Normally fireworks are illegal in San Jose (don’t test it, kids!) but on July Fourth you can bet the skies above Silicon Valley will be ablaze with red, white and blue explosions. Public firework displays are completely free, so if you’re trying to save that summer job money, be sure to put these on your must-do list. And if you’re looking for more free or cheap activities in San Jose this Independence Day, snag some ideas from our guide below. We’ve complied a few of our favorite picks just for teens because you guys the GOAT. Put your hands up and play your song cause it’s a party in the U.S.A.
Rose, White & Blue Parade
Starts at 10 a.m.
Start your morning with a good ol’ fashioned Fourth of July parade on The Alameda. The parade will wind through the Rose Garden neighborhood ending on San Jose’s The Alameda on July 4, 2017 complete with parade floats, live music, dancing and antique cars. After the procession, enjoy a picnic lunch featuring food and drink from local restaurants and live music.
San Jose Fireworks and Summer Pops Concert
Starts at 5:15 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30
In the evening, head to Discovery Meadow for the Rotary Club of San Jose’s annual fireworks show. All you need you need is bae, a blanket and maybe some leftover potato salad from your Fourth of July picnic. Om-nom. Before it gets dark and the fireworks start, the Symphony Silicon Valley will performing a concert featuring popular music. Here’s hoping they play some Katy Perry because we could all use a sing-a-long to “Baby, you’re a firework.”
Red, White & Boom! 4th of July Celebration in Milpitas
Head over to the Milpitas Sports Center to celebrate this year’s Red, White & Boom! The party begins with the “Waving the Red, White and Blue” Pool Party from 1:00PM to 4:00PM. Next, enjoy fireworks and a concert at 5:00PM. Pre-sale tickets are only $3 so get them ahead of time at most Milpitas Recreation Sites because that is a STEAL.
Starts at 3 p.m.
More free live music, fireworks and fun await you at Almaden Lake Regional Park Fourth of July event. The days kicks off with live bands, arts and crafts, a parade and plenty of food (easily the best part of any social event). The night concludes at dusk with a big, bold and bright pyrotechnics display.
San Jose Giants vs. Rancho Cucamonga
Starts at 6:30 p.m.
Take me out to the ballgame. Watch America’s pastime on America’s birthday, complete with a colorful post-game fireworks display. The players will be wearing special Stars & Stripes jerseys and caps for the game that will be available to bid on during an in-game silent auction that ends at the bottom of the sixth inning. Instagram worthy? We think so. And hey, even if you aren’t a baseball fan, don’t tell me you don’t love popcorn, peanuts and ballpark hot dogs. Healthy.