Looking for things to do in the San Francisco Bay Area for Independence Day? Look no further! We have compiled a list of the best events, pub crawls, fireworks viewing parties and more.
Independence Day is a great place to be in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and other places in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can find a variety of special events, pub crawls, concerts and more to celebrate the holiday leading up to the big fireworks shows all over the Bay Area.
San Francisco offers the most popular spot to watch the Independence Day Fireworks with two synchronized shows launching from Pier 39 and the Municipal Pier, which can be seen for miles. You can view the show up close from Fisherman’s Wharf, from a variety of rooftops like the San Francisco Art Institute and from elevated parks like Bernal Heights Park. You can also catch the show from across the Bay in Sausalito, Tiburon, Marin Headlands, Mount Tam, Treasure Island and more.
Aside from the big show in San Francisco, you can also see fireworks show at Great America, The Marin County Fair, Concord Pavilion, The Berkeley Marina, Shoreline Amphitheater and lots of other spots.
If you are heading out to see the fireworks at night, going to the Fourth of July Pub Crawl or going on an Independence Day Cruise, keep in mind that it is a really busy night all over the Bay Area so you can expect a lot of traffic. Make sure you give yourself some extra time to get to your destinations and, if you are planning on drinking, choose a designated driver or plan on taking an Uber home. Also, July in San Francisco can be cold, especially at night, so make sure you bring a jacket or some warm clothes.
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There seems to be a lot of fireworks shows in San Francisco throughout the year including Giants Fireworks Night, at the Dreamforce conference, during Diwali and more. However, there are two days where the fireworks shows are bigger and better than the rest, New Year’s Eve and The Fourth of July. With massive displays all over the bay, there’s plenty of room for everyone to get a chance to enjoy the lights and sounds of celebratory fireworks.
The San Francisco Fourth of July Fireworks are an amazing thing to experience, especially on a clear night. Thanks to the expert setup from Pyro Spectaculars by Souza, the city offers 2 synchronized fireworks shows from two locations, barges in front of Pier 39 and at the end of Municipal Pier. The locations allow great views of the fireworks all around the city.
Aside from the San Francisco Fireworks shows, there are also other great places to view fireworks in the Bay Area from San Jose to Marin County.
The show begins a little after sundown, which is usually around 9:30PM.
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