4th of July @ the Berkeley Marina
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Complete with fireworks over the bay and live music, the Berkeley Marina hosts one of the best 4th of July parties from noon until 10PM with all kinds of free family fun in an alcohol-free environment.
There's live entertainment from noon until 9:30PM so come dance at the main stage to Afro-Pop band Guarandinga (7:30-9:30PM); Idlewild West (5:15-7:15PM), an Allman Brothers tribute band; Stompy Jones (3:15-5:00PM); and Humanistic (1:30-3:00) jazz funk.
Food Court Arena has In Steel (2:00-6:00), Failure to Disperse (3:00PM) and Bay Station (6:00PM); Golden Lion Martial Arts (1:00PM); the Merry Mary Show (2:00 + 4:00); and Frisco Fred (7:00) with juggling, magic and crazy stunts. Tucked around the marina there's an Afro Cuban Drumming Circle, a one-man band, steel drummers, face painters, and balloon twisters.
Free photo booth with costumes are waiting for you to take your holiday close up. Berkeley Canoe Racing Club gives free Dragon Boat rides 12-5PM, bring a kite and let it fly over the northern area of the marina in Cesar Chavez Kite Park.
Live pony rides, carnival rides, an inflatable bounce area, mini-train rides, a giant wavy slide, and walk-on-water bubble balls. Get your face painted, a henna tattoo, or a balloon animal. Hand made and international craft vendors make a bit of shopping therapy available.
The day culminates in the grand fireworks over the water near the end of the Berkeley Pier at 9:35PM, presented by the City of Berkeley. Viewing is best along Frontage Drive south of the Pier.
Parking is $20 cars/$50 large vehicles for the day or ride your bike over the Berkeley bicycle overpass and use the free valet parking near Adventure Playground.
Free admission. Alcohol-free event. Sponsored by the City of Berkeley, Berkeley Community Media, 7x7, East Bay Loop, Berkeleyside, 510 Families, The Express, Yelp. Event details at www.AnotherBullwinkelShow.com 510-548-5335, https://www.facebook.com/events/1709377452480246/.