4TH OF JULY @ Berkeley Marina
Thursday, July 4th, 2013, noon-10pm
The 4th of July, presented by Toyota of Berkeley, is a great day to have a lot of fun. The biggest party is at the Berkeley Marina from noon-10PM with all kinds of free fun! Adventure Playground, always a favorite where children can build with hammers, nails, saws, paint and parental supervision, is open 11am-8pm. Get your face painted, try the giant slide, or splash in the water at the beach!
There’s live entertainment from noon until 9:30PM on the main stage including the US Air Force Band - The Blue Yonders; American Glitz by Dance/10; The John Brothers Piano Company; St. Gabriel’s Celestial Brass Band; Stafford & Sturdevant’s Jazz Americana; and Violinist Kippy Marks w/ LoveMarksMusic. On The Buddy Club Stage in Shorebird Park you’ll find world-renowned juggling and magic acts. Tucked in here and there you will discover Afro Cuban Drumming; InSteel - Caribbean Steel Drums; Sean Lee – A One-Man Band; UCA Capoeira; and Coventry & Kaluza’s Circus Arts.
There’s crafts, yummy food, free dragon boat rowing from 12-5pm, massages, carnival rides, an inflatable park, a bungee trampoline, pony rides, giant slides and bubble ball rides all culminating in the grand fireworks over the water from the end of the Berkeley Pier at 9:30pm.
Let’s hear it for the red, white, and blue…but keep it green, too. The party shouldn’t leave the environment trashed. If you can, bring your own dishes – Frisbees double as plates! A bandana is your cloth napkin to use at all of the international food booths & trucks. With water stations located around the event, you can refill your own reusable bottle and keep a lot of plastic out of the landfill. Use the recycling stations located throughout the marina for your disposables.
Vehicle parking in the marina is $15 for the day or you can ride your bike over the Berkeley bicycle overpass and use the free valet parking by Richmond Spokes near Adventure Playground. Or take AC Transit from the Downtown Berkeley BART station. This only runs until 6:30PM, however and does not come back into the marina. To leave on AC Transit after the fireworks, walk out over the freeway overpass to University and 5th St. Alternately, there is paid parking at Golden Gate Fields Racetrack and a shuttle bus into the event.
Free admission. Alcohol-free event. Free valet bicycle parking. No cars in or out after 7pm.
Sponsored by the City of Berkeley, Toyota of Berkeley, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, The Buddy Club, Richmond Spokes, East Bay Express, BETV, Red Tricycle, and East Bay Loop.
Although the 4th of July event is alcohol-free outside, there are several restaurants in the Marina where you may sit down and have a drink.
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