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Fourth of July celebrations in Sonoma County for 2007

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  • June 23 to July 4: 81st Annual Willits Frontier Days
    This week-long 4th of July celebration hosts California’s oldest continuous rodeo. Street dances, BBQ, horse shows, the Black Bart Gunfighters, parade, carnival, volunteer firefighters water fight, the new Best Dressed Little Cowboy and Cowgirl contest, more.
    Most events are free. (707) 459-6330

  • June 30 and July 1 : Russian River Fourth of July
    The Big Rocky Games are being held in Monte Rio both Saturday and Sunday with volleyball and horseshoe tournaments, water balloon toss, swimming contests, watermelon eating and lots more. Free. On Saturday there will be a BBQ at the fire station and a water carnival on the beach followed by a free fireworks display. On Sunday only, downtown Guerneville will hold a crafts fair, BBQ, and block party, culminating in a fireworks show above Main Street. (707) 869-9000

  • June 30 and July 1 : Penngrove’s Biggest Little Parade
    Breakfast at the Penngrove Firehouse on Saturday, 7 to 11 a.m. (corner of Old Redwood and Main St), $6, $4 children. On Sunday, the parade starts at 11 a.m. at Penngrove Park, next to the firehouse. Afterwards, there will be a BBQ, games, and live music at the park. Free. (707) 794-1516

  • July 1 : Fireworks over the Bay
    Fireworks over the water, starting at dusk, rain or shine (or fog).
    Starts around 9 p.m.; Free, donations welcome; Westside Park, 2400 Westside Road (707) 875-3001

  • July 3 : Windsor Independence Day Celebration
    The town of Windsor offers two places to celebrate Independence Day. There’s a big event going on the Town Green with live music by the Trailer Park Rangers and the Pulsators. There will also be jump houses for the kids, and food & drink vendors. Plus, the 15 Annual Fireworks Spectacular will be held at Kaiser Park with live music, family games, food and drink.
    Town Green celebration is from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Free; at Bell Rd. and McClelland Dr. See Map. Kaiser Park celebration from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.; Free. Keiser Park. Car parking at Windsor High School, 8695 Windsor Rd. (See Map) (707) 838-1260

  • July 3 : Annual 3rd of July Fireworks and Music Festival
    Fireworks show, live music, drinks for sale.
    Celebration starts at 5:30 p.m.; fireworks at dark. Admission to the Analy High School football field is from $3 to $7 and all proceeds go to a community nonprofit. Many people also view the fireworks, for free, from the high school lawn. 6950 Analy Ave. . See Map (707) 823-1511

  • July 4 : Red, White & Boom
    This is the big Independence Day celebration in the county with rides, contests, children’s activities, live music by the Poyntlyss Sistars. Event culminates with the area's largest fireworks display.
    5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; $5 adults, Free for kids 12 and under. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa (707) 545-4200

  • July 4 : Bicycle Santa Rosa Fourth of July Festival
    Games, contests, bike decorating and a parade for kids, vendors, rick-shaw bicycle tours, "Joe Cool" Snoopy statues bike tours, cruiser bike raffle, free valet bike parking, collections of classic and unusual bikes, live music by St. Peterbilt, and much more. Plus, join City Council members for a moderately easy ride of 10-15 miles for riders of all ages. (Children must ride with their parents.) Confirmed members include Healdsburg Councilmember Jim Woods, Rohnert Park Vice Mayor Jake Mackenzie & Councilmember Tim Smith, Santa Rosa Vice Mayor Lee Pierce & Councilmembers Susan Gorin and Veronica Jacobi, Sebastopol Councilmember Sarah Gurney & Windsor Councilmembers Debra Fudge and Robin Goble.
    11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the Council Member Bike Ride will begin at 9 a.m.; Free; Juilliard Park, 227 Santa Rosa Ave. in Santa Rosa. See Map. (707) 545-0153

  • July 4 : Fourth of July on the Plaza
    Great small-town festival and parade full of marching bands, shiny fire trucks, hot dogs and apple pie. This year’s theme honors the 200th birthday anniversary of General Mariano Vallejo, the town’s founder. Live music by American Standard Band and Stompy Jones. Kids activities include haunted house, potato toss, climbing wall, inflatable fun house, PoPo the Clown, dunk tank and more.
    Parade starts at 10 a.m. Patriotic ceremony begins at 11:45 a.m.. Music and dancing on the Sonoma Plaza (See Map) starts at 1 p.m.; Fireworks at night in the open field next to the Vallejo Home on West Spain St. (located 1/2 mile west of the Plaza). (707) 938-4626

  • July 4 : Annual Fourth of July Bell Ringing Ceremony
    10:30 a.m.; Free; Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 20 Fourth Street. Cookies and lemonade served. (707) 778-4398

  • July 4 : Concert In The Park
    The Rohnert Park Community Band presents its 9th annual show featuring traditional concert band selections, marches and patriotic music.
    3 p.m.; Free; Eagle Park, 1715 Emily Ave, Rohnert Park (707) 585-7550

  • July 4 : Healdsburg Old Fashioned Fourth of July Fireworks
    Dusk; Free; Healdsburg High School football field, 1024 Prince St. See Map. (707) 433-3059

  • July 4 : Cloverdale Fireworks
    Dusk; Free; Cloverdale High School football field, 509 N. Cloverdale Blvd. See Map.

  • July 4 : Petaluma Fireworks Display
    Gates open at 4:30 p.m, fireworks at dusk. Food and drink for sale. Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, 175 Fairgrounds Dr., Petaluma. See Map. (707) 283-3247.

Cancelled:
  • Kenwood World Pillow Fighting Championships
    After 40 years, the pillow fights will no longer be held in Kenwood, nor will there be an event this year. It turns out that the pillow fights grew into too much of a good thing. And all the added traffic, noise and litter didn’t bode well with Kenwood’s small town ambiance. So, the town called it off. But, there are hopes that the pillow fights might resume at some other venue in the future.

  • Green Music Festival Fourth of July Celebration
    The traditional Fourth of July event has been put on hiatus so organizers can focus their energy on the completion of the Green Music Center and fundraising efforts. The event is expected to return to the Green Music Festival in the future.

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