Around the Bay in July 2014

PIER 39 Celebrates Independence Day with fun for the whole family, featuring musical entertainment and activities in the Entrance Plaza.

Published: July, 2014
San Francisco
PIER 39 Celebrates Independence Day with fun for the whole family, featuring musical entertainment and activities in the Entrance Plaza. Beginning from noon to 3 p.m., Mobility from the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West performs. Then dance into the night from 5 to 8 p.m. with Tainted Love playing all your favorites from the eighties. When the sun goes down around 9:30 p.m., stick around for the City of San Francisco’s spectacular fireworks display over the Bay! View from PIER 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, Aquatic Park or aboard the SS Jeremiah O’Brien (see page 13 for more info).
North Bay
Sausalito - 10 a.m. Fourth of July parade followed by celebration at Dunphy Park at noon with live music all day. Food, dancing, family games, tug-of-war and famous traditional egg toss help make this an exciting event for the whole family. The celebration continues as the City of Sausalito Parks and Recreation Department hosts an evening of celebration at Gabrielson Park from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The celebration will feature live entertainment and end with a spectacular show of fireworks on San Francisco Bay at 9:20 p.m.
Marin County Fair - Fireworks every evening July 2 through July 6 at 9:30 p.m. Concerts, Chinese Circus of Beijing, educational/interactive exhibits, carnival rides, film festivals, arts and crafts and barnyard features. 10 Avenue of the Flags in San Rafael.
East Bay
Berkeley Marina - Fireworks start at 9:35 p.m. Live entertainment all day, face painting, arts & crafts, adventure playground, massages, dragon boat rowing and food from noon to 10 p.m. 201 University Avenue in Berkeley. 
Solano County
Vallejo (Waterfront) - The 161st Annual Vallejo July 4th Parade is on with the theme “Let Freedom Ring!” Parade step-off is 10 am. The 2014 Vallejo 4th of July Parade will travel on its traditional route beginning at Broadway and Tennessee, then turn left on Sonoma Blvd, then right on Georgia through downtown. Enjoy the day and return to the Vallejo waterfront for fireworks at approximately 9:15 pm. 
Vallejo (Six Flags) - Fireworks shows from July 4 through July 6. Come for the rollercoasters, rides, animal exhibits and picnic in the park and stay for the fireworks. Park open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. 1001 Fairgrounds Drive in Vallejo.
Benicia - At Picnic in the Park & Fireworks, the fireworks start around 9 p.m. at the foot of First Street. Arts, crafts, hot food, live entertainment, and children’s activities throughout the day from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at City Park on First and Military Streets in Benicia.
Fourth of July Cruise
Enjoy an explosive evening of champagne, dessert and fabulous fireworks while cruising on the San Francisco Bay on the Presidential Yacht Potomac for the 4th of July from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. For information and to purchase tickets, call (510) 627-1215.
Picnic With Your Pooch
Come to Contra Costa Humane Society’s Picnic With Your Pooch on Sunday, July 20th at Pleasant Hill Park picnic area, 147 Gregory Lane from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. This unique event will have you enjoying a walk around the park, demonstrations, games and more. Enter to win a pet contest or a raffle prize, play musical chairs, enjoy a massage and goodies from the vendor booths such as Pet Food Express and Whole Foods, listen to KKDV music and then enjoy a picnic with your pooch courtesy of CCHS and Rubios. The person who walks the most laps wins a special prize. Tickets are $25 each 13 and up, children under 13 and dogs are free. First 30 registered adult participants will receive a goody bag. Registration available in advance or at event. Bring your blanket and walking shoes, and a variety of dog food and bones will be provided. For more information, visit or call (925) 279-2247 x306. All proceeds benefit CCHS animals and programs in Contra Costa County.
Workout Wednesdays at JLS
Join CrossFit East Bay for a complimentary hour of outdoor exercise training on the waterfront. These are introductory sessions designed to introduce interested participants to the Constantly Varied Functional Fitness program. All levels are welcome and workouts will be both challenging and accessible to all. Workouts will take place on the Ferry Lawn in Jack London Square every Wednesday in July from 6 to 7 p.m. For more information, visit or call (510) 910-2919.
The 13th Annual Breastfest Beer Festival
Northern California’s premier beer tasting event returns to Fort Mason on Saturday, July 12 from 2 to 6 p.m. The Breastfest Beer Festival helps raise funds for the nonprofit health center Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic, which supports economically challenged women in their fight against cancer. Sample over 80 breweries, several cider houses and wineries, while getting your groove on to live music from local band Daze on the Green. Tickets are $55 in advance and $65 at the door, and can be purchased on the website, at Marin Brewing Company in Larkspur or at Moylan’s Brewing Company in Novato. Ticket price includes live music, food, unlimited tasting and a Breastfest commemorative cup. For additional information, call (415) 461-4677. 
Summer Beats Concert Series Returns to Alameda
The popular Summer Beats Concert Series will kick off Saturday, July 19 with Mike Amaral’s California Beach Boys, a tribute rock band playing renditions of the original Beach Boys classic hits.  The free, family-friendly concert series showcases many of the area’s most notable performers, with musical styles ranging from surf to salsa. After the series’ opening event, the concerts take place every other Saturday through Labor Day weekend. All performances take place in the Center Court from 5 to 7 p.m. Along with outstanding musical performances, the concert series features fun activities for kids including face painting, henna tattoos, raffles and much more. R&B Wine Cellars will pour some of its most popular vintages for adults to enjoy. For more information, visit
Opera at the Ballpark
San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Giants invite you to Opera at the Ballpark on Saturday, July 5 at 8 p.m. for a free performance of Verdi’s La Traviata, simulcast live from the War Memorial Opera House. You can also take the ferry from Larkspur and relax for the hour-long trip to AT&T Park. The ferry trip departs the Larkspur Terminal at 6 p.m. and returns 30 minutes after the conclusion of the performance. Tickets are $11.50 each way and advance purchase is required.
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