Fourth of July guide: Where to watch fireworks in Sonoma County 2019
Fourth of July revelers will find an extravaganza of fun around Sonoma County this year, with five days of patriotic celebrations marking Independence Day.
From hometown parades to concerts, barbecues to carnivals, there’s something happening daily starting Wednesday (July 3) through July 7 - along with multiple fireworks displays. At the neighboring Marin County Fair in San Rafael, fireworks shoot off nightly from Wednesday (July 3) through July 7.
There’s also an opportunity to enjoy that all-American, nine-inning pastime when local baseball teams the Sonoma Stompers and the Healdsburg Prune Packers host home games on the Fourth of July.
Don your finest red, white and blue and join the fun at celebrations extending from morning to night. Many are free; most of those with admission fees supporting charitable causes.
Check venues for restrictions on tailgating, pop-up tents, outside alcohol (or food, in some cases), dogs and personal fireworks; also for updates on musical lineups and ticket pricing.
Festivities around the region include the following:
Wednesday, July 3
Sebastopol: The Kiwanis Club of Sebastopol presents the Third of July “Fireworks Extravaganza & Music Festival,” with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Analy High School football field, 277-419 Eddie Lane. Music starts at 6:15 p.m. with The Highway Poets and Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs! A flag ceremony begins at 9:20 p.m., with Andy DelMonte singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Fireworks follow at 9:40 p.m.
Details: Admission is $10 adults, $5 kids 6-11, kids 5 and under free. Details: sebastopolkiwanisclub.org
Windsor: The Town of Windsor and the Active 20-30 Club host the annual “Kaboom!” celebration on Wednesday at Keiser Park, 700 Windsor River Road. Gates open at 4 p.m., with local entertainers from 4:30-5:30 p.m., the Pat Jordan Band from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and the Scotty Mac Band from 7:30-9:30 p.m. A patriotic program starts at 9 p.m. with the National Anthem and the U.S. Army Presentation of Colors. Fireworks follow at 9:40 p.m.
Details: Tickets are $10 adults, $5 ages 3-17, free for kids 2 and younger. A VIP dinner from 5-8 p.m. is $75. Details: windsorkaboom.com
Thursday, July 4
Bodega Bay: The Bodega Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and area businesses present “4th of July in Bodega Bay - A Maritime Celebration,” with events and activities throughout the coastal community on Thursday. The inaugural celebration replaces the fireworks show formerly held at Westside Park. Among the festivities: a “Freedom Paddle” at 8 a.m. in Bodega Harbor; a boat parade at 3:30 p.m. around the harbor and bay; a craft fair from noon to 4 p.m. at the Porto Bodega Marina & RV Park; and a dance featuring New Skye and Dustin Saylor starting at 6 p.m. at The Yacht Club at Bodega Harbour. Parties, kite-flying, art and more presented around the community.
Cloverdale: The Cloverdale Lions Club presents a fireworks display around 9 p.m. Thursday at Daly Field at Cloverdale High School, 509 N. Cloverdale Blvd. Admission is free, with donations accepted.
Details: 707-894-4470, cloverdalechamber.com
Healdsburg: The Fourth of July fun begins with a free community celebration from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Healdsburg Plaza, with a kids’ parade at 11 a.m. Presented by the Rotary Club of Healdsburg Sunrise and the Healdsburg Parks and Recreation Department, the festivities include Duck Dash races, a foot race, performances by the Healdsburg Community Band and the Russian River Ramblers and complimentary coffee, churros, hot dogs, snow cones and other treats.
Take a late-afternoon break for the Healdsburg Prune Packers game against the San Francisco Seals at 5 p.m. Thursday at historic Recreation Park, 515 Piper St. Tickets are $5, free for kids 12 and younger. The collegiate summer baseball team has home games from Wednesday (July 3) through July 7, and then another home stretch July 9-14.
Complete the holiday fun with fireworks hosted by the Healdsburg American Legion Sotoyome Post 111 at dusk at the Healdsburg High School baseball field, 1024 Prince Ave. Admission is free, with donations accepted.
Kenwood: Start the Fourth of July in Kenwood with the annual pancake breakfast from 7 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Kenwood Community Church, 9637 Channing Row. Watch as runners head out at 7:30 a.m. for the Empire Runners Club 3K and 10K Wine Country Races (the Tot Trot starts at 8:45 a.m.) The Kenwood Community Club’s “Kenwood Fourth of July Hometown Parade” begins at 10:30 a.m. at Kenwood Plaza Park, 200 Warm Springs Road. The theme is “The Great Outdoors,” with local volunteers Bill Myers and Dave Chalk of Bill and Dave Hikes as grand marshals. The fun continues as the Glen Ellen-Kenwood Rotary Club hosts a barbecue, games and live music by BlueRock at 11:30 a.m. at the park. Admission is free.