Things to Do for the Fourth of July in Oakland

Everyone’s favorite summer holiday is quickly approaching! Nothing says July 4th like BBQs, pool days, parades, and fireworks! But with the country beginning to emerge from the worst of it, some celebrations are returning in the area. Read on to see what’s happening around Oakland this Independence Day and gather up some ideas for your Fourth of July weekend.

Go to a Baseball Game

As the ultimate American pastime, baseball pairs perfectly with Independence Day! And the Oakland Athletics just happen to be playing the Boston Red Sox this year at home on July 4th. The afternoon game starts at 1:07 pm and you can get seats starting around $38. Oakland Coliseum is operating at limited capacity and following other COVID precautions. Concession stands will still be open so you can get that classic Independence Day hot dog, just know that they’re currently cashless.

Chevere Music Festival

Spend your Fourth celebrating Caribbean culture! The Chevere Music Festival, from 3 to 10:30 pm, will be “a Caribbean festival like you’ve never experienced before.” There will be food, merchandise, and of course, great music. Don’t know how to salsa or merengue? Don’t worry, because there will be dance lessons at the event!

Pine Knoll Park

A laid-back day barbequing with family and friends is one of the best ways to spend the Fourth of July, and if you’re looking for a public park to host a BBQ, check out Pine Knoll Park, which has lovely views of Lake Merritt and grassy areas where you can spread out a picnic blanket. Grilling is allowed in designated areas which you can find here.

Jack London Square Farmer’s Market

Heading out to a farmer’s market to peruse fresh, local produce and crafts is always a fun way to spend a weekend. And as a Sunday event, the Jack London Square Farmer’s Market coincides with Independence Day this year (check their Facebook page closer to the date for updates). The market is run by the Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association and runs from 9 am to 2 pm. Maybe you’ll find some fresh corn and berries to use for your Fourth of July dinner!

Muir Beach

Cooling off at the beach is the perfect way to spend a sweltering Fourth of July, and luckily, Oakland’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean means there are plenty of beaches around. If you want to escape the crowds, take a little trip across the bay to Muir Beach in Marin County. This low-key, quiet spot is popular with locals and a wonderful place to have a bonfire. The beach is dog friendly and there are no lifeguards. If you have a National Parks Passport, you can get a stamp for visiting since it’s a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Other cool aspects of this beach are that you need to access it via a 450 ft pedestrian bridge and nearby is Muir Overlook which presents a stunning view of the Pacific from the coastal cliffs.

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