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America’s birthday, time to celebrate with parades, barbecues, picnics, festivals, and fireworks!
Events are free; however, at some locations there will be food for purchase, some activities may have a fee, and there may be parking fees. Events with an admission fee are not listed.
Here are some places to view fireworks and/or enjoy a day of celebrations:
The City of San Jose, History San Jose and Kelley Park will also participate in the new July 4th Fireworks celebration at Municipal Stadium and San Jose State University.
There will be free fireworks viewing in San Jose on the San Jose State University East Field next to Spartan Stadium (10th Street and Alma – opens at 5:00 pm) or at the Soccer Fields (Alma between Senter Road and 10th Street – opens at 5:00 pm). Note that no coolers allowed on University property; in addition, tailgating will be restricted from parking lots and no alcohol allowed. Parking is $8.00 in all lots.
Fireworks at approximately 9:30 pm following the All-American Country Jam (tickets).
The Rose, White and Blue Parade and Festival from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. An old-fashioned family-style parade (Grand Marshal Steve Wozniak) winds through the Rose Garden neighborhood ending on The Alameda (919 The Alameda). The parade features live bands, dance groups, homemade floats, and kids on bikes, antique cars, and more. Following the parade attendees will enjoy an Arts & Music Festival with two stages of live music, inflatable kids park, classic car show, arts and crafts, multicultural food, beer & wine garden and games. 408-795-1859
Picnic and Fireworks Extravaganza
Central Park, 909 Kiely Boulevard
Pancake Breakfast at 8 am, followed by games and entertainment throughout the day at the Pavilion along with (for a fee) a carnival area, face painting, and swimming at the International Swim Center. Bring a picnic lunch or purchase foods at the event.
Fireworks at 9:30 pm; Pre-fireworks entertainment will be provided from 7:00 pm on the lawn area near Millikin School.
Great America will not have fireworks on July 4.
4th of July – 10th Anniversary Celebration
Civic Center, 110 E. Main Street
Los Gatos Celebrates July 4 for the entire family, all day 11:00 am – 7:00 pm. Beginning in the morning games and activities at the Civic Center. BBQ, picnic lunches and cold drinks available for purchase at the food court.
The San Jose Wind Symphony performs on the front lawn of Los Gatos High School.
Event Schedule (PDF)
Independence Day Festivities
Milpitas Sports Center, 1325 E. Calaveras Boulevard
Water activities at Milpitas Sports Center Pools during the day; pool party 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Note: Space may be limited at times due to pool capacity.
Hot Dog Lunch at the Pool
Party ($2.00 nominal fee for hot dog, chips & drink.)
Concert & Fireworks at Milpitas Sports Center Football Field; 7:30 pm (gates open at 7:00 pm); bring a picnic dinner (some food will be available for purchase). Note: There are no “in and out” privileges. No alcohol, glass bottles or dogs/animals allowed at the event. No barbecuing/tailgating in the parking lot.
9:30 pm: Fireworks.
Children’s Parade, Patriotic Community Sing-Along, and Fireworks Show
Daytime Program at Quinlan Community Center and Memorial Park
7:00 – 11:00 am: Pancake Breakfast (Quinlan Community Center’s Cupertino Room)
9:30 am: Line-up for the Children’s Parade (Memorial Park ball field)
10:00 – 10:30 am: Children’s Parade starting at the Memorial Park ball field and proceeding to the Memorial Park Amphitheater
10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Concert in the Park by “The Peelers”
Free Fireworks Show – 6:45 pm to 10:00 pm
The fireworks show with music and games at three different viewing locations in the city and fireworks set off from Cupertino High School at 9:30 pm. Bring your picnic to Creekside Park, Hyde Middle School, or Sedgwick Elementary School.
6:45 – 9:15 pm: Music and games at all three locations. 9:30 pm: Fireworks.
Note: space is extremely limited. Streets will be closed from 6:00 pm to midnight and the city will be aggressively towing cars parking on portions of Finch Avenue, Tilson Avenue, and Miller Avenue.
Costumed Old-Fashioned 4th of July from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm at Kevin Moran Park
Color Guard presenting the flag
McCartysville Volunteer Band playing patriotic tunes, including Sousa marches
Presentation of the Youth Writing Contest winners (this year’s theme is ‘fortitude’)
Actors in costume as American historical characters
Youth chorus and sing-alongs of patriotic tunes
Free popsicles for all and flags for children
408-867-4233 or 408-867-4577
Parade & Fireworks
Morgan Hill Community Park, 100 Edes Steet
Along the parade route at 10:45 am is Car Cruise featuring vintage and collector cars.
Parade Starts in Downtown Morgan Hill – immediately following Car Cruise at
In the evening at the Morgan Hill Community Park from 4:30 pm is pre-fireworks entertainment with the fireworks scheduled for approximately 9:30 pm.
Annual 4th of July Fireworks Display at Gilroy High School on Tenth Street at 9:15 pm.
4th of July Parade – Mission San Jose District
The parade in the Mission San Jose District features floats and parade entries along with Grand Marshal Spencer Christian of KGO-TV.
Location: Mission Boulevard to Washington Boulevard, Ellsworth Street and Pine Street. Time: 10:00 am.
Half Moon Bay