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4th of July Fireworks and Stuff, East Bay Style

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Hey, I’m a grown-ass woman, and I still love watching a good fireworks show on the 4th of July. Unfortunately, our options in the East Bay are limited. For reasons unbeknownst to me, Jack London Square is not hosting a display this year. And Alameda supposedly has a huge parade but no fireworks. That leaves us with one option: the Berkeley Marina.

During the day, the Marina will be filled with all kinds of FREE events, but many of them are for the kiddies. Face painting, pony rides, and, uh, “Buki the Balloon-Twisting Clown” (wtf?) will all be available. There will also be food from San Francisco BBQ, Big Ed’s Buzzard BBQ, La Crepe a Moi, and Los Cilantros as well as FREE dragon boat rides.

At 9:30 pm, if you and your friends are sober enough to make the journey, the fireworks show will be poppin’ off at the end of the pier. Parking/driving down there will most likely be a nightmare, so ride your bikes if you can. The display will be right over the Bay — and it doesn’t get any better than that, folks.

4th of July at the Berkeley Marina
Noon to 10 p.m.


Thanks to Sangent for the pic.

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Mia Di Pasquale - Scroungy Scribbler

Mia is a nice Italian girl from an exotic Italian colony called New Jersey.  She studied English Literature and Screenwriting at Drexel University in Philadelphia and has no intention of ever being a teacher.  Instead, she produces low-budget films with her crew/friends, one of which actually won a contest hosted by AMC and judged by Mr. Robert (Rob) Zombie.  She currently lives and loves in beautiful Oakland, California, which, she maintains, is just as great as and even sunnier than San Francisco.