Where to Celebrate Fourth of July in the East Bay

Thanks to Jupiter Grocery for sponsoring our Fourth of July for East Bay Families guide. Independence Day is a Sunday this year. Read on for things to do with kids to celebrate July 4th, 2021. Please use code HAPPY4TH to save 25% off your first Jupiter Grocery order. This offer expires on the 5th of July.

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Time to fire up the grill, having friends and family over makes it a holiday! | Photo provided by Jupiter Grocery

Fouth of July is Weird Again This Year

We’ll be honest: we’ve missed a whole lot of fireworks with our kids through the years because the start time is always after 9 pm. Luckily, there’s more fun to be had on the Fourth of July than just fireworks. A daytime playdate in a park followed by a nap and a BBQ makes a great Fourth. If you’re planning to get together with friends or host family but can’t be bothered to face the grocery stores, Jupiter is here to help!

Use Jupiter Grocery to stock up on staples, recipes, and schedule a delivery time that works for you. Use code HAPPY4TH to save 25% off your first order.

Most of the big, community events have been canceled for both 2020 and 2021, we hope to see them in 2022!

Public Activities for Independence Day

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See fireworks at the A’s game | Photo: Sally Mason

July 2, 6:40 pm start, Oakland A’s Fireworks Game @ Oakland Coliseum: Watch the only fireworks in town: the beloved post-game fireworks celebration is a go on July 2. Family 4-pack of tickets is $120. There’s also a day game on the fourth. Buy tickets >

July 3, 10 am to 11:30 am Decorate Cookies at the Claremont Hotel: The stars and stripes cookies are adorable. $40 gets your family a dozen cookies with all materials needed. Eat as you go or bring some home! Learn more >

July 3, Math Madness at Lawrence Hall of Science
This new exhibit opens on Thursday, July 1, and is closed on July 4. Engage in hands-on math activities while exploring angles, patterns, structures, and shapes to construct your own designs throughout the weekend. Purchase tickets in advance.

July 4, Orinda Parade! The City of Orinda is holding its Fourth of July parade. We don’t have much information yet, but you can find updates here.

July 4th City Cruise leaving from Berkeley. Choose a brunch boat ride or a dinner cruise out on the Bay. Starts at $101. Learn more >

Semi-Private Out of the House Fourth of July Adventures

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Kite flying at Ocean Beach | Photo: Julia Gidwani

Reserve a private swimming pool. Reserve a backyard with a swimming pool and other premium features with Swimply.com. Bring a cooler of cookout supplies (save 25% off your first Jupiter Grocery order with code HAPPY4TH) with you!

Go fly a kite. Be outdoors together and bring snacks and a kite. Here are three of our favorite places to go for kite-flying.

Rent a large or small boat! Put your family on a party pontoon on Lake Chabot or do some kayak races on the Bay with your bigger kids. Little ones might enjoy a pedal boat on Lake Merritt.

Hit the beach. Get sand in your toes at one of the incredible Bay Area beaches.

Please choose lots more destinations from our Massive Summer Bucket List.

Awesome At-home Activities for July Fourth

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Eating together makes it a holiday | Photo provided by Jupiter

Grill out with friends and family. Entertaining and eating outdoors is totally back this year! Whether the recipe is Shish Kebabs, grilled veggies, barbecue beef, vegan burgers, or hot dogs, make your backyard celebration even easier by adding all the fixin’s to your cart and having them delivered by Jupiter.co. Save 25% off your first order with the code HAPPY4TH. This offer expires on July 5.

Decorate for Porch of July. Some towns are awarding prizes for the best-decorated homes instead of a municipal parade. Maybe you can make that a thing where you live! Learn more about Alameda Porch of July and the Piedmont house & car decorating contest.

Bake pinwheel cookies. Not into grilling? Make some red, white, and blue pinwheel cookies to celebrate the day. Homemade or store-bought are fine by me!

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Red white and blue pinwheel sugar cookies for the July 4th celebration

Thanks again to Jupiter Grocery for sponsoring our Fourth of July for East Bay Families guide. Whether your cookout is large or tiny, use code HAPPY4TH to save 25% off your first order. This offer expires on the 5th of July.

jupiter mini grill