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.
Fourth of July fireworks display in San Francisco is performed in two synced sets starting after 9:00 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 around the city.
4th of July Celebration on Pier 39 (canceled in 2020)
Pier 39 hosts one of the largest 4th of July celebration in the city. There is live music, barbecue, and plenty of entertainment and family-friendly activities. Special exhibits and concerts last for the whole day until the impressive pyrotechnic show starts at around 9:30 pm.
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.