Come spend the day in the Fisherman's Wharf District at PIER 39, Old Fisherman's Wharf, Aquatic Park and Beach, and Ghirardelli Square. In addition to the street performers and local attractions there is also live music at both Aquatic Park and PIER 39. (schedule below) After a day of fabulous entertainment throughout the Wharf, you will be treated to a spectacular fireworks display over San Francisco Bay compliments of the City of San Francisco. Schedule and tips below. Have a fun and safe day celebrating America's Independence.
Schedule of Events for July 4, 2015
‘WJM’ - The Social Cause Band
‘Tainted Love’ - An 80’s Cover Band
‘Petty Theft’ - A Tom Petty Cover Band
‘Pop Rocks’ - Bay Area Dance Party Band
Aquatic Park, PIER 39, or Ghirardelli Square
City of San Francisco’s FIREWORKS over the Bay
SS Jeremiah O’Brien dockside Viewing Event on - Buy Tickets!
7:45, 8:15 PM
Pier 43 1/2
Red & White Fleet 4th of July Fireworks Cruise - Buy Tickets!
300 Jefferson Street-Berth #3
Lovely Martha 4th of July Fireworks Cruise - Buy Tickets!
Bay Voyager 4th of July Fireworks Cruise - Buy Tickets!
8:15, 8:30 PM
Blue & Gold Fleet 4th of July Fireworks Cruise - Buy Tickets!
Adventure Cat 4th of July Fireworks Cruise - Buy Tickets!
Post Fireworks Delays
Please expect significant delays if you plan on exiting nearby garages immediately at the conclusion of the fireworks show. After the fireworks, there will be traffic in the area and the staff of Fisherman’s Wharf garages will make every effort to expedite your exit. We encourage you to stay in Fisherman’s Wharf after the fireworks and enjoy the restaurants, shops and attractions to avoid the traffic in the area.
Tips for a fab 4th at the Wharf
The Barbary Coast is one of the most brilliant places to see fireworks on July 4, thanks to the annual show at Fisherman’s Wharf and all of the added entertainment.
Some Barbary Coast residents can watch fireworks from their apartments or condos, and the roof of the Gateway Apartments and Townhomes is a popular viewing spot. But if you want an up-front and more spectacular view, hoof it to the Wharf.
Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. and last about 20 minutes, but many people spend the day to enjoy an array of activities.
We also got “insider tips” from Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District Executive Director Troy Campbell:
- Fireworks will be shot off from barges at Aquatic Park and Pier 39. You can watch from all along the waterfront, including the promenade behind Bistro Boudin. If you drive, try the Triangle Lot on Jefferson and Powell streets. Campbell said it’s a popular spot for parking hatchbacks and trucks; drivers can back in and watch from there. Lawn chairs and coolers are OK.
- People stake out spots starting early, Campbell warns. Go early and enjoy the live bands, deejays and street entertainment. It starts around 12 p.m. at Aquatic Park, Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square.
- Picnics are OK at Aquatic Park, but alcohol is prohibited. The park gets packed especially early.
- If you take the F line, remember: When the crowds get too thick, it will turn around at Pier 39 and not go all the way into the Wharf. SFMTA will put up signs warning of no service at the stops on Jones Street and by Longshoreman’s Hall, but they often get obscured.
- If you do drive, Campbell suggests arriving to the Wharf and parking before 10 a.m. Parking typically costs about $30 a day, he said, and there are 6,000 off-street garage parking spaces in the area.
- No matter where you park, even in a garage, never leave valuables in plain sight. Campbell can’t emphasize this enough. If you want to ooh and ahh away from the crowds, consider booking on a party boat, sport fishing boat or fleet such as Blue and Gold or Hornblower.
- Getting to the Wharf isn’t as difficult because people arrive at staggered times. Leaving is another story – everyone wants out immediately after the fireworks end. Campbell recommends sticking around and going to a bar such as Gold Dust or Buena Vista.
- If you have kids, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! will be open until midnight, as it always is on Fridays and Saturdays. “Let the crowd die out a little bit,” Campbell said. “Ultimately, you have to be a bit patient.”
Original article published by the Barbary Coast News.