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4th of July Weekend Events & Fireworks 2024

Bay City is a great spot to celebrate America's independence

Dates: July 4

4th of July Weekend Events & Fireworks
4th of July Weekend Events & Fireworks
4th of July Weekend Events & Fireworks

Independence Day festivities in San Francisco attract thousands of people to the waterfront areas. The biggest highlight of the day is the spectacular fireworks display over the bay. But there are also daytime activities at Pier 39, special biking and wine-tasting tours, and free walking tours by the San Francisco Public Library.

Bay Area Fireworks Show (July 4)

The Fourth of July fireworks display in San Francisco is performed in two synced sets starting after 9:30 pm. One set is launched at the end of the Municipal Pier, the other—from the barges in front of Pier 39. Breathtaking fireworks last for about 30 minutes, and you can spot them from different corners of the city. The best viewing areas include the Hyde Street Harbor, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, and the Pier 43 walkway, as well as Bernal Heights Park, Treasure Island, Twin Peaks, and the Berkeley Marina.

4th of July Celebration on Pier 39 (July 4)

If you are looking for a big, noisy celebration, head to Pier 39. Watch world-famous San Francisco street performers and live musicians at the largest street party in the city. Special exhibits and concerts last for the whole day, starting from 11 am. Also, you can visit the smartwater Stage, which offers various street performers and entertainers. Parking is available in the PIER 39 Parking Garage, but attendees are encouraged to use public transport, like MUNI’s E-Line or F-Line street car.

Aquatic Park Celebration (July 4)

The City of San Francisco is also inviting visitors to the Aquatic Park for a live music concert. This event starts at 6 pm and is followed by the fireworks display at 9:30 pm. Admission is free, but it's important to get there early in order to be able to find yourself a spot on the lawn.

4th of July cruises

One of the fanciest ideas to spend the Fourth in San Francisco and marvel at the sparkling firework displays is a cruise. You can opt from several ferry and boat operators, offering tours suitable for families, as well as party animals. The most popular choices include Red and White Fleet Cruises, Blue & Gold Fireworks Cruises, and Freda B Fourth of July Sunset & Fireworks Sail.

4th of July in Oakland and East Bay

Alameda 4th of July Parade (July 4, 2024)

Alameda's 4th of July Parade is often called the longest in America. Its route spans 3.3 miles. The procession features over 170 entries and 2,500 participants, including equestrian units, dance troops, floats, vintage cars, marching bands, community groups, school bands, and more. 60,000 spectators from the whole region gather to watch the parade, which starts at 10 am. The procession begins on Lincoln Ave. & Park Street, goes to South Shore Center, Grand Street, and finishes at Webster St. & Lincoln Ave. The parade is usually followed by Alameda Family Fest at South Shore Center from 3 to 5 pm with an array of family-friendly activities, like face painting, stilt performances, and live music.

4th of July Family Day in Oakland (July 4, 2024)

The annual 4th of July Family Day at Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland is filled with fun-filled activities, games, and plenty of delicious Jamaican food. The free event runs from noon to 7 pm. Highlights include the WALK hosted by GirlTrek, the RUN hosted by Black Girls RUN, HIKE hosted by 510 Hikers, and BIKE hosted by Oakland Yellowjackets (OYJ) Bicycle Club.

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