Fourth of July Happenings

El Cerrito hosts the 11th Annual WorldOne Festival featuring live reggae, dub and world music. On Saturday from 10am to 6pm there is a family festival with games for children, food, arts and crafts as well as live entertainment on two stages, Circus Imagination will amaze young children with an interactive animal-free circus show and Carnival Rides.  This is one of my FAVORITE festivals in town and I look forward to it each year.  Click here for the line up http://www.el-cerrito.org/recreation/july4lineup.html.

It’s a day full of fun starting at noon on the 4th of July. The south shore of the Berkeley Marina at the bottom of University Ave. is filled with great stuff to do all day. Adventure Playground, always a favorite, is open 11am-8pm. Sign up for an old-fashioned sack race or get your face painted. Try the giant slide or splash in the water at the beach!  Plenty of fun stuff for adults, too! No need to cook – lots of international food booths. Live entertainment from noon until 9PM on the main stage. There’s art & craft booths, massages, free sailboat rides from 1-4pm, dragon boat rides from 2-6pm, and much more including the grand fireworks off the end of the Berkeley Pier at 9:30pm.  http://www.anotherbullwinkelshow.com

4th of July 2009 Festival with music & fireworks @ Jack London Square (Oakland). Five hours of live music, plus kids entertainment and a 20 minute fireworks show at dusk Saturday, July 4, 2009 4:00 pm to 9:35 pm. The Port of Oakland and the City of Oakland will present a 20 minute fireworks show over the Oakland and Alameda estuary. Jack London Square provides a prime viewing area for watching this spectacular event. The fireworks will begin at 9:15 PM and end at 9:35 PM. Jack London Square will celebrate the holiday with live music beginning at 7:00 PM. Enjoy the big band sounds of the Ben Oni Orchestra and the Rhythm and Blues of the Blues Burners. Free bike valet will be available at 7:00 PM at Jack London Square’s newest shop, Bay Area Bikes. Jack London Square will operate during the day as usual, providing canoe and kayak rentals as well as bike rentals and retail shopping. Cost: FREE –  http://www.jacklondonsquare.com/newscenter/oakland-july-fireworks.html