Here's your guide to area celebrations for Independence Day.
The city celebrates Independence Day on July 3, with festivities and fireworks over the shoreline.
Viewing areas include 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.
The free Target Independence Day Celebration at the Craneway starts at 6:30 p.m. with performances by the Hilltop Community Church Choir and Oaktown Jazz Workshops.
The Oakland East Bay Symphony, led by conductor Michael Morgan, takes the stage at 8 p.m. The concert will include the debut of pianist Chloe Ma, Junior Division winner of last year's OEBS Young Artist Competition, performing the first movement of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2.
The symphony's grand finale at 9:15 p.m. will feature patriotic music to accompany the fireworks display.
Seating in the Craneway is first-come, first-serve.
The new Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historic Park Visitor Education Center next to the Craneway will be open until 8:30 p.m. for the celebration.
Admission, including food, is $25, with proceeds benefiting the restoration and operation of the ship at 1337 Canal Blvd. in the Port of Richmond. Registration is required by July 1. For details and a registration form, visit www.ssredoakvictory.com/calendar.htm.
The city's Green, Red, White & Blue Celebration from noon to 4 p.m. in Memorial Park, 1335 Portland Ave., emphasizes fun in a sustainable way, with a goal of generating zero waste by recycling and composting.
Local food trucks will be featured, including Boffo Cart, Fist of Flour, Skylite Snowballs and Tamales Oaxaca.
Entertainment will include music by the Charlie Wheal Band, the Albany Lions Watermelon Eating Contest, the Beard and Mustache Contest, free ice cream in the afternoon from the Albany Chamber of Commerce, the second annual Diaper Derby, the East Bay Vivarium Reptile Show, a Pet Show and the first Albany Police Activities League Car Show.
Activities will include family games and attractions such as the Mega Rock Wall, jump houses, a game tent (Ping-Pong, air hockey, foosball), dunk tank, quad bungee jump, giant obstacle course and human hamster balls.
The day starts with the annual Albany Lions pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. in the Veterans Building in Memorial Park. Pancakes, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, orange slices, coffee and juice are $7, and proceeds go to the club's community programs.
The free July 4 Fair and 14th annual worldOne music festival are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Cerrito Vista Park, 950 Pomona Ave.
The fair is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with games and rides, activities, Circus Imagination and other entertainers in the big top, community, vendor and food booths, activities on the park lawn and along the adjacent blocks of Pomona Avenue, which will be closed to traffic. The El Cerrito Art Association will have exhibits and demonstrations on Pomona Avenue.
The worldOne Music Festival hosted by worldOne Radio KECG 88.1 FM from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. will have a full day of acts and musical styles from around the globe on the main stage in the park.
Acts will include Calafia; PC Munoz; Gamelan Sekar Jaya; Elijah Rock; Earth Amplified; Tito and Sun Son De Cuba and Dhol Rhythms.
DJ Doug Wendt and DJ worldOnelove will spin tunes throughout the day.
Activities will include carnival games, face painting, a rock climbing wall, bounce houses and carnival rides for young children, plus strolling performers, including African Outlet, Hoopin' Heather and Magical Nathaniel.
Free bike valet parking will be available on Moeser Lane.
A parade and festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fred Jackson Way.
The free event is open to all and will include entertainment, prizes, art, poetry, a spoken word contest, arts and crafts, music, barbecue, drinks, games, a school supply giveaway, food tasting of fresh fruits and vegetables, disaster preparedness demonstrations and more.
You can expect that most of the quirky town's 190 creative people will be participating in the "colorful and humorous" parade that starts at 6 p.m. by The Warehouse and the Burlington Hotel at the parking lot area at end of Canyon Lake Drive. The street will be closed to traffic at Reservoir Street to allow spectators to find places to watch the procession, which will proceed to the historic Port Costa School at Plaza El Hambre.
"Somebody's been building a boat on wheels," said Lewis Stewart of the Port Costa Conservation Society.
At the school, trophies will be awarded for best people-powered entry, best engine-powered entry, best musical entry, most historic entry, most amusing entry, best kid costume, best adult costume, best animal costume, most patriotic child's entry and most patriotic adult entry.
Gates open at 1:30 p.m. for the city-sponsored celebration at El Portal Soccer Field, 2600 Moraga Road. Live entertainment will include American Bandstand Tribute with Eddie & The Boppers; East Bay Funk and Soul Train Tribute featuring GTS with Ric Ramos; Unauthorized Rolling Stones with a 50th anniversary tribute; James Solis Martial Arts demonstration; San Pablo School Youth Group Singers; and a 40-year anniversary tribute in dance to "Suavecito." The feature performer is Ashling "Biscuit" Cole with a Teena Marie Tribute.
There will also be children activities, games, arts and crafts and food and community booths. Fireworks follow after sunset.
Contact Chris Treadway at 510-262-2784 or email@example.com.