Berkeley has plenty to offer visitors and locals of all ages. With its home on the San Francisco Bay, summer is a great time to enjoy the city. Mild, cool temperatures and gentle breezes will inspire you to get outside and enjoy attractions and experiences in pleasant weather. Berkeley has something for all interests with an amazing food scene, vibrant culture, live music events, and captivating art to inspire everyone near and far. Berkeley embraces its quirky and eclectic venues and people fall in love with the laid-back vibe. There are a lot of options for things to do on July 4th including fireworks, barbecues, parties, picnics, and of course all things red, white, and blue to celebrate America’s Independence Day and the history of our country.  If you are hunting for something epic to do for the 4th of July this year, look no further than City Cruises to kick off summer with a Berkeley 4th of July Signature Dinner Cruise and sail into good times! 

Let’s Dive into some Fun Facts and the History of the 4th of July 

We all know July 4, 1776, also known as Independence Day, is when the Continental Congress officially adopted the Declaration of Independence,American Flag announcing our nation’s separation and freedom from British rule. As Americans, we celebrate across the country with all-day celebrations, business closings, and family gatherings – but do you know why? In the 1700s, many American colonists were unhappy with the British government and did not want to pay any more taxes unless they had a say in the government of these taxes. In 1775, colonists began to fight for their freedom from Britain, and in June 1776, Thomas Jefferson began the first draft of the Declaration of Independence. After changes were made by the Continental Congress, a new version was adopted on July 4th of that same year and hence celebrations began. The first Independence Day festivities consisted of parades and political speeches but by the late 1800’s, Americans began celebrating the holiday much as they do today. 

Here are some Independence Day facts that you may not be aware of: 

  • Did you know that each year the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped 13 times on July 4th to honor the original 13 colonies?  
  • Most of us learned that Betsy Ross was the first person to sew the American flag, but that is unclear. However, George Washington requested her to complete it which she did.  
  • Believe it or not, John Adams, was ahead of his time when he predicted that Independence Day would be a huge celebration for years to come.  
  • Bristol, Rhode Island holds the record for the longest-running 4th of July parade, considered the oldest annual celebration.  
  • The proper way to fold a flag is in the shape of a triangle which represents the tri-cornered hats worn by soldiers in the Continental Army.  
  • This one may really surprise you – three United States Presidents died on the 4th of July. James Monroe, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson all passed away on this patriotic day. 

Take the Sea-nic Route for Fireworks in Berkeley 2024 

fireworksNothing is better than being out on the water and fully immersed in a fireworks experience. Treat your entire crew to a Berkeley 4th of July Signature Dinner Cruise this year for an unforgettable way to honor our nation’s birth. The spectacular Berkeley fireworks will captivate you as you enjoy the show from your front-row seats – on the water! Unparalleled festivities are in store this 4th with dining, dancing, and magnificent skyline views in the San Francisco Bay for a casual, fun-filled evening out. Savor a delicious, chef-prepared buffet and gorgeous views of Berkeley’s spectacular architecture while soaking in the beautiful summer weather. From our climate-controlled interior spaces and open-air decks, you will marvel at famed city landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. We keep the spirits flowing with a fully stocked bar, games, and lively music from our DJ. Set sail on an unforgettable 4th of July celebration in 2024.  

Book Your July 4th, 2024, Dinner Cruise in Berkeley 

We have all been to numerous backyard barbecues, crowded beaches, or picnics with unwanted pesty guests to celebrate the 4th of July. You know the drill; bring a covered dish, slather on sunscreen, and hurry up and wait in traffic. It doesn’t have to be the case this year. Hop aboard a fun-filled dining cruise and spend an exciting and unforgettable night in the Bay Area. Avoid the crowds, skip the craziness, relax on the water, and spend Independence Day this year surrounded by scenic San Francisco Bay views, delicious food, refreshing cocktails, lively music, and a show-stopping dazzling fireworks display that you will never forget with City Cruises Berkeley. Firework in San Francisco bay