SF’s Best Fourth of July Fireworks Shows & Where to Watch Them

July 2, 2018

There are countless reasons to celebrate the Fourth of July—our nation’s independence, delicious summer barbecues and, of course, a matchless bayside setting from which to watch the fireworks. Those who live at The Harrison are lucky enough to have a front row seat to the light show from Uncle Harry’s, but there are several other sites throughout the city to spark your patriotic pride—whether that be on land or at sea. So, without further ado, get a glimpse of San Francisco’s best Fourth of July viewing spots below.

Fireworks Cruise

Celebrate Independence Day aboard one of the San Francisco Whale Tours’ comfortable boats—the Kitty Kat, Outer Limits, Happy Days or Salty Lady—for an unrivaled view of the city and spectacular fireworks show. With eco-friendly diesel motors, a heated cabin, sundeck and premium viewing options, these two-hour cruises are an exciting and family-friendly way to get everyone together for the holiday.

Fireworks Pier 39

The most well-known Fourth of July celebration in the Bay Area will take up residence at Pier 39 in San Francisco, brimming with fun events and live music throughout the day. The action-packed celebration culminates with a thrilling fireworks display, lighting up the 180-degree bay views in a patriotic wash of red, white and blue. The best vantage points for viewing this dazzling display are Aquatic Park, the Pier 39 Decks and the hills near the Golden Gate Bridge.

Hornblower Cruise

All aboard the San Francisco Spirit for a sophisticated Fourth of July celebration complete with a four-course dinner and live DJ. Offering spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the city skyline, this Hornblower cruise also offers a premium bar and unmatched front row seats to the breathtaking San Francisco fireworks show.

Uncle Harry’s

There’s perhaps no better spot to revel in the Fourth of July fireworks show than from The Harrison’s private penthouse lounge, Uncle Harry’s. Here, residents have a front-and-center seat to watch the sparkling performance with the twinkling Bay Bridge just below. So, whether you want to host an intimate or grand viewing, Uncle Harry’s always proves to take center stage.

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