THURSDAY, JULY 3
The fifth annual Fireworks Jubilee includes the El Dorado Hills Fire Department’s community parade, Badge to Badge chili cook-off, kid’s area with bounce houses, live music on three stages, and beer/wine. Foreverland (a Michael Jackson tribute) will be performing in the Steven Young Amphitheater. 6 p.m. Town Center, 4364 Town Center Blvd., El Dorado Hills. (916) 933-6699, ext. 204.
Kings Beach holds its Fireworks and Beach Party 4-10 p.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center (8318 N. Lake Blvd.). The event will include food vendors; a beer/wine and mixed drink garden; free watermelon eating, sand castle building and patriotic costume contests; games; music and live entertainment; fireworks; glow toys and souvenirs and more. Preferred fireworks seating is available. Fireworks begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. $12. (530) 546-9000.
Benicia’s Independence Day parade stretches along First Street, and includes dancers, floats, clowns, and entertainment. 6:30 p.m. Downtown Benicia, First Street, Benicia. (707) 745-9791.
Oakland East Bay Symphony
A family-friendly Independence Day Celebration led by the Oakland East Bay Symphony and Music Director Michael Morgan. The evening will include pre-performance entertainment, food and fireworks. 6:30 p.m. Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way, South Richmond. Free. (510) 444-0801.
“Blessed is the Nation,” a free patriotic concert followed by an old-fashioned ice cream social. 7 p.m. Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church, 11427 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks. Free. (916) 967-4784.
Music in the Mountains
Music in the Mountains presents Happy Birthday, USA. A picnic and party on the lawn of the Nevada County fairgrounds. Enjoy patriotic tunes with the MIM Chorale and orchestra, a picnic and picnic table contest. With conductor Dawn Harms. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley. $20 advance; $25 at the gate; picnic tables $80. (530) 265-6124.
Colfax Independence Day
Colfax hosts a laser light show and after dark entertainment with music and fire dancers. Starting at noon, there will be vendors, live music, a Little Patriots parade, and the Colfax Lions Parade at 6 p.m. Depot and North Main streets, Colfax. (530) 346-8888.
FRIDAY, JULY 4
Cal Expo’s Independence Day
Cal Expo’s annual pyrotechnics display includes family-friendly activities preceding the main event.
Live music, bounce houses, face painting, food and beverages, topped off with fireworks (at approximately 9:30 p.m.). Admission is free, but a limited number of $10 reserved seats will be sold online at calexpo.com. 4:30-10 p.m. Cal Expo’s Miller Lite Grandstand, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento. (916) 263-3247.
A Salute to the Red, White and Blue
Elk Grove’s festivities begin with the Stars and Strips Pancake Breakfast at 8 a.m. (Elk Grove Park Pavilion; $5 for ages 3 and older, $1 for children ages 2 and younger). Followed by the Elk Grove Rod Custom and Motorcycle Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Strauss Island). In addition, there’s a Bike and Pedal Parade, a one-mile cruise around the park, starting at 11 a.m. (the Elk Grove Park Pavilion); a concert at 4:30 p.m. featuring Rachel Steele, Road 88, Joy and Madness; and the grande fireworks display blasting off at 9:30 p.m. Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk Grove Florin Road, Elk Grove. Parking is $10. (916) 691-2489.
Fourth of July in Davis
The traditional fireworks extravaganza finale in Davis is preceded by free entertainment at the Community Park main stage starting at 5 p.m. The lineup includes entertainment by The Bottom Dwellers at 6:30 p.m.; Diego’s Umbrella at 8 p.m. Reading and National Anthem by City of Davis Poet Laureate Eve West Bessier at 9:35 p.m. Plus, there’s the 53rd annual Kiwanis Kiddie Parade (at 10 a.m.), Third Street. The Davis Bike Club’s annual Fourth of July Criterium will feature bike racing action. The first race, Elite men 5, will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the last Elite 4 race will start at 4:20 p.m. Kids Fun Ride: Bicycle riders ages 9 and younger can ride in the free noncompetitive “Kid’s Fun Ride,” It 12:40 p.m. at the start/finish line on F Street at Third Street. Davis Little League Pancake Breakfast will be held 7- 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Center (203 E. 14th St., $5). 5-10 p.m. Community Park, 1405 F St., Davis. Free. (530) 757-5602.
Rancho Cordova’s Celebration
Rancho Cordova’s Fourth of July Celebration returns for its 20th year, with carnival rides, concerts, BMX show, festival food, free activities, booths, beer garden and fireworks show. Run the All America City 5K at 9 a.m., stay for the parade at 10 a.m., and spend a day in Hagan Park. Dance the night away with Night Fever on stage, topped off with the Fireworks Spectacular. Parking is $10. Noon. Hagan Community Park, Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova. $2. (916) 851-8818.
Pancake breakfast, 7-11 a.m. at the Carmichael Park Clubhouse. The 56th annual Elk’s Club Parade kicks off at 10:30 a.m. Parade route starts at Fair Oaks and Marconi, and travels to Fair Oaks and Cypress Avenue. Evening festivities start at 7 p.m. at La Sierra Community Center with free children’s activities, music, food trucks, and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Carmichael Park, 5750 Grant Ave., Carmichael. (916) 485-5322.
Music in the Park
A free holiday concert by the Capitol Pops Concert Band. Plus, carnival games, bounce houses, and food vendors. 11 a.m. Royer Park, 110 Park Drive, Roseville. Free. (916) 786-7380.
Street Fair and Fireworks Show
Celebrate Independence Day in Tahoe City with a street fair and fireworks show. Noon. Downtown Tahoe City, 425 CA-28, Tahoe City. (530) 583-3348.
Picnic and Performance
The Center for Spiritual Awareness presents the CSA Fourth of July Carnival: Picnic & Performance. A family-friendly event with activities such as bouncers, face painting, dunk tank; and at 1:30 p.m., CSA Teens will present America the Change; Generation Next Media will perform The Living Constitution: A Lively Look at the Creation of America. Noon. Center For Spiritual Awareness, 1275 Starboard Drive, West Sacramento. Carnival is free, $10 suggested for adults, $5 suggested for children for play. 818-458-6618.
SF Fourth of July
San Francisco’s PIER 39 celebrates Independence Day with musical entertainment and activities in the Entrance Plaza. At approximately 9:30 p.m., fireworks explode over the San Francisco Bay. Mobility from the USAF Band of the Golden West will perform noon-3 p.m. on the Entrance Plaza Stage. Tainted Love performs 5-8 p.m. (415) 981-7437.
Festival of Family Fun
Every Independence Day needs an Uncle Sam and Jack London Square delivers with an Uncle Sam stilt walker, who will be among the many street performers. There also will be interactive activities, a petting zoo, and sidewalk chalk art. 7 p.m. Jack London Square, Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland. Free. (510) 645-9292.
Let Freedom Ring
Celebrate the Fourth of July on board the USS Hornet, with a day-long celebration filled with food, games and live entertainment. View the San Francisco fireworks from the ship’s flight deck. The Fog City Band will perform the Best of Motown beginning at 3 p.m. At 4:30 p.m., the Celtic rock band, Tempest, takes the stage. The night ends with performances by The Stacy Adams Band and MoonAlice. 11 a.m. USS Hornet Museum, West Hornet Avenue, Alameda. $30 general, $10 for youth ages 5-17. (510) 521-8448, ext. 282.
Free live music, craft vendors, family entertainment and fireworks display over the Waterfront. (707) 11 a.m. Suisun City Harbor Plaza, Main and Solano streets, Suisun City. Free. (707) 421-7309.
Napa County Fair & Fireworks
The All American Fourth of July kicks off with a parade (11 a.m.-noon, downtown Calistoga). Head over to the Napa County Fairgrounds for rides, contests, a wine pavilion, olive oil tastings, art exhibits and free Kids Kountry. At dusk, enjoy live music and the Fireworks Spectacular (9:30 p.m. at the Grandstand). Napa County Fairgrounds, 1435 N. Oak St., Calistoga. $10. (707) 942-5111.
Glorious Fourth of July
Highlights include a parade (noon), races, bucket brigade, greased pole climbing, watermelon eating contests, barbecue at 2 p.m. 10:30 a.m. Columbia State Historic Park, Main Street, Columbia. (209) 536-1672.
Fireworks in Old Sacramento
Pick out the perfect spot along Old Sacramento’s Front Street to view Thursday’s Sacramento River Cats post-game fireworks show. Or look to the skies from Raley Field Friday for a flag-waving patriotic fireworks show during the second annual Fourth on the Field event, 6-10 p.m. Festivities include interactive games on the field, food trucks, games and inflatables, and live music with Nunchuck Taylor. It commences with a fireworks display simulcast to patriotic music (also visible from Old Sacramento). $5-$15. Raley Field: (916) 371-4487; Old Sacramento: (916) 442-8575.
Folsom Pro Rodeo
The Folsom Pro Rodeo arrived Wednesday with a cattle drive down Folsom’s Sutter Street. Rodeo action features nightly fireworks, motocross performance, a tribute to the military, an American flag arriving by parachute, silver dollar dig, clown acts, food and live entertainment in Mike’s Gold Spike Saloon. 7 p.m. Thursday-July 5. Folsom City Lions Park, 403 Stafford St., Folsom. $15-$39. (916) 985-2698.
Red, White and Tahoe Blue
Claim your spot early along Tahoe’s north shores for the best view of the annual Fourth of July fireworks show Friday. The party gets started early at Incline Village with activities on Thursday. North Shore serves up a full weekend of music and revelry, including a Billy Ray Cyrus concert, 7-9 p.m. July 5 on the Village Green (tickets start at $40). For a schedule, visit www.redwhitetahoeblue.org. 775-298-1010.
Fourth of July Fun
Kids craft a star-spangled waver. Planetarium shows are at 1 and 3 p.m. (ages 4 and older). Creature Features at noon and 2 p.m. are for all ages. 10 a.m. Monday-Thursday. Discovery Museum Science & Space Center, 3615 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento. $6-$8. (916) 808-3942.
July 4th Fest
Park guests are treated to a nightly fireworks display. All weekend, active military members, veterans and their families receive discounted admission to the park. At 10:15 a.m. Thursday , Hearts of Valor families will be honored with a special ceremony. 10:30 a.m. Thursday-July 6. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, 1001 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo. $42.99-$64.99 at the gate. (707) 643-6722.