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Fireworks, parades celebrate Independence Day in Bay Area today

Popular San Francisco show start at 9 p.m. on waterfront

Festivals, fireworks and parades will light up eyes and skies in

the Bay Area in celebration of Independence Day today.

The always-popular fireworks show along the San Francisco waterfront starts at 9 p.m., just as the pyrotechnics begin at California's Great America in Santa Clara.

A fireworks and Fourth of July event with the San Francisco

Symphony starts at 8 p.m. at the Shoreline Amphitheatre at in Mountain View, while fireworks at the Alameda County fairgrounds in Pleasanton are scheduled for 9:30 p.m.

In San Jose, the San Jose Rotary Fireworks Show gets started at

9:30 p.m. at Discovery Meadow at 180 Woz Way. Also in San Jose, Bryan Adams will perform and a fireworks viewing

party gets underway at 4 p.m. at the Center for the Performing Arts Plaza at 255 Almaden Blvd.

Other fireworks shows will be held in Livermore, Santa Rosa,

Milpitas and Pittsburg, among other places.

Parades will kickoff at least as early as 9:30 a.m. at Woodworth

Lane and Contra Costa Boulevard in Pleasant Hill. Orinda's Independence Day parade starts at 10 a.m. at 80 Moraga Way.

The nation's longest and largest Fourth of July parade starts at

10 a.m. at Lincoln Avenue and Park Street in Alameda.

At 10:30 a.m., the Petaluma Historical Museum will begin its

Annual Fourth of July Bell-Ringing Ceremony at 20 Fourth St. At noon, Palo Alto's 35th annual Chili Cook-off and Summer

Festival starts at Mitchell Park at 600 E. Meadow Drive.

Starting at 1 p.m. at 2232 Derby St. in Berkeley, residents and

visitors can celebrate the annual People's World July 4th Barbecue.

To reduce traffic congestion during the holiday, the Vista Point

parking lot at the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Welcome Center parking lot at the south end of the bridge will be closed starting at 11 a.m. The Vista Point lot will be closed until the end of the San Francisco's fireworks show. The Welcome Center parking lot will reopen at 5 p.m.

Also closed will be BART's Fremont line, which will be repaired

during the holiday. Passengers can take a bus between the South Hayward and Fremont stations. Trains will start running again at 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Keith Burbank, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service

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