July 4 Fireworks

When it comes to the 4th of July, there are the basics: grilling burgers, wearing shorts, drinking … lemonade. As you don your red, white and blue feel free to stick to these classic festivities and enjoy the simple pleasures of being an American.

We at the Clog have been eagerly awaiting this fabulous day off, and have assembled a list of ways to spend the 4th. read more »


Nothing like ushering in the school year with a blistering heat wave capable of boiling off all of the the lovely stress-free memories you’ve accumulated this summer. In the spirit of that, we’ve got one last to-do for you, 100 percent carefree. BART, bus, bike or otherwise transport yourself down to Jack London Square in Oakland this weekend for the second annual EatReal Festival. Cheap! Food! Entertainment! read more »


In spite of the rep it gets (or that we give it), even good old Oakland delivers a concentrated dose of gentrification here and there. For those wide-open summer days, the Clog humbly suggests an exodus from the Berkeley grid we know and love. Take Telegraph down a ways for some unforgettably dank fried chicken sandwiches and then continue Southward for a free outdoor film screening. After all, the days aren’t getting any longer. read more »

Well, the view from Tightwad Hill will probably be pretty shitty this year. The slow progress of the Jack London Square construction project has nixed the traditional July 4th fireworks display. Our condolences to lovers of shiny explosions. All the poor denizens of Oakland shall go fireworkless on their day of freedom. Somewhere in the hills, the Grinch of Oaktown (E 40’s evil twin?) is smiling and snickering.

City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente griped

bq. There aren’t many opportunities for our residents to enjoy the water for free.

Hmm. Something tell us that when De La Fuente said that, he really was thinking, “How the hell else can we make use of that mercury-ridden filth pool?!”

So why didn’t Oakland look ahead and plan an alternative celebration? We’re quite curious. And stunner shaded—but not in the good way.

No worries, though. Oakland has decided to merely postpone July 4th. Fireworks will be incorporated into a July 28th music festival at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park. Hopefully the bombs bursting in air will drown out the sound of George Washington’s ghost vomiting.

This brings us an interesting opportunity, though. Is it possible to make July 28th “International Hyphy Day”? Can we make up a story in which a martyred Mac Dre valiantly expels So Cal from our music scene in a momentous, high stakes, July 28th side-show? Just a thought.

Image Source: Daily Cal
Oakland July 4 fireworks cancelled [Inside Bay Area]