• Aptos Fourth of July Parade and Celebration -- Food, entertainment, games, art and crafts. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. July 4. Pancake breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m., parade 10 a.m. on Soquel Drive. Aptos Village Park, State Park Drive and Soquel Drive. Free admission. www.aptoschamber.com.

  • Fourth of July at the Berkeley Marina -- Food, live entertainment, art and crafts vendors, dragon boat rides 2-6 p.m. Noon-9:30 p.m. July 4. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. University Avenue. Free admission. 510-548-5335, www.ci.berkeley.ca.us.

  • Morgan Hill Independence Day -- The July 4 free event begins at 7:45 a.m. with a 5K walk/run at P.A. Walsh School followed by a parade. There will be a car show immediately following the parade. Entertainment and fireworks viewing will be located at Morgan Hill Community Park. Music begins at 6 p.m., fireworks display when dark. www.mhfreedomfest.com.

  • Roaring Camp Fourth of July Celebration -- Free event will feature hula hoop contests, games, live music and barbecue. July 4. Roaring Camp and Big Trees Railroad, 5355 Graham Hill Road, Felton. 831-335-4484, www.roaringcamp.com.

  • San Francisco Fourth of July Waterfront Celebration -- Music and viewing of fireworks display over San Francisco Bay. Noon-9:30 p.m. July 4. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Pier 39, Beach Street and the Embarcadero. Free admission. 415-705-5500, www.pier39.com.

  • San Francisco Symphony Fourth of July Celebration -- Fireworks show set to patriotic songs, marches and narrations. Symphony performs 8 p.m. July 4. Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View. $33-$47.35, $10 parking, www.livenation.com.

  • San Jose Giants Fireworks Extravaganza -- The single A ballclub of the San Francisco Giants will host the Visalia Rawhide July 4 and July 5. Fireworks will begin after the conclusion of each game. Game time is 6:30 p.m. Municipal Stadium, 588 East Alma Ave., San Jose. 408-297-1435, http://sjgiants.com.

  • USS Hornet Museum Independence Day -- Live music on the flight deck, interactive games for all ages, prizes and a bounce house for kids. Tours of the famous aircraft carrier will be available throughout the day. Fireworks from other Bay Area events can be viewed on deck. 1-9 p.m. July 4. 707 W. Hornet Avenue, Pier 3 in Alameda. $20-$25, $10 children. Please contact the museum for more information at 510-521-8448, or visit www.uss-hornet.org.