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FOURTH OF JULY AT THE BERKELEY WATERFRONT
Plan ahead to enjoy activities and music while avoiding traffic

Berkeley, California (Friday, June 29, 2018) - Come celebrate the Fourth of July at the Berkeley Waterfront, where the City co-sponsors a popular and free, daylong celebration that ends with fireworks over the Bay.

Take advantage of the beauty and appeal of the Waterfront, a Berkeley treasure that's also a wonderful setting to watch the day's final event, fireworks put on by the City of Berkeley. Follow tips to avoid getting caught up in traffic and frustration on the way home.

The admission-free event, from noon until 10pm, includes arts and crafts booths, live music, bounce houses and children's activities, as well as many different food vendors and trucks - though many come to picnic. Children can get their face painted, use the giant slide, or play at the beach. The City's popular Adventure Playground - a park that encourages kid-driven, hands-on play - will be open until 8pm.

Live entertainment will last from noon until 9:30pm. See the event website for details about events and live music as well as performers - such as the Humanistic, a jazz funk unit, Troupe Tangiers and Sharifa's Habbibis, who recreate traditional dances from North Africa, Turkey, and the Middle East regions; and Guarandinga who perform a signature style of Latin Afro-Pop that integrates hip-hop, rock, and Venezuelan folklore with gritty East Bay funk. There will be free dragon boat rowing from 12-5pm, live pony rides, a petting zoo, carnival rides, an inflatable bounce area, mini-train rides, a giant wavy slide, and walk-on water bubble balls.

The day culminates at 9:35pm in a half-hour of fireworks over the water near the end of the Berkeley pier. Presented by the City of Berkeley, viewing is best along Seawall Drive south of the Berkeley Pier.

The event is popular, so plan ahead. Picnic areas at all Marina parks are first come first serve, there are only three designated barbecue sites. Alcohol, personal fireworks, and personal barbecues are prohibited. The Berkeley Municipal Fishing Pier is currently closed to the public.

Getting there: The best way to arrive is by walking or riding a bike over the Berkeley bicycle overpass or by bus. Until 6pm, you can take AC Transit #51B from the Downtown Berkeley BART station and into the Marina. To leave on AC Transit after the fireworks, walk out over the freeway overpass to University and 5th St.

Arriving by car is more complex. University Avenue west of the freeway will be closed to ALL vehicles from 6pm to 11pm to allow pedestrian and bicycle access to the Waterfront from University Avenue. There are over a thousand parking spots available. Standard size vehicles will be charged $20 for the day. Vehicles over 17 feet will be charged $50 for the day. Cars parked at the Marina won't be able to leave by car from 6pm until 11pm.

For more information, please call 510 548-5335 or visit the website at: https://www.anotherbullwinkelshow.com/4th-of-july/.

Come early, stay, and enjoy the festivities!

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