Where to See Fireworks This Fourth of July

July fireworks

Local Parades


The annual parade kicks off at 40 Wharf Road downtown at 11 a.m. and ends at Brighton Avenue. Festivities include the annual Bolinas–Stinson Beach tug-of-war over the channel that separates the two towns. pointreyesweekend.com

Corte Madera/Larkspur 

Starting at 10:30 a.m. from Redwood High School, the parade heads down Magnolia Avenue and into Corte Madera to the Town Center mall. A celebration at Corte Madera Town Park, with 70 arts and crafts vendors, food, ice cream, snow cones, live music, and carnival games runs from 9 a.m. ­– 5 p.m.. cortemadera.org


The annual Buckaroo Breakfast lasts from 7–9 a.m. The parade starts at 10 a.m. in the city’s Old Town district at the corner of Grant and Railroad avenues and continues toward Seventh Street. The procession includes more than 100 entries including classic cars, floats, Irish bagpipers and a Chinese bell and drum corp. novatoparade.com


Parade begins at 11 a.m. at the College of Marin parking lot, continues down Poplar Avenue and ends at Ross Common with a picnic featuring food, beverages and children’s games. townofross.org

San Geronimo Valley 

The Fourth of July celebration begins with a pancake breakfast at the Woodacre Fire Station, available starting at 8 a.m., while the parade begins at 12 noon starting from the Woodacre Improvement Club in downtown and festivities contuning until 4 p.m. pointreyesweekend.com


The parade begins at 10 a.m. on the corner of Second and Main streets and continues down Bridgeway to Caledonia Street, ending at Dunphy Park, where a town picnic features food, entertainment, raffles, the annual tug-of-war and an egg toss. sausalito.gov


Light Shows

Marin County Fair (San Rafael) 

This impressive display is launched every night of the fair from three barges on the lagoon. The fireworks, including crowd favorites Whistling Dixie, the Americana and the Golden Eagle, are choreographed to music (July 3–7, 9:30 p.m.). marinfair.org

Dunphy Park (Sausalito) 

The party starts at 6 p.m.  with music by the Cap City Band and fireworks fly from Spinnaker Point at 9 p.m.; best vantage points are the Spinnaker, Dunphy Park and Gabrielson Park (July 4, 9:30 p.m.). sausalito.gov

The Waterfront (San Francisco) 

The party starts at 3 p.m. and pyrotechnics are set off from the foot of the Municipal Pier and barges north of Pier 39. Watch from Aquatic Park at Jefferson and Hyde streets, the Cannery, Coit Tower, Ghirardelli Square or other spots along Fisherman’s Warf (July 4, 9:30 p.m.). pier39.com