Fourth of July Fireworks in San FranciscoEvery 4th of July, the San Francisco Bay holds one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in the country. There are lots of gorgeous places from which to view it, including on one of many bay cruise options or a pier with live music. Enjoy a four-course gourmet dinner with open bar aboard a yacht, or go for a beer lunch cruise earlier in the day. If you're a less formal type of person, choose a cruise with dancing and singing as well as dining, or perhaps just a complimentary beverage. Either way you'll see incredible fireworks in one of the most picturesque places in the country. Otherwise, escape the crowds by watching the same displays from Alta Plaza Park - with areas for kids to play - or Crissy Field, which also offers views of Sausalito's displays.
The city's main fireworks display takes place just off Pier 39, and the pier, itself, has lots of entertainment and activities leading up to the event, including live music from some of the area's most popular bands. Then, people on the pier get a close up view of the dazzling lights. The city's Pier 39 display starts at about 9:30pm, but many cruises start earlier. Some depart significantly earlier and include a brief cruise showing the city itself before the fireworks, and others depart just early enough to get a prime viewing spot. In addition, traffic is slow due to the number of people and road blockings, so visitors are advised to arrive very early. Prices for the various options range from nearly free to almost $300, so there is something for every taste and price range!