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Top 5 Fourth of July Activities for Teens in the Bay Area

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Fourth of July in the Bay Area

What up, Bay Area? Let's talk about the Fourth of July and what you should be doing. We hope you don't already have plans because this list of holiday events is about to be hard to beat. Spend your Fourth of July in the Bay Area making it one to remember.

San Francisco Symphony with Fireworks

The biggest event of the holiday week is probably the San Francisco Symphony with Fireworks. This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the event and will have the theme 'A Celebration of Heroes,' including music from Disney favorites such as The Incredibles, Toy Story 2 and Finding Nemo. The night will finish up with a killer fireworks show.

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Fillmore Jazz Festival

Not too many things are as smooth as the Fillmore Jazz Festival. You bet your jazz it’ll be a great time. The festival takes place over the weekend with events both Saturday and Sunday starting at 10:00 am and ending around 6:00 pm. Did we mention there are six stages full of all the jazz you could want? Don't take our word for it - check out the full lineup on the Fillmore Jazz Festival website.

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4th at the Wharf

Spend the 4th at 4th at the Wharf. Besides the cool name, this free event is open to everyone. There will be tons of music all day, as well as the Wharf's awesome mix of street performers and local attractions. The event ends with the city-sponsored fireworks show (thanks San Fran) over the Bay, where you are welcome to watch the ‘works from the waterfront.

City of El Cerrito & worldOne 4th of July Festival

You should definitely check out the City of El Cerrito & worldOne 4th of July Festival this 4th of July from 10 am - 6 pm. For real. Some people call it “the best kept secret in the Bay Area.” Arts, crafts, food, music from all over the world, cultural presentations… they even have prizes! Dang, you gotta get there.

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Star-Spangled Social

Don't mind a bit of a drive? Head out of town and participate in this year's Star-Spangled Social at the Napa County Fairgrounds. Marching bands, hula-hoop contests, and ice cream 'churnaments' all await the patriotic-minded, and fireworks will start when it gets, and this is a direct quote, "good and dark." Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, but there will be plenty of food and raffle options for those willing to spend a little more.

If you're going out of town, check out our Top 5 posts for Los Angeles and San Jose.

Krista Doyle