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Start July with a Bang! Our Guide to the 4th for Napa & Sonoma

4th of July is right around the corner, and thankfully – as always there isn’t a shortage of parades, fairs or things to do this year!  Check out our family guide to 4th of July in Sonoma and Napa Counties and make this one the best year yet!


fourthofjulyJuly 2nd

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | Dutton-Goldfield Winery Independence Weekend Celebration There are no blue wines, but plenty of reds and whites, perfect for summer sipping and barbecues. Besides traditional tastings, the event days include Picnic on the Patio tastings by appointment on the courtyard patio, (advance reservations required at 707-823-3887).

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.

Guerneville Independence Day Celebration 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 Russian River Rotary is hosting a barbecue, and live music continues into the evening with kids’ activities and a block party. At dusk, the crowds gather along Main Street for the fireworks over the river show.

11 a.m. Both 2nd and 3rd | 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, 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.

5:30 p.m | Sebastopol Fireworks Extravaganza and Music Festival For the 43rd year, the football field at Analy High School comes alive with live music, dancing, games and relays, food, a fun raffle for prizes, blankets and picnics. 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.

July 3rd

Silverado Resort and Spa BBQ Bash and Fireworks Bring your own chairs and enjoy a view of the fireworks when the sun sets along Atlas peak road or purchase tickets to attend their big BBQ bash inside the resort and get your very own table for 10 including food, wine, and front row seats to the fireworks.

4 p.m. | Windsor Kaboom Independence Day 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.

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summer bucket listJuly 4th

11:00 a.m., fair gates open at 12:00 p.m.  | Napa County Fair and Fireworks The fair runs through the holiday and will be having fireworks on July 4. There will be a parade in downtown Calistoga, Fireworks will launch at dark (around 9:30 p.m.). Pricing is $20 general admission to the fair and $15 kids 12 & under.

1 to 4 p.m. | Cloverdale City Park 4th of July Family BBQ and Bike Ride The food is served, perfect for fueling up after an invigorating decorated bike parade from the City Plaza to the City Park on second street running from 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Healdsburg 4th of July 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.

7:30 a.m. on | Kenwood 4th of July Celebration The parade (starting at 10:30 a.m.) 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. After the race at 11:30 a.m. there is a family style barbecue and games.

12:00 p.m. | Napa The downtown Napa festivities begin with food and beverage vendors and a children’s play area. There will be live music performances at the Veteran’s Park and the fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.

Petaluma 4th Rock and Rockets Festival Take the family and dance to the music of Pride and Joy with British rock band, Invasion, opening. Family games and activities and food and drink from local vendors. Fireworks will go off at dark, sometime after 9 p.m.

3:30 p.m | Santa Rosa Red, White and Boom  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.

St. Helena Centered in the middle of town, the fireworks show will be launched from Crane Park. The show will be visible to revelers throughout St. Helena. Also, Long Meadow Ranch is having a concert at 6:00 p.m. and you will have a view from their lawn of the fireworks that night. Find more details and purchase your tickets here.

Weill Hall Green Music Center Fireworks Spectacular with 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.

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 pride as an animal lover, avid sailor, ecologist, advocate for women, photographer, journalist, scientific farmer, self-made man, political activist.

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