San Francisco Fourth of July mini-vacation ideas
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In San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, Independence Day doesn’t stop with the fireworks. But it always includes good food, whether the party is north (Sonoma), south (Half Moon Bay), east (Danville and — is Lake County east?) or right in the city itself.
We dug around and came up with 12 tasty morning, noon and nighttime mini-vacations or for some, staycations, seeing this is a holiday weekend. A few are traditional and others — a little outside the box.
Alameda Fourth of July Celebration on the USS Hornet
Enjoy an all-day party (10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.) on the USS Hornet in Alameda. Following an evening concert, guests can watch Bay Area fireworks from the Flight Deck. The organizers say there will be a good selection of food, beer and wine for purchase. All-day admission is $25 for adults ($22 in advance) and $10 for children ages 5 to 17. See full details here.
Berkeley Marina Fourth of July Celebration
Arts and crafts, fun and games — and abundant food (or pack a picnic). For kids an old-fashioned sack race and a giant slide. For adults lots of international food booths (it’s a no-alcohol event). Live entertainment from noon until 9 p.m. on the main stage. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Sponsored by the City of Berkeley and produced by Another Bullwinkel Show.