The wine country is famous for reds, whites, and even pinks. But on the fourth of July, it's all about the red, white and blue. Be sure to call around for specials and deals, especially if you're staying the weekend, and read on to catch the best festivities in Napa and Sonoma this Wednesday:
Bardessono’s rooftop Dive Bar parties are always hip, but throw in fireworks and you've got the hottest 4th of July party in the Wine Country. Expect a classy and sassy but casual atmosphere, private cabanas, and beautiful, well-dressed people sipping fantastic drinks. Dive Bar begins at 6:00 p.m. and ends shortly after the firework display. $25 cover charge with proceeds benefiting The Pathway Home.
The St. Helena fireworks turn into a safe, fun and local-packed block party on Highway 29. Most gather on the lawn of the Harvest Inn, but you can't beat watching from the winery grounds at Louis M. Martini, which costs $150/person and includes wine and food pairings, live entertainment, and family activities – all culminating in an extravagant, music-choreographed fireworks show (tune in to 88.1FM).
The Napa County Fair and Fourth of July Parade in Calistoga boasts floats, decorated cars, and live bands. After the parade, make your way over to the fairgrounds for a day full of games and fireworks. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. County Fair: 1435 North Oak Street, Calistoga.
Fireworks from ESTATE.
Head to central Healdsburg for all day block parties that lead up to the much anticipated and highly-acclaimed High School Fireworks. Or, for a different kind of all-day party, Memorial Beach is said to “go off.”
Sonoma Valley’s annual 4th of July celebration kicks off at 10 a.m. with a parade, followed by live music, games, and delicious eats at the city's historic plaza. All of the hotels and restaurants in the area will be having parties and specials all day long, so it's worth arriving early. At dusk, follow the crowd to the field near General Vallejo’s Home or go to ESTATE restaurant for some of the best views of the fireworks plus live music, killer eats, and signature cocktails ($75/person). Love pubs? Just down the street, Murphy’s will be rocking American-style live music and drinks all day long.
Other nearby options include:
A famous firework display at Bodga Bay
The Centre du Vin at the Ledson Hotel
Ramekins Culinary School fireworks and party
Ram’s Gate Winery’s “Red, White & a View"
Santa Rosa’s Red White & Boom all day festival
Petaluma's July 4th Fireworks Celebration at Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds
Kenwood's 4th of July Hometown Parade