San Francisco 4th of July Fireworks

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July 4 @ 8:00 pm - July 5 @ 12:00 am

fireworks lighting up the night sky

From fireworks to boat parades, there’s plenty to do on Independence Day by the bay.

The city of San Francisco sets off fireworks from two locations: the end of Municipal Pier and the barges north of Pier 39. The shows begin at 9:30 PM. The show can easily be seen from most central locations but there are a few prime viewing spots. They include:

  • Aquatic Park
  • Ghirardelli Square
  • The Cannery
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Coit Tower
  • Angel Island

Less crowded viewing locations include:

  • Crissy Field Overlook
  • Inspiration Point
  • Bernal Heights Park

Useful Tip: Take public transportation to your chosen viewing area is possible as parking is a bit of a nightmare. Plus, surrounding streets close to cars several hours in advance of the fireworks show.

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