Where to watch the fireworks
The Alameda County Fair will showcase its glistening display of fireworks this evening on the racetrack, continuing its annual celebration near, but not on, the Fourth of July. Great views of the dazzling illuminations can be found in the Grandstand, atthe outskirts of the Fair's fence on Rose Avenue, and from the highpoints of the Vintage Hills area and Bernal Avenue.
Livermore will no longer host its Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration with fireworks; the city concluded with its 27th year in 2010 due to budget limitations.
Look for other firework appearances at these Bay Area locations:
The Star-Spangled Spectacular will be held from 1-10 p.m. in San Ramon's Central Park, 12501 Alcosta Blvd., with music and entertainment including a Kid's Activity Area. Parking is $10 in lots around Central Park. The firework show, which will be synchronized to music, begins at 9:30 p.m. The music will be broadcast on KKIQ's 101.7 radio station.
The Berkeley Marina's south shore at the end of University Avenue will host its Fourth of July Festival and Fireworks from noon to 10 p.m. The event will feature an Adventure Playground, sack races, face painting, live entertainment, arts and crafts booths, massages, free sailboat rides from 1-4 p.m., dragon boat rides from 2-6 p.m. and more. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.
Pier 39's Fourth of July Celebration starts at noon with live music performances and entertainment. The fireworks show put on by the city of San Francisco will begin at 9:30 p.m. over the Bay.
The aircraft carrier USS Hornet Museum in Alameda will host its July Fourth Family Party fundraiser celebration from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. The event includes live music and entertainment, family activities, three decks of the ship to tour, food and beverages, and a view from the flight deck of other Bay Area fireworks beginning at around 9:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults (at the door, $25) and $10 for kids ages 5-17. Parking is free. Go to www.uss-hornet.org for more information.