Foggy fireworks are a hallmark of the Fourth of July in the Bay Area, but rest assured there’s always sunshine somewhere in the Bay. If you’re wondering what to do in the East Bay this July, we’ve got you covered with the best museums, cultural events, food tours, athletic events, hikes and more. Speaking of food, we also have an extensive list of our best restaurants in the East Bay, and if you’re planning a weekend, the best places to stay.
The sunny and warm East Bay weather continues this month, with average temperatures from high 60s to high 70s.
Featured Photo: Courtesy of Alameda County Fair
First Free Sunday at Oakland Museum of California
Admission to the OMCA is FREE every first Sunday of the month, with special exhibits only being an additional $6. Experience the extraordinary stories of California and its people through the museum’s collections of art, history, and natural science all under one roof. Visit anytime Wednesday through Sunday from 11am to 5pm.
More info: museumca.org/plan-your-visit
Alameda County Fair
June 14–July 7
Experience thrilling new events, rides and food at this year’s Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton. You can expect a full lineup of concerts and movies on the lawn, along with the typical carnival rides, games, fireworks and drone shows. Loop through the Ring of Fire or whirl around in the Cyclone before making your way to the Grandstand for classic horse racing or the enticingly-named Extreme Medieval Jousting.
More info: annual.alamedacountyfair.com
Pleasant Hill Fourth of July Celebration
Downtown Pleasant Hill is booming this Independence Day. The daring among us can start the morning at 7:45am with a 5k run (proceeds going to Pleasant Hill schools), while those who prefer to walk can wait till 9:30am to see the Downtown Parade. After a day filled with live music, local food, and fun for the kids, the fireworks spectacular begins at 8:45pm.
More info: phjuly4.com