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Thursday, July 2

Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame
Thursday, July 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Burlingame Museum of Pez
Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame

The first Thursday of every month is free admission to the Pez Museum in Burlingame, a mini-museum where you can find over 500 pez dispensers from the past 80 years. See the world’s largest pez dispenser and a rare Pez, worth about $5,000, a Mr ...

1st & 3rd Thursday “Hub CAP” Community Art Party | Vallejo
Thursday, July 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are always welcome.
| The Hub Vallejo
1st & 3rd Thursday

Every first and third Thursday evening, The Hub Vallejo hosts Hub CAP Community Art Party, a creative community gathering where anything goes  – painting, singing, sewing, knitting, music, mosaics, sculpture…whatever. It’s informal and a chance to hang as a community and create. Bring a project, a ...

Friday, July 3

“Outdoor Exploratorium” Final Weekend: 8 Interactive Nature Exhibits | Fort Mason
Friday, July 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Fort Mason Center

Fourth of July weekend is the public’s last chance to taste, touch, and take in the Exploratorium’s temporary exhibits at Fort Mason. Grab a map and take a walk around the area to check out all the exhibits emphasizing noticing and deeply observing the natural world. Known ...

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom | Fireworks & DJ Dance Party | 2015
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom | Fireworks & DJ Dance Party | 2015
Celebrate Independence Day all weekend long at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, from Friday to Sunday, July 3-5, 2015, with rides, food, a DJ dance party, interactive games, and a fireworks extravaganza accompanied by a classic patriotic soundtrack, each night of the event. Bring along a can of ...
History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City
Friday, July 3 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Mateo County History Museum
History Museum: Free First Fridays | Redwood City

Enjoy free admission from 10 am to 4 pm, every first Friday of the month, at the San Mateo History Museum. Explore the museum housed in the 1910 County Courthouse; listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it features a stained glass dome and mosaic tile floor. 2 pm General Tour: ...

Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Friday, July 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Connect with nature at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, a place for learning, exploration and building community located in a beautiful building right on the beach in Santa Cruz. Permanent exhibits include wildlife and habitat displays, artifacts and cultural exhibits of the Ohlone, a ...

Russian River “Big Rocky Games” | Monte Rio | 2015
Friday, July 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Monte Rio Public Beach
Russian River

Monte Rio, along the Russian River, hosts its annual two day “Big Rocky Games” with fun kids games and contests. Activities include inner tube races, a rubber ducky contest, rock skipping, a water balloon toss, an ice cream eating contest, canoe and swim races, and ...

Caterpillar Puppets | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Friday, July 3 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Children's Garden)
Caterpillar Puppets | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Joe Leon’s Caterpillar Puppets don’t just entertain kids and parents. His eccentric menagerie draws audiences of all ages into seemingly familiar stories that take unexpected turns. Like his version of the Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Bla-bla-blas, or the shy artist mouse Amadeus ...
Windsor | Pre-4th of July “Kaboom” Fireworks & Laser Show Festival | 2015
Windsor | Pre-4th of July
Get festive for the Fourth at a small town celebration with all the trimmings. Residents and visitors alike can enjoy the Windsor Independence Day celebration on Thursday, July 3, 2015 at Keiser Park, capped off by a fireworks and laser show.   A festival in the park ...
WorldOne Festival Pre-Party & Jazz Concert | El Cerrito
Friday, July 3 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Cerrito Vista Park
WorldOne Festival Pre-Party & Jazz Concert | El Cerrito

El Cerrito hosts the 17th Annual WorldOne Festival featuring live reggae, dub and world music, plus circus performers on July 3-4, 2015. July 3, 2015 – pre-party from 5-7 pm with the El Cerrito High School Jazz Band, plus a special guest. July 4, 2015 – the main festival day, ...

“Reds, Whites & Blues” Views, Tunes & Food Trucks | Alameda
Friday, July 3 – 5:00 pm | Cost: $6*
*$6 in advance; $12 at the door. Food and wine are for purchase at the event.
| Rock Wall Wine Company
Come kick off the Fourth of July weekend at Rock Wall Wine Company’s 2015 Reds, Whites and Blues Food Truck Frenzy on Friday, July 3, 2015. It’s $6 in advance or $12 at the door. Enjoy an evening of wine tasting and gourmet street food from some of the Bay Area’s best ...
Hawaiian Healing Talk, Dance Party & Off The Grid | Friday Nights at OMCA
Hawaiian Healing Talk, Dance Party & Off The Grid | Friday Nights at OMCA
What to expect on July 3: 5–9 pm: Half-off gallery admission for adults, free for ages 18 and under 5–9 pm: Local beer and wine specials in the Blue Oak beer garden 5–9 pm: All Museum galleries open late 5–9 pm: Gourmet food trucks from Off the Grid featuring ...
Sebastopol | 3rd of July Fireworks Extravaganza Festival | 2015
Friday, July 3 – 5:30 pm | Cost: $10*
*$10 general admission; $5 for 6-11; free for children under 5
| Analy High School Football Field
Sebastopol | 3rd of July Fireworks Extravaganza Festival | 2015
The Sebastopol Kiwanis club hosts the 42nd annual fireworks extravaganza on July 3, 2015 at the  football field at Analy High School; the gates open at 5:30 pm. The festivities include live music, dancing, free games and relays, food, and a fun raffle for prizes to ...
Morgan Hill | “Freedom Fest” July 3rd Patriotic Sing & Music Festival | 2015
Friday, July 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Morgan Hill
Morgan Hill |
Downtown Morgan Hill comes together to celebrate Independence Day 2015 with their Patriotic Sing and Family Music Festival starting at 6 pm on July 3,  2015. The evening starts off with the 27th Annual Patriotic Sing, which begins at 6 pm at the Morgan Hill Community Cultural Center Amphiteater with children singing songs ...
Richmond | Third of July Live Blues & Fireworks | 2015
Friday, July 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*There are fees for the interactive children's games and food.
| Marina Bay Park
Richmond | Third of July Live Blues & Fireworks | 2015
Enjoy an evening of food, children’s games, live blues music, and a great view of the Richmond Waterfront fireworks on July 3, 2015. There will be food vendors, live blues, and a Kids Fun Zone (for a fee) starting at 6 pm leading up to the ...
Benicia | “Freedom Festival” Torchlight Parade | 2015
Friday, July 3 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | First Street (Benicia)
Benicia |
Benicia’s Freedom Festival kicks off Independence Day festivities a night early with their Torchlight Parade which takes place at 6:30 pm on July 3, 2015. The parade includes dancers, floats, clowns, and entertainment. Also check out Benicia’s Picnic in the Park & Fireworks on July 4, 2015.
Stockton | Minor League Baseball & Independence Day Fireworks Show | 2015
Friday, July 3 – 7:10 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch the fireworks outside the stadium. Tickets to the game start at $10.
| Banner Island Ballpark
Stockton | Minor League Baseball & Independence Day Fireworks Show | 2015
Watch an Independence Day celebration fireworks showcase over Banner Island Ballpark right after the Stockton Ports vs. San Jose Giants game on Friday, July 3, 2015. You’ll probably be able to see the fireworks from outside the park, even if you don’t go to the game, but a ...
Russian River | Water Carnival & Fireworks Show | 2015
Friday, July 3 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Monte Rio Public Beach
Russian River | Water Carnival & Fireworks Show | 2015
Every year, the Monte Rio beach is crowded with people who come from all over to enjoy the spectacle of fireworks over the Russian River along with a Water Boat Parade & Carnival, “Water Curtain” and fireworks starting at dusk. Friday, July 3, 2015 Dusk: Water Carnival ...
Oakland Critical Mass | First Friday
Friday, July 3 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland Critical Mass | First Friday

Oakland Critical Mass is a monthly group bike ride that takes place every first Friday of the month, which starts at 8 pm at the BikeLink bike lockers at 14th and Broadway, and ends at 23rd and Telegraph where Oakland Art Murmur is underway. Critical Mass is argued ...

San Mateo | 3rd of July Highlands Fireworks Show | 2015
Friday, July 3 – 9:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Highlands Elementary School
San Mateo | 3rd of July Highlands Fireworks Show | 2015
The annual Highlands fireworks show takes place July 3, 2015 overlooking Crystal Springs Reservoir. The event which takes place at Highlands Elementary School is free, but donations are appreciated. In past years, the fireworks have started at approximately 9:30 pm. In past years, the viewing area was in ...

Saturday, July 4

Orinda | 4th of July Parade & Celebration in the Park | 2015
Saturday, July 4 – 7:30 am | Cost: FREE | Orinda Community Park
Orinda | 4th of July Parade & Celebration in the Park | 2015
Orinda hosts a celebration with events for every age group starting with an annual pancake breakfast, a flag raising ceremony, and a parade, followed by live music, food, games and booths in Orinda Community Park on July 4, 2015. 2015 Orinda Fourth of July Parade & Celebration ...
Redwood City | 4th of July Parade, Festival & Fireworks | 2015
Saturday, July 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Downtown Redwood City
Redwood City | 4th of July Parade, Festival & Fireworks | 2015
The Redwood City Independence Day 2015 celebration packs in a full day of fun including the 77th annual parade (10 am), a car show, the 28th annual festival, a carnival, and most importantly, a fireworks show at 9:30 pm. Schedule | July 4, 2015 Pancake Breakfast – 7:30-10:30 am  with the Redwood City Fire ...
Concord | 4th of July Parade, Journey Tribute Concert & Fireworks | 2015
Saturday, July 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Mt. Diablo High School
Concord | 4th of July Parade, Journey Tribute Concert & Fireworks | 2015
Come out and enjoy Concord’s Home Town Parade, Picnic and Fireworks, taking place at Mt. Diablo High School (only three blocks from Todos Santos Plaza), on July 4, 2015. The day starts at 8 am with a 5K Run & Walk/Kids Fun Run. Then, at 10 am the parade will start from Mt. Diablo ...
Moraga | Dog Parade, Magic Show & July 4th Fireworks | 2015
Saturday, July 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Moraga Commons Park
Moraga | Dog Parade, Magic Show & July 4th Fireworks | 2015
Celebrate the 2015 Independence Day with the city of Moraga in Commons Park with an all-day festival from 8 am to to 10 pm, culminating in a fireworks display at 9:30 pm on July 4, 2015. Festivities include a dog parade, a children’s bike parade, old-fashioned kids games, a professional magic show, ...
Corte Madera/Larkspur | Fourth of July Parade & Celebration | 2015
Saturday, July 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Corte Madera Town Park
Corte Madera/Larkspur | Fourth of July Parade & Celebration | 2015
The annual Corte Madera/Larkspur Fourth of July Parade and Celebration is one of the biggest events on the Fourth of July in Marin, drawing approximately 15,000 people annually, and features live music including the Corte Madera Town Band, McIntosh Pipe Band, and the SF Gay ...
Novato | Vintage Military & WWII Sherman Tank Parade | 2015
Saturday, July 4 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Downtown Novato
Novato | Vintage Military & WWII Sherman Tank Parade | 2015
On July 4th, line up on Novato’s Grant Avenue to see the annual parade kickoff in the city’s Old Town district highlighted by a contingent of vintage military vehicles from the Joe Garbarino World War II Military Vehicle Museum. Typically, this includes WWII Sherman tanks plowing down ...
Martinez | Hometown 4th of July Parade & Fireworks | 2015
Saturday, July 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Main St. Plaza
Martinez | Hometown 4th of July Parade & Fireworks | 2015
Main Street Martinez will host the seventh annual downtown Martinez Fourth of July Parade & Celebration starting at 9 am and ending with fireworks at dusk on July 4, 2015. The Martinez celebration features a Pancake Breakfast and a Hometown Parade along Main Street, after which you can hang out ...
Foster City | 4th of July Dog Show, Parade & Fireworks | 2015
Saturday, July 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Leo J. Ryan Park
Foster City | 4th of July Dog Show, Parade & Fireworks | 2015
Celebrate Independence Day in Foster City for a spectacular Fourth of July Celebration at Leo Ryan Park. They have an exciting day planned with a family and dog parade, family games, live music, and a grand fireworks display. Be sure to take a walk through the park ...
Morgan Hill | Freedom Fest Fireworks & Parade | 2015
Saturday, July 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center
Morgan Hill | Freedom Fest Fireworks & Parade | 2015
Over 50,000 spectators are expected downtown for the Morgan Hill July 4th Parade, preceded by 9th Annual Liberty Car Cruise which includes a display of over 100 hot rods, stock, military and classic vehicles on July 4, 2015. Starting at 1 pm, the public typically gathers on the north fields for ...
Cupertino | 4th of July Children’s Parade & Concert in the Park | 2015
Saturday, July 4 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE | Memorial Park (Cupertino)
Cupertino | 4th of July Children's Parade & Concert in the Park | 2015
The city of Cupertino hosts a daytime 4th of July festival in Memorial Park, beginning with a flag raising ceremony at the Veteran’s Memorial at 9:30 am, followed by the annual Children’s Parade which winds through Memorial Park and finishes at the Memorial Park Amphitheater. Following ...