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2019 Marin 4th of July Parades, Fireworks & More

4th of July Marin

Celebrate Independence Day the Marin County way! Communities across the Marin observe the 4th of July in their own unique ways. Here’s what’s going on in your community on Thursday, July 4. We will be updating the list as we learn of new events, so please check back. Please keep in mind that event details can change without notice, so please check the event links or call before attending.

You can also add your local Independence Day event to our Family Events Calendar.

Corte Madera and Larkspur 4th of July Parade & Festival

  • The Corte Madera-Larkspur festivities celebrate start off with at the 67th Annual Independence Day Pancake Breakfast—with pancakes, sausages, fruit, coffee, orange juice, and milk—at Larkspur's American Legion Twin Cities Post 313 at 500 Magnolia Avenue. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under, with famous 1928 recipe gin fizzes and the Post 313 Renowned Mimosa for $5 each. Breakfast is from 8–11 am; flag raising ceremony at 7:45 am. Info: call (415) 924-6283 or  www.americanlegion313.org
  • Don’t miss this year’s Corte Madera-Larkspur 4th of July Parade and Festival! One of the biggest 4th of July events in Marin, the parade boasts the elaborate floats, precision drill teams, classic cars, and the Corte Madera Town Band. This year's parade theme is "Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories Generation to Generation.” The parade starts at 10:30 am. Accompanying festivities at Corte Madera's Town Park from 9 am–5 pm include arts and crafts, food and drink, carnival games, children's activities, bounce houses, and stage shows. The parade leaves Redwood High School and winds through downtown Larkspur from Magnolia Avenue and into Corte Madera by way of Tamalpais Drive until it reaches Corte Madera Town Center. The streets will close at 10 am. Info: (415) 924-0441 or www.cortemadera.org.

Inverness 4th of July Festivities

  • Inverness' 4th of July festivities take place from 9 am–1 pm and features its 112th annual foot races for the whole family, from toddlers to adults. Festivities happen on Inverness Way near the fire station. For more info, visit their website.

Mill Valley — Homestead Valley 4th of July Picnic & Parade

  • Homestead Valley's 4th of July picnic and parade is a fun, family-focused event that celebrates our nation's independence. The day starts with a community parade from Volunteer Park to Stolte Grove, led by a bright red fire truck. Then enjoy an all-American BBQ picnic with food, drink, entertainment, and more. For more info, visit their website.

Marinwood 4th of July Pancake Breakfast

  • Join the Marinwood firefighters on the 4th of July for a pancake breakfast from 8:30–11:30 am at the Marinwood Community Center, 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. For more info call (415) 479-0122 or visit www.marinwood.org.

Nicasio — Rancho Nicasio 4th of July BBQ on the Lawn

  • Rancho Nicasio Restaurant & Bar will hold its annual 4th of July Weekend BBQ on the Lawn, featuring the Zydeco Flames, at 4 pm at the town square (doors open at 3 pm). $20; children under 3 free. Bring your beach blankets and low-backed sand chairs. Picnic tables reservable for parties of 8 or more. Call (415) 662-2219 or www.ranchonicasio.com

Novato 4th of July Parade & Buckaroo Breakfast

  • The annual Buckaroo Breakfast is a traditional part of the 4th of July festivities in Novato. Breakfast is served from 7 to 10 am at the Redwood Credit Union parking lot at 1010 Grant Avenue in downtown Novato. Come enjoy eggs, pancakes, sausage, orange juice, and coffee. Hosted by the Presbyterian Church of Novato, proceeds benefit Novato Youth Center. Suggested donation: $7 for adults, $5 for kids. Info: www.novatoparade.com
  • Novato’s 4th of July Parade is one of the largest in the Bay Area and takes place from 10 am to noon (approximately) in downtown Novato at the corner of Grant and Railroad Avenues. Don't miss the pre-parade entertainment from 9 to 9:45 am! Every year Novato hosts 15,000 to 20,000 spectators and over 100 parade entries ranging from classic cars and vintage military vehicles to Irish bagpipers and a Chinese drum and bell corps. Along the parade route, you will also find food and refreshment booths and souvenir t-shirts. This year's theme: "Out of This World". Info: www.novatoparade.com.

Ross 4th of July Parade & Celebration

  • The town of Ross celebrates the 4th of July at its annual parade and picnic on the Ross Common. Festivities begin at 11 am with a one-of-a-kind parade followed by a picnic lunch and old fashioned games. More info: www.townofross.org

San Rafael — 2019 Marin County Fair

  • The 2019 Marin County Fair in San Rafael offers what is pretty much Marin County's official fireworks display. Fair admission is $15–$20 and includes free carnival rides, exhibits, music, and more. This year's fair theme is "Over the Moon!" Fireworks begin at 9:30 pm every night from July 3–7. Fair hours are 11 am–11 pm. Location: Marin County Fairgrounds, Civic Center Drive,  San Rafael. Info: (415) 499-6400 or www.marinfair.org.

Sausalito 4th of July Parade & Fireworks Extravaganza

  • Sausalito’s 4th of July parade starts at Second and Main Streets at 10 am and travels down Bridgeway to Caledonia and ends at Caledonia and Bee Street. A picnic in Dunphy park with games and live music follow the parade at noon. Food, dancing, family games, tug-of-war and famous traditional egg toss help make this an exciting event for the whole family. Come and enjoy a good old-fashioned 4th of July celebration!
  • Sausalito's Fireworks Extravaganza takes place at Gabrielson Park from 6:30–9:30 pm. Enjoy live entertainment by the Cap City Band and a spectacular fireworks display off Spinnaker Point. Fireworks begin at 9 pm.

Tiburon & Angel Island

  • One of the best ways to see the San Francisco fireworks display is from the Bay! The Angel Island Tiburon Ferry offers its annual 4th of July fireworks cruise—a tradition for over 24 years. The cruise begins boarding at 8 pm and departs  at 8:30 pm from the Tiburon ferry dock off Main Street, and returns after the show at approximately 10:30 pm. Tickets are $79 for adults, $59 for children ages 5–12, and free for children under 5. Bring your own picnic dinner; beer, wine, soft drinks, and snacks will be available for purchase on board. Reservations are required and tickets to sell out. Boats do not stop at Angel Island. For more info and reservations call (415) 435-2131 or visit their website.
  • Watch the fireworks from Angel Island's Battery Ledyard, which offers a spectacular view of San Francisco Bay. Enjoy live music and food and drink in Ayala Cove, then take a tram ride to Battery Ledyard to enjoy an unforgettable fireworks show. Adults $73, children 5–12 $52, under 5 free. Box dinner option available for $20, or bring your picnic to enjoy in Ayala Cove before the fireworks. Tickets include ferry ride and round-trip shuttle service to Battery Ledyard. Ferry departs Tiburon for Angel Island at 7 pm and leaves the island at approximately 10:45–11 pm. Info: www.angelisland.com.

Woodacre 4th of July Parade & Country Fun Day

  • Start the 4th of July off with the Woodacre firefighters' pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 am at the Woodacre Fire Station, 33 Castle Rock Road. They're be a free jumpy house, firetruck rides, disaster preparedness information, and more. Event details
  • Bring the family to San Geronimo Valley's Independence Day parade and country fun day on July 4th. The parade begins at noon at the Woodacre Improvement Club in downtown Woodacre and follows Railroad Avenue to Dickson Ranch (182 San Geronimo Valley Drive), with festivities continuing until 4 pm. Enjoy games, burgers, a flea market, and live music. Event is free. For more info, visit their website.

San Francisco 4th of July Festivities

  • Pier 39 is a great place to see the fireworks in the city. They'll have live music by Mustache Harbor—Yacht Rock Explosion from 3 to 6 pm on the Entrance Plaza Stage, then you can watch San Francisco's spectacular fireworks display at 9:30 pm. Info: www.pier39.com
  • Take a 4th of July Fireworks Cruise with the Blue and Gold Fleet and see the San Francisco fireworks display from the Bay! Fireworks cruises depart at 8, 8:20, and 8:40 pm from Pier 41, and no-alcohol cruises for families leave PIER 39 at 8:15 and 8:30 pm. Advance tickets $95 adults; child admission included in family pack rates only, $320 and up depending on number of children. Boarding begins 30 minutes before departure time. More info and tickets: www.blueandgoldfleet.com

Wine Country 4th of July Celebrations

  • Sonoma's Hometown 4th of July Celebration begins with a parade around the historic Plaza at 10 am, followed by old-fashioned festivities until 5 pm. A fireworks show takes place over General Vallejo's Field at dusk (approximately 9:30 pm) and lasts around 45 minutes. Event details
  • Petaluma's 4th of July celebration at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds starts at 6 pm with family fun and activities, live music, food vendors, with fireworks taking place sometime after 9 pm. Enjoy live music by the Whiskey Family Band, kids' activities, local food vendors, and more. Free admission. Event details
  • Celebrate the Independence Day at Sonoma State University's Green Music Center with a 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular featuring Transcendence Theatre Company and the Santa Rosa Symphony. Weill Hall lawn tickets for kids 12 and under are half price and the Kids Zone will offer carnival games, bounce houses, and face painting. Kids Zone opens at 4:30 pm, gates at 5:30, performances begins at 7:30 pm. Event details
  • Bodega Bay's Maritime 4th of July Celebration features a boat parade, "Freedom Paddle" in the harbor, monster kits and kite flying, educational activities, a crafts show, live music, and more. (No fireworks display). Event details
  • More than just a fireworks show, Santa Rosa's annual Red, White and BOOM Independence Day celebrations feature an afternoon and evening of food, live music, kid's activities, and fun for the entire family! The evening concludes with an amazing fireworks show, at 9:30 pm simulcast to music on KZST 100.1 FM. Parking fee $10. Info: srboom.com
  • Sebastopol's Fireworks Extravaganza and Music Festival takes place at Analy High School, on Wednesday July 3. Gates open at 5:30 pm, bands and dancing start at 6 pm. Enjoy live music, dancing, food and many other activities; $10 general, $5 children 6–11, 5 and under free. Fireworks begin at approximately 9:30 pm. Info: www.sebastopolkiwanis.org

Bay Area Independence Day Fireworks Displays

If you and your family finds itself elsewhere in the Bay Area this 4th of July, here are a few fireworks displays farther afield:

  • Mountain View: Celebrate Independence Day with a 4th of July fireworks spectacular and the San Francisco Symphony, led by Edwin Outwater, at Shoreline Amphitheater. The evening begins at 8 pm and concludes with a spectacular fireworks show set to stirring patriotic songs and marches. Info: www.sfsymphony.org
  • Berkeley: 4th of July fireworks at 9:30 pm off the end of the Berkeley Pier. Family activities from noon to 10 pm at the Berkeley Marina, including the Kids' Adventure Playgound, live entertainment, and food vendors. Info: (510) 548-3553 or www.anotherbullwinkelshow.com/4th-of-july
  • Vallejo: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom hosts the Coca-Cola July 4th Fest on June 30–July 4. Enjoy the park from 10:30 am to 10 pm with the day culminating in a fantastic fireworks show. Info: www.sixflags.com/discoverykingdom

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