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).
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.
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.
Fireworks at California’s Great America
Experience California’s Great America during the daytime and then watch the fireworks show at dusk.
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.
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.
Other viewing options:
4th of July Backyard BBQ at Jack London Square: http://www.jacklondonsquare.com/events/special-events
San Jose Red, White & Blue 4th of July Parade: https://rwbsj.org/
Napa County Fair & Fireworks: http://www.celebratenapavalley.org/fair
Red, White & Boom in Santa Rosa: http://srboom.com/
Foster City Fourth of July Celebration: http://www.fostercity.org
Redwood City Independence Day Festival: http://www.parade.org
USS Hornet Museum Independence Day Celebration:http://www.uss-hornet.org
Concord Fourth of July Jubilee and Parade:http://www.concordjuly4th.com