"Fourth of July Celebration," July 4, Noon-10 p.m. Featuring music, dancers, jugglers, an adventure playground and much more. Free.
160 University Ave., Berkeley. (510) 981-6749, www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/marina.<
BLACK DIAMOND MINES REGIONAL PRESERVE Originally the home of several Native American tribes, white men began coal mining in the area in the 1860s. The preserve today features old mines and displays of the history of the area.
"Fireworks with a View," July 4, 7-10:30 p.m. Avoid the crowds and view the fireworks over the Delta and learn about the historic Independence Day celebrations in 19th century Somersville. Registration required.
Free unless otherwise noted; $5 seasonal parking fee on weekends. Daily, 8 a.m. to dusk Somersville Road, about five miles south of state Highway 4, Antioch. Information: (925) 757-2620, Tickets: (925) 555-1212, www.ebparks.org.<
Oakland East Bay Symphony, July 3, 6:30-10 p.m. Celebrate Independence Day with a patriotic program of music and fireworks. Program also features Khalil Shaheed and Oaktown Jazz Workshops and the Hilltop Community Church Choir. Free. www.oebs.org.
1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond. (510) 735-1133, www.craneway.com.<
USS HORNET MUSEUM Come aboard this World War II aircraft carrier that has been converted into a floating museum. The Hornet, launched in 1943, is 899 feet long and 27 stories high. During World War II she was never hit by an enemy strike or plane and holds the Navy record for number of enemy planes shot down in a week. In 1969 the Hornet recovered the Apollo 11 space capsule containing the first men to walk on the moon, and later recovered Apollo 12. In 1991 the Hornet was designated a National Historic Landmark and is now docked at the same pier she sailed from in 1944. Today, visitors can tour the massive ship, view World War II-era warplanes and experience a simulated aircraft launch from the carrier's deck. Exhibits are being added on an ongoing basis. Allow two to three hours for a visit. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to climb steep stairs or ladders. Dress in layers as the ship can be cold. Arrive no later than 2 p.m. to sign up for the engine room and other docent-led tours. Children under age 12 are not allowed in the Engine Room or the Combat Information Center.
"Living Ship Day," Experience an aircraft carrier in action, with simulated flight operations as aircraft are lifted to the flight deck and placed in launch position. Some former crewmembers will be on hand.
"Flashlight Tour," Receive a special tour of areas aboard the ship that have not yet been opened to the public or that have limited access during the day.
"Family Day," Discounted admission for families of four with a further discount for additional family members. Access to some of the areas may be limited due to ship maintenance. Every Tuesday. $20 for family of four; $5 for each additional family member.
"Fourth of July Party," July 4, 1 p.m.-9 p.m. Enjoy live music on the flight deck, tour the historic ship, play interactive games, sip beer and wine, and of course, watch fireworks over San Francisco Bay. $10-$25; children under 5 are free.
"Independence Day 2010," July 4, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Featuring live music on the flight deck, interactive games for all ages and a bounce house for kids. Tours of the aircraft carrier are available until 8 p.m. In the evening, visitors can watch Bay Area fireworks from the flight deck. $10-$25.
$6-$14; free children age 4 and under with a paying adult. Daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Pier 3 (enter on Atlantic Avenue), Alameda Point, Alameda. (510) 521-8448, www.uss-hornet.org.<
"Yoshi's Fourth of July weekend Blues Festival," through July 3, 8 and 10 p.m. With Chris Thomas King on Jul. 1 and James Cotton Superharp Band Jul. 2 and 3. $16-$24.
Shows are Monday through Saturday, 8 and 10 p.m.; Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland. (510) 238-9200, www.yoshis.com.<