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Fourth of July Fireworks and Fun Events in Sonoma County

4th of July Celebration at the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park.

The 4th of July falls on a Wednesday in 2018, and we know what that means to Sonoma County revelers. There’s just too much fun to pack into one day, so the party starts the weekend before, with numerous celebrations to enjoy!

Here’s where to get your rockets’ red glare:

4th of July Fireworks Spectacular with Transcendence Theatre Company and the Santa Rosa Symphony
(July 4, 2018)

The Green Music Center at Sonoma State University puts on the largest fireworks display in Sonoma County along with an exciting 4th of July program. This year Transcendence Theatre Company, best known for their Broadway Under the Stars performances, joins the Santa Rosa Symphony to present a show-stopping program celebrating the spirit of America. The whole family will enjoy themselves! Kids get extra entertainment in the Kids Zone from 4:30 p.m., with carnival games, bounce houses, face painting, food, music, and more.

Green Music Center, 1801 East Cotati Avene, Rohnert Park, 866-955-6040, details here

Windsor Kaboom Independence Day
(July 3, 2018) 

Join the party at Keiser Park and celebrate with live music, food, beer, wine, and family fun. Fireworks start at dusk. For even more to cheer, the event benefits local children’s programming through the Active 20-30 Club.

Keiser Park, 700 Windsor River Road, Windsor, 707-838-1260, details here

Annual 4th of July Fireworks Party at Depot Hotel Restaurant and Garden
(July 4, 2018)

The Sonoma fireworks explode in the air right above the garden of the iconic Depot Hotel, and the chef and staff put on a sumptuous buffet dinner to celebrate. Enjoy a delicious Italian meal, Prosecco and wines from the Depot Hotel’s own Ghilarducci Vineyards. After dinner, dessert and coffee are brought to your table so you can relax and enjoy the sunset before taking in the fireworks.

Depot Hotel Restaurant and Garden, 241 First Street West, Sonoma, details here

Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza and Music Festival in Sebastopol
(July 3, 2018)

Sebastopol marks its 45thyear of Independence Day festivities! The football stadium at Analy High School comes alive with live music, dancing, free games and relays, food, a raffle, and more. The party starts at 6 p.m. when the bands start to play. This year, party to live music by Buzzy Martin and the Buzztones and Voker Strifler. A flag ceremony, led by fife and drum, is followed by the singing of the Star Spangled Banner, and then the finale of fireworks.

Analy High School, 6950 Analy Avenue, Sebastopol, 707-823-1511, details here

Fireworks Over Bodega Bay
(July 1, 2018)

See fireworks over the water at Bodega Bay’s spectacular display. The show starts at about 9:30 p.m. and as long as you are able to see the waters of the Bodega Bay harbor, you should be able to see the show. The website has suggestions of roads to aim for. Mind where you park and remember to take out whatever you take in. For prime viewing, plan ahead and reserve a dinner table at one of the many bay-front restaurants around Bodega Bay, such as The Boat House, The Tides Wharf, Spud Point Crab Company, Drakes Sonoma Coast, or Lucas Wharf.

Westside Regional Park, 2400 Westshore Rd., Bodega Bay, details here

Independence Day Celebration Guerneville
(June 30, 2018)

Join in the fun in the playful waterfront town of Guerneville. Arrive early in the day and explore the downtown wonderland of shops, restaurants, bars, and art galleries. Enjoy food, entertainment, and then at dusk, gather with everyone along Main Street for the fireworks over the river show, which begins around 9:30 p.m.

Downtown Guerneville, 707-869-9000, details here

Monte Rio Independence Day Celebrations
(June 30 -July 1, 2018)

The fun runs all weekend long at Monte Rio’s annual celebrations, which include the Big Rocky Games on Saturday and Sunday. Boat rentals and food concessions start from 10 a.m. both days at Monte Rio Beach. Join in the fun of the games and feast at the Monte Rio Fire Station's BBQ on Saturday. After a second day of the games, at dusk on Sunday, watch as participants unveil their homemade floats bedecked in lights and perform skits while floating past a cheering audience. That’s followed by a free show at the town’s famous water curtain, as images of the American flag are projected off the Monte Rio bridge, and then the dramatic fireworks display. 

Monte Rio Beach, 20488 Hwy 116, Monte Rio, 707-865-9956, details here

Red, White and BOOM Santa Rosa
(July 4, 2018)

The party starts at 3:00 p.m. for an entire day of fun for the whole family at Santa Rosa’s 10th Annual Red, White & BOOM! Watch a great lineup of local bands and enjoy local food. The kids can jump around in bounce houses, get their faces painted, and more. Around 9:30 p.m., the evening explodes with fireworks show simulcast live to music by KZST 100.1 FM.

Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa, details here

4th of July Celebration in Kenwood
(July 4, 2018)

The parade marches through the cozy community of Kenwood in fine style, showcasing classic vehicles, bands, bicycles, pets, and just about any creative idea participants can come up with! First, start the day with a 7 a.m. pancake breakfast provided by Kenwood Community Church, and/or a 7:30 a.m. Kenwood 3K and 10K Footrace. The Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. and family fun follows at 11:30 a.m., with a family style barbecue and games.

Kenwood Plaza Park, 200 Warm Springs Road, Kenwood, details here

Cloverdale 4th of July Fireworks
(July 4, 2018)

Join this vibrant, small town community for a spectacular fireworks show starting around 9 p.m. at the Cloverdale High School football field. 

Cloverdale High School, 97 School Street, Cloverdale, details here

4th of July in Healdsburg
(July 4, 2018)

It’s the epitome of small town family fun as friends and family gather for this annual firework display on the Healdsburg High School football field. Crowds bring blankets and picnics, then at dusk, point your eyes to the sky as the 40-minute show commences.

Healdsbug High School, 1024 Prince Avenue, Healdsburg, details here


Sonoma's Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration
(July 4, 2018)

The Sonoma Volunteer Firefighter's Association presents the city's smashing, dashing 4th of July parade, named eighth best event of its kind in the country by Travel+Leisure Magazine and Yahoo News. Head for the historic Sonoma Plaza for the 10 a.m. parade and then stick around for a fun, old-fashioned festival with food, drinks, music, and games. The Valley of the Moon Art Association will be hosting their annual show among the festivities. At dusk, find a spot to perch for the fireworks show. 

Historic Sonoma Plaza, 453 First Street East, Sonoma, details here

Petaluma 4th of July Celebration
(July 4, 2018)

Independence Day festivities begin with a traditional Bell Ringing Ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum. Ring the bell and then enjoy lemonade and cookies in the museum's garden court. A big party starts at the fairgrounds at 5 p.m. with food from local vendors and live music. The fireworks blast off at dusk. 

Petaluma Museum, 20 Fourth Street, Petaluma, details here

Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, 175 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma, details here

All-American Zin Day (June 30, 2018)

Start your Independence Day celebrations early with this 12th annual event. It’s a multi-winery jamboree with Kokomo, Mazzoco-Sonoma, Rued, Wilson, and Family Wineries Dry Creek. Visit each winery for special American delights like pulled pork sandwiches, tri-tip steak slices, skirt steak, barbecued chicken wings, and sausages along with fantastic wines. Take home a commemorative glass.

Various Dry Creek Valley Winery Locations, details here


And remember, always abide by local rules and regulations about fireworks in the various cities in Sonoma County.


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Written by Sonoma Insider Carey Sweet

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