Best Places to View the San Francisco Fireworks on The Fourth of July

Get Ready for Fourth of July in the Bay Area!

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 Thursday 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).

Pier 39
The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94133


If you are looking for something to do before the big show, check out the Fourth of July Pub Crawl & Hot Dog Eating Contest HERE.

San Francisco Pub Crawl Fourth of July

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.


Marin County Fair & Exposition
10 Ave of the Flags
San Rafael, CA 94903

Fireworks at California’s Great America

Experience California’s Great America during the daytime and then watch the fireworks show at dusk.


California’s Great America
4701 Great America Pkwy
Santa Clara, CA 95054


Berkeley Marina

The Berkeley Marina is fun for the whole family with amazing food trucks, vendor booths, dragon boat racing, pony rides, giant slides and more. The fireworks are scheduled for 9:35PM.


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.


Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Ave
Pleasanton, CA 94566


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 Mountain View.

Shoreline Amphitheatre
1 Amphitheatre Pkwy
Mountain View, CA 94043



Other viewing options:

4th of July Block Party at Jack London Square:

San Jose Red, White & Blue 4th of July Parade:

Napa County Fair & Fireworks:

Red, White & Boom in Santa Rosa:

Foster City Fourth of July Celebration:

Redwood City Independence Day Festival:

USS Hornet Museum Independence Day Celebration:

Concord Fourth of July Jubilee and Parade:

Best San Francisco Fireworks Viewing July 4