Where to Celebrate the 4th of July in the Bay Area This Year – In-Person


While many 4th of July fireworks and festivals are still on hold or virtual this year due to Covid-19, there are still some in-person events scheduled locally and around the Bay Area.   


Afternoon Picnic at Dunphy Park

The town of Sausalito is welcoming the community to celebrate the 4th of July this year with an afternoon picnic (BYO) and live music by local band Southern Comfort on the lawn area of Dunphy Park on July 4 from 12–3 p.m. It’s the first special event in the park since the renovation was completed in September 2020.

Sausalito Woman’s Club

Cheer on the Sausalito Woman’s Club cast members of the “Jinks 2020 & 2021” along their parade route and applaud them at the Judges’ Stand from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

San Francisco

Pier 39

4th of July SF

The fireworks show at Pier 39 is happily returning this year, scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Several evening cruises are also available.

Thrive City Block Party

The Warriors are hosting the Thrive City Block Party at the Chase Center on July 3–4 from 11 a.m.– 4 p.m., including local food vendors, live entertainment, beer gardens, and a family-friendly kids zone and gaming lounge.

The San Francisco Symphony returns to Stern Grove for its annual summer performance at Stern Grove Festival on July 4 at 2 p.m. It’s still free, but reservations are required.


Oakland A’s Game

After the Oakland A’s take on the Boston Red Sox on July 2 at 6:40 p.m. at RingCentral Coliseum, enjoy a patriotic fireworks show to celebrate the fourth, and the reopening of Championship Plaza, The Treehouse, the A’s Stomping Ground and the Shibe Park Tavern Bar.

Santa Clara

California’s Great America


On July 4, California’s Great America treat park-goers to a fireworks display set to patriotic music at the Flight Deck roller coaster plaza at 8:45 p.m. Cool off at the park’s South Bay Shores Waterpark first, brand new this year.


Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom’s Fourth of July Fest, July 3–4 from 10:30 a.m.–10 p.m., features live entertainment and fireworks each evening — plus all of the thrill rides.

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Lotus AbramsLotus Abrams has covered everything from beauty to business to tech in her editorial career, but it might be writing about her native Bay Area that inspires her most. She lives with her husband and two daughters in the San Francisco Peninsula, where they enjoy spending time outdoors at the area’s many open spaces protected and preserved by her favorite local nonprofit, the Peninsula Open Space Trust.