Where to Watch The City’s Famous July 4th Fireworks Bay Show

July 4th is just around the corner—coming right up next Monday. City residents (or visitors) always revel in the City of San Francisco Fireworks Show from the Bay (over the waterfront), considered among the best shows in the world. Two sets of fireworks are synchronized and launched: one at the Municipal Pier’s end, and the other on barges off of Pier 39. The display starts at approximately 9:30 pm Monday night. You can view this gorgeous fire storm in the sky from virtually anywhere in the Bay Area where you can see over to the SF waterfront. But here in the city it’s transcendent.

Fun fact: all the hilltops in SF have parks—naturally panoramic viewpoints for the show. And you’re going to hear the symphonic booms and pops as well.

Watch Spots:

Fisherman’s Wharf—if you can get there early enough to cram in with all the other fireworks watchers. Music and our brand of SF entertainment too.

Pier 39 has its own brand of fireworks watching, combined with family musical entertainment.

Aquatic Park: a lot of the space is reserved for VIPs, but bring your blankets and fold up chairs and you could luck out with a plumb spot.

Ghirardelli Square is fun, hip, exciting, and right near the fireworks action.

Coit Tower parking lot: will probably have to walk up to it.

There are some fantastic July 4th bay cruises offered by the several yacht cruise lines plying the bay. Requires reservations, and some feature a full dinner and dancing lineup.

So head on out and join the festivities and people of SF’s Fourth of July.

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