Is your grand ole flag a-waving? Break it out for this high summer, high patriotic weekend. Check our calendar for a listing of Bay Area 4th of July celebrations with an additional few on today’s weekend events. The Fillmore Jazz Festival is also this weekend, if you’d like to fill up on tunes instead of booms. Happy Fourth!

San Francisco

First Fridays on 24th
There’s a whole new reason the Mission is so groovy. First Fridays on 24th will have you bumping around to live music, checking out local art and artists, tasting treats from the area, and learning and playing at kids’ activities. Watch out for this monthly party in the heart of the Mission. Fri., 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Ghiradelli Square Fourth of July
Unleash your chocolate hounds and visit Ghiradelli Square for their Fourth of July party. Live music, face painting, and the Ghiradelli sundae cart will all be in attendance. Hot fudge sundaes just a hand’s reach away. After the festival, roll over to Aquatic Park to get prime firework seating. Mon., 10:00 am – 8:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Dublin Heritage Park and Museums
Learn about the founding of Dublin and celebrate the opening of Dublin Heritage Park and Museums. Tour the grounds and enjoy activities and free German fare like potato salad, brats, and pretzels. Guten appetit! Sat., 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


Oakland East Bay Symphony Fireworks
The Oakland East Bay Symphony celebrates America with a set of patriotic classics ending in fireworks over the water (supplied by the city of Richmond). American-themed food will be available for eats. Sun., doors open 5:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


30th Annual Summer Festival and Chili Cook-Off
Not hot enough for you? Maybe you should have some chili. Head to Mitchell Park for the annual Summer Festival and Chili Cook-Off where you can augment your outside heat with a little inner heat as well. Put on some sunscreen, have a bowl, and sweat. Kids’ activities include face painting, bouncy houses, and more. Mon., 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Moveable Feast
So it’s one part car show, two parts food trucks, one part live music. Or maybe it’s two parts car show, one and a half part food trucks, and half part live music. However you work it out, it adds up to a whole lot of eating. Come, fork in-hand. Fri., 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


Corte Madera Fourth of July
Sometimes more is more. Celebrate the Fourth with the 46th annual Fourth of July parade, followed by a festival with food vendors, live music, carnival games, face painting and more. Mon., 10:30 am. Free. All ages. Event details.

Novato Fourth of July
Make a day of it in Novato and start off with a pancake breakfast benefiting Novato community mission projects. Then cheer on the runners of the Mayor’s Mile and the Firecracker 4. Finally, pick your post to watch the parade. Pre-parade music will keep you entertained while you wait for the floats, classic cars, and vintage military mobiles. O beautiful! Mon., 7:00 am. Pancake breakfast $3-$5; Mayor’s Mile $15; Firecracker 4 $25. All ages. Event details.