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6 best spots to watch 4th of July fireworks in San Francisco

These are the best places to watch the Fourth of July fireworks in 2019, from Pier 39 to the Berkeley Marina

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If you've already stocked up on San Francisco's best hotdogs, burgers, apple pie and red-white-and-blue apparel, then all you need to know is where to watch the 4th of July fireworks in San Francisco. Whether you want to join the crowds at Fisherman's Wharf for live music and a front-row seat, set up a picnic at one of San Francisco's best parks or opt for a festival in the East Bay, there are plenty of options to see the sky light up this Independence Day. 

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Fourth of July fireworks in San Francisco

Blue and Gold fleet under the Golden Gate Bridge
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4th of July Fireworks Cruise

Get on the Bay and under the action with a Blue & Gold Fleet fireworks cruise. The July 4th cruises depart from Pier 39, Pier 41 and Tiburon from 8:15pm to 8:40pm, guaranteeing front row seats for the City's spectacular fireworks show. General admission is $95, family packs start at $320 for 4 people. 


Fourth of July at the Berkeley Marina
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Berkeley Marina

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Join one of the best Independence Day parties in the Bay Area, with a fun zone for kids, live entertainment, food vendors and dragon-boat races. The fireworks explode at 9:30pm.

USS Hornet
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USS Hornet

Hop aboard the USS Hornet aircraft carrier in Alameda for a fireworks show paired with (what else?) patriotic music. This family-friendly event begins at 2pm, with fireworks at 9:15pm, and tickets run $25 for adults and $15 for kids. Active military and first responders get in free. 

Marin Country Fair
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Marin Country Fair

The North Bay celebrates Independence Day in style at the Marin County Fair. Fireworks begin at 9:30pm every night, but the fair runs July 3–July 7, so you have plenty of time to catch the show. 

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Shoreline Amphitheater

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The San Francisco Symphony heads south to the Shoreline Amphitheater for a Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular with music from Star Wars, chart-topping pop performed by renowned Broadway vocalist Capathia Jenkins and American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis, selections from famous film scores, a salute to our Armed Forces, and more—culminating in a grand finale of amazing fireworks.