Fourth of July is upon us and we're super stoked. Another heat wave's hitting SF, the grills are heating up, Sunday night parties turn into Monday Fundays - and what better way to cap things off than celebrating our independence by blowing some shit up?
For the lucky folks with sweet rooftop views, congrats (and we should get in touch…) - but for the rest of us gearing up for the annual trek to the coast and the hills, here's our list of the top places to catch some BOOM.
Hugging the coastline, the aquatic park is the perfect place to view multiple fireworks displays over the Bay (depending on the fog, of course). Considering the Wharf is also the ultimate tourist magnet, it's best to spread that blanket out early. And for the brave people that manage to stake out a spot by Pier 39, you'll have the excitement of being serenaded by a beach pop band, over two hours of '90s jams, and an '80s cover band to wrap things up. The merriment begins at noon and starts lighting up at 9:30pm.
If your looking to get your romance on, impress that special someone with a twilight drive to the top of Twin Peaks. Find yourself a nook with a view, pop that bottle of wine you've been saving and take in a vista of exploding colors across the Bay and beyond.
Similar to Twin Peaks, the Headlands sport incredible views of the city on any regular day - but on the 4th, indulge in fireworks shows from San Francisco to Alameda before your night is done. Take the natural surroundings while keeping close tot he action.
Crissy Field may run the risk of fog, but it's still a popular waterfront spot to catch the show if visibility's working in your favor. Arrive early if you're in need of parking, drag out a cooler of brews, and party down with the masses. No one likes to be alone on the Fourth of July.
Treasure Island is probably the last fireworks spot that isn't completely overcrowded, but even that's stretching it. If you're down to battle the bridge traffic, it's a brilliant place to catch the fireworks erupting all across the Bay.
Angel Island is a nice remote spot for checking out all of the huge firework shows happening all around SF. Starting just recently, Angel Island began putting on a fireworks show of its own in Battery Ledyard, with live music, dancing, food, wine and beer to add to the fun.
Berkeley's doing it up big this year with a free all-day Independence Day event in the Marina. Bringing out Circus performers, free dragon boat rowing, massages, international food vendors, live entertainment from noon till 9:30pm, and more. The day tidies up with a grand fireworks show off the Berkely Pier at 9:30pm.
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