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New Year’s Eve Fireworks 2018

Witness breathtaking New Year's celebration with free waterfront fireworks at midnight

New Year’s Eve Fireworks in San Francisco - Best Time
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Jakob Nilsson-Ehle

Every year, San Francisco sees fascinating New Year's Eve fireworks, a gorgeous display over the waterfront between the Ferry Building and the SF Bay Bridge. It's one of the most attended celebrations in the Bay area with about 200,000 awed spectators annually.

The show usually kicks off at 11:59 pm on December 31 and lasts for about 15-20 minutes. Best viewpoints start gathering people at about 7 pm, but on a clear night, the display is worth both time and effort! Well, you might be lucky to get a good spot even if you arrive one hour in advance.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks in San Francisco - Best Season

While people are waiting for the fireworks to kick off, they enjoy a picnic, play some games, and enjoy their time with friends and family.

One of the best spots to watch fireworks over San Francisco is waterfront area south of the Ferry Building. You can also catch great views from the western side of Treasure Island. Consider driving there as the most convenient option. Another great option is to hop aboard a cruise for dinner with some dancing and drinking before the show starts, but these sell out quickly so book in advance. If you want to opt for a prix fixe dinner menu while waiting for the New Year's fireworks, you can book a table at one of the rooftop restaurants.

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