Watching fireworks on July 4th in San Francisco is the reason a lot of people travel to the city. After all, there are several events, popular parties, and fireworks to see. However, what about the secret places that no one knows about that are wonderful for watching fireworks?
Also, what about knowing which places are so popular that they are not worth the hassle? If you are looking for all of the angles for watching fireworks in San Francisco on July 4th, this is the article for you.
Safety First: California Fireworks Laws
Unfortunately, we don’t need to be using fireworks to become a fireworks fatality. If you are involved in a fireworks related accident, naturally, you should call 911 immediately. Overall, the local 911 wants you to be aware of a few things. That is why the SF Fire Department made a special webpage for the 4th of July and related fireworks topics.
Tip: In general, the SFFD wants you to brush up on federally banned fireworks, their fireworks fact sheet, and fireworks safety tips. You can also save yourself a lot of money by reviewing their California fireworks laws webpage.
Key Zip Codes to Consider For Viewing Fireworks In San Francisco
Basically, there are several sets of fireworks going off between the hours of 9 PM to 9:30 PM on July 4th. Most of these will be lit in the Bay. That way, if something goes wrong, it doesn’t set the whole city on fire. For this reason, you will find that there are certain ZIP codes that will help you figure out where you can see the fireworks best.
Tip: As a general rule, locations on the north edges of the city are ideal for watching fireworks. ZIP codes for viewing fireworks on July 4th include 94129, 94123, 94109, 94108, 94133, 94111, 94130
Top 5 Places Where Everyone In San Francisco Will Be Going
Sure, there are the top 5 fireworks viewing places where everyone else wants to go in San Francisco to celebrate July 4th fireworks. Those places are free, easy to get to, and loaded with people. For this reason, knowing where they will go is how you will ensure that you find a secret place that is easy to see fireworks all while avoiding the general public.
1. Chrissy Field
2. Fisherman’s Wharf
3. Twin Peaks
4. Marin Headlands
5. Treasure Island
Top 5 July 4th San Francisco Events That Include Fireworks
Of course, with all of the events taking place on July 4th weekend, they have also learned to incorporate fireworks. This means that you will be able to take a pause from where you are hanging out and watch the display at the same time. However, there are also cruises that leave from some of these events.
Tip: To find out more about 4th of July cruises in San Francisco that include the fireworks, you will need to check the individual boats and see what they have available for that day.
1. Fillmore Jazz Festival
2. Stern Grove Festival
3. Pier 41 and Pier 39
5. Tiburon Angel Island Ferry Cruise
Top 5 Secret San Francisco July 4th Fireworks Viewing Places
When it comes to finding the perfect spot for viewing fireworks, you may find that it is a work in progress. The first year you live in San Francisco, you might spend a couple of day trips scouting out a few locations. In general, as long as you can see the north part of the Bay near the Golden Gate Bridge, you are in good hands.
Tip: A view of the Bay could be anywhere in San Francisco. To find the most secret fireworks viewing places on the 4th of July, you might wind up celebrating in these unusual places.
1. Simply Walk On Up to SF Secret Fireworks Viewing Spots
Walking around San Francisco, you can suddenly find yourself on top of hill and looking down into the Bay. For this reason, one of the easiest things to do is find some place within walking distance and hang out there all day. This can be a sidewalk, a park, or a hill.
Tip: If you are hanging out in front of someone’s home, you might want to say hi. Naturally, depending on the location, sidewalk parties could be okay as long as law enforcement, neighbors, and property owners are in compliance. For example, Diamond Heights has many sidewalk locations that have a view of the Bay.
2. What About These Peaks and Hills In San Francisco?
Most of the hills and peaks in San Francisco have a view of the fireworks on July 4th. Twin Peaks, for example, is a popular outdoor location for viewing the Bay. However, once you start getting into the Mission District, your luck can start to dwindle.
Tip: Cloud coverage may ruin your secret fireworks viewing plans. However, one advantage is that you can use a bike to get to most places in San Francisco. This means you have a wider range of options for viewing in a less busy location.
3. What If You Are Too Posh For Sand?
What can be better than spending your time during the fireworks display during dinner? Thankfully, there are many restaurants, bars, and hotels with a view in San Francisco and they are open on July 4th. Because they have a great view of the fireworks on the Bay, these locations also tend to have group rates and holiday specials.
Tip: These are great options for certain individuals of any age with special disabilities. However, most of these places require you to make reservations in advance.
4. Friends BBQ With a Fireworks View
When it comes to celebrating the fireworks, for some of us, going to a public place is out of the question. In particular, a friend of mine has a child with autism. When the boy was little, we needed be in a controlled environment. This meant appealing to friends and family for special 4th of July circumstances. Most of the time, we are able to commandeer a great yard with a view of the fireworks just by asking. Often, the backyard we use is completely private.
Tip: Where there is a will, there is a way. Perhaps, in the future, people will rent out their back yards for parties on Craigslist.org as often as they sublet their apartment during vacation.
5. Secret Firework Watching Places On the Water in San Francisco
One of the most exciting 4th of July’s in San Francisco that I have heard of so far involves nautical adventures. More often than not, a boat docked in a marina is the perfect location to see everything as up close as legally possible. However, this doesn’t mean that all your dreams will come true. Depending on the wind, you might end up with the perfect seaside fireworks viewing location, or, you may end up with eyes full of smoke.
Tip: You may not always be able to party in a boat. After all, the fireworks are being set off from the water and into the water. Be sure to read any signs at the marina where your boat is parked and take special precautions related to July 4th fireworks.
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