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Celebrating independence

Fourth of July events are happening across the East Bay

Families looking for a fun way to spend the Independence Day holiday have several options around the East Bay.

Besides the Alameda County Fair amd Pleasanton's annual community Fourth of July celebration at Lions Wayside Park, Dublin, is allowing the use of "safe and sane" fireworks from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the following parks: Alamo Creek Park, Dublin Sports Grounds, Emerald Glen Park. Several nonprofit groups sell these types of fireworks around the city each year as fundraisers.

Livermore's annual fireworks display will be at 9:35 p.m. at Robertson Park. The cost is $3 per walk-in and $15 per car load. There will also be live music from The Sun Kings, a Beatles tribute band, and Zoo Station, a U2 tribute band, as well as family games, food, a hat parade and more. Gates open at 3 p.m. and music begins at 6 p.m.

Consider a run before partaking in barbecue and macaroni salad by participating in Run San Ramon. The event, which has a 10k and 5k run, and a 3k run and walk, begins at 8:15 a.m. Saturday at the San Ramon Community Center at Central Park, 12501 Alcosta Blvd. The race is open to all ages. To register, call 973-3240 or search for the event on www.active.com.

Later on in San Ramon is the popular "Star Spangled Spectacular" picnic and fireworks event from 5 to 10 p.m.. Also at the community center, families are invited to bring a picnic dinner, music from 101.7 KKIQ and a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per car. For details, call 973-3200 or visit www.sanramon.ca.gov.

From 1 to 3 p.m. at the veteran's hospital in Livermore, Debra Knox and the Knoxabillly Band will provide musical entertainment with local veterans. Local author Sandra Kay will also provide readings and there will also be an open mic segment to showcase local talent.

A celebration is planned aboard the USS Hornet aircraft carrier from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. The family event features live music on the flight deck, interactive games for all ages and a bounce house for kids. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Tours will also be available throughout the day. All-day admission is $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 5 to 17, and admission is free for museum members. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 510-521-8448 ext. 282 or visit www.hornetevents.com. The ship is permanently berthed at 707 W. Hornet Avenue, Pier 3 in Alameda. Proceeds from the event benefit the USS Hornet museum.

--Emily West

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