Pop Boom Pow
Independence Day events explode
By Gabe Meline
Hell yes, we love to blow stuff up. Here's a roundup of what's crackin' in the North Bay this weekend.
July 1–5: Marin County Fair and Fireworks There's nothing like watching the fireworks reflect off the lagoon in this nightly display. Marin County Fairgrounds, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. July 1–5, 11am–11pm. $12–$14. 415.499.6400.
July 3: Windsor Fireworks Spectacular Live music and a local artisan food fair in the Town Green lead into fireworks at dark, viewable at Windsor High School. Windsor High School, 8695 Windsor Road, Windsor. Fireworks at 9:30pm. Free. 707.838.1260.
Annual Third of July Fireworks They always do it one day early in Sebastopol, with food, live music and more. Analy High School, 6950 Analy Ave., Sebastopol. Gates open, 5:30pm; fireworks, dusk. $3–$7. 707.823.1511.
Fireworks Over the Bay Enjoy fireworks soaring over the water of Bodega Bay. Westside Park, 2400 Westside Road, Bodega. 9:30pm. Free. 707.875.3866
July 4: Red, White & Boom! Live music from Wonderbread 5, Pat Jordan Band and High Speed Wobble. Sonoma County Fairgrounds,1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. Gates, 4pm; fireworks, 9:30pm. $5 entry; $5 parking. 707.545.4200.
Napa County Fair and Silverado Parade Fireworks at 9:30pm culminate a day of music and fun. The fair continues through July 5 at the Napa County Fairgrounds, 1435 N. Oak St., Calistoga; parade, down Lincoln Avenue on July 4 at 11am. 707.942.6333.
Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Fireworks Display Sponsored by local veterans of the American Legion for the 19th year. Healdsburg High School Athletic Field, 1024 Prince Ave., Healdsburg. Fireworks at 9:30pm. Free. 707.433.3059.
Fourth of July on the Plaza Enjoy live music, a parade, vendors, clowns and more. Sonoma Plaza, First Street East, Sonoma. Parade, 10am; patriotic ceremony, 11:45am; fireworks, dusk. Free. 707.938.4626
Bicycle Santa Rosa Festival Hop on a bike for a moderately easy ride followed by games, raffles and the Trailer Park Rangers. Juilliard Park, 227 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. Ride, 9am; festival, 11am–3pm. Free. 707.545.0153.
Cloverdale Fireworks Fireworks begin at dusk. Sponsored by the Cloverdale Lions Club. Cloverdale High School football field, 509 N. Cloverdale Blvd. Dusk. Free. www.cloverdalelions.com.
Petaluma Fireworks Live music, food and other entertainment lead into the big boom. Sonoma-Marin (Petaluma) Fairgrounds, entry on East Washington Boulevard and Ellis Street. Gates, 3:30pm; play, 3:45pm. $2. 707.769.0429.
Guerneville Fireworks Crafts Faire in the Plaza at 10am, then BBQ at Oddfellows Hall at 1pm and block party until fireworks at dark. Downtown Guerneville. 10am-dark. Free. 707.869.9000.
44th Annual Corte Madera-Larkspur Fourth of July Parade With the theme "Magical Moments," the parade includes floats, drill teams, classic cars and marching bands. Begins at Redwood High School, 395 Doherty Drive, Larkspur. 10:30am. Free. 415.924.0441.
Second Annual Novato Fourth of July Races Tamalpa Runners present a "4 on the 4th" four-mile road race and a "Mayor's Mile" one-mile family walk/jog. Downtown Novato, Seventh and Grant streets. Starts, 7:20am. Entry, $15-$20. 415.246.1390.
Fourth of July Woodacre Parade and Country Flea Market In its 20th year, a pancake breakfast at the Woodacre Fire Department precedes a noontime parade. Later, enjoy games, barbecue, flea market and live music. Woodacre Fire Station, 33 Castle Rock Road. Parade begins at noon at the Woodacre Improvement Club, 1 Garden Way. Flea market, 9am–4pm. $3–$7. 415.488.0370, ext.102.
Fireworks Over the River and Parade of Lights Boats covered in lights parade past the 'water curtain' from the bridge in this great hometown fest. Fireworks display at night. Monte Rio Community Beach, Monte Rio. 7pm. Free. 707.865.9956.
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