Celebrate Independence Day by the sea with parades, fresh fare, contests, and activities that will keep you entertained from morning to fireworks.
Photographer Thomas J. Story
Bring your dancing shoes: The Fourth of July Celebration at Pier 39 will be buzzing with live music. Visit the Pier for sea lion sightings and street performers as part of the family-friendly activities.
Live music: Browse the shops, eateries, and special exhibits, and hear free live music from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Showtime: Around 9:30 p.m., more than 10,000 fireworks are launched over the Bay from two locations and synchronized to a custom sound track.
Best view: Locals say to bring a lawn chair or stand anywhere along Pier 39 to Aquatic Park. Or, make a reservation at one of the Pier’s restaurants.
After the show: Some merchants and restaurants will have extended hours for the holiday;