4th at the Wharf
The Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District invites all local residents and San Francisco visitors to the city’s largest outdoor party for Independence Day, 2019. Attendees can sample fresh seafood from the many crab stands or visit the unique attractions at the Wharf. The entertainment continues throughout the afternoon and into the evening with special live concerts at Aquatic Park and PIER 39. Of course, the highlight of the day will be the City of San Francisco’s Fireworks display, best viewed along the waterfront from Aquatic Park and PIER 39.
3:00 – 6:00 p.m. – PIER 39 - Mustache Harbor – Yacht Rock Explosion
6:00 p.m. – Aquatic Park - Fleetwood Macramé – A Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band
7:45 p.m. – Aquatic Park – Pop Rocks – Bay Area Dance Party Band
9:30 p.m. – Aquatic Park & PIER 39 – Fireworks Show from the City of San Francisco
Fireworks Viewing Cruises
For another spectacular view of the fireworks extravaganza, visitors can book an evening bay cruise on the following vessels:
Our Local Sport Fishing Boats
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.
10 Tips for a Fab #4thAtTheWharf
1. Fireworks will be shot off from barges at Aquatic Park and PIER 39. You can watch the show all along the waterfront, including the promenade next to the Franciscan Crab Restaurant. If you drive, try the Triangle Lot on Jefferson and Powell streets. It’s a popular spot for parking hatchbacks and trucks for tailgating. Drivers and passengers can watch from there. Lawn chairs and coolers are allowed.
2. People stake out spots starting early. Go early and enjoy the live bands, DJs, and street entertainment.
3. Picnics are allowed at Aquatic Park, but alcohol and cannabis are prohibited.
4. If you take the F or E 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 by people standing in front of them.
5. If you do drive, it is suggested to arrive to the Wharf and park before 10 a.m. Parking typically costs about $30 for the day. There are 6,000 off-street garage parking spaces in the area. You can reserve parking in advance on the Spot Hero app.
6. Park Smart! No matter where you park, even in a garage, never leave valuables in your car.
7. Enjoy the neighborhood in the afternoon with the Bars & Attractions Treasure Hunt at the Wharf. Your group of friends or family can choose from 24 different bars and attractions to visit. The adventure includes discounts at area attractions. Collect 10 stamps to get the “treasure,” a golden pint glass! More info can be found at WharfTreasureHunt.com.
8. If you want to ooh and ahh away from the crowds, consider booking a party boat, sport fishing boat, or a fireworks cruise with Blue & Gold Fleet or Red and White Fleet.
9. Getting to the Wharf is not difficult because people arrive at staggered times. Leaving is another story. Everyone wants to drive out of the neighborhood immediately after the fireworks end. It is recommended to stick around and go to a bar such as Gold Dust Lounge or Buena Vista. You will need to be patient.
10. Don’t drink and drive and be cautious of other drivers on the road who could be intoxicated.
Have a fun and safe holiday!