Fireworks shows are a great way to celebrate the Fourth of July, and the Bay Area doesn’t disappoint when it comes to innovative, fun, exciting fireworks displays. From county fairs to theme parks to outdoor amphitheaters, there are many great Bay Area fireworks shows to enjoy.
10 Ave of the Flags
San Rafael, CA 94903
The Marin County Fair is award-winning and is the county’s premier community event, welcoming over 120,000 attendees each year. One of the most beautiful landscapes in the state, Marin County features creativity, nature, and community, and its rolling green hills are the perfect backdrop for a county fair.
Families can enjoy spectacular fireworks shows every night over the lagoon. The fireworks take place each night of the fair and are shot from three barges over the lagoon in a low-level, safely-choreographed musical extravaganza. The fireworks show features Roman candles, comets, meteoric showers, and bursting cascades that reflect beautifully over the water. Pyro Spectaculars puts on the show and is one of the industry’s leaders in fireworks displays. Their use of electronic and computer-controlled displays allows them to blend the ancient art of fireworks with modern technology.
2450 Grant Street
Concord, CA 94520
Celebrate Concord is a great place for families to enjoy a wonderful festival. Concord’s Home Town Picnic takes place in the afternoon, and then the gates open for the annual 4th of July Festivities that include a kids carnival, food and vendor booths, and local artist exhibits. Live entertainment starts in the evening and continues until the fireworks show.
Admission is free to this festival. The fireworks display occurs at the conclusion of the event, and the display of vibrant light, colors, and sound will not disappoint. Families can enjoy a full day of festivities in downtown Concord.
7000 S Coliseum Way
Do you have a baseball fan in the family? What better place to watch fireworks than from right on the field? For families in the Bay Area, a spectacular fireworks show can be seen as they sit in awe on the baseball field, watching the Oakland A’s fireworks and drone shows after a fun baseball game. Right after each fireworks and drone show game, fans are invited to come sit on the outfield grass to enjoy the dazzling show in the night sky overhead. Seating is limited, so be sure to get your tickets early. This year’s fireworks show themes include History of Hip Hop, Country Music, Latin Music, as well as Star Wars.
Treehouse Happy Hour is another fun way to enjoy the game on Friday nights, and people can come to the ballpark in the afternoon to enjoy drink specials, games, live music, amazing views, and the A’s batting practice.
201 Viking Drive
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
The Pleasant Hill 4th of July celebration this year includes an amazing fireworks show. The fields open at 6:30pm, and the fireworks show begins at about 8:45pm. There are no entrance fees, but cash donations are strongly encouraged. This is a great place to view one of the best fireworks shows in the Bay Area! This fireworks show is presented by Pyro Spectacular, one of the industry’s leaders in memorable, technologically-advanced fireworks shows.
One Amphitheatre Pkwy
Mountain View, CA 94043
Families can celebrate the Fourth of July with a festive, fun outdoor performance by San Francisco Symphony at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View. Vocalist Capathia Jenkins, conductor Edwin Outwater, and the San Francisco Symphony will fill the crisp night air with crowd-pleasing lineups that include American classics as well as a special tribute to Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul. The program includes Liberty Fanfare, Fantasy and Variations on Carnival of Venice, Hoedown, Orange Blossom Special, Armed Forces Salute, and a Tribute to Aretha Franklin. The musical evening concludes with the grand finale – a spectacular fireworks display!
4701 Great America Pkwy
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Families can spend the Fourth of July enjoying amusement park rides, special activities, and a fantastic fireworks show at California’s Great America. Celebrate Independence Day at the park with great food, fun rides, and dazzling, patriotic fireworks show to end the night.
Families can spend the day riding rollers and splashing in the water at South Bay Shores and then sit back and relax in the evening as they watch the theme park’s spectacular Fourth of July fireworks display. This show synchs to a patriotic soundtrack and takes place in the skies above the Flight Deck roller coaster. There are many great spots to see the action, but the best locations are the midway plaza in front of Flight Deck and the Redwood Amphitheater. The fireworks take place right after the park closes at 9:00pm.
Great America admission also includes access to the South Bay Shores water park, with features 15 full acres of slides and water attractions. Families can spend the day lounging in the lazy river, enjoying thrill rides, and ending the night with an amazing fireworks show, where they can snack on popcorn, funnel cake, and cotton candy. This is a great place for families to have an unforgettable Fourth of July experience.
Fireworks set off from barges in the San Francisco Bay is a Bay Area favorite! The fireworks show starts at 9:30pm. Families can enjoy all the usual activities in the Pier 39 area and then choose a good place to watch the fireworks display from at night. Good places include Pier 39 and the Fishermans’ Wharf area, Coit Tower or Angel Island. Weather permitting, you should be able to see the show from all over the city. Either way, remember to bring those jackets!
330 W. San Carlos St
San Jose, CA
Downtown San Jose’s official fireworks show will be at Discovery Meadow (near the Children’s Museum) this year. The display starts at 9:30, following a live performance of the National Anthem at 9:28pm. The city is also a putting on a fireworks display at Almaden Lake this year as well, which will be held at 9:15pm.
675 Seaport Blvd
Redwood City, CA
Not only does Redwood City host the largest Independence Day parade in Northern California, they end the day with a fireworks display! In between, families can enjoy all sorts of fun activities at the annual festival in downtown. There will be arts and crafts booths, a chalk festival, a kids area, and a food and beverage area. The fireworks will be held over the port of Redwood City at 9:30pm and can be seen through the mid-peninsula area.
There are many great destinations for fantastic Bay Area fireworks shows, from theme parks and outdoor amphitheaters to baseball fields and county fairs. Families can enjoy outdoor fun in the sun, with musical performances, rides, sports games, festivals, water slides, and much more, ending their fun day’s celebration with spectacular fireworks shows that light up the night sky.
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