Get the Best View of the 4th of July fireworks in San Francisco
It’s summer in San Francisco, and that can mean only one thing. Fog! But hopefully Karl the Fog will have mercy on us for at least one day and let us enjoy a clear view of the amazing fireworks display The City has to offer. Here are the best places to see the fireworks over the Bay.
With the fireworks being launched just off Pier 39, anywhere near Fisherman’s Wharf will likely be packed pretty tight. The best move is to head somewhere with a great view that will be a little less full of fireworks watchers. Like Treasure Island. Head over early for dinner and a drink at Fat Grape Winery or Woods Island Club, then head to the Great Lawn to claim your spot.
This little park is a great way to avoid the massive crowds of Fisherman’s Wharf, while still sticking close to the water. But you will still want to arrive as early as possible to assure your spot with an unobstructed view. Bring a little picnic and hang by the biggest bow and arrow you’ve ever seen and enjoyed the sensational display above the bay.
Yes, this is another island option. But this one will be a bit more of a trek. Unlike Treasure Island, Angel Island is not reachable directly by car. So you will need to get there early enough to catch a ferry over. You could even make a day of it on Angel Island. You can reserve a picnic area here and have a cookout or spend the day playing on the beach before the show starts.
Hornblower San Francisco Belle
As the fireworks display will be happening on the water, what better way to take it in than, you guessed it: on the water! Grab a reservation aboard the San Francisco Belle. Cruise around the Bay in style, enjoying a full buffet, DJ’d music and incredible views of the city skyline and the fireworks above. Fireworks are impressive from afar but are absolutely breathtaking from below.
Wherever you choose to celebrate Independence Day, the important thing is the meaning of the day and the loved ones you are with. But if you can enjoy an astounding fireworks celebration as well, that’s a win-win.