community organizations, antique cars, horses and other animals.
Spectator chairs may be placed after 6 p.m. Wednesday.
For details, visit www.kiwanis-srv.org/parade.asp.
There is lawn seating, and low-back chairs are allowed. There will be family fun, games, food and drinks for sale, and entertainment by The Humming Birdz and "American Idol" contender Jason "Wolf" Hamlin.
The advance entry fee is $20 per carload, $25 at the gate. Walk-in admission
Civil War, history buff Ernie Manzo will dress in an 1860s uniform and speak about key battles of the war, and Ann Collins will discuss the Emanicipation Proclamation and other legislation actions of the era.
The 10k run starts at 8:15 a.m. The 5k wlk/run and 3k walk begin at 8:20 a.m. All events are at Central Park, 12501 Alcosta Blvd.
Race day registration begins at 6:30 a.m. and is $40.
For details, visit www.ci.san-ramon.ca.us/Parks/events/races.htm.
Free concerts will be held at the park from 4 to 7:30 p.m. The event starts with patriotic music by the San Ramon Symphonic Band, followed by a salute to the armed forces. Then, Pride & Joy takes the stage. Parking is free.
Blue Star Moms will collect items for care packages for the troops. Visitors may stop at the group's table to write postcards to service members.