Guide: 4th of July Events

Fireworks, parades and more will be featured in Fourth of July events planned throughout the Tri-Valley and East Bay.

Fourth of July celebrations are scheduled throughout the Tri-Valley and East Bay. Here's a list of what the area has lined up for Independence Day:

Tri-Cities (Fremont, Newark, Union City)

A July 4 pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. will be held at Alameda County Fire Station 27, 39039 Cherry Street in Newark. $5 per person will net all-you-can-eat pancakes while supporting the Alameda County Firefighters — Local 55 charity fund. Further details at www.newark.org.

In Fremont, a parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the city's downtown. The parade will feature more than 80 community entries. The parade route will start at the intersection of State Street and Capitol Avenue. From there it will head east toward Paseo Padre Parkway. From Paseo Padre, it will move south to Walnut Avenue and proceed west to the end of the route. The review stage will be located in front of the City Hall buildings on Capitol Avene. Further information can be found at fremont4th.org.


A free concert and picnic will be held at from noon to 1:30 p.m. The Pleasanton Community Concert Band will perform rousing patriotic music. The program will begin with a medley of the anthems of each branch of the United States of America’s military, during which past and present veterans are encouraged to stand and be applauded for their service to this country. There will also be scheduled guest speakers. Further details on .


A grassroots-effort helped bring back a Fourth of July fireworks display in Livermore. This year's display will be coupled with a community gathering to be held at 's stadium, 3000 Campus Hill Drive, from 4 to 10 p.m. $25 per car at the gate and $5 per person via walk-ins.

KKIQ's Faith Alpher will be the event MC and will be part of the scheduled entertainment.

For further details check out the or visit the event website.

San Ramon

A fun run and free concert will be held to celebrate Independence Day at , 12501 Alcosta Blvd.

Scheduled fun runs are a 10k beginning at 8:15 a.m., followed by a 5k walk/run and 3k walk at 8:20 a.m. Race-day registration begins at 6:30 a.m. and cost is $40 per person. Further details can be found on the City of San Ramon's website.

The free concert will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. and will feature great music, patriotic celebration, and an opportunity to honor our national and City birthday. Blue Star Moms will be accepting items for care packages for the troops. Visit their table to also write a post card to our service men and women.

Parking is free. For more information, visit the city's website.


The annual July 4th Parade begins at 9 a.m. and will run to about noon. The parade route runs from the corner of Hartz Avenue and Railroad Avenue, continues down Hartz and San Ramon Valley Boulevard, and ends at the corner of San Ramon Valley Boulevard and Sycamore Valley Road.

The parade is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley. The club will also offer complimentary bicycle parking for parade attendees. Details on .


Concord has a jam-packed schedule of events to celebrate the Fourth of July — from a special breakfast and lunch to a 5k race sponsored by the police department. Entertainment and a parade are also scheduled. Further details can be found on .

Tim July 03, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Very sad to see so few places doing fireworks... last year I went to Shoreline for the SF Symphony and fireworks... highly reccommended, I'd go again this year if I were in town.
Johnny C. July 03, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Just easier to stay home in Union City, Buy a few fireworks for the kids to watch then view NYC's Fireworks on the flatscreen in the comfort/safety of your own home !


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