Updated 04:47 PM EDT, Tue, May 26, 2020

Fourth of July - San Francisco/Bay Area Fireworks 2014: Event Times, Tickets, Viewing Areas, and Parking Info

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Every year, San Francisco hosts the biggest fireworks show on the west coast, and luckily, this year is no different.

With two sets of fireworks synced together to cover the entire Bay Area (one set in the Marina Green and the other in Fisherman's Wharf) finding a decent view along the waterfront won't be hard. Finding the perfect spot, however, takes some planning.

The fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. and are set to last about half an hour, but San Francisco offers so much more beforehand. From cruises to cover bands, there is no shortage of Fourth of July activities for the whole family.

Pier 39

The city's largest Fourth of July celebration begins and ends at Pier 39. You can listen to live music and enjoy family friendly activities throughout the day while awaiting the biggest fireworks show on the west coast. Besides, it's never too early to rock out to a Journey song.

12 p.m. - 3 p.m. - 'Mobility' from the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West (Entrance Stage Plaza)

5 p.m. - 8 p.m. - 'Tainted Love' 80's cover band (Entrance Stage Plaza)

Pier 45

The deck of the National Liberty Ship S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien offers one of the bay's best views for the fireworks.

Stationed at Pier 45, adjacent to Fisherman's Wharf, the ship one of the San Francisco's premier attractions and remains one of two functioning Liberty ships from World War II.

Admission: Tickets start at $30 for adults and $15 for children. Family options are available for $70.

Aquatic Park

Those looking for a more serene experience can grab a spot on the Aquatic Park lawn. Pack up a picnic basket, bring a blanket, and step back in time with a pair of 80's bands.

6 p.m. - 'Super Huey' a Huey Lewis and the News cover band

7:45 p.m. - 'Notorious' an 80's cover band

Treasure Island

Getting into the city will be a hassle. The Winery SF has you covered, offering $15 flight tastings and free parking alongside one of the bay's best views from afar. The restaurant's fourth annual Red, White, and Rose celebration really gets going when the show begins. Patrons walk down to the waterfront for an awe-inspiring view of the fireworks.


What better take in the illuminations than by cruising by them? Several local ferries and boat companies offer cruises for the Fourth of July, each leaving the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood about an hour before the fireworks start. Below are cruises that are still available:

Blue & Gold Fleet Angel Island Cruise

Duration: Approximately five hours

Cost: $39 per adult, $25 per child

Tickets: Blue & Gold Fleet Pier 39

AC Sailing SF Fireworks Sail

Duration: 2.5 hours

Cost: $140 per adult, $70 per child

Details: ACSailingSF.com

Parking Info

Parts of the Marina District and Fisherman's Wharf area will be closed to traffic. The only way to avoid a parking nightmare is by using public transportation. San Francisco is one of few cities with working street cars, making it much more enjoyable than any cab or MUNI ride.

If driving is a necessity, multiple garages around the city will stay open all night. Keep in mind, these spots won't be cheap and will run you between $20-50.

For more information visit pier39.com.

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