The 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular promises to live up to its name with non-stop, razzle-dazzle fireworks set to music performed by the Oakland Symphony and we will have a Salute to Hometown Heroes Video before fireworks!
Show starts at approximately 9:30pm, with best viewing at the Budweiser Grandstand (at the Horse Racing Track).
!IMPORTANT - Gates are closing on the 4th of July at 6pm. No new tickets will be sold after 6pm. No re-entry after 6pm even with handstamps. No new parking after 6pm. Will Call will be open until 4:00pm 4th of July.
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The Pleasanton Police Department has revealed a traffic mitigation plan designed to coordinate a safe and efficient exit for the more than 70,000 fair-goers expected to attend the Alameda County Fair on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. A highlight of the fair agenda on July 4th is a spectacular fireworks display. New for 2017, the parking lots and pedestrian gates at the fair will be closed at 6:00 p.m. There will be no in and out privileges allowed once the fairground gates are closed. A highlight of the fair agenda on July 4th is a spectacular fireworks display. ***Parents are encouraged to accompany their under-age minor children to the fair as drop-off and pick-up at a location close to the fair may not be possible. Once the surrounding streets around the fairgrounds are closed, parents are encouraged to coordinate with their children to be picked up near the Ace Train parking lot entrance on W. Angela St.***
Pleasanton PD has collaborated with numerous agencies including the California Highway Patrol, Alameda County Sheriff's Office, Alameda County Fair, @Livermore-Amador Valley Transit Authority (Wheels Bus), and Bay Area Rapid Transit to implement the traffic plan. This traffic plan was designed to create a more orderly exit from the fairgrounds after the fireworks show. The plan will expedite the flow of traffic and allow emergency vehicles access to the fair if necessary. Fair-goers who are planning to attend the festivities on July 4 should arrive early to secure parking. Those who are not planning to attend the fair are advised to avoid the area to avoid congestion.
The plan is extensive and will involve street and freeway closures as well as alternative bus routes. The first component will prohibit parking on neighborhood streets around the fairgrounds on July 4. Depending on traffic congestion, as early as 3:00 p.m. some streets will be closed, including westbound Bernal Avenue from First Street to Valley Avenue. Pleasanton Avenue at Bernal Avenue will also be closed to vehicular traffic. As fairgrounds parking is monitored, access and parking at the fairgrounds main gate will be very limited. I-680 north and southbound at Bernal Avenue will be closed when fairgrounds parking is at capacity.
Following the fireworks show, fair-goers can still enjoy many of the activities at the fair, such as carnival rides and concessions, which will remain open until 11:00 p.m. Traffic exiting the fairgrounds will be directed to the freeways according to specific routes, based upon which gate visitors leave. ***Fair-goers are encouraged to download and utilize the Waze Application during the exit from the fair. Waze has customized the exit routes along with the many road closures so customers will be routed in the proper direction, depending on the fairground gate they exit.*** Traffic flow for exiting the fairgrounds area will be:
- Gate 12: traffic exits onto northbound Valley Avenue to Hopyard Road, to I-580
- Gate 8: traffic exits southbound on Valley Avenue to westbound Bernal Avenue to I-680 North
- Gates 5 & 6: traffic exits eastbound on Bernal Avenue to Sunol Boulevard to I-680
- Gate 9: traffic exits from Rose Avenue to Fair Street to northbound Division/Hopyard Road to I-580
- Downtown: traffic exits northbound Main Street to Santa Rita Road to I-580, and First Street northbound toward Livermore/I-84
- Main Gate: traffic exits northbound Pleasanton Ave. to northbound Division to Hopyard Road.
The Pleasanton Police Department welcomes the many visitors to the fair and reminds them that the consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in city parks, and all fireworks (except in sanctioned shows as at the fairgrounds) are prohibited in the City of Pleasanton.