5 Best Things to do This Week: July 1–7

Fourth of July Events in Marin

Every year there are multiple Fourth of July parades and celebrations taking place throughout the county. Some of this year’s include:

Homestead Valley’s 4th of July Parade and BBQ Picnic in Mill Valley

The day starts at Volunteer Park (the corner of Evergreen and Melrose) where we all gather for the beginning of a community parade to Stolte Grove. Led by a bright red fire truck, the meandering array of kids on bicycles, tricycles, scooters, strollers, dogs, and goats, all decked out in red, white and blue the joyful parade gets underway. After a leisurely stroll to Stolte Grove, the parade is greeted by a group of volunteers that have been preparing an all-american barbeque picnic with hot dogs, hamburgers, beer, soda, chips, and, of course, apple pie and other savory desserts.

Novato’s 4th of July Parade

With backing from the City of Novato, this year’s Fourth of July theme centers on Novato’s Generations, both past, and present. Get in early and reserve yourself a spot, because this one’s extremely popular. Prepare for festive floats, classic cars and a slew of vintage military vehicles from the Joe Garbarino World War II Military Vehicle Museum.

Sausalito’s 4th of July Festivities

The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Second and Main Street and travels down Bridgeway to Caledonia and ends at Caledonia and Bee Street. Bridgeway (from Napa to 2nd Street) and Caledonia (from Bee to Bridgeway) will be closed to through traffic from 9:45 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Starting at noon there will be live music at Dunphy Park by Chime Travelers until 3:30 p.m. Food, dancing, family games, tug-of-war and famous traditional egg toss help make this an exciting event for the whole family. The fun continues at 6:30 p.m. in Gabrielson Park with music by Faithfully (a Journey Tribute Band), food trucks and the fireworks show starting at 9 p.m.

Marin County Fair

This year’s fair will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing as well as the things Marin County values the most: family, art, agriculture, and the environment. Starting Wednesday July 3rd, highlights will include nightly fireworks over the lagoon, carnival rides, barnyard and petting zoo, and unique creative exhibits all topped off with a delicious variety of foods and refreshing treats and beverages. Some of the biggest names in entertainment will also be gracing the county fairgrounds. Lineup below:

  • Wednesday, July 3, 7:30 pm – Dwight Yoakam
  • Thursday, July 4, 3:00 pm – The Distractions
  • Thursday, July 4, 7:30 pm – ABBA The Concert
  • Friday, July 5, 7:30 pm – Steel Pulse
  • Saturday, July 6, 7:30 pm – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  • Sunday, July 7, 3:00 pm – Mariachi Divas
  • Sunday, July 7, 7:30 pm – Cheap Trick

Stinson Bolinas Tug of War

Stinson and Bolinas Tug of War

Come out to see the towns of Stinson and Bolinas duke it out this Fourth of July. Every year the neighboring cities have a tug of war over the channel that separates them. An epic battle, whether you’re a bystander or getting dirty in the sand, this spectacle is not to be missed. As an early morning event, this also gives you plenty of time to enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds the area.

Fillmore Jazz Fest

Blending art and soul in one of the country’s most unique neighborhoods, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free Jazz festival on the West Coast, drawing over 100,000 visitors over the Independence Day weekend. From sunup to sundown, visitors can groove to the sounds of live music from multiple stages, browse the offerings of over 12 blocks of fine art and crafts and enjoy gourmet food and beverages. Asian to Cajun, paintings to pottery, old favorites and new directions, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is not to be missed.

Free Parks Saturday

Come to the “Measure A Days” free access to all parks on the first Saturday of the month. Hike, bike, play, have a picnic. Invite your friends and family. Bring your frisbee and your fishing pole. Measure A Days include McNears Beach Park, Paradise Beach Park, McInnis Park, and Stafford Lake Park plus Black Point and Miller boat launches.

All listings are correct at the time of posting. Please be aware that events may occasionally be canceled or postponed. We always suggest contacting the promoter or venue to confirm details haven’t changed since the of publishing.