Celebrate the 4th of July in the Bay Area Suburbs!

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There are tons of amazing events happening all weekend long in the Bay Area suburbs!

Enjoy the holiday week and weekend at these amazing family-friendly events and activities—the perfect way to explore suburbia! Looking for what’s happening in other towns? Get in touch and we’ll help you strategize a weekend in the suburbs.


Mill Valley

Meet the locals and get to know Mill Valley’s family-friendly vibe firsthand during Thursday’s free 4th of July Parade and BBQ Picnic. The festivities take place from 10:30am-1:30pm.



There’s something for everyone at Larkspur and Corte Madera’s 4th of July celebration! The fun starts with a parade starting at Larkspur’s Redwood High School at 10:30am followed by a craft fair, children’s carnival games, inflatables and live entertainment from 9am-5pm. 



Help make Lafayette a better place and mingle with the locals while harvesting fruit for local soup kitchens on Saturday from 9am-12pm. Meet at the Springstone School Parking Lot.



Kids of all ages will love Orinda’s 4th of July Parade & Celebration, starting with a pancake breakfast in the Orinda Library Plaza from 7:30am-10am. The day also includes a flag raising, fun run, parade and outdoor activities. 



Piedmont’s July 4th Parade is Thursday at 12pm. Arrive early for a pancake breakfast from 8am-10:30am at Veterans Hall, then head over to Piedmont Park for the parade. 



Spend 11am-4pm on Saturday shopping during Oakland’s family-friendly “The Buck” event, taking place alongside the town’s award-winning farmers’ market. 


San Mateo

The first Friday of the month is CuriOdyssy’s Summer Music Festival in San Mateo! Visit the town from 5pm-8pm on Friday for live cultural music, a cash bar, hot food and hands-on science activities for the kids.


Palo Alto

Palo Alto’s Summer Festival & Chili Cook-off is one festivity you don’t want to miss! Between chili tasting at 1:30pm and inflatables, lawn games and crafts for kids, there’s something for everyone in the family.


Corte Madera

Corte Madera’s parade begins at 10:30am at Redwood High in Larkspur and ends at the town center. Afterward, visit the Corte Madera Town Park for a craft fair, food vendors, live music and games for kids until 5pm.


San Rafael

The Marin County Fair is in town, and the 4th is the perfect day to check it out! Admission is $15, and includes free rides, live music and fireworks! The fair is open Wednesday through Saturday.



Alameda is one of the nation’s few Coast Guard Cities. Celebrate the town’s heritage and Independence Day on Thursday with live music and food trucks from 12pm-4pm. There’s also a kids area with slides, games and an obstacle course.


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