Fireworks tonight at Fairgrounds


Although many cities across the country have cancelled Fourth of July fireworks displays this year because of budget woes, the festive celebrations in the sky are very much alive in the Bay Area, including here in the Tri-Valley.

In a pre-Fourth display, the Alameda County Fair will set off an array of dazzling fireworks starting at dusk tonight at the racetrack. The best seats are in the fairgrounds grandstands but each year hundreds enjoy the show from outside the fair fence on Rose Avenue and from the higher elevations on Bernal Avenue and Vintage Hills.

Other fireworks displays are planned in:


The 27th annual 4th of July Celebration at Robertson Park will be from 3-10 p.m. The cost is $5 per walk-in over age 10 and $20 per car. The festival features live music, carnival area, petting zoo, pony rides and a hat making booth. The fireworks show starts at 9:35 p.m. and the pedestrian gate closes at 9:15 p.m.

San Ramon

The city's Red, White and Blue Picnic and Fireworks event will be from 1-10 p.m. at San Ramon Central Park. There will be a kid's area with rides, games and inflatable features and a DJ from KKIQ 101.7. Parking is $10 per car and the fireworks show starts at 9:30 p.m.


The Berkeley Marina will feature live music and entertainment, arts and crafts, free sailboat rides, and a kid's area from noon-10 p.m. on the 4th of July. At 9:30 p.m. the fireworks show starts at the end of the Berkeley Pier.

San Francisco

Pier 39 will be full of activity from 3-9:30 p.m. this 4th of July with street performers and live music. The City of San Francisco's fireworks display will start at 9:30 p.m. over the Bay.

USS Hornet

The USS Hornet is throwing a 4th of July celebration complete with live music, games, ship tours and fireworks from 1-9 p.m. The cost is $10 for youth ages 5-17, $20 for adults ($25 at the door) and free for museum members. Parking is free and the fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.

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Posted by Concert-Goer
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 2, 2010 at 9:10 am

Thanks for posting a great list!

Here's a holiday concert w/fireworks on July 3:

Web Link

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Posted by NoThanksToDemocrats
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 2, 2010 at 1:12 pm

I have a difficult time, emotionally, celebrating Independence Day this year. Thanks to the Democrat party, America is teetering now on being a "welfare" economy. Obama's "transformational Change" is Changing America from Independence to Dependence on the Federal Government for subsistence. Democrats...the party of Dependence and Welfare and the Destruction of America. Yes, celebrate that.

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Posted by StepAwayFromTheComputer...
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 2, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Dear NoThanksToDemocrats, aka MoveOnMcNerney, aka BringBackIndependence:

The sun is shining, the kids are playing, and the fair is on. How about lightening up a bit and enjoying the sunshine? I guarantee that stepping away from the computer a bit will help things. One can hope that the grump isn't a permanent one.

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Posted by AD
a resident of Sycamore Place
on Jul 2, 2010 at 11:08 pm

We went to see the fireworks with family just like we do every year. This time around though -- just as the fireworks started, some insects (bees, wasps!! ?? I don't know) started attacking. My 4 year old got stung, so did my wife and in-laws - all multiple times.

Crazy night! I don't know if this was avoidable -- there is not much information available. KTVU website reports that about 100 people got stung and that is not nearly the number we saw hurt and stung at the emergency center. Others who were hurt just walked off - so hard to track the number.

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Posted by Rick
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 4, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Here is the sad part: THE PEOPLE WHO WORK AT THE FAIRGROUNDS KNEW OF THE BEEHIVE LONG BEFORE THE DAY OF FIREWORKS. I was there too it was awful. You wouldn't let a beehive stay in your own backyard for the safety of family so where's the common sense at Alameda County Fairgrounds.

Strike that $12/beer, what are they thinking?

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Posted by shaun
a resident of Danbury Park
on Dec 31, 2014 at 8:17 pm

happy new year to all

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