July 4: Independence Day festivities and more S.F. events 

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Who's in town

Keyboardist Bernie Worrell, appearing with his orchestra, performs at "Funk the Fourth." The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee is a founding member of Parliament-Funkadelic. [8 p.m., Yoshi's, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]


Exploratorium: The museum's After Dark series presents "Boom at the Exploratorium," an evening exploring the scientific and sonic aspects of fireworks and other resonant things. [6 to 10 p.m., Pier 15, The Embarcadero, S.F.]

San Mateo County History Museum: "An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July" celebration takes place at the museum. Activities include cranking ice cream and making Fourth of July crafts. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Asian Art Museum: Exhibits include "Proximities: What Time Is It There?," "In the Moment: Japanese Art From the Larry Ellison Collection" and "Wonder Disk 2013." [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]


Northern waterfront: San Francisco City Guides hosts a history-filled tour of the waterfront area stretching from Fort Mason to Aquatic Park. [1 p.m., meet at northwest corner of Van Ness Avenue and Bay Street, S.F.]

Chinatown: FootTours hosts its "Chasing the Dragon" tour, a walk that explores the "history and mystery" of San Francisco's Chinatown. [10 a.m., starts on Grant Avenue near Bush Street; RSVP/info: www.foottours.com]


'Twenty Feet From Stardom': Backup singers who perform behind music superstars share their stories in this documentary. [Metreon, 135 Fourth St., S.F.; (415) 369-6207, (888) 262-4386]

At the colleges

French drawings: "Storied Past" exhibit contains 55 French drawings from the Blanton Museum of Art, dating from the Renaissance to 1900. [Opens at 11 a.m., Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford; (650) 723-4177]

Park band

The Golden Gate Park Band performs a Fourth of July concert. Patriotic music by American composers is on the bill. [1 p.m., Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Local activities

Independence Day: Fourth of July events at the San Francisco waterfront include a celebration at Pier 39 (from noon) and fireworks over the Bay (9:30 p.m.). Firework viewing sites include Aquatic Park and Coit Tower. [www.pier39.com]

Symphony concert: The San Francisco Symphony presents its Fourth of July concert. Music by American composers and from Hollywood films is on the bill. Fireworks follow. [8 p.m., Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View]

Parade and fireworks: Redwood City's Independence Day celebration features a car show, a parade, a festival and more. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. [7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Broadway and Hamilton Street, Redwood City; www.redwoodcity.org]

Fringale Restaurant: Chef Carmelo is featuring a A three-course summer special ($42) is featured. Course one is a d'haricots verts salad with Ardi Gasna cheese, candied walnuts, Black Mission figs, and walnut vinaigrette. The entree is wild king salmon with Belgian endives with mango and piquillo-pepper salsa. For dessert: creme brulee or gateau Basque. [570 Fourth St., S.F.; (415) 543-0573]

Live performance

Outdoor theater: The San Francisco Mime Troupe launches "Oil &Water," its 2013 summer park production. Two one-act musicals about dangerous energy practices make up the show. [2 p.m., Dolores Park, 18th and Dolores streets, S.F.]

Yacht racing

America's Cup: The 2013 America's Cup race presents opening day activities. A ribbon-cutting event (noon) and a ceremony (3 p.m.) are on the slate. [Piers 27-29, S.F.; www.americascup.com]

Blues music

Rock and blues: Blues-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Todd Wolfe performs with his band. [6:30 and 10:30 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

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