The Half Moon Bay High School Marching Band appears in Half Moon Bay's Ol' Fashioned 4th of July Parade this weekend. (Courtesy Miramar Events)

The Half Moon Bay High School Marching Band appears in Half Moon Bay's Ol' Fashioned 4th of July Parade this weekend. (Courtesy Miramar Events)

2015 Independence Day celebrations

Fire up the barbecue at home — or attend one of these community events on the holiday:

Berkeley Marina Fourth of July: Entertainment, carnival games, arts and crafts and food trucks comprise the alcohol-free, family-friendly event, which concludes with 9:35 p.m. fireworks presented by the city of Berkeley. Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, free admission, $15 parking. 201 University Ave., Berkeley, (510) 548-5335, www.anotherbullwinkelshow.com

Burger Boogaloo: The all-ages festival hosted by John Waters includes appearances by The Mummies, The Gories, 5678’s, Thunderoads, Magnetix, Black Lips, King Khan and BBQ, Untamed Youth, Shannon & the Clams, Pandoras, Nikki Corvette, Guantanamo Baywatch, Trouble Makers, Apache, Jonathan Richman and more. Noon Saturday-Sunday, $39-$95. Mosswood Park, 3612 Webster St., Oakland, www.ticketfly.com

Foster City Fourth of July Celebration: The all-day event starts with a pancake breakfast, includes a dog parade and ends with fireworks. 9 a.m.-9:45 p.m. Saturday, free. Leo Ryan Park, 650 Shell Blvd., Foster City, (650) 286-3380, www.fostercity.org

Fillmore Jazz Festival: The 31st annual event features local stalwarts inlcuding singer Kim Nalley, the funky Jungle Biskit and Sugar Pie DeSanto. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, free. Fillmore Street, between Jackson and Eddy streets, S.F., (800) 310-6563, www.fillmorejazzfestival.com

Half Moon Bay Ol’-Fashioned Parade: Creative floats, marching bands, horse troupes, classic cars, bikes and trikes make their way down Half Moon Bay’s historic main street. Noon-1 p.m., Saturday, free. Main and Seymour streets, Half Moon Bay, (650) 726-8380, halfmoonbaychamber.org

Highlands Recreation July Fourth Footrace: The 4-kilometer race begins and ends at the rec center; at 1 p.m. prizes will be awarded. 8:30 a.m. Saturday, $20 registration. Lexington Avenue between Powhatan Place and Newport Street, San Mateo, (650) 341-4251, highlandsrec.ca.gov

Menlo Park Parade and Celebration: Menlo Park’s do-it-yourself float parade is followed by a block party in Burgess Park with live entertainment and food. Parade starts at 11:45 a.m. Saturday (at Chestnut Street at Santa Cruz Avenue); party from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, free for parade, $7 activity wristband for fair. Burgess Avenue and Alma Street, Menlo Park. (650) 330-2293, www.menlopark.org

Pacifica Fourth: The City of Pacifica hosts a fun-filled day with crafts, games, music and more at Frontierland Park. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, free. Yosemite Drive at Humboldt Court, Pacifica, (650) 738-7381, www.cityofpacifica.org

Redwood City Fourth of July Parade, Festival and Fireworks: Festivities at the 29th annual event include a parade (starting at 10 a.m. at Winslow and Marshall streets), a carnival, kids activities, information booths and fireworks. 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday, free. 2600 Broadway, Redwood City, (650) 365-1825, www.parade.org

S.F. Fourth at the Wharf: Tom Petty tribute band Petty Theft and the dance band Pop Rocks appear in concert before the 9:30 p.m. fireworks. 6 p.m. Saturday, free. Aquatic Park, 890 Beach St., S.F., www.visitfishermanswharf.com

S.F. Pier 39 Fourth of July Celebration: Festivities include live musical performances (WJM at noon and Tainted Love at 5 p.m.) followed by a 9:30 p.m. fireworks display over the bay, Noon Saturday, free. The Embarcadero and Beach Street, S.F., (415) 623-5300, www.pier39.com

San Francisco Symphony: The annual Fourth of July concert features music by American composers and from Hollywood films – and fireworks. 8 p.m. Saturday, $24-$35. Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, www.livenation.com

San Mateo County Historical Museum: An “Old-Fashioned Fourth,” held in a 105-year old courthouse, includes pinwheel crafts and ice cream-making. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, $1.50-$2.50. 2200 Broadway, Redwood City, (650) 299-0104, www.historysmc.org

San Mateo Fourth in the Park Festival: Carnival games, music and family activities are in the lineup. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, free. Central Park, 50 E. Fifth Ave., San Mateo, (650) 522-7400, www.cityofsanmateo.org

USS Hornet Independence Day: The historic aircraft carrier-turned museum hosts a day-long celebration filled with food, games, live entertainment, cash bars, food concession and fireworks viewing. Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, $20. 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3, Alameda, (510) 521-8448, ext. 282, www.uss-hornet.org/calendar/4thjuly/

Burger BoogalooFillmore Jazz FestivalfireworksFourth of JulyHalf Moon BayIndependence DayMenlo ParkparadeRedwood CitySan FranciscoSan Mateo

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Construction in the Better Market Street Project between Fifth and Eighth streets is expected to break ground in mid-2021.<ins></ins>
SFMTA board to vote on Better Market Street changes

Agency seeks to make up for slimmed-down plan with traffic safety improvements

A view of Science Hall at the City College of San Francisco Ocean campus on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
CCSF begins search for next chancellor amid new challenges

‘It’s arguably the biggest single responsibility the board has,’ trustee says

Some people are concerned that University of California, San Francisco’s expansion at its Parnassus campus could cause an undesirable increase in the number of riders on Muni’s N-Judah line.<ins></ins>
Will UCSF’s $20 million pledge to SFMTA offset traffic woes?

An even more crowded N-Judah plus increased congestion ahead cause concern

From left, Natasha Dennerstein, Gar McVey-Russell, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Jan Steckel and Miah Jeffra appear in Perfectly Queer’s fifth anniversary reading on Jan. 20.<ins> (Courtesy photo)</ins>
Perfectly Queer reading series celebrates fifth anniversary

Online event features five writers, games, prizes

(Robert Greene/Tribune News Service)
As tensions grow over vaccinations and politics, California lawmakers face threats from public

Anti-vaccine speakers hint at gun violence during routine budget hearing at state Capitol

Most Read