4TH OF JULY @ Berkeley Marina
Thursday, July 4th, 2013, noon-10pm
- Kid's Adventure Playground
- Live Entertainment noon-9
- Fireworks 9:30
- Food vendors
- Passport to Fun! (pdf)
The 4th of July is a great day to have a lot of fun. The biggest party is at the Berkeley Marina & Cesar Chavez Activity Park from noon-10PM with all kinds of free fun! Adventure Playground, always a favorite, 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 samba rock fusion band, Bautista; a special celebration of Louis Armstrong’s birthday by Mal Sharpe’s Big Money in Jazz Band; the Allman Step Brothers Band; Professor Gizmo’s one-man band; Troupe Tangiers and Sharifa’s Habibis belly dancers. Stage art by RTYSTK.com
On The Buddy Club Stage in Shorebird Park you’ll find world-renowned juggling with The Keith Show; award-winning magician Timothy James; prop comic and comedy juggler Fred Anderson; Unique Derique; and a martial arts demonstration by Kuk Sool Won Academy. Tucked around the marina are Afro Cuban Rumba Drummers, InSteel Caribbean Pan Drums, Circus Arts by Coventry & Kaluza; Juggling by Dana Smith, and more.
Cesar Chavez Activity Park on the north side of the marina holds a day of physical fun with clear Zorbing balls that you step inside of to roll down the hill; a Slackline Stunt Show by artists who were in the Superbowl Half-time Show; a climbing wall, bungee run, jousting, a bungee trampoline, and lots more. Additional food booths and a preview of the Giant Show Kites from the Berkeley Kite Festival make it a super fun area.
There’s crafts, yummy food, free dragon boat rowing from 2-6pm, massages, pony rides, a petting zoo, 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.
Enjoy the entire event and get your 4th of July PASSPORT TO FUN! stamped at just four sites around the Marina for great prizes including cruises for two on Hornblower Yachts or an overnight stay at the Doubletree Hilton. Pick up your PASSPORT TO FUN! at event HQ (the red tent on University Ave.), or click to download your PASSPORT TO FUN! (pdf). Move between the north and south parts of the marina by mini train, your feet, or your bicycle!
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.
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. Accessible Info.
Free admission. Alcohol-free event. Free valet bicycle parking. No cars in or out after 7pm but lots of free parking before then.
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.
Presenting Sponsor of July 4th, 2013 at the Berkeley Marina
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