If you’re looking for something free to do in San Francisco on Independence Day (July 4th), here’s what you need to know about the biggest city celebration. Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf is the place to be for free if you love crowds, plenty of live entertainment, and a spectacular fireworks display.
WHAT: San Francisco 4th of July Pier 39 Waterfront Celebration & Fireworks – Free.
DEAL: Hornblower Fireworks Cruise 40% Off — The IndepenDance Fireworks Cruise is a three-hour cruise aboard the San Francisco Spirit, featuring great views of the Macy’s Fireworks. Includes full buffet dinner, open bar, live DJ music and dancing. With three decks and marble dance floors, the Spirit features plenty of outdoor and indoor viewing spaces for the Macy’s aerial spectacular.
WHEN: Monday, July 4, 2012, celebration 2pm to 9:30pm. Fireworks 9:30pm over the San Francisco Bay. (The Fireworks Cruise starts at 8pm.)
- 2pm: The Air Force Band, Mobility, on stage
- 6pm: Dance to 80s band, Tainted Love
- 9:30pm: Fireworks display over San Francisco Bay, followed by DJ music
- 10pm: Post-fireworks savings at participating merchants until 11pm
WHERE: Fireworks will launch from the foot of MUNI Pier and barges just north of PIER 39, San Francisco, CA. Find a viewing spot along the waterfront at Aquatic Park, or try a different view from Coit Tower, Ghirardelli Square, or the Cannery.
SAVVY TIP: Public transportation is highly recommended. The Municipal Pier, located at the foot of Van Ness Avenue, will be closed to the public on the Fourth of July.
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