Plan for a crazy Fourth of July in San Francisco again this year. In 2014, this popular holiday lands on a Friday!
Since it falls on a weekend, I expect even more events and people coming to the city to celebrate this special holiday.
On this day, you can enjoy fireworks along the waterfront, activities all day at Pier 39 and a ferry ride around the bay.
Other popular activities this day include theater performances of Once, wine tasting tours and several other fun activities throughout the city. You can also join one of the SF Public Library's free walking tours during the day.
The weekend is also full of fun activities with the annual Fillmore Street Festival, a free concert in Stern Grove Park and Oakland Athletics baseball just across the bay.
Every year, San Francisco holds a large fireworks display over the bay. There are two sets of fireworks, synced, to allow you to get a glimpse from all around the area.
One set is near the Marina Green. The other one is closer to Fishermans Wharf.
Your best options to see the fireworks display are along the northern side of the city. Crissy Field, the Marina Green and Aquatic Park are some of my favorite options.
Large parts of the SF waterfront are closed to cars due to crowds for the fireworks display. I recommend heading down early and using public transit to get to and from this area of town for the fireworks display. Visit the Fisherman's Wharf page or the Marina district pages for tips on public transportation to and from the waterfront.
One of the best ways to avoid the crowded buses and street cars after the event is to book your hotel right in Fishermans Wharf. Many are just a few blocks from the waterfront and all of the Fourth of July action. Here you can find a list of my top recommendations from this neighborhood.
The fireworks display starts shortly before 9:30pm (or once it's dark enough to start) and lasts around 30 minutes. I recommend getting to your viewing spot no later than 9pm.
In addition to San Francisco, there are a number of other cities planning large fireworks displays and festivals in the Bay Area. Click these links to find out more: North Bay & Wine Country | South Bay & Peninsula | East Bay
The best views of the fireworks are from a cruise on the bay. Several local ferry and boat companies offer cruises for fourth of July San Francisco.
The cruises leave the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood about an hour or more before the fireworks start. This gives the boats a chance to get to the perfect viewing point before they start.
Here are the ferries scheduled for 2014. All cruises sell out quickly, so buy yours today!
*A small additional fee applies
Pier 39 will again host a large fourth of July celebration. All afternoon you can listen to live music and enjoy other family friendly activities.
This is the full schedule for 2014.
Time: 12pm to 11pm
Schedule of Events:
Learn More: Other Top Activities & Attractions on Pier 39
Head down to Aquatic Park to experience Super Huey live along the waterfront. This 7-piece band offers you the chance to step back in time and remember the best of the 80s.
Starting at 6pm, you get the chance to listen to the top hits of the time including "The Power of Love." Get there early to grab your place on the Aquatic Park lawn.
Also, stay all evening for additional fun and to see one of the best fireworks displays in the Bay Area!
Admission is free. You will find the excitement at 499 Jefferson Street!
Every year, there are dozens of other fun events on Fourth of July. Here are some of the activities planned already for Fourth of July San Francisco 2014.
Listen to relaxing live music as you sip on free-flowing beer and champagne on Independence Day. As you cruise around the bay, you can enjoy a variety of dishes from their traditional BBQ buffet lunch. It includes BBQ baby back ribs, sirloin skewers and Southern fried chicken. It also includes a number of side dishes such as corn on the cob, macaroni salad and roasted potatoes as well as some sweet treats.
The Public Library offers a number of free walking tours each day in San Francisco. So far, many of their Friday tours are still planned for Fourth of July. Here is the schedule so far:
The SF Mime Troupe kicks off their summer performance this weekend in SF. This crazy group of performers creates their own shows each year that discuss socially relevant topics. It's funny, fun and not your typical silent mime performance.
The Fourth of July show starts at 2pm in Dolores Park. You will find a second show on Saturday, July 5 at 2pm in the same location.
Learn More: Fourth of July Weekend Performance Details
Most SF attractions stay open for their regular hours on Fourth of July. However, a few have extended hours and a couple close.
Are you not sure where to stay in SF? Here are several recommendations based on budget, SF district and amenities.
If you are looking for some great hotel deals, then I recommend checking out this month's specials on TripAdvisor. You can save on the cost of your hotel room, get free parking and more. Click here for a list of current special deals and save today!
Since many of these organizations plan far in advance, this list include events for 2014. However, more events will be scheduled in a couple of months and I'll continue to add to this list as details become available.
On Saturday or Sunday morning, head out on a morning Champagne and Mimosa cruise. Sit back, relax and enjoy your cocktails as you cruise around the SF Bay. You will pass by popular sights such as the Palace of Fine Arts, Alcatraz, and Sausalito. You will also raise your glass right at 11am as you cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge.
Find Tickets: Up to Half-Off on Goldstar.com
Celebrate Independence weekend with the American past time - baseball! The Oakland A's host the Toronto Blue Jays this weekend at the Oakland Coliseum. You can catch a game on Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
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You can also catch a theater performance this weekend. One of the most popular shows is Once at The Curran Theater. This fun musical follows the story of a Dublin street musician that needs just one thing for his music - a special woman. This 'adult' themed performance is best for older teenagers and no kids under 5 are allowed.
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Full Calendar: July 2014 Theater Calendar
One of my favorite street fairs every year is the Fillmore Jazz Festival. This free, jazz music festival is the largest of its kind on the west coast. It's held in the Pacific Heights neighborhood on Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6. Head over for some great music, gourmet eats and locally produced arts and crafts.
Learn More: 2014 Fillmore Jazz Festival
Other Festivals: 2014 Festivals and Street Fairs
Catch a free performance of the SF Symphony in Stern Grove Park. On Sunday, July 6, head over to Stern Grove for this live event that starts at 2pm. You'll want to get there early to find the perfect seat on the lawn.
Find Directions & More Details: Stern Grove Summer Concert Series
You can also take a trip up north for some wine tasting. During this weekend, Goldstar.com is offering one-day tours at up to half-off! Napa and Sonoma are beautiful this time of year and it is the perfect way to spend the day!
Find Tickets: Up to Half-Off on Goldstar
What will the weather be like during your visit for Fourth of July San Francisco? Some visitors think it is hot and sunny in San Francisco during the summer. However, the cool ocean breezes and late day fog keeps it nice and cool.
Although it is usually nice and sunny during the day, you will want to bring along a light jacket or sweater for the fireworks display. As the sun sets, the cool breezes bring the temperatures down all around the city. Discover even more tips about what to wear in San Francisco in July.
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