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Richmond is Your Destination for July 3-4-5 Events

Celebrate Independence Day Weekend With Three Days of Gala Festivities and Great Food at the Newly Restored Craneway Pavilion at Historic Ford Point on the Richmond Waterfront



RICHMOND, Calif., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- On July 3-5, the spectacularly restored Craneway Pavilion at historic Ford Point on the waterfront in Richmond, CA will host three days of Independence Day weekend events. Festivities kick off July 3 with fireworks over the Bay and a free concert by the Oakland East Bay Symphony. On July 4, the official touring production of High School Musical comes to the Craneway, and on July 5, celebrations will surround the opening of the Ford Point section of the San Francisco Bay Trail. All weekend, guests will enjoy fresh seasonal fare at the grand opening of the Craneway-adjacent BoilerHouse Restaurant.

Independence weekend at the Craneway starts off with a bang on Friday, July 3 at 7PM with free live music - including a line-up of gospel sets - leading up to a concert by the acclaimed Oakland East Bay Symphony at 8PM. The orchestra will perform a 90-minute program spotlighting great American composers including John Philip Sousa, Aaron Copland, Stephen Sondheim and Alan Menken, as well as a selection from Beethoven. Outside, on the Craneway's adjacent 20,000 square-foot, harborside patio, visitors will have an ideal vantage point for the City of Richmond's annual fireworks display. For this special night - boasting the East Bay's best fireworks - the BoilerHouse Restaurant will be open for dinner - with summer barbecue - themed menu items including tri-tip - in addition to grab-and-go concessions. Seating for fireworks viewing will be limited, and guests are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets. Admission is free and gates open at 6:30PM; parking on July 3 is only $5 in the facility's secure, private lot.

On Saturday, July 4, Disney's High School Musical: Summer Celebration! comes to the Craneway Pavilion for one performance only. Produced by Feld Entertainment and written by Peter Barsocchini - the scribe for all three films - the revue is the only live, official touring production spotlighting the songs, dances and team-spirited fun from the phenomenally popular movies. This high-energy stage version brings more than 15 songs to life, and features Wildcat fans as part of the action and a talented young cast portraying everyone's favorite East High characters. Doors open at 5:00PM, and tickets can be purchased online at www.411tixs.com and www.groovetickets.com, and at retail outlets throughout the city. Self-parking in the Craneway lot is $10, and premium parking will be offered for $20.

On Sunday, July 5, the official grand openings of both the new Ford Point section of the San Francisco Bay Trail and the BoilerHouse restaurant at Craneway Pavilion will be celebrated. The quarter-mile Ford Point trail segment is the keystone for closing the last San Francisco Bay Trail gap on Richmond's southern shoreline, resulting in 15 miles of continuous trail connecting Golden Gate Fields in Albany with Point Richmond and Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline. When eventually completed, the Bay Trail will encircle San Francisco and San Pablo Bays with an uninterrupted 500-mile network of bicycling and hiking trails, connecting all nine Bay Area counties. The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Ford Point trail will take place at 9:30AM. Guests arriving by bike from 8AM-2PM will be counted as participants in the Bay Trail Bike Brunch Bash (http://craneway.com/livestrong/), an event - sponsored by corporate and private sector donations - supporting Lance Armstrong's LiveStrong Foundation. Visit http://www.pointrichmond.com/baytrail/ for bike and walking routes.

Whether arriving by bike, on foot or by other transport to the Craneway, everyone is invited to try the special brunch menu at the new BoilerHouse Restaurant. Featuring only the freshest seasonal fare - made from locally harvested foods - the BoilerHouse's breakfast, brunch, lunch and gastro-pub menus are updated daily to highlight farmer's market specials and include organic ingredients whenever possible. Hand-made from scratch, BoilerHouse "eats" are health-conscious, natural and preservative-free - 21st century comfort food in the best possible sense: sustainably made, freshly prepared, quickly served and fairly priced.

About the Craneway Pavilion

Craneway Pavilion is a world-class and sustainably designed event, concert and production facility centrally located in one of the planet's most iconic destinations. Located on 25 waterfront acres, Craneway Pavilion delivers an awe-inspiring panorama of the waterfront, the San Francisco skyline and surrounding environs - matched only by the inventive programming and infrastructure options available inside. As state-of-the-art as it is historic, Craneway Pavilion is an expansive 45,000 square-foot facility in an award-winning, architecturally significant building dating back to 1932. It also features an adjoining 20,000 square-foot open-air patio, seamlessly blending indoor and outdoor spaces for the best of both worlds. Craneway's atmosphere and amenities set the stage for special occasions, meetings and cultural highlights - of every size and every stripe - as unforgettable as San Francisco itself.

The Craneway Pavilion is located at 1414 Harbour Way South in the Marina district of Richmond and can be accessed from the 580 freeway. Its wharf is accessible by private ferry from most waterfront locations in the Bay Area, including downtown San Francisco (less than 25 minutes from pier 3 or 33). The Craneway is also accessible by helicopter, BART and Amtrak (+ shuttles from nearby stations), car (the venue has 1,200 dedicated parking spaces), and by foot or bicycle from shoreline Bay Trail.