Fireworks and Fun Family Traditions – This Weekend in Sonoma County


Fourth of July is just ahead of us!  What does your family have planned for this weekend’s celebration of our nation’s independence?

Our family will hang flags, pull out the hand crank ice cream maker, and close down our court for an annual neighborhood party.

Come dark, everyone will pile into truck beds with blankets and pillows to ooh and aah over the view of the fireworks fired off for Sunday’s  Red, White and Boom show at the Sonoma County fairgrounds.

Do you still need to make your plans for the weekend?  Excitingly, you’ll have many ways to celebrate the Fourth of July in our community.  From street parades, barbecues, a water parade, a waterfall slide show, and old fashioned fireworks displays – your family is sure to find a place to wave the old red, white, and blue.

My favorite choice? Watching the show over Clearlake at Library Park.  This year’s event includes a street fair, arts and crafts, music, and a cardboard and duct tape boat race- events begin at 11:00 am.  Then, fireworks fill the sky and reflect over the calm lake waters at dark (9:30 p.e.)  You can check out the details at, but as hosts of our neighborhood block party, we’ll sadly miss this event again this year…

Another local favorite is the boat parade in Monte Rio.  Locals rave that this is the best show in Sonoma County!  Monte Rio’s event is scheduled for  Saturday July 3rd and will include a water carnival, boat parade, water curtain and games for kids.  These free activities start at 11.  Fireworks start at dusk.  Call 865-9956 or see

Here is a link rich listing of other local events by area.  Please confirm all details with sponsoring agencies:

Santa Rosa: Sunday, July 4th Red, White, and Boom

Sonoma County Fairgrounds Carnival Area Lawn

Admission: $7 – Adults & kids 13+ / $3 – Kids 6-12 / Free – 5 & under / Parking: $5  (Proceeds benefit Schools Plus)

Gates Open 4pm; Music @ 5pm; Fireworks at 9:30pm/Dark.  Food, Drinks, Live Music (Wonderbread 5 + High Speed Wobble)- Join us for a Fun, Family-friendly Community Celebration Event

Sponsored by the Active 20 30 Club, Santa Rosa Police Officers Association & Santa Rosa Firefighter Local 1401

Contact: David Hagele at 707-578-7800

Petaluma: Sunday, July 4th

Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds on Fairgrounds Drive

Live music, food booths, and fireworks show.  Gates open at 4:00.

Windsor: Saturday July 3rd

Town Green or Windsor High

Pay $1 to see the show (launched at the closed Keiser Park) from Windsor High, or come on out to the Town Green for live music by Sugarfoot and games and jumpies for the kids.  Call 838-1260 for more information.

Sebastopol: Saturday July 3rd

Analy High School

Live music starts at 5:30, fireworks begin at dusk.  Adults $7, children 6-11 $3.  823-1511

Sonoma: Sunday, July 4th

Sonoma Plaza

The best old-fashioned parade and celebration kicks off at 9:00am and carries on until 5:00pm. Led by Grand Marshall Dave Chavoya, the parade and plaza celebration express what a thriving community we have here in the Valley. Live music begins at 1:00pm with The Carlos Herrera Band and at 3:00pm, enjoy the sounds of the Cynthia Tarr Trio.

Healdsburg: Sunday, July 4th

Healdsburg High School Athletic Field

“20th Annual Fireworks Show” presented by the American Legion – Sotoyome Post 111.  This is the 20th year that your local veterans are sponsoring the show. Fireworks start at 9:30 pm, and last for approximately 40 minutes. Your local American Legion Veterans are revving up the fundraising engine to pay for our 20th year of fireworks. Please mail your check to help pay for Healdsburg Fireworks A.S.A.P. to: American Legion, P.O. Box 281, Healdsburg, CA 95448. For additional information, or to donate, please email or call 707-894-0857

Cloverdale: Sunday, July 4th

Cloverdale High School Football Field

Cloverdale Lions Club brings you free fireworks at dusk.

Bodega Bay, Saturday July 3rd

Westside Regional Park at 2400 Westside Road, Bodega Bay

Free fireworks show begins around 9.  Call 875-3866 for more information.  Sponsored by the Bodega Bay Area Chamber of Commerce.

Guerneville: Sunday, July 4th Russian River Fourth of July Celebration!

Downtown Guerneville, Ca

Free admission.

Craft Fair, Rotary Club BBQ, kids activities, and fireworks viewing.  Sponsored by the Russian River Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Russian River Recreation and Parks District. For more information, please contact the Russian River Chamber of Commerce at 707-869-9000 or email

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