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. Events, locations, schedules are subject to change.
Here are some places to view fireworks and/or enjoy a day of celebrations:
The Rose, White and Blue Parade and Festival. An old-fashioned family-style parade winds through the Rose Garden neighborhood ending on 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 live music, classic car show, arts and crafts, and more.. Following the parade attendees will enjoy the picnic on The Alameda featuring food and drink from local restaurants for purchase.
Event info (PDF)
San Jose Giants Fireworks Extravaganza at Municipal Stadium. The Giants hosts the Modesto Nuts at 6:30pm (with tickets as low as $10) but more importantly from anywhere near the stadium you can watch the post-game fireworks show for free. Fireworks at approx. 9:30 pm.
Picnic and Fireworks Extravaganza
Central Park, 909 Kiely Boulevard
Pancake Breakfast (8:00 am -10:00 am $6.00), 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 ($1.00 to $6.00).
Flag Dedication Ceremony at noon, followed by live music until 5:00 pm.
Great America (entrance fee) hosts fireworks shows every Saturday night in July and August. No fireworks July 4th.
4th of July Celebration
Civic Center, 110 E. Main Street
Los Gatos Celebrates July 4 for the entire family, all day 11:00 am – 4:30 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.
Event info (PDF)
Children’s Parade and Patriotic Community Sing-Along
Daytime Program at Quinlan Community Center and Memorial Park
7:00 am – 11:00 am: De Anza Optimist Pancake Breakfast (Quinlan Community Center’s Cupertino Room) – for purchase
9:30 am: Flag Raising (at the Veteran’s Memorial)
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
Families and kids are invited to Blackberry Farm (21979 San Fernando Avenue) for a free day of swimming live music and free BBQ.
10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Free Swimming
Noon -2:00 pm: BBQ Lunch ($5)
Noon – 3:00 pm: Live music by The Dave Crimmen Band Classic 50’s Rock & Roll
5:00 pm: Park Closes
Free Fireworks Show – 6:45 pm to 10:00 pm
The fireworks show with music and games at three different viewing locations —
* Creekside Park – Miller Ave. and Calle De Barcelona (handicap parking available)
* Hyde Middle School – 19325 Bollinger Road (bwtn Hyde and Miller)
* Sedgwick Elementary School- 19200 Phil Lane at Tantau Ave.
6:45 – 9:15 pm: Music and games at all three locations. 9:30 pm: Fireworks.
Fireworks set off at Cupertino High School (no viewing area at the high school).
Costumed Old-Fashioned 4th of July from 9:30 am (to 11:00 am) at Kevin Moran Park (12415 Scully Ave)
Color Guard presenting the flag
McCartysville Volunteer Band playing patriotic tunes, including Sousa marches
Actors in costume as American historical characters
Youth chorus and sing-alongs of patriotic tunes
Free popsicles for all and flags for children
“Independence Day 1912 Celebration” at Wilder Ranch State Park (1401 Coast Road)
Travel back in time a hundred years at Wilder Ranch State Park in Santa Cruz County on July 4, 2012 to experience an old-fashioned Independence Day Celebration 1912 style with a family parade at noon, flag raising ceremony, draft horse rides, living history demonstrations and more.
Wilder Ranch State Park is located 2 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1. The event is free; the day use parking fee applies per car.
Parade & Fireworks
Morgan Hill Community Park, 100 Edes Steet
The Morgan Hill July 4th Parade downtown preceded by the Liberty Car Cruise. Decorated vintage and collector cars. At 10:00 am the Parade begins including marching bands and floats
9:00 am: Pre-parade Entertainment
9:30 am: Liberty Parade Cruise
10:00 am: Parade (Downtown streets including Monterey Street & Peak Avenue)
11:30 am: Vintage Farm Engines & Liberty Car Show
In the evening at the Morgan Hill Community Park from 6:00 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 beginning around 9:15 pm.
Event info: (408) 846-0460
4th of July Parade – Centerville District
The Fremont 4th of July parade rotates between six of the districts of Fremont each year. This year, 2012 parade route: Centerville District – The parade route starts at State Street and Capitol Avenue (10:00 am), then on to Paseo Padre Parkway, Walnut Avenue, Liberty Street, and ends on Beacon Avenue at the corner of State Street