4th of July may fall on a Thursday this year, but you can still have a grand old time, whether you prefer to celebrate the 4th at full timbre or prefer a more sophisticated approach. Wine country offers a picturesque setting for festivities that include music, delicious grub, fireworks, and—of course—wine.
We’ve compiled a top 3 list of your best bets for the 4th. Remember to be safe and alert when you’re out on the road, and to always have a designated driver!
If you’re planning to celebrate your Independence Day in Sonoma, visit http://www.sonomacounty.com/ to plot out your day.
Event: Red, White & Boom! 2013
Santa Rosa Fireworks Celebration
Date: July 4th; 3:30 PM
Location: Sonoma County Fairgrounds Carnival Area Lawn
1350 Bennett Valley Road
Admission: Adults – $7 / Kids 5-12 – $3 / 4 & under – Free / Parking – $5
The quintessential 4th of July bash, Red, White & Boom! is a family-oriented event with activities to keep your little munchkins busy while providing live, local music to keep parents equally entertained. Gates open at 3:30 PM and music begins at 4 PM. You can get your fill of holiday nostalgia by treating your kids to the jumpy houses, watermelon-eating contest, and face painters on standby.
Fuel up throughout the day with food from local vendors, then kick back on your lawn chair and enjoy fireworks at 9:30 PM. Another reason to go? Proceeds benefit the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County and local underprivileged youth.
Event: Mastercard Performance Series – July 4th Celebration
Date: July 4th; 7:30 PM
Location: Green Music Center – Weill Hall
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Admission: $45-$85 Inside prices / $25-$45 Outside prices
Let’s face it: fireworks are pretty amazing when you’re a kid. But after, say, the 32nd time of seeing them on 4th of July they can start to lose their luster. Change the tune (quite literally) of your celebrations by attending Green Music Center’s July 4th Celebration, part of the Mastercard Performance Series.
World-renowned instrumental, classical, vocal, and jazz artists gather together for a night of patriotic music topped off with a fireworks show. The program starts with a performance by the Santa Rosa Symphony. Other talents include Principal Pops Conductor Michael Berkowitz and famed Broadway vocalists Doug LaBrecque and Lisa Vroman.
4th of July Buffet Dinner & Fireworks Party
Date: July 4th; 7-11 PM
Location: Depot Hotel
241 First Street West
Admission: $75 for adults with dinner, wines, tax, and tip included http://www.sonomavalley.com/sonoma-valley-event-calendar.html?event_id=370
Beat the massive crowds and parking madness by watching the Sonoma Fireworks Show from the tranquil Italian garden inside the Depot Hotel Restaurant. The beautiful stone building was built in 1870 and originally served as a hotel for travelers arriving on the train from San Francisco.
Wine lovers will be glad to know the Depot Hotel Restaurant received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. The food and ambience are also top-notch – just ask OpenTable, which proclaimed the restaurant their Diner’s Choice winner and Best Outdoor Seating winner.
Body Best Tip: Find a complete list of what’s happening on Independence Day in Sonoma and surrounding communities at the Sonoma Uncorked website (http://www.sonomauncorked.com/wine-country-events/articles/4th-of-july-fireworks-in-sonoma-county/).