Top Spots to Celebrate the Fourth

Celebrate Independence Day by the sea with parades, fresh fare, contests, and activities that will keep you entertained from morning to fireworks.

San Francisco, California
Photographer Thomas J. Story

San Francisco, California

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 and eateries, and hear free live music from 12 p.m. to 7 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;


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