Bay Area 4th of July events
Bring the gang to East Bay’s Ardenwood Farm this 4th of July for a day filled with fried foods and fun festivities. Expect tug of wars, egg races, and even a watermelon seed spitting contest. To make the evening even more special, opt to have a picnic on the farm’s historic greens.
July 4 10am–4pm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd (Fremont)
If fireworks aren’t your thing, honor Independence Day with Shakespeare in the Park’s first performance of Hamlet! Seating is limited—so get there early to snag a seat on the green.
July 4 at 4pm, John Hinkel Park (Berkeley)
Every summer, residents of Bolinas and Stinson engage in an all-out tug-of-war battle at Bolinas Lagoon. Even if you’re not an ID-carrying resident of either town, you’re still welcome to show up, pick a side, and dig your heels into the sand.
July 4 at 9pm
Pick up a new harness and chow down on free BBQ at Mr. S Leather's in-store party, complete with brisket, burgers, brats and boys.
July 4 12–5pm, Mr. S Leather (San Francisco)