3 Family Friendly Places to Watch Fireworks in the Bay Area

By: Hazel Bourget

The Fourth of July is the perfect holiday to get your family together and celebrate our country’s Independence. The Bay is filled with lots of fun and free festivities, and there is no shortage of stellar spots from which to watch the beauty of pyrotechnic light engineering (aka fireworks)! Remember to bring a picnic blanket, sunscreen, and layers (it can get a little chilly at night in some parts of the Bay Area – especially by the waterfront).

Here are our top three places to spend the day (and the evening) with the kids:

1.  Alameda

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Load up your kids and head to Alameda for a day of parades, fun carnival rides, fair food, and fireworks!  The Mayoral Parade starts at 10 am at Park Street and ends on Webster Street. After the parade, head over to The Alameda County Fair 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular in Pleasanton. The fireworks, which start at 9:30 pm, are accompanied by the beautiful tunes of the Oakland Symphony.

2.  Sausalito

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Sausalito’s picturesque town by the water carries beautiful views of San Francisco, Angel Island, Treasure Island, and Alcatraz. On a completely clear day, you can even see the East Bay. Their Fourth of July Festivities begin with a Parade at 10 am that starts at the intersection of Second and Main Street and ends at Dunphy Park.  Plan to picnic at Dunphy Park in the afternoon and stay to catch the fireworks at 9:20 pm from Gabrielson Park.

3.  Foster City

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Do you have a pup in the family? Bring your furry friend to Foster City’s Family and Dog Parade at 9 am. Following the parade there will be family games and live music at Leo Ryan Park and a grand fireworks display over the lagoon at 9:30 pm. Do you like to plan ahead? Plan out your day based on the official schedule of events here.

Wherever you celebrate, have a great and safe Independence Day!