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California 4th of July Events List 2009


Bay Area Celebrates July 4 With Events, Fireworks

Fourth of July: Where will you watch the fireworks this year? Now is the time to find that perfect place to watch the sky light up -- whether you find a spot in the park or on your roof -- there are several fireworks shows in the Bay Area this holiday. Independence Day activities, including parades, concerts, barbecues, and official fireworks displays. Plus, a reminder about what's closed on the holiday and special transit schedules.

Fireworks, Parades, Celebrations

Friday, July 4, Parade at 10am. The Alameda 4th of July Parade is the second longest Independence Day parade in the nation. With over 170 floats that travel a three mile route.

Antioch's 10th Annual 4th of July Celebration, Friday July 4, 2 PM to 10 PM, Antioch Downtown Waterfront. Children's activities, live entertainment, a parade, classic car show, great food and fireworks.

Torchlight Parade & Dance, Thursday July 3, 6:30 p.m., along First Street. Picnic in the Park & Fireworks, July 4, noon to 7 p.m.; picnic takes place at Benicia City Park, with fireworks at First Street Green at the waterfront.

Fourth of July at Berkeley Marina. July 4, noon-9:30pm, live entertainment, arts & crafts, boat rides. Fireworks at 9:30pm off the end of the Berkeley Pier.

July 4th Parade and Festival. Friday July 4, Parade at Noon from Willow Pass Rd. to Grant St. to Salvio St. Festival from 8am-2pm at Todos Santos Plaza in Downtown Concord.

Friday July 4, Children's Parade & Fireworks Display. Children's parade at 10am starting from the Memorial Park ball field. Fireworks at dusk at Creekside Park.

March For The Fourth, Danville's 4th of July Parade, Friday July 4, 9am - 12:30pm on Hartz Avenue.

Foster City:
Fourth of July Celebration, Friday July 4, 8am to 10pm at Leo J. Park, 650 Shell Blvd. Daylong celebration including live music, food and more. Fireworks at 9:30 pm.

Friday July 4, Fremont 4th of July Parade in Centerville District, starting at 10am.

Half Moon Bay:
Friday July 4, Fourth of July Parade on Main Street at Noon. Fireworks at sundown at Princeton Harbor.

Friday July 4, 18th Annual Old Fashioned 4th of July Fireworks Display. Presented by the American Legion - Sotoyome Post 111, at Healdsburg High School Athletic Field at 9:30 p.m.

Fourth of July Celebration. Friday July 4, parade at 10:30am down Redwood Road to Sycamore Avenue. Fireworks at 9pm at waterfront.

Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration, Friday July 4, 4pm to 10pm in Robertson Park. Entrance fee is $15 per carload, $3 per walk-in. Games, food, contests and plenty of music. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

July 4th Fireworks begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. at Waterfront Park. Sponsored by the City of Martinez in cooperation with East Bay Regional Parks.

Milpitas Independence Day Festivities. Friday July 4, 1 to 5 p.m. Water activities at Milpitas Sports Center Pool with music, games, BBQ lunch. Concert & Fireworks at 9:30pm at Milpitas Sports Center Milpitas Sports Center Football Field. Music by the Silicon Valley Houserockers.

Friday July 4 in Moraga Commons Park. Events including 5k and 2k runs, parade, food, music starting at 8am. Fireworks at 9pm.

Morgan Hill:
4th of July Celebrations. Friday July 4, Award-winning parade in downtown at 10am. Fireworks at dark at Morgan Hill Community Park.

Mountain View:
Friday July 4, Fireworks Spectacular featuring San Francisco Symphony at Shoreline Ampitheatre at 8 pm. This year's theme is "A Salute to Heroes."

Friday July 4, Fourth of July Celebration at dusk at Napa's Veterans Memorial Park.

Fourth of July Parade. Friday July 4, beginning at 10am at Grant and Reichert Avenues. The 100 entrants in this patriotic procession feature marching bands, classic cars, Irish pipers, horses, dance troups, basset hounds, and the largest assemblage of restored military vehicles in the Bay Area.

Friday July 4, starting at 6 p.m. Annual East Bay BBQ Competition followed at dusk by Oakland's free community fireworks display in Jack London Square.

July 4, 5pm to 9pm at Pittsburg Marina. Fireworks at dusk over the Marina and Live music featuring the PHDs!

Pleasant Hill:
Friday July 4, Fourth of July Celebration in Downtown and Pleasant Hill Park. 5k run, parade, fun and games - all starting at 8am. Fireworks at 9:10pm.

Redwood City:
Friday July 4, Downtown and Port of Redwood City. Festival starts at 9am, Parade at 10am, followed by fireworks at 9:30pm.

Thursday July 3, Red, White & Boom! Family Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with Fireworks at 9 p.m. at Richmond Marina Bay Park, Regatta Blvd & Melville Square.

San Francisco:
Friday July 4, Waterfront Festival; Pier 39. Free admission. Live music from 1pm-9:30 pm. Fireworks at 9:30 pm.

San Jose:
Friday July 4, American Festival for Independance. Free admission. Musical entertainment, food and arts and crafts. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

San Rafael:
Marin County Fair at Fairgrounds. Friday July 4, 11am to 11pm. Admission $12-$14. Carnival rides, exhibits, music. Fireworks at 9:30pm.

San Ramon:
Friday July 4, Star-Spangled Spectacular, San Ramon Central Park, 12501 Alcosta Blvd. 5 to 10 p.m., Live bands and fireworks after sunset.

Santa Clara:
**Friday July 4, All-City Picnic & Fireworks Extravaganza from 8am-10pm at Central Park, 909 Kiely Boulevard. Pancake Breakfast at 8 am, followed by games and entertainment throughout the day. Fireworks at approximately 9:30pm.

Santa Rosa:
Thursday July 3, Sonoma County's Red, White, and Boom at Sonoma County Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds open at 5 pm. Early evening festivities include a Giant Slide and Ferris wheel, and an all new kid's area. The Fireworks Sky Concert begins at 9:30 pm.

Friday July 4, Fourth Celebration from 10am to 11pm. Parade starts on South Bridgeway at 10 am and meanders through downtown Sausalito to Caledonia Street and into Dunphy Park where an afternoon of live music, food and fun for the whole family awaits. Followed by a memorable firework display.

Scotts Valley:
Friday July 4, Parade and Family Fun Day. Parade will begin around 1:00 p.m. down Scotts Valley Drive. Activities for family will be held at Sky Park Soccer Field. There will be bounce houses, Bocci tournament, live entertainment and food. No fireworks due to fire hazard.

Thursday July 3, 7:30 pm, Stanford Lively Arts presents its annual pre-Independence Day concert and picnic in beautiful Frost Amphitheater, featuring the sounds of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.

Suisun City:
Friday July 4, Fourth Celebration, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. at Main & Solano Streets Waterfront district. Unique arts and crafts, pony rides, giant slide, rock climbing, food, and live entertainment. Fireworks at 9:20pm.

Friday July 4, 6:30- 9:30 p.m., Old Fashioned Fourth of July Free Concert in Andrews Park. Fireworks at approximately 9pm.

Friday July 4, Fireworks Extravaganza at 9:30 p.m. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.

2009 Santa Clarita 4th of July Parade
Click Here for • Local Television for Santa Clarita
Santa Clarita Fourth of July Parade Saturday, July 4, 2009, in Old Town Newhall
Only 35 Days Until the Parade Start Time: 9:00 AM Grand Marshal: Jay Thomas / Magic Mountain
Note the New Starting Time!

Before the Parade:

* 6 a.m. Parade registration opens. (Click here for details.)
* 6:30 a.m. Equestrian staging begins at Heritage Junction (Hart Park).
* 6:30 a.m. Santa Clarita Rotary Club PANCAKE BREAKFAST in the Roger Dunn Golf parking lot on San Fernando Road between 5th and 6th streets.
* 7 a.m. Street closures scheduled to take place. (Click here for a list of street closures.)
* 7:30 a.m. Equestrian judging at Heritage Junction (Hart Park).
* 8 a.m. Santa Clarita Runners' 5K RUN-WALK starting and ending at Newhall Park. (Click here to register.)
* 8 a.m. Santa Clarita Runners' KIDS RUN starting and ending at Newhall Park. (Click here to register.)
* 8:30 a.m. Parade registration closes.
* Approx. 12:30 p.m. Trophies awarded at El Trocadero Restaurant.

After the Parade:

2001 Fireworks

* Approx. 9:20 p.m. CITY OF SANTA CLARITA FIREWORKS SHOW at Westfield Valencia Town Center; to be shot off from the roof of the parking lot above Buca del Beppo restaurant. No other entertainment at this venue.
* Also: Fireworks over Stevenson Ranch and Castaic Lake.

Santa Barbara July 4, 2009

After an extensive four-month survey and questionnaire of volunteers, supporters, friends, and past participants, Spirit of `76 decided that the theme for the 47th Annual 4th of July Parade will be...

America: Land of Promise

“We have a number of exciting community projects in the works for this year, but the parade always tops the list for enthusiasm from the community,” says Paul Lamberton, president of Spirit of `76. “We were happy to see so many people get involved in helping us decide on this year’s theme.”

The announcement of the theme gives participants in the parade some structure to help them prepare their presentation. “America was built on promises of freedom, dignity, and equal protection under the law,” Lamberton continues. “Those promises are as relevant today as they were when they were first articulated two hundred and thirty-three years ago.”

The parade will take place on Saturday July 4, 2009.

The grand march begins at 1:00 p.m. at Micheltorena Street and proceeds down State Street to Old Town Santa Barbara, concluding at Cota Street.

Orange County 4th of July

California's largest and one of the nation's most well - established Patriotic boat parade, Newport Harbor Christmas Boat parade. The boat parade sees over 100+ vessels cruise through the harbor of Newport Beach, CA
When: Saturday, 4th of July, 2009, 1 pm - 5 pm
Where: Newport Harbor/Balboa Island
Price: Free!

American Legion Yacht Club
Parade Theme for 2007: “Patriots of Liberty”

The parade will form at 1230 off Collins Island (see Parade Map enclosed). The Harbor Patrol Fire Boat, followed by the VIP Boat, will lead the parade. The parade will begin promptly at 1300 (1:00 pm).

Best: Tugboat, Wooden Classic, Dinghy, Electric Power, Sail

Categories: Sweepstakes Trophy, Commodores Trophy, Best theme, Best Sound / Music, Best Animation, Best Decoration, Best Costumes, Best Spirit, Spirit of Freedom
Every year, The American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291 celebrates the 4th of July with a Boat Parade. The event fills the harbor with of boats adorned in red-white-&-blue celebrating the time-honored Old Glory Boat Parade.

Every year you are in for a patriotic surprise as all kinds of boats try to outshine each other waiting for the loudest ovations from onlookers. The spirit of competition drives the participants to out-do themselves each year hoping for a trophy inscribed with “best decorated”, “outstanding music”, “finest costumes”, “most creative animation” and “greatest spirit” maybe even the Commodores Award!

The Old Glory 4th of July Parade truly began very casually in the 50’s as the “Character Boat Parade.” As the years passed, the Newport Harbor Chamber of Commerce took the helm and built her into a grand parade. Today the American Legion Yacht Club hosts the boat parade.

This year the American Legion, Newport Harbor Post 291, 15th St., Balboa Peninsula, celebrates its 82nd year, with over 2,500+ members is the largest post in California and the only one in the world that has a yacht club. Everyone involved has had a taste of serving their country, whether it is directly or through families.

The All Day Gala at the American Legion Post 291 begins at 7:00am – 11:00 am with volunteers preparing a fine Pancake Breakfast, $10.00, raffles, lunch 12- 5 pm, $10.00 and dinner available. In addition, watch the Old Glory Boat parade as it cruises by the American Legion during the festivities.

Information/Entry Forms for the Old Glory Boat Parade please contact the American Legion Newport Harbor Post office: 949-673-5070

This Fourth of July you can attend many fireworks shows around your neighborhood for little cost. If you live in Orange County California, there'll be plenty of fireworks along the beach and local
parks and High School. There'll also be signs on the street as to where the fireworks are displayed. Fourth of July fireworks are everywhere and you should enjoy it with family and friends.

If you live in Westminster, fireworks show is free at the local Park and High School like Westminster High School. You can get there early for good seats and parking. The parking lot will be crowded so you should car pool or walk there if possible. You can also bring water and warm clothing if it's in the night time. It can get cold. If you live in Huntington Beach, you can catch the fireworks at the beach. You should walk there or carpool. There will be little parking left so you might not be able to park near. You can get your car towed away if you park in the wrong spot. Every year, they towed away many cars because people think that they won't get towed. It can be weary to come back and have your car towed away. It's costly too. Fireworks are displayed at the Huntington Beach pier. You can catch the fireworks from the pier or on the beach. If you drive along the PCH, you can also see fireworks show at the other beach too. Fireworks can be seen even when you're looking out your window if you live near one of the zone that have the show.

If you live in Anaheim then you can catch great fireworks at Disneyland or downtown Disney. Disneyland is a famous location where people celebrate Fourth of July. When you're driving down the road in your neighborhood you'll also see signs of where fireworks are displayed in your neighborhood. If you live along the coast or if you enjoy the beach then you can head down to the beach and you'll be able to catch a great show there during the night time. Another fireworks show is held at Peralta Park. It's an annual event with concert, breakfast, food and games, live entertainment and ends with fireworks. It's located at Peralta Park and Canyon High School. The address is 115 n. Pinney, Anaheim, CA 92807.

The Huntington Beach, California Fourth of July Parade

An Annual Southern California Tradition
City of Huntington Beach, California Fourth of July parade. The parade is part of the Huntington Beach Fourth of July Festival which is the largest Independence Day celebration in The Huntington Beach, California Fourth of July Parade
Southern California. In 2008, in addition to the parade, the three day festival includes: an old fashioned pancake breakfast at Lake Park, the Surf City 5K run and Fitness Expo, a three day Pier Festival, and the Fireworks Show later in the evening. Many family activities and plenty of entertainment are available on Main St. and surrounding areas during the event.

For some local residents and out-of-town vacationers, the festivities begin with the early morning Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast at the park followed at 10 AM by the parade. This year marks the 104th anniversary of the largest Fourth of July parade west of the Mississippi. Each year the parade features a celebrity Grand Marshal however, this year there will not be a Grand Marshal. Instead, Community Grand Marshal Noble Waite, the city's oldest residing former City Council member, will preside over the parade. In past years, Grand Marshal's have included: Jayne Mansfield, Natalie Wood, Buzz Aldrin, Johnny Grant, and Lou Rawls.

Early on the morning of July Fourth, the night's quiet is awakened by the roar of bustling men and trucks closing off the downtown streets. Pacific Coast Highway, the main highway along the beach, is closed to automobile traffic at 5 AM. Many smaller neighborhood streets in downtown are also closed. An early morning stroll along Walnut St., towards Main St., reveals a colorful assortment of parade participants preparing themselves and their animals or machines for the upcoming march. The early morning, usually gloomy from a cloudy overcast, provides a kaleidoscope of subtle colors, exotic sounds, and dedicated people; the essence of the parade. A few hours later, under the bright light of the late morning sun, all the subtleties of the early morning spring to life on the asphalt stage.

Los Angeles 4th of July

The traditional fireworks extravaganza over the main channel in Marina del Rey will be
presented on Saturday, July 4th, starting promptly at 9pm. This event is sponsored
by the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors. The fireworks are
choreographed to patriotic music, which will be broadcast in sync with the pyrotechnic
display over FM radio KXLU, 88.9 on the dial. The music will be relayed over loudspeakers
in Chace Park for those watching there. Call 310-305-9545 for more information.
Street Closures and More Information

WLAXMDR Chamber of Commerce, or call 310-645-5151.
The parade starts in Westchester Park, and follows along Loyola Blvd. to Loyola Marymount
University. Parade includes floats, marching bands, and community service groups

Mr. & Ms. Muscle Beach
July 4, 2009

Celebrates Muscle Beach's
Festivities to honor this
historical occasion

Best July 4th Fireworks Displays in LA
Happy Birthday America
* fireworks safety
* fourth of july
* los angeles festivals
* hollywood bowl
* rose bowl

It's July 4th and that means fireworks! There are many shows in the city, but if you truly want to celebrate your inner pyromaniac, these are the best of the bunch. And remember fireworks are dangerous. Stay safe and leave the explosives to the professionals.
1. July 4th Fireworks Spectacular: A Ball at the Bowl with the LA Dodgers
""Photo © Mathew Imaging

This is the best of the best. Fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl. The 2008 Celebration honors our own Los Angeles Dodgers. Randy Newman performs and Dodgers stars make guest appearances. Catch the next game at one of LA's great Dodger bars.

* Where: 2301 N Highland Ave, Hollywood, CA 90068
* Phone: (323) 850-2000
* When: July 2, 3, 4: 7:30pm
* Tickets: Head to the Hollywood Bowl website

2. The Rose Bowl - AmericaFest 2008

This marks the 82nd annual Rose Bowl July 4th celebration. In addition to spectacular fireworks there will be a performance from the California Philharmonic Orchestra.

* Where: 1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, CA 91103
* Phone: (626) 577-3101
* When: July 4: 10 am-9 pm, Drum Corps performance begins at 7pm, Fireworks at 9pm.
* Website:
* Tickets:
o Adults: $13
o Kids 7 and under: Free
* Parking: $15 per car

3. Marina del Rey July 4 Fireworks Extravaganza

Head down to Marina Del Rey for a beautiful day by the beach. The event will be simulcast on KXLU, 88.9 FM.

* When: July 4, 9pm
* Where: Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
* Phone: (310) 305-9545
* Website:Marina Del Rey Event Info
* Tickets: This event is free.

4. 10th Annual Fireworks Festival - Journey Through Time

The Studio City Chamber of Commerce hosts this bash on the CBS lot. Great party, family friendly.

* When: July 4, 4:30pm - 9:30pm
* Where: CBS Studio Center, 4204 Radford Ave., Studio City, CA 91604
* Website: Studio City Chamber of Commerce
* Phone: (818) 655-5916
* Tickets:
o Adults: $20
o Kids 6-12: $10

5. Gridlock 4th of July Celebration at The Queen Mary

For a truly unique experience, the Queen Mary can't be beat. It bills itself as California's largest fireworks display. Girlicious and the Spazzmatics lead a lineup of more than 15 live bands.

* When: July 4, 10am - 10pm, fireworks at 9pm
* Where: 1126 Queen's Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802
* Phone:(562) 435-3511
* Website: Check out the Queen Mary website for more information.
* Tickets: Adult: $44.95

6. Fourth of July Spectacular at Cabrillo Beach

The San Pedro celebration boasts demonstrations from the US Coast Guard and the LAFD's firefighting boat. San Pedro Bands and the Golden State Pops Orchestra will perform. There will also be an artillery demonstration with cannons firing along the coastline.

* When: July 4, 12pm - 9:30pm, fireworks at 9pm.
* Where: 3800 Stephen M White Dr, San Pedro, CA 90731
* Phone: (310) 548-7401
* Website:
* Tickets: This event is free.

7. Hansen Dam 4th of July Celebration 2008

The biggest fireworks display in the San Fernando Valley. This year's theme is "Unity Of The Communities."

* When: July 4, 11am - 10pm, fireworks at 9pm.
* Where: 11770 Foothill Blvd., Lake View Terrace, CA 91342
* Phone: (818) 768-1128
* Website:
* Tickets: $5 per car.

8. Castaic Lake July 4th Celebration

This is a great spot for families. They've got music, pony rides, and of course, the lake. Bring your jet skis and have a blast.

* When: July 4, 5pm - 11pm, fireworks at 9pm.
* Where: Castaic Lake Recreation Area, 32132 Castaic Lake Dr, Castaic, CA 91384
* Phone: (661) 257-405
* Website:
* Tickets:
o $25 per car
o Adults: $12 walk-in
o Kids under 5: Free.

9. LA Coliseum 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza

Music and fireworks at the LA Coliseum. This is a patriotic tribute to our men and women in uniform. There is no seating in side the Coliseum itself so head to the seating areas on Christmas Tree Lane or the South Lawn near the Natural History Museum.

* When: July 4, 9pm
* Where: 3939 South Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90037
* Website:
* Tickets: This event is free.

10. Malibu Fireworks at Sea

Fireworks are launched over the Pacific from a barge off the coast. Head up early to find a good spot on the sand.

* When: July 4
o 8:30pm
+ Where: 80 Malibu Colony Rd, Malibu, CA 90265
o 9pm
+ Where: 30100 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265
* Tickets: This event is free.

REDONDO BEACH - Fireworks at Seaside Lagoon. Gates Open at 2:00 | Fireworks at 9:30

Kids 3rd Annual Freedom Parade 7:30 | Live Entertainment to 11:00

Seaside Lagoon, 200 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

LONG BEACH - 4th of July Fireworks Show! Join us for our annual 4th of July Fireworks Cruise! $30/person, great trip for the entire family! We board at 7:30pm, Disembark 8pm, Firework Show 9pm, back to the dock at 10pm. Snackbar with beer, sodas, snacks aboard the boat! Don’t miss out, order your tickets today! (562) 983-6880.


Fireworks Show

(909) 866-4607

Come attend the biggest 4th of July fireworks display in Southern California. The fireworks are shot off from a barge on the Lake and are viewable from any of our public parks or the best spot, from a boat on the Lake. Show starts 8:45 p.m.- 9:15 p.m.

July 4 - 6

Independence Day Festival
at the Convention Center,
42900 Big Bear Blvd.
Big Bear Lake

(909) 585-3000

Featuring Live Entertainment, Arts & Crafts, Children’s activities, Outdoor patio and BBQ. The three-day festival offers something for the entire family from the petting zoo, to unique and hand-made arts, crafts and collectibles, to live entertainment on the outdoor patio. Fri & Sat - 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sun - 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and FREE for children 12 and under

July 4

Rotary BBQ

4:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.

(909) 866-4907
The annual Rotary Club Big Bear Lake Fourth of July Lakefront Fireworks and Barbeque at the Marina Resort on Lakeview Drive provides a great spot to view the fireworks display and enjoy food and live entertainment. Live entertainment by Reno and Cindy Holler. Food Tickets: $20, includes choice of steak, chicken or pasta plus salad and dessert. Admission (no food included): $10

July 5 - 6

Fawnskin Victorian Festival
at Pedersen's Saw Mill,
39115 Rim of the World Dr.,

Purchase tickets in advanced
800-4-BIG BEAR

Take an adventure into the Victorian era with hundreds of costumed players in music halls, pubs, dance parties and shops on winding lanes. It’s a day in Charles Dickens’ London Town – a city filled with lively and colorful characters from both literature and history. Enticing aromas of hearty foods fill the air. The Grand masquerade ball under the stars on Saturday night, is a costumed affair, with a non costumed gallery available. Sat & Sun - 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. General Admission: $10, Children 5 and under: FREE. Grand Masque Ball Saturday 7 p.m.- 11 p.m. Grand Ball: $25 (Formal attire required, Victorian costume preferred) Ball Spectators: $5.

July 5 - 6

at Moonridge Animal Park,
43285 Goldmine Dr.
Big Bear Lake

(909) 584-1299 or
(909) 878-4200

An educational program with a drawing contest for kids and a Walk-around-the-Park quiz and win an "expert" button. Sat & Sun - 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Ages 11+: $9, Ages 3-10: $6 Seniors 60+: $6 Children 2 and Under: FREE.

The visibility for fireworks in Big Bear Lake is absolutely brilliant! Make your plans now to see one the top 5 fireworks displays in California. Viewing the fireworks is easy from dozens of vantage points along the lakefront and throughout Big Bear Valley. Thousands of boaters take in the show, too, from lake tour boats, their own or rented craft, making it a daylong floating celebration. See why Big Bear Lake exceeds all expectations year after year with its FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR!

Big Bear Lake’s "Fireworks Spectacular" will explode at 7,000' reflecting its shower of brilliance over Big Bear Lake on Friday, July 4th. What sets Big Bear Lake apart from most other Southern California Fourth of July celebrations is its abundance of recreation and activities.

July 4th, 2009

Come join a part of History!!

Redwood Coast 4th of July

Eureka just won't give up on Independence Day fireworks.

Local businesses have come forward to support what officials say will be perhaps the best fireworks display in years -- and a pick-me-up during otherwise difficult times.

”If there was ever a time when we needed something positive and celebratory, this is it,” said Eureka Chamber of Commerce President J Warren Hockaday at a news conference at the foot of F Street Friday.

The Best Western Bayshore Inn is underwriting much of the cost of the fireworks display, which in all will cost about $30,000. About $18,000 has been raised in total.

Eureka City Councilman Mike Jones thanked the businesses that have stepped up to make the show possible.

”We still have a lot of work to do, though,” Jones said.

The shortfall may have to be made up by other donors and by collecting a little here and a little there from area residents. Local businesses will have collection containers on hand asking for “$1 or two” from firework enthusiasts.

The fireworks display will be put on by Rialto-based Pyro Spectaculars. It will include giant 8-inch aerial shells, sure to put on a serious show.

It's all scheduled to start just after sunset on July 4.

July 4, 2009 FORT BRAGG -

Since 1970 "The Worlds Largest Salmon Barbeque"
has delighted salmon lovers young and old.

The 2009 BBQ is scheduled for Saturday July 4th.

Held each year in conjunction with the independance day festivities in Fort Bragg, the barbeque is one of our primary sources of funding for the year. Make a weekend of it, you'll be glad you did.

Live music, the aroma of grilled salmon, family and is good at the barbeque.Fort Bragg, California in the historic Noyo Harbor. From highway 1 north or south, look for the "BBQ Parking" signs.

Time: 11 A.M. until 6 P.M.
Cost: $25.00
Contact: [email protected]

Sacramento will be celebrating 4th of July 2008…all over the Sacramento County area with spectacular shows. In honor of our fallen heros and those serving our Country it only seems befitting for each of us to display the American flag at our homes. It would be great to see each home owner, apartment dweller and renter in Sacramento displaying our American flag.

This year with all the fires throughout our great state of California and having to breathe the smoke-filled air over the past few weeks, please let the professionals handle the fireworks. We don’t need any additional, accidental fires…

Below is a list of professional firework displays for your July 4th Celebration (for more detail information just click on the highlighted link for each City since several have all day events that would be fun to attend):

Have a safe and fun July 4th! Happy Independence Day!

To find out where the fireworks displays and fun activities are for the day, be sure to click and read more.

Sacramento, CA

Cal Expo and the City and County of Sacramento

July 4, 2008 Cal Expo will again put on the largest display of fireworks beginning at 9:30 p.m…gates open at 6:00 p.m. Free admission, $8 parking fee. You are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Carmichael, CA

July 4th Parade starts are 10:30 am, come for the fun and food. Fireworks will display at La Sierra Community Center around 9 p.m.

Citrus Heights, CA

Fireworks is held at Sunrise Mall begin at 7:30 pm with live music and 3-D glasses to view the fireworks starting at 9:40 pm .

Elk Grove, CA

Salute to Red, White & Blue at Elk Grove Regional Park at 9:45 pm is a favorite all day event with food, games, vendors and just plain fun.

Folsom, CA

fireworks at Pro Rodeo in the Dan Russel Arena nightly from July 3-5, 2008. All other firework displays cancelled

Rancho Cordova, CA

will celebrate at Hagan Park with 2 days of fun, parades, food, concerts ending with fireworks displays both Friday, July 4th and Saturday, July 5th.

Due to the extreme fire danger many of the County’s have restrictions in place and some have even banned the road-side fireworks being used in their respective areas. Be sure to check out whether or not you can use fireworks prior to purchasing them.

It’s best this year with all the many fires throughout California to leave the fireworks to the professionals and just sit back and enjoy.

Tahoe’s Fireworks

South Lake Tahoe

will be having Lights on the Lake .

North Shore at Lake Tahoe

Squaw Valley Fireworks Extravaganza, July 3, 2008 at 9:00 pm and Kings Beach on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore, Tuesday July 3, 2008 at 9:00 pm

Tahoe City’s July 4th Celebration begins at 9:30 pm at Commons Beach

Incline Village celebrates Red, White and Tahoe Blue starting July 2-4 at the Village Green

Truckee, July 4th hometown parade starts at 10 am and fireworks at 9:00 pm at Donner Lakes West End Beach (beach access is limited to homeowners & local residents)


Auburn, CA

Gold Country Fairgrounds appears at this time not to have fireworks this year

Lincoln, CA

Lincoln celebrates July 4th

“America the Beautiful” parade starts at 9:00 am on D Street

Rotary Club Beer Garden & BBQ from 11:00 am till 9:00pm at McBean Park (just off Hwy 65 and Route 193 in the heart of Downtown Lincoln

Miss Lincoln pageant, pony rides, petting zoo, train rides, bands and of course food are just some of the fun things to do July 4th in Lincoln at McBean Park

Fireworks show starts at 9:30 pm

Roseville, CA

Start off your July 4th celebration in Downtown Historic Roseville with an early morning 10:00 a.m. parade that ends at Royer Park for loads of fun, food and games from 11:00-2:00 p.m.

Then high tail on over to Placer County Fairgrounds for the 9:30 pm July 4th Fireworks show.

Yolo County Fireworks

Davis, CA

will celebrate with a party at the Community Park with free swimming, vendor and entertainment will be present with fireworks kick off at 9:30 p.m.

CAPITOLA - Fireworks . End of the wharf, after dark.

List of Fireworks shows

Published: Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 4:04 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 6:34 a.m.


Sebastopol "Fireworks and Music Festival," includes music by Dginn, Blue Shift, Buzzy Martin and the Buzz Tones and Mr. Music and Kelsey McMahan. Games, relays, flag ceremony, sing-along, food. Sponsored by Sebastopol Kiwanis. Gates open 5:30 p.m., fireworks at dusk. $7, $3 age 6-12. Analy High School, 6950 Analy Ave. 829-7636.

Santa Rosa Annual "Red, White and Boom" fireworks. Food vendors, beer and wine sales. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Free. Parking, $10. No bottles, pets, barbecues, alcohol, tents, canopies or personal fireworks. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road. 545-4200.

Santa Rosa Family hike and picnic includes fireworks viewing from Taylor Mountain Open Space Preserve. LandPaths. 8-10:30 p.m. Free. Meeting place is near Petaluma Hill Road and Kawana Springs Road. Reservations required. 524-9318.

Windsor Family games, DJ music, food and drinks for sale. "Kid Zone" with rides, $1-$2 or unlimited for $12. Model airplane show, Healdsburg/Windsor Community Chorus. 5-9 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Keiser Park, 700 Windsor River Road. Park at Windsor High School, 8695 Windsor Road. No pets, alcohol or personal fireworks. 838-1260.



Cloverdale Cloverdale Lions Club presents fireworks at dusk. Free. Cloverdale High School football field, 509 N. Cloverdale Blvd. 894-4470.

Healdsburg Fireworks sponsored by American Legion Sotoyome Post 111. 9:30 p.m. Free, donations appreciated. Hot dogs and snacks for sale. Healdsburg High School, 1024 Prince St. 433-3059.

Monte Rio Barbecue at the Volunteer Firehouse or at lot near Highway 116 and Bohemian Highway, noon-5 p.m. $10, $5 kids, 9870 Main St. Water carnival and fireworks at dusk on Monte Rio Beach, free. Big Rocky Games for kids, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, free. Monte Rio Beach. 865-2487.

Petaluma "Sesquifest," Petaluma's 150th anniversary. Entertainment from 3:30-9:30 p.m. includes the Pulsators, the Cheeseballs, James K, Julian's Magic, Budderball, Silly Lilly, Mariachi by Victor Mejia, El Sol and the "Petaluma River Anthology," produced by Cinnabar Theater. Kids' activities. Fireworks. Food and drinks for sale. Free admission. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds, 175 Fairgrounds Drive. 778-4380.

Sonoma "Getting It Done -- The Working Men and Women of Sonoma." 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Parade starts at First and Spain streets at 10 a.m. Food booths in the Plaza. Patriotic ceremony at the Grinstead Memorial Amphitheater, Sonoma Plaza park, 11:45 a.m. Music by the Home Town Band, presentation of colors. Dancing to the Crossfire at 1 p.m., followed by Carlos Hererra at 3 p.m. Kids' activities. Fireworks at dusk, Gen. Vallejo's field. 938-4626.


Clearlake Oaks Maxine Sherman Memorial Fireworks to be set off from Widgeon Point on Highway 20 at dusk. Sponsored by the Clearlake Oaks/Glenhaven Business Association. 998-9563.

Lakeport Street fair with vendors, arts and crafts, food & beverages, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Library Park, First and Third streets; lighted-boat parade at 9 p.m. and fireworks synched to music over Clear Lake. Sponsored by Lakeport Regional Chamber of Commerce. 263-5092.


Calistoga Fire engines, floats, clowns and marching bands make up a parade departing from Cedar Street and Lincoln Avenue and ending at Napa County Fairgrounds. 11 a.m. Free. County fair plus fireworks at dusk. Noon-11 p.m. $7, $3 ages 6-12. 1435 N. Oak St., 942-5111.

Yountville Swimming from noon-5 p.m. Music by Fat Toad Band, Pete Olson Band, Full Circle Revue and the Napa Valley Symphony. Kids' activities from noon-7:30 p.m. Food for sale. Baseball tournaments 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Free. The Veterans Home, 100 California Drive. 944-4600.



Bodega Bay Fireworks, 9:30 p.m. Westside Park, 2400 Westshore Road. 875-3866.


Clearlake "Way Out West in Clearlake."Parade from Redbud Park, 14655 Lakeshore Drive, to Austin Park, 14077 Lakeshore Drive. 11 a.m. Street fair, worm races, barbecue, car show, arts and crafts, kids' activities, kinetic sculpture race. Fireworks over Clear Lake at dark. Free. Lakeshore Lions Club and Clearlake Chamber of Commerce. 266-8034.


Fort Bragg Salmon barbecue and live music to benefit salmon restoration. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $25. $10 kids under 12. Free parking with shuttle at College of the Redwoods, Highway 1 and Ocean View Drive. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Pomo Bluffs Park, Todd Point near Highways 1 and 20. Parking at Carlson/Patton, at College of the Redwoods and along Ocean View Drive, $5. Fireworks will be visible from College of the Redwoods, Pomo Bluffs Park and Noyo Bridge. 962-0548

Point Arena Centennial celebration. Point Arena Pier Street Fair. Food and craft vendors, kids' activities, music by DJ Sister Yasmin. Arena Cove off Port Road. 3:30 p.m. Fireworks at dark, followed by light parade. No dogs, alcohol, personal fireworks, coolers. 882-2122.



Guerneville Street fair starts at 10 a.m.; Rotary Club barbecue, drinks for sale, 1 p.m. Fireworks at dark. No beach access. Free. 869-9000 by Susan Church.

The Corona Main Street Independence Day Parade and Community Festival begins at 10 a.m. on Main Street at Ontario Avenue, proceeding north to Olive Street. The community festival, from 4 to 9:30 p.m., features games, entertainment, a fireworks show and more at Santana Regional Park, 598 Santana Way. 951-736-2241.

The Norco 4th of July Country Jamboree features live entertainment, food, fireworks and more at 4 p.m. at Community Center Park, 3900 Acacia Ave. 951-270-5632.


Morgan Hill Independence Day, Inc.
Since 1894
Over 100 years of Independence Day Celebrations in Morgan Hill

2009 theme: “A Salute to America’s Heroes”

Fire Cracker Golf Classic - Friday, June 26th
Eagle Ridge Golf Club - Gilroy
Registration at 11am
12noon Modified Shot Gun
5pm Awards, Appetizers, Auction & Raffle

Patriotic Sing - Friday, July 3rd
Britton Middle School Gym - Downtown Morgan Hill - 6:00 pm

Annual Street Dance & Live Concert - Friday, July 3rd
Downtown Morgan Hill - 7:00 pm

Freedom 5-K Run & 1 Mile Walk - Saturday, July 4th
P.A. Walsh School
1 mile childrens run starts at 7:45 am • 5k run starts at 8:15am

Pre-Parade Car Cruise & Entertainment - Saturday, July 4th
Downtown Morgan Hill & along parade route - 9:00 am

Award Winning Historic 4th of July Parade - Saturday, July 4th
Parade Starts in Downtown Morgan Hill - 10:00

Downtown Post-Parade Car Show - Saturday, July 4th
Downtown Morgan Hill - 11:30 - 2:30 pm

Pre-Fireworks Entertainment- Saturday, July 4th
Morgan Hill Community Park - 6:00 pm

Fireworks Extravaganza - Saturday, July 4th
Morgan Hill Community Park - DARK

Fireworks show is all around Orange County California. There’s at least one or two show in each city. You can catch your local show at a local High School or the park. If you live along the coast or if you like the beach then there’re also plenty of shows there too. There’s a firework show in Cypress. It will be at Joint Forces Training base in Los Alamitos in Cypress. The address is 11200 Lexington drive and you can enter at Lexington drive. The gate will open at 4pm. You’ll need to show your California driver’s license. You can bring in lawn chairs and blankets but no alcohol.

If you love the beach, you can visit the fireworks at Dana Point. It’s at Doheny beach and parking is limited. You should walk or bike there to avoid parking problems. If you’re going to drive you should arrive early to get your space.

If you live in Fullerton, you’ll also have a fireworks show at Fullerton High School stadium. It’s on the corner of Berkeley and Lemon. Irvine also has its own fireworks show at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. It’s located at 8808 Irvine center drive, Irvine, CA 92618. There’s also a fireworks show at La Palma. If you love Laguna Beach then you can see the fireworks show there too. It’s at Crown Valley Community Park. The address is at 29751, Crown Valley parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677.

La Habra High School also has its own fireworks show. It’s located at La Habra High School. The address is 801, high Lander La Habra, CA. The price is $8 for adults and $5 for kids. Lake Forest has its fireworks show at El Toro Parade High School. It starts at the corner of Toledo Way and Ridge Route dr. and ends at Lake Forest drive and Serrano Road. Mission Viejo also has a fireworks show with entertainment and fun. Newport Beach also has a free fireworks show. You can arrive early to get your spot for parking. It’s beautiful in Newport Beach and you will have a great time there. The city is very clean but watches out for parking because you can get towed or ticketed. Tustin High School also has a fireworks show there.

The largest outdoor concert venue in the United States features a patriotic concert with a fireworks extravaganza. Hollywood Bowl 4th of July fireworks spectacular with John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater, includes the LA Phil. Time: Sunset. Cost: $12- $116.

*The Castaway in Burbank
Spectacular views of the San Fernando Valley make the Castaway a great 4th of July destination. Sit on the outer deck for the best range of view and relatively inexpensive bar menu items.
COST: Cocktails are standard, bountiful appetizers cost upwards of $7

*The Standard, Downtown
Spectacular views of Los Angeles make the Standard a great Independence Day destination – if you can stomach the crowds and the parking.
COST: Parking costs at least $6 plus pricey drinks.

*The Cheesecake Factory in Marina Del Rey
One of the best views in Marina Del Rey, The Cheesecake Factory is the perfect harbor-side retreat. Enjoy your meal al fresco on the deck, with a perfect view of the Marina Del Rey fireworks show.
COST: Entrées range from $7-$30

*The Warehouse Restaurant in Marina Del Rey
Another great restaurant on the waterfront, the Warehouse is known for uber strong mai tai's and delicious seafood dishes. Live music music on Thursdays and some weekends make this plank assembled restaurant totally shabby-chic.
COST: $12-$40 per entree

*Shanghai Red's in Marina Del Rey
Shanghai Red's also offers spectacular views of the Marina and her 4th of July fireworks show. The reasonably priced dining fare revolves mostly around surf and turf.
COST: $8-$26 per entree

*The Sky Room in Long Beach
The sky room is pricey, but with good reason. The cuisine is excellent and the view is spectacular. As you might have guessed from its name, the sky room sits atop the Long Beach Breakers hotel and provides astonishing 360 degree views of the surrounding city.
COST: $20-$45 per entree

*Hollywood Bowl 4th of July fireworks spectacular with John Fogerty
One of the many wonderful things about the Hollywood bowl is that you can bring your own picnic items. Chow on bread, cheese and wine while listening to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and John Fogerty (of Creedence Clearwater Revival). The performance includes a theatrical, musically timed fireworks show.
COST: $12- $116 per ticket

Day/Night activities

*The Pasadena Rose Bowl
The Rose Bowl in Pasadena boasts the biggest fireworks show in Southern California. The food court and fair booths open at 2pm, the stadium opens at 6pm, The Drum Corps entertain from 7pm through the spectacular fireworks display that begins at 9pm.
COST: $13 per person

*Paradise Cove Restaurant
Sink your feet into the sand as you sip on mojitos. Paradise cove is the only beach in southern California where you can drink alcohol.
COST: 3 hours free parking with validation. Meals run between $10-25

*Mr. and Mrs. Muscle Beach competition
Join the circus of Venice Beach to watch the annual Mr. and Mrs. Muscle beach competition. It's fun, it's raucous and it's comedy - least one competitor is guaranteed to wear a tiny speedo resembling the American flag.
COST: Free to watch, $80 to compete

Every year Disneyland puts on an impressive 4th of July fireworks show over Sleeping Beauty's Castle at 9:25pm. It's an exhilerating performance, if you can handle the wall to wall crowds.
COST: $59 for single park ticket

*4th of July Street Fair in Ventura
Cool off by heading to the Ventura Street fair in Downtown Ventura. Browse over 250 booths of crafts, trinkets and edibles while listening to live music. This fair draws over 50,000 visitors and is sure to entertain you with 5 stages of continuous entertainment.
WHEN: July 4, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
COST: Free

*Undiscovered Chinatown Tour
Learn a little history of L.A. and learn how to bargain in this two and a half hour tour of Chinatown.
WHEN: July 4, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
COST: $20

*July 4th Celebration and Fireworks Spectacular in Inglewood
Face painting, good food and booths featuring cultural arts and crafts make this fair and excellent family excursion. Listen to live music during the day then watch an elaborate fireworks display in the evening.
WHEN: July 4, 11:00 a.m. – dusk
SITE: Edward Vincent Jr. Park, 700 Warren Lance, Inglewood
COST: Free
INFO: 310-412-5370

*59th Annual Fourth of July Community Celebration in San Pedro
Watch demonstrations by the U.S. Coast Guard, Navy frigate, armed forces and military. If you've ever wanted to see a cannon being fired, here is your chance. The Washington Artillery Reenactment group will be firing cannons along the coastline while the Golden State Pops Orchestra plays a variety of music Americana. And of course, there will be fireworks.
WHEN: July 4, 12:00 noon – 10:00 p.m.
SITE: Cabrillo Beach, 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro
COST: Free

*16th Annual Independence Day Celebration in the San Fernando Valley
Bring your swimsuit for a swim in the 1.5 acre lake. Enjoy live entertainment, food and fireworks in this valley-style 4th of July celebration. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic, which I assume means that there will not be an extensive variety of foods available for purchase.
WHEN: July 4, 12:00 noon – 10:00 p.m.
SITE: Hansen Dam Recreation Area, 11770 Foothill Blvd.,
Lake View Terrace
COST: Free

*7th Annual Vision Outside 4th of July Jazz and Blues Festival in Leimert Park
There is nothing more American than the Blues. Indulge in free watermelon and get your face painted while listening to the musical notes of American history.
WHEN: July 4, 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
SITE: Vision Theatre back lot, 3341 W. 43rd Pl., Los Angeles
COST: Free

*11th Annual 4th of July Community Fireworks Festival in Studio City
CBS Radford studios holds this annual festival on their back lot. There will be music, food, fireworks, kids "fun zone" and a business exposition for grownups.
WHEN: July 4, 4:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
SITE: CBS Studio Center,4024 RadfordAve., Studio City
COST: $15

*Dennis P.Zine July 4th Extravaganza in the West San Fernando Valley
True to its name, the Dennis P. Zine Extravaganza features a concert and fireworks show for up to 40,000 people. By legions, this is the most popular 4th of July event in the valley. Don Sweeney and the SRO big band headline this year's concert with a fantastic seventeen-piece ensemble playing Big Band era favorites and pop classics.
WHEN: July 4, 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
SITE: Warner Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills
COST: Free entrance. Parking is $15 in any of the area Warner Center structures.

*Movies in Warner Park (Woodland Hills)
Movies under the stars are once again gaining popularity. If you want to avoid the Cinespia crowds at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, come to Warner park and watch movies at dusk, with pre-show entertainment beginning at 7pm. Movies are shown every Saturday until September.
WHEN: July 4, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
SITE: Warner Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills
COST: Free