We have loads of fun July 4th festivities out here, along the Russian River. But most of them are scheduled for the weekend before
On Saturday, June 30th, the party begins. Choose your party, food-source, & particular spot along the river. There's a fun, inexpensive & festive hamburger & hot-dog barbecue in Rio Nido during the late afternoon/early evening, followed by fireworks on Johnson's Beach in Guerneville.
Or, you can hang out in Monte Rio for their fabulous river float parade & fireworks. My family & I adored attending this event last year -- we packed up a picnic, staked out a place on the beach, watched our friends float by on their creative, fun, contrivances, & then wound up running for cover with our daughter when the spectacular fireworks display began.
This year, I think we'll stay around here, enjoy the local barbecue, & boat or bike down to the festivities at Johnson's Beach, because this is where we live, & also because people will be visiting us & things get complicated. But I do think the fireworks on Johnson's Beach will be worth watching.