With Independence day rapidly approaching, it is a good idea to figure out your fireworks plan as soon as possible. Start scoping out some secret hill or rooftop if you can because July 4th is on a Wednesday this year, so there will probably be even larger crowds in the city than normal. If you do plan on entering the massive crowds, make sure you have your escape plan set as well because traffic can be a nightmare.
Here are the best Fireworks Shows in the Bay:
Pier 39 Fourth Of July Waterfront Celebration: Fireworks are set to begin at 9:30PM at Pier 39 (Beach Street at The Embarcadero). More details at www.pier39.com. If you are looking for something to do before the big show, check out the Fourth of July Pub Crawl HERE.
Marin County Fair: Fireworks will be the perfect end to the night after enjoying the Marin County Fair. Expect great food, drinks, music, rides and more! Fairgrounds are located on Civic Center Drive (off of Highway 101) in San Rafael. More information at www.marinfair.com
Alameda County Fair: This fair will provide plenty of entertainment and July 4th is the Annual Blues Festival as well so you will have plenty to do and see before the fireworks go off around 9:30PM. It is located at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. in Pleasanton. More information at www.alamedacountyfair.com. Fireworks information available at www.cityofalameda.gov.
San Francisco Symphony Fourth of July Celebration: Enjoy the beautiful Mountain View weather as the SF Symphony plays some patriotic songs, narrations and marches before the fireworks finale. Located at Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway in Mountainview. More information at www.livenation.com
Other viewing options:
Foster City Fourth of July Celebration: www.fostercity.org
Redwood City Independence Day Festival: www.parade.org
Palo Alto Summer Festival and Chili Cookoff: www.cityofpaloalto.org
USS Hornet Museum Independence Day Celebration: www.uss-hornet.org
Concord Fourth of July Jubilee and Parade: www.concordjuly4th.com