World music, a symphony performance, tribute bands, fireworks and more await for Independence Day.
Albany: The annual community event dubbed A Green, Red, White & Blue Celebration will have entertainment, games and food in Memorial Park on Portland Avenue from noon to 4 p.m. July 4.
Highlights include the watermelon eating and beard and mustache contests, food trucks, pet show, Diaper Derby baby crawl, a classic cars, a reptile show, family games, climbing walls, human hamster balls, an obstacle course and bounce houses.
The green aspect is the event's goal of generating zero waste via recycling and using compostable tableware.
The day starts with the Albany Lions pancake breakfast, 8 to 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building in the park.
Berkeley: The Berkeley Marina is the site of entertainment, dining and activities leading up to pyrotechnics after sundown. The festival is noon to 10 p.m. July 4 and admission is free.
Main stage entertainment will include United States Air Force band The Blue Yonders; American Glitz by Dance/10; The John Brothers Piano Company; St. Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band; Stafford & Sturdevant's Jazz Americana; and violinist Kippy Marks. Buddy Club performers will be at the Shorebird Park stage.
Explore the waterfront for crafts and activities, food trucks and vendor booths, free dragon boat rowing, massages, carnival rides, an inflatable park, pony rides, giant slides and water bubble ball rides. Then take in the fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Vehicle parking at the marina is $15 for the day or Richmond Spokes offers free valet bicycle parking near Adventure Playground. Details: www.AnotherBullwinkelShow.com or 510-548-5335.
El Cerrito: All-day music and dance are again the centerpiece of the July 4 Festival from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Cerrito Vista Park and the adjacent block of Pomona Avenue at Moeser Lane. The day will include activities, community booths, food vendors, performers in the Circus Imagination tent, El Cerrito Art Association exhibits, strolling performers and kiddie rides.
The worldOne music festival is headlined this year by the Deborah Iyall Group. Iyall is the former lead singer of Romeo Void.
The worldOne performance lineup is online at worldoneradio.org.
Dogs are not allowed at the event. Free bike valet parking will be available.
The 15th Annual worldOne Festival will include a free pre-event from 5 to 7 p.m. July 3 in Cerrito Vista Park.
Richmond: For those who want to maximize their fireworks viewing, the annual Third of July celebration in Richmond is made to order, with no fewer than three viewing sites available.
The official city location is Marina Bay Park, at the foot of the Marina Bay Parkway, where there will be live blues music, food vendors and a children's play area from 6 to 10 p.m. July 3.
The fifth annual Target Independence Day Celebration with the Oakland East Bay Symphony offers an indoor event guarded from the elements at the Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South. Local performers will be on stage before the symphony performance, which will conclude with patriotic music and viewing of the fireworks through the large windows of the Craneway.
Admission is free, but there is a charge for parking at the Ford Point grounds and seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Fireworks viewing and dining will be available on the historic ship SS Red Oak Victory on July 3. Boarding is at 6 p.m., barbecue will be served at 7 p.m., movies and karaoke will be offered in the hold below deck before pyrotechnics time.
Admission, including food, is $25, with proceeds benefiting the restoration and operation of the ship at 1337 Canal Blvd. in the Port of Richmond. For details or to reserve tickets call 510-235-7387 or 510-237-2933.
SAN PABLO: San Pablo again has a full day of events planned, with live entertainment, activities and food and community booths starting at 3:30 p.m. July 4 at the El Portal Soccer Field, 2600 Moraga Road. The free festivities will be capped off with a fireworks show at dusk.
Performances will include 1960s and '70s R&B, a Brazilian Afro-Latin drum dance ensemble, Latina love ballads, classic funk, a tribute to Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, and 1980s pop by the Spazmatics.