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4th of July San Jose Events and Activities for Kids
June 27, 2022

Discover all the 4th of July events and activities in San Jose and have a fun and patriotic Independence Day celebration!

Independence Day is one of the biggest holidays in America. Every place around the country gets pretty festive, celebrating the freedom and rights of all citizens. And when kids are involved in the celebration, families may need to put a few twists to make the day amusing and engaging for everyone. There are plenty of 4th of July San Jose events and activities every family can participate in to have fun and patriotic Independence Day celebration!

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Summer is officially in full swing, meaning the 4th of July is just around the corner. This national holiday has been celebrated in many distinctive ways, as you can think. From parades to fireworks, festivals to concerts, kids’ stuff to craft fairs, there are plenty of ways for you and your family to celebrate Independence Day. Whatever your choice, you’re sure to find fun things to do with kids in San Jose. Do you already have a plan for the 4th of July weekend holiday?

If you’re looking for kid-friendly ways to celebrate Independence Day, we’ve gathered up a list of 4th of July events and activities in San Jose for the upcoming big celebration. So grab your kids, stuff yourselves with red, white, and blue garments, and get ready to be treated to an hour or so of entertainment and fresh air with your crew!

4th of July San Jose Events and Activities for Kids

4th of July San Jose events and activities - Independence Weekend San Jose Giants Baseball Games & Fireworks
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Independence Weekend San Jose Giants Baseball Games & Fireworks

Excite Ballpark
588 E. Alma Ave., San Jose, CA 95112

July 1-3, 2022 | Friday – Sunday | 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Celebrate Independence weekend at the Ballpark — three days of fireworks, baseball, and barbeque! The July 1-3 weekend will feature 6:30 pm first pitches and finish with the best fireworks show in the South Bay after all three contests. This event is one of the San Jose Giants’ most anticipated traditions, and this year they are going more significant than ever.

Independence Weekend offers a variety of individual ticket options ranging from $18 to $32. In addition, group reservations are still available in all San Jose Giants Premium Group Areas, including on the third base IBEW/NECA VIP Deck, the first base Elcor Electric Party Patio, and the left-field BBSI Futures Club. To purchase your tickets, please click HERE!

Independence Day Celebration at Gilroy Gardens
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Independence Day Celebration at Gilroy Gardens

Gilroy Gardens Events Plaza
3050 Hecker Pass Rd., Gilroy, CA 95020

July 1-4, 2022 | Friday – Monday | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Make this Independence Day weekend one to remember forever! Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park will be decked out in patriotic red, white, and blue decorations and fun food options from July 1-4. Enjoy all the fun rides, gorgeous gardens, super-sized splashes at Water Oasis, and Fourth of July fun going on all weekend long from 11 am-4 pm in the Events Center.

You’ll find a DJ and fun games for the family, plus a great selection of All-American food and drinks available for purchase. As part of the celebration and salute to heroes, admission is FREE all four days for active and retired military members with ID. For more information, please visit their website.

Los Altos Hills 4th of July Parade
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Los Altos Hills 4th of July Parade

Los Altos Hills Town Hal
l26379 Fremont Rd., Los Altos, CA, 94022

July 4, 2022 | Monday | 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Join the 11th Annual Los Altos Hills 4th of July Parade. Everyone will gather at the Town Hall beginning at 9:30 am, and the red, white, and blue march will start at 10:00 am. Participants will parade down Fremont Road and conclude at Gardner Bullis School, where you can meet your friends and neighbors for a refreshing beverage and a juicy watermelon treat.

Fossil-fueled vehicles or horses are not allowed. For more information, please visit their website.

Saratoga July 4th Celebrations
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Saratoga July 4th Celebrations

Kevin Moran Park
12415 Scully Ave., Saratoga, CA 95070

July 4, 2022 | Monday | 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

The annual, old-fashioned family celebration of Independence Day is back in Saratoga! Enjoy the patriotic concert by the McCartysville volunteer band and music by the youth chorus. Be part of the celebrations by dressing up as a historic character and carrying a flag. Children are encouraged to decorate their bikes and pets with red, white, and blue. Veterans are encouraged to wear their uniforms.

Activities will also include a color guard presenting the flag, youth chorus and sing-alongs of patriotic tunes, a children’s/family parade, free popsicles for all, and flags for children. Please bring a blanket & umbrella – all lawn seating. There are only limited shade and chairs provided for seniors and handicapped. For more information, please visit their website.

4th of July San Jose events and activities - Rose, White, & Blue Parade and Festival
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Rose, White, & Blue Parade and Festival

The Alameda
1100 Shasta Ave., San José, CA 95126

July 4, 2022 | Monday | 9:45 am – 3:00 pm

The Rose, White, and Blue Parade and Festival is back! This is one of the 4th of July events and activities that brings together residents, businesses, and organizations in San Jose and the greater Bay Area in celebration of Independence Day with diversity, public spirit, and floral/agricultural heritage. This yearly celebration features live bands, dance groups, homemade floats, antique cars, color guards, and more.

Following the parade, attendees will enjoy a picnic on The Alameda featuring food and drink from local restaurants, live music from local bands, a festival area with community booths, vendors, and many games for the kids. For more information, please visit their website.

Morgan Hill Freedom Fest & Fireworks 2022
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Morgan Hill Freedom Fest & Fireworks 2022

Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center
16500 Condit Rd., Morgan Hill, CA 95037

July 4, 2022 | Monday | 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

If you’re looking for where to spend the 4th of July in the San Jose area, the Morgan Hill Freedom Fest lineup of events and activities for the Independence Day celebration must be the best bet! This free fun-packed celebration has been running since 1876 and remains one of the longest-running traditions in California’s Bay Area. Freedom Fest is truly a hometown celebration dedicated to preserving our national and local heritage and, most important, celebrating our freedom as citizens of America.

The US birthday bash incorporates several exciting events, such as Patriotic Sing, Family Music Fest and Downtown Street Dance, Freedom Run, Parade, Essay Contest, Cruise and Car Show, and the primary crowd-pleaser — a spectacular Fireworks on the Green show. For more information, please visit their website.

Fourth of July Independence Day celebration in San Jose
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Fourth of July Celebration

California’s Great America
4701 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054

July 4, 2022 | Monday | 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM

California’s Great America is the perfect place to celebrate with family and friends with great food and dazzling 4th of July fireworks. After a day of riding roller coasters and having a good time in South Bay Shores, sit back, relax, and enjoy our spectacular 4th of July fireworks display set to a patriotic soundtrack in the skies above the Flight Deck rollercoaster. The best spots to see the action are on the midway plaza in front of Flight Deck or the Redwood Amphitheater.

In addition to a fantastic fireworks show, no July 4th celebration would be complete without a delicious Backyard Cookout. They offer an “All You Can Eat” feast of classic favorites right off the grill, including juicy burgers, hot dogs, BBQ chicken, and more. For more information, please visit their website.

July 4th Celebration - Palo Alto
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July 4th Celebration – Palo Alto

Mitchell Park
600 East Meadow Dr., Palo Alto, CA 94303

July 4, 2022 | Monday | 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

The City of Palo Alto invites you to its free July 4th Summer Event. Located at Mitchell Park on Monday, July 4th, from 11 am – 3 pm, enjoy live music, a variety of food trucks for people to indulge in some tasty local eats, and fun games and activities for kids. Bring your chairs, picnic mats, and reusable water bottles. The current public health guidelines will be followed.

The current lineup includes Road Dogs, Daily Grind Burgers, Cousins Maine Lobster, Chubby’s Chicken, and Island Sno. For more information, please visit their website.

Red, White & Boom! Concert and Fireworks
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Red, White & Boom! Concert and Fireworks

Milpitas Sports Center
457 East Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas, CA 95035

July 4, 2022 | Monday | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Celebrate the 4th of July with the City of Milpitas. There will be live music, food trucks, a kids’ area, fireworks, a climbing wall, RC cars, a video game truck, and more! There will be an opening performance by Fancy Dancers and a concert by Left University. Bring your blankets and low folding chairs. No tents, tables, lounge chairs, or large umbrellas. Pets are not allowed at the event.

Skip the lines and buy your pre-sale tickets starting June 3, 2022! Tickets are on sale at the Milpitas Community Center, Sports Center, and Barbara Lee Senior Center. General Admission tickets can be purchased at the event (credit card only). For more information, please visit their website.

4th of July San Jose events and activities - Rotary Downtown Fireworks
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Rotary Downtown Fireworks

Discovery Meadow Park
180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA 95110

July 4, 2022 | Monday | 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Join Rotary Club of San Jose members at Discovery Meadow for a reserved seating viewing of the fireworks at the Monopoly board. This is one of the 4th of July events and activities in downtown San Jose that is entirely free, providing the community with a fantastic and highly accessible way to celebrate Independence Day in one of the most traditional ways.

Entertainment is provided by San Jose Jazz, where Rotarian Michelle Acosta will sing live at 9:28 pm, and fireworks start at 9:30 pm, lasting approximately 25 minutes. Please bring your own seat, food, water, and sunscreen. First come, first served. For more information, please visit their website.

Independence Day Celebration in San Jose

San Jose is always ready for a spectacular Independence Day celebration. Nothing brings family and friends together than celebrating America’s birthday. Whether you get into parades with floats, fun runs, live music, and shows, or end the night with dazzling firework displays, this list of star-spangled 4th of July events and activities in San Jose sure looks fun and entertaining!

Looking for more family-friendly events and things to do with kids in San Jose? San Jose offers countless opportunities for fun! Check out our seasonal blog post, or browse through our places to go section. Find even more things to do in San Jose with kids by checking out our Things To Do category.

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