Four for the Fourth
Get a healthy dose of patriotism at one of these Independence Day celebrations in the East Bay.
Music and Lights
At this year’s Fourth of July festival and fireworks in Concord, rock out on Mt. Diablo High’s field to the Concord High jazz band and Journey tribute band Evolution. Don’t miss the brilliant fireworks display, which drew more than 12,000 people last year. Event begins at 4 p.m., 2450 Grant St., Concord, concordjuly4th.com.
Danville boasts the largest parade in the San Ramon Valley with the spectators to match: Regulars have been known to stake out their seating the night before. Claim a spot near the corner of Hartz and Prospect, and check out more than 200 kids and parents on decorated bikes, plus music from 20 bands. 9–11:30 a.m., Hartz Ave., Danville, kiwanis-srv.org.
Start Independence Day off right with a pancake breakfast in Martinez, followed by a flag-raising ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Building. During the hometown parade festivities, kids can decorate their bikes and help lead the parade. Breakfast at 8 a.m., parade at 10 a.m., Main Street, Martinez, mainstreetmartinez.org.
In addition to the face painting, music, rides, and a watermelon-eating contest at Pleasant Hill Park, this year’s downtown party includes a 200-foot zip line. Best of all? Every attraction is free. 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m., Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, phjuly4.com.