Free holiday celebrations 

Want to get the Independence Day holiday off to an early — and free — start? Check out Circus Bella’s “Gotcha!” a 60-minute, one-ring circus with themes of mistaken identity and trickery.

The show, performed at noon and 2 p.m. Saturday in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens, features new and returning artists performing aerial acrobatics on the static trapeze, zany clowning, balancing feats on slack rope, acrobatics and more, accompanied by live original music by local composer Rob Reich.

Circus Bella was created by David Hunt and Abigail Munn in 2008 to respond to a dream for accessible and high-quality circus in the Bay Area.

Later in the day, get a jump on fireworks events at a celebration at Craneway Pavilion on the waterfront in Richmond.

The Oakland East Bay Symphony, conducted by Michael Morgan, performs an 8 p.m. concert featuring patriotic music. It will be preceded by Khalil Shaheed and Oaktown Jazz Workshops and the Hilltop Community Church Choir appearing at 6:30 p.m.  Fireworks round out the program.

Gates open at 5 p.m. Saturday. The Craneway Pavilion is located at 1414 Harbour Way South in the Marina district of Richmond. Access is off Interstate 580. Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis and guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs.

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Circus Bella

Where: Yerba Buena Gardens, between Mission, Howard, Third and Fourth streets, San Francisco.

When: Noon and 2 p.m. Saturday

Tickets: Free

Contact: (415) 543-1718,

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