Things to Do Over the July 4th Weekend

Things to Do Over the July 4th Weekend

There are so many things to do over the July 4th weekend including festivals, parades, and fireworks. Check out this listing of some of our top picks, plus a more complete listing of Independence Day parades and fireworks. It’s a long holiday, so time to do some planning!

Saturday, July 1st
Filmore Jazz Festival
Saturday & Sunday, July 1 & 2, 2017
Fillmore Street from Jackson to Eddy, San Francisco
10 AM to 6 PM
Free Admission

The Filmore Jazz Festival is the largest free jazz event on the West Coast. The theme for this year’s Festival is Summer of Love Revisited in honor of this 50th milestone as we celebrate its unifying message of compassion and community.

This year’s artists will honor that spirit by performing a handful of songs from this period, showing how Jazz can embrace other musical genres, with uplifting results

Free Oakland Guided Walking Tours
Jack London Square Waterfront
Saturday, July 1st

Visit a turn-of-the-century wholesale produce district still in operation and see the USS Potomac, the restored yacht of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Tour begins at 10 am at the Jack London Square entry arch, foot of Broadway.

Reservations are recommended by leaving a message on the Tours’ 24-hour hotline at (510) 238-3234 or via email to

Sunday, July 2nd
First Sundays at the Oakland Museum of California
Sunday, July 2, 2017 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Admission is free with a suggested donation of $5
1000 Oak Street Oakland, CA

As the only museum to focus entirely on the art and history of California, the diverse collections on display in the 300,000 square foot building present the art and tell the history of California from many angles. The museum invites visitors to experience the history of California through interacting with art, becoming art, and rewriting history.

Free Shakespeare in the Park presents Hamlet in Pleasanton
Sunday, July 2 at 7:30 PM
Amador Valley Community Park
Santa Rita Rd. and Black Ave., Pleasanton
Admission is Free

The play, about the questionable succession of King Claudius to the throne of Denmark over his nephew Prince Hamlet, speaks strongly about disenfranchisement, frustration, and the need for action during troubled times.

Monday, July 3rd
Oakland East Bay Symphony & Independence Eve Fireworks
6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Admission is free
At the Craneway Pavilion
1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond, CA

This free event is fun for the whole family, with live music, food, an instrument petting zoo and of course, the spectacular fireworks display over the bay. The centerpiece of the evening is a free concert by the Oakland Symphony conducted by Michael Morgan, featuring Sousa marches, music from the movies, sing-alongs, and more.

Free A’s Post-Game Independence Day Themed Fireworks Show
9:05 PM

As soon as the A’s game is over, make sure you can view the Coliseum to enjoy a spectacular fireworks display over the stadium following the game outside the ballpark approximately three hours after the game starts, whether the A’s win or lose.

Tuesday, July 4th
One World Festival
Cerrito Vista Park in El Cerrito
10 AM to 6 PM

There is a full lineup of music plus a family festival with live entertainment, a Sosakete Round Dance, circus, hula hooping, DJs, arts and craft vendors and booths by local business and service groups. Last year there were carnival games, jump houses and rides. See what they have in store for you this year.

Free Hiking Tour of Oakland with Amazing Views
8:30 AM (leave at 8:40 am)
Meet at La Farine Bakery
3411 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland

Join a holiday hike from Oakland’s Dimond District up to Joaquin Miller Park, where you’ll catch AC Transit 339 for a ten-minute bus ride back down to Dimond.

This beautiful hike will go through Oakland’s Dimond Canyon and Joaquin Miller Park, and will finish with a spectacular view of San Francisco Bay. Hikers may choose to catch earlier buses at miles 4 and 5, though the hiking tour leaders will complete the 7-mile hike.

Admission is free, and registration is required.

Oakland July 4th Backyard BBQ Festival at Jack London Square
Tuesday, July 4th from 12 to 6 PM

Celebrate Independence Day with a festive afternoon at Jack London Square. Free to attend, everyone is invited to enjoy this day of red, white and blue fun that will fill the Oakland waterfront with live music, beer/cider garden, tasty backyard BBQ, local shopping and a kids zone.

4th of July at Berkeley Marina
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 from 12 noon to 10 PM
Berkeley Marina, 201 University Ave

The Berkeley Marina plays host to one of the best July Fourth celebrations around featuring adventure playground open until 8 pm, where children can use hammers, nails, saws, and paint with parental supervision. Get your face painted, try the giant slide, or splash in the water at the beach. All culminating in the grand fireworks at 9:35 pm over the water from the end of the Berkeley Pier.

4th of July Parades
Pleasant Hill

And Where to View Fireworks on the 4th
Alameda County Fair
Berkeley Marina
Pleasant Hill

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