The following article is a guest post, courtesy of Bronson Farr
Watching the fireworks over the bay is an exciting event for 4th of July in San Francisco each year. While Fisherman’s Wharf is where the big celebration is going to be at, we have also picked out some spots in the city where it isn’t as crowded and still enjoy the show.
1) Front Row Seats: Fisherman’s Wharf
Fisherman’s Wharf is where to get the front row seats for the firework spectacular over the water. The Fourth of July Celebration Pier also features two live bands in the afternoon if you want to make it an all day event.
WHAT: Fourth of July Celebration At the Pier
WHERE: Fisherman’s Wharf (Pier 39)
WHEN: Thur., July 4th; Live band performances from 12-2pm & 4-7pm, Fireworks show @ 9:30pm
2) Most Intimate: Bernal Heights Hill
If you want to show your date want a great view of the fireworks this Independence Day, and also want some intimacy, look no further than Bernal Hill. The view isn’t like that of Twin Peaks, but it is definitely one of the best views that overlooks the City.
3) Most Outdoorsy: Land’s End Trail (From Legion of Honor to Sea Cliff)
Land’s End Trail offers great views of the ocean and San Francisco Bay, but if you want to watch the fireworks check out the section of the trail that goes from the Legion of Honor to Sea Cliff. Not only does this portion face the Golden Gate Bridge (where the show will take place), it also gives you a nice view of the Bay Area. The trail is also surrounded by trees, giving it “the great outdoors” feel.
4) Least Crowded: Alta Plaza Park
Facing the bay, this park directly overlooks San Francisco’s Marina district. This spot is far enough from the crowds at Fisherman’s Wharf, but still close enough to get a great view of the show. Be sure to arrive early as it is close to downtown as well as a residential area.