Saturday, July 2, 2016
Fireworks Over Bodega Bay
The show starts at dark (approx. 9:30 p.m.), with a spectacular, free firework display over the water. For prime viewing, plan ahead and reserve a dinner table at one of the many bay-front restaurants around Bodega Bay, such as The Boat House, The Tides Wharf, Spud Point Crab Company, Duck Club or Lucas Wharf.
Westside Regional Park, 2400 Westshore Rd., Bodega Bay
Sunday, July 3, 2016
Windsor Kaboom Independence Day
The party starts at 4 p.m. at Keiser Park with live music from Foreverland, food, beer, wine, laser light shows, jumpy houses and family fun. Fireworks start at dusk. For even more to cheer, the event benefits the Wounded Warrior Project, a National Organization that benefits at-risk youth in the community.
700 Windsor River Road, Windsor | (707) 838-1260
Fireworks in Sebastopol
For the 43rd year, the football field at Analy High School comes alive with live music, dancing, free games and relays, food, a fun raffle for prizes, blankets and picnics beginning at 5:30 p.m. But this year, the space is new, since the school has just completed a beautiful multimillion dollar reconstruction. Linger and lounge with more than 4,000 other fans; at dusk, there is a flag ceremony, led by fife and drum, singing of the Star Spangled Banner, and then the finale of fireworks. General admission $10; Children (6-11) $5; ages 5 and under free. 6950 Analy Avenue, Sebastopol | (707) 823-1511
Monte Rio Fireworks over the River
It’s fireworks over the river, and a “Parade of Lites” on the river, for this family friendly gathering on Saturday, July 2, when the fun runs all day (and all day Sunday, too), starting at 11 a.m. both mornings for Big Rocky games, a firehouse barbecue, horseshoes and volleyball. On Sunday, July 3, groups unveil their homemade floats bedecked in lights and perform skits while floating past a cheering audience. That’s followed by a free show at the town’s famous water curtain, as images of the American flag are projected off the Monte Rio bridge, and then the dramatic fireworks display.
Monte Rio Beach, 20488 Hwy 116, Monte Rio | (707) 865-9956
Monday, July 4, 2016
Red, White and Boom Santa Rosa
The party starts at 3:30 p.m., when the gates open at the Veteran's Memorial Building across from the Sonoma Fairgrounds, and the crowds start claiming their spots with blankets and folding chairs. It’s an entire day of fun for the whole family, featuring multiple local bands, local food vendors, and for the kids, a watermelon eating contest, jumpy houses, face painters and clowns. Then, after the sun goes down around 9:30 p.m., the evening explodes with fireworks show simulcast live to music by KZST 100.1 FM. Please note that jackets are recommended for chilly night temperatures, and drink coolers are welcome, but alcohol is not. Admission is $10 ages 12+; $5 veterans; $5 ages 5-11; free ages 0-4. Parking is $5. 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa.
4th of July in Healdsburg
It’s the epitome of small town family fun as friends and family gather for this annual firework display on the Healdsburg High School Football Field. Crowds bring blankets and picnics, then at dusk, point your eyes to the sky as the 40-minute show commences.
1024 Prince Avenue, Healdsburg | (707) 953-7242
4th of July Fireworks Spectacular: Steve Tyrell and the Santa Rosa Symphony
Masterful vocalist Steve Tyrell serenades the stage beginning at 7:30 p.m., followed by a post-concert fireworks show on the lawn. But first, the lawn opens at 4:30 p.m. for family activities including face painting, carnival games, bouncy houses, music and food. Details: 1801 East Cotati Ave. (at Sonoma State University), Rohnert Park | (866) 955-6040
4th of July Celebrations Without Fireworks
Saturday, July 2, 2016
Uncle Sam’s River Dance and Laser Show in Guerneville
This free event is a highlight of the year for this playful waterfront town, as the Russian River Chamber of Commerce puts together an all-day celebration of all things fun. Plan to arrive early in the day, to explore the downtown wonderland of shops, restaurants, bars and art galleries. The laser show begins at dark.
Downtown Guerneville | (707) 869-9000
Independence Weekend Celebration at Dutton-Goldfield Winery
There are no blue wines, but plenty of reds and whites, perfect for summer sipping and barbecues. Besides traditional tastings from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the event days include Picnic on the Patio tastings by appointment on the courtyard patio, (advance reservations required at (707) 823-3887).
3100 Gravenstein Hwy. North, Sebastopol
Monday, July 4, 2016
Cloverdale City Park 4th of July Family BBQ and Bike Ride The food is served from 1 to 4 p.m., perfect for fueling up after an invigorating decorated bike parade from the City Plaza to the City Park on second street running from11 to 11:30 a.m.Details: 450 W. 2nd Street, Cloverdale
4th of July Celebration in Kenwood
The parade marches through the cozy community of Kenwood in fine style, showcasing classic vehicles, music, bicycles, Uncle Sam, and gaily dressed pets. All entries will be judged for awards in creative costuming, including categories like Floats, Pets, Cows, Classic Vehicles, Goats, Birds, Walkers, Bands, Bicycles, Horses, Tractors, Boats, Horse-Drawn Carriages, Donkeys, Service Clubs, Go-Carts, Sports Teams, Veterans, Clowns, and other ideas you dream up. First, start the day with a 7 a.m. pancake breakfast provided by Kenwood Community Church, and/or a 7:30 a.m. Kenwood 3k-10k Footrace. The Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. after the race at 11:30 a.m., there is a family style barbecue and games.
Kenwood Plaza Park, 200 Warm Springs Rd., Kenwood
Sonoma Community Center’s Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration
Every year for the past 53 years, the Sonoma Community Center has put together a smashing, dashing 4th of July parade, including Sonoma based nonprofit organizations hosting food, beverage, game and information booths from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sonoma Plaza. And the whole town turns out, for the traditional celebration enjoyed by all ages. For 2016, the theme is "Jack London Centennial: Sailor on Horseback” That means saluting the Valley of the Moon author and resident in his prime as an animal lover, avid sailor, ecologist, advocate for women, photographer, journalist, scientific farmer, self-made man, political activist.
A friendly reminder: Fireworks Regulations For Sonoma County
Please remember to have a safe Fourth of July, the use of all fireworks are banned in the unincorporated areas of Sonoma County. Safe and Sane regulated fireworks are only allowed in the areas purchased from. If your caught you may be subject to citation or jail for the use of fireworks in the unincorporated areas and my be held criminally and civilly responsible for the use and damage caused.