The Richmond waterfront and surrounding communities are known for having some of the best Independence Day celebrations.
They are anchored by a rare treat that happens once annually: a free performance by the Oakland Symphony at the Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South.
The performance takes place Monday, July 3, starting at 8 p.m. In an always magical moment at 9:15 p.m. that night, the symphony will continue playing while a mesmerizing fireworks display erupts over the Bay.
It’s part of the 9th Annual Independence Eve Celebration sponsored by the city of Richmond, Chevron and others.
Doors to the event will open at 6:30 p.m. and be sure to show up early to claim the best spot for fireworks viewing and to enjoy pre-show festivities, which include music, a petting zoo and various food and drink concessions from BBQ to apple pie.
Ample secure event parking is available for $20.
Watch the July 3 fireworks from Marina Bay Park
While Craneway Pavilion festivities are ongoing, fireworks watching and festivities will also be occurring at Marina Bay Park, located at Marina Bay & Regatta Blvd.
The free festival will include music, dance, food, interactive games and more from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Also, free Zumba dancing will be offered from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (for info on Zumba classes, call 916-395-7157).
Watch the July 3 fireworks aboard the SS Red Oak Victory Historic Ship
The SS Red Oak Victory ship at 1337 Canal Blvd. may boast one of the Bay Area’s best views of fireworks.
The annual “July 3- Fireworks, Food, and Fun on the Red Oak Victory!” fundraiser and party goes from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Registration is free for the event but attendees are asked to donate toward the effort to preserve and enhance the historic ship experience.
The event includes a specialized tour of the Red Oak Victory WWII ship, a barbecue dinner, beverages, fireworks watching, dancing to live music on deck and a visit with genuine WWII “Rosies” and re-enactors.
The experience will also inform attendees on future plans for the ship’s restoration, marketing and fundraising efforts, including an upcoming effort to fire up the ship’s boilers and steam turbines.
Watch the July 3 fireworks from Richmond’s waterfront winery
The Riggers Loft Wine Company, located right next to where the SS Red Oak Victory ship is docked, is equally qualified to host a fireworks watching event given its sweeping views.
From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, Riggers Loft will host food trucks, a video game truck for kids, wine, cider, and the fabulous Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic playing all evening.
Tickets can be purchased here and are $30 for adults, $15 for those under 21, and free for 6-and-under.
The party continues with a parade in North Richmond on Tuesday, July 4
The 7th Annual Fourth of July Parade and Festival sponsored by Social Progress Inc. will take place on the corner of Fred Jackson Way and Chesley Avenue in North Richmond.
The free festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will feature BBQ, beverages, and giveaways including food and school supplies.
During the festival, organizers will honor Ms. Gloria Wright, who passed away last year and had assisted with all Social Progress Inc. events.
After visiting North Richmond, head to San Pablo for fun and fireworks
Starting at 5 p.m., the July 4th Multi-Cultural Celebration & Fireworks will take place at the El Portal Soccer Field at 2600 Moraga Road.
There will be live entertainment, including performances by a Santana tribute group called the Sacred Fire Band, as well as food, games and activities, a super slide, petting zoo and fireworks, which start at 9:30 p.m.
Also featured at the free festival are Teokalli, a traditional Aztec group, Zumba by Yannet Torres, master African drummer Pope Flyne and Ushaniali, a school of Indian dance.
Sponsors include the San Pablo Senior Center, La Movida, Planchon Roofing, Inc. and MCE.