“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees…” – Erma Bombeck
One of the advantages of living in or visiting Northern California Wine Country during the 4th of July is that along with parades, fireworks, and barbecues you will also find wineries offering something special to celebrate the holiday. Here’s how to celebrate 4th of July in Sonoma County and Sonoma Valley.
Start the holiday at the 2nd Annual 4th of July Kids’ Parade in Healdsburg Plaza presented by Rotary Club of Healdsburg Sunrise from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Then consider a few options for viewing fireworks including Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, and the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University.
Family Wineries Dry Creek
Family Wineries in Dry Creek Valley presents 7th Annual All American Zin Day on Saturday July 6th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Family Wineries Dry Creek is a co-op tasting room shared by six boutique wineries. Ticket holders are invited to enjoy Zinfandel, Primitivo and other wines paired deliciously with a special dish at each winery. On the menu for the day is Tri-Tip steak slices at the tasting room at Family Wineries, Skirt Steak at Mazzocco Winery, Pulled Pork at Kokomo Winery, Sausages at Wilson Winery, and Barbecued Chicken Wings at Rued Vineyards.
Hartford Family Winery
Also on Saturday July 6th, Hartford Family Winery presents a Weekend BBQ from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Your ticket allows you to sample a wine tasting along with barbecue prepared by Chef Francesco Torre, di Caneti.
For a traditional start to the holiday in Sonoma Valley, make sure to find a spot by 10 a.m. to watch the Sonoma Community Center’s Sonoma 4th of July Parade. The Community Center has sponsored this traditional parade for 25 years. After the parade, spend time on Sonoma Plaza enjoying games, beer, food, and wine. All proceeds benefit non profits serving Sonoma Valley.
Following the parade festivities, visit Envolve Winery within walking distance of Sonoma Plaza. Along with celebrating the holiday, Envolve Winery is also celebrating their one year anniversary of their Tasting Room with discounts on bottles of their wine and wines by the glass.
Finish the day with a half mile stroll from Envolve Winery to Depot Hotel Restaurant for their 4th of July Fireworks Party and Buffet Dinner. The evening begins at 7 p.m. with wine service tableside and a Foccacia and Oyster Bar. The dinner menu includes a long list of delicious options. Following dessert served at your table, the fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m.
Contact Pure Luxury Transportation for your private, chauffeured car to celebrate the holiday and let us assist you in planning a memorable experience.
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