It’s true that our community goes all out for Independence Day, with parades, cruises, music, festivals, and plenty of good old-fashioned family fun at every turn. At Sunset View Cemetery & Mortuary, we know our neighbors in El Cerrito, Berkeley, and Oakland anticipate this beloved summertime holiday as much as we do!

Our professional staff is ready to celebrate with a bang and has been on the look-out for the best activities and offerings in the area. We’ve been part of this community for generations, getting our start as a small country cemetery back in 1908. Over the years, our Sunset View family has enjoyed revisiting old traditions and embracing new experiences, and we would encourage you to do the same! Here are a few options to consider:

1. City of El Cerrito WorldOne 4th of July Festival

July 4th from 10:00 am – 6:00 p.m.
Cerrito Vista Park: 950 Pomona Ave., El Cerrito

The free, family-friendly event is full of fun, food, and entertainment, including:

  • Live entertainment on the main stage until 6:30 p.m.
  • Children’s fun area with carnival games, jump houses, face painting and rides
  • Arts and crafts vendors
  • El Cerrito Art Association Art Show & Sale

2. 4th of July at Berkeley Marina

July 4th from noon – 10:00 p.m.
Berkeley Marina: 201 University Ave., Berkeley

There are all kinds of free, family friendly activities in this alcohol-free environment culminating with fantastic fireworks!

  • Adventure Playground: Kids can ride a zip line or use hammers, nails, saws, and paint with parental supervision
  • A fun-for-all photo booth
  • Berkeley Canoe Racing Club gives free Dragon Boat rides 12-5PM

3. Oakland 4th of July 5K

This is a virtual race, which means you run/walk your race on your own and submit your time.

Complete your race any time in July 2018; even better if it’s on July 4th! And the best part? Race organizers are donating at least 15% of each registration to Homes For Our Troops, an organization that builds homes for severely injured veterans. Celebrate America by getting active!

4. Fireworks at Fisherman’s Wharf

July 4th at dusk, around 9:30 p.m.
Two locations: At the end of Municipal Pier and in front of Pier 39

Trust us: You will never forget this fireworks experience at one of America’s most iconic locations!

And if you have some time off for the holiday, you might consider touring our beautiful grounds. With views of San Francisco Bay, downtown, Alcatraz, and Oakland Port, our views are virtually unmatched. And from all of us here at Sunset View, Happy 4th of July to you and your family!