Celebrating Independence Day in the East Bay


It’s almost time to release all that feel-good patriotism you’ve been gathering up this year and celebrate the Fourth of July with family and friends. There are a lot of options of where to spend this joyous holiday, but here are some highlights for all things delicious, crafty, explosive, fluffy, jumpy and red, white and blue.

City of Alameda Mayor’s Parade
If you’ve ever wanted to see the entire population of Alameda in one place, this could be it. The annual charming, old-fashioned parade begins at 10 a.m. at Lincoln and Park streets and concludes around noon at Washington Park, Central and Eighth streets. Keep the festivities going with the Jumpin’ and Jivin’ Jubilee festival at Rittler Park, featuring family fun, food, games, crafts, jump houses and music.
10 a.m.–noon for parade, free. Noon–4 p.m. for festival: $7 for Crafts Wristband, $10 for Games and Jumpers Wristband, $15 for all-inclusive Wristband
Downtown Alameda, Rittler Park, Otis Drive and Grand St., (510) 633-9550, www.alamedaparade.com

Festival of Family Fun at Jack London Square
Come out to Jack London Square to see stilt walkers, clowns, jugglers, acrobats and someone named The Amazing Bubble Man. It’ll be fun for the whole family — adults can rent bikes, canoes or kayaks while the little ones can expend bounds of energy in two bounce houses. And of course, music, food, drink and a petting zoo are universal.
11 a.m.–4 p.m. Free.
Foot of Washington Street, Oakland, (510) 645-9292,www.jacklondonsquare.com

Berkeley Marina Fireworks Festival
At an all-day celebration at the Berkeley Marina, entertainment is around every alcove — Afro Cuban drumming, circus arts performers, magicians, dragon boat races, crafts, a dunk tank and more. After taking that all in, grab some food, ride a pony and get a massage. Have a blast, but don’t miss the fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Noon–10 p.m. Free.
Foot of University Ave., Berkeley, (510) 981-6740,www.anotherbullwinkelshow.com

Historic Holiday at the Hornet
The USS Hornet Museum comes alive with the musical stylings of Eddie and the Boppers, Tempest and The Mighty NepTunes. Yes, there will be carnival games and a jump house to keep the kids occupied, but take advantage of what you can only get at the Hornet. Explore the ship; take a spin in the flight simulator. Take in the gorgeous view for fireworks around 9:15 p.m., with the perfect accompaniments of patriotic music, beer and wine.
1–9 p.m. $20 adults in advance, $25 at the door, $10 ages 5–17, under 5 and members are free.
707 W. Hornet Ave., Alameda, (510) 521-8448, www.uss-hornet.org

Independence Day at Ardenwood
Celebrate the Fourth, 1900-style. Take in the brass band and the folks with fiddles. Enjoy some old-fashioned fun with games like tug-of-war and an egg toss.
11 a.m.–4 p.m., $8 adults, $6 seniors, $5 children 4-17, under 4 free.
Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, (888) EBPARKS, www.ebparks.org

Lake Merritt Music Festival and Barbeque
Eat some lip-smackin’ good barbeque while you listen to homegrown live music. This year’s entertainers include Superego, Mark Harris and Destiny, Cornerstone and Harpist From The Hood. Wine and beer will be available with all proceeds benefiting the Oakland Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Clinic.
Noon–5 p.m. Free.
Oakland Scottish Rite building, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, (510) 451-1903, www.scottish-rite.org

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