Here is a roundup of 4th of July kid-friendly events, including fireworks, festivals, parades and more in Pleasant Hill, Concord, Clayton, Martinez, Walnut Creek, Orinda, Moraga and Danville in the Diablo Valley and Lamorinda areas of the East Bay.
Cities are listed in alphabetical order below. All events are public and held on Thursday, July 4, 2019.
Pancake Breakfast ~ 7:30 am to 11 am @ Todos Santos Plaza. $5 per person.
Stars & Stripes Kids Run and 5K ~ 8 am @ Todos Santos Plaza ~ participation in the kids run is free; the 5K is $44.
Parade ~ 10 am @ Downtown Concord (begins at Mt. Diablo High School and passes through Todos Santos Plaza; click link for route info)
Festival & Kids Carnival ~ 4 to 9 pm @ Mt. Diablo High School ~ it's not the kind of carnival with rides, but there are plenty of fun activities and entertainment for children and the whole family!
Fireworks ~ 9 pm @ Mt. Diablo High School ~ bring a blanket and/or chairs and a picnic (or purchase food there).
Kiddie Races & Fun Run ~ 8 am beginning at the Canyon Club Brewery (1558 Canyon Rd.) ~ kiddie races for under 6s and 7-9 year olds; $15 entry fee, advance registration required. There is also a 5 mile run and 2 mile run for adults beginning at 8:30 am.
Pancake Breakfast ~ 7:30 to 10:30 am @ Moraga Commons
Dog Parade ~ 9 am @ Moraga Commons ~ furry friends get to participate in all the fun!
Community Booths, Food, Drinks & Inflatables ~ all day @ Moraga Commons ~ Inflatables will be up from 10 am to 4 pm.
Children's Bike Parade ~ 10:30 am @ Moraga Comons ~ line up at the flagpole.
House Rockers Concert ~ 6:45 to 9:45 pm @ Moraga Commons Bandshell ~ don't forget a picnic blanket and/or chairs!
Fireworks ~ approximately 9:30 pm.
Pancake Breakfast ~ 7:30 to 10 am @ Orinda Community Center
Haley's Run for a Reason ~ 8 am @ Orinda Community Center ~ a 2 mile and 5 mile fundraising run to kick off 4th of July festivities (the 2 mile is paved and stroller-friendly); $15 for kids under 12, $40 for ages 13 and up. Advance registration required (click link).
Parade ~ 10 am beginning at Wells Fargo Bank on Moraga Way (visit link for route info)
Community Festival ~ 11:30 am to 1:30 pm @ Orinda Community Park ~ kids activities and fun for the whole family.
Firecracker 5K Run & Kids 100 Yard Dash ~ 7:50 am @ Downtown Pleasant Hill (start at Gregory & Trelany); kids race is free; 5K is $35 and benefits Pleasant Hill schools.
Parade ~ 9:30 am @ Downtown Pleasant Hill (route from Gregory & Cleveland through town to Sequoia Middle School - see link!)
Family Day in the Park ~ 10:30 am to 1:30 pm @ Pleasant Hill Park ~ kids games, rides, activities, live entertainment and food! All free except the food.
Fireworks ~ 7:30 to 10 pm @ College Park High School ~ live music and food for purchase, with the fireworks show around 9:30 pm. Bring a blanket and/or chairs.
A few words to the wise... for parades, consider arriving early for good seats (Danville even allows people to reserve seating the evening before!) Park events and festivals will be crowded, and lines for games and activities may be long. Make sure to come prepared with lots of water, sunscreen, snacks (unless you plan to buy them) and plenty of patience! Keep your expectations realistic and you will be sure to get the most fun out of your day.
If you have little ones who may be frightened by fireworks, but you don't want to miss all the fun, think about watching from a short distance (1/4 mile or so) to minimize noise. FYI there is quite a gathering in the parking lot at Sunvalley Mall, for those who like to enjoy the Pleasant Hill fireworks without the crowds. Dinosaur Park in Pleasant Hill and Lime Ridge in Walnut Creek are also good vantage points to watch a few fireworks displays in the distance. If you have a great firework viewing spot you'd like to share please don't hesitate to contact us or comment below!
Happy 4th of July!