Author: Time Out San Francisco editors
When it comes to celebrating Independence Day, San Franciscans are as American as apple pie (and really fun fireworks shows). Behold all the colorful lights at these best spots around the Bay Area.
1. Head bayside along Fisherman's Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, Pier 39, Crissy Field, and the Marina Green to catch San Francisco's annual fireworks extravaganza starting at approximately 9:30pm. If you can score an invite to a rooftop party nearby, all the better. Pier 39 will be offering a free concert from San Francisco's favorite 80s cover band, Tainted Love from 5 to 8pm.
2. Head to the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton for a 4th of July show at 9:30pm. The fireworks spectacular is accompanied by the Oakland Symphony. Arrive early for that awesome county fair vibe, complete with carnival rides and fried foods.
3. Get on the Bay and under the action with a Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Lights Cruise to Angel Island. The cruise's July 4th Package includes the ferry ride, a round trip shuttle to Battery Ledyard (firework viewing area), one hot beverage and live music. $73 for adults and $52 for kids.
4. The Berkeley Marina will celebrate the 4th in style with a fireworks show at 9:45pm and a 4th Festival all day from noon to 10pm.
5. Hop aboard the USS Hornet aircraft carrier in Alameda for a fireworks show paired with (what else?) patriotic music. This family-friendly event begins at 2pm, with fireworks at 9:15pm, and tickets run $25 for adults and $15 for kids. Active military and first responders get in free.
6. The San Francisco Symphony heads south to the Shoreline Amphitheater for a "A Night at the Movies" fireworks show with music from "The Empire Strikes Back" and more. Tickets range in price from $16 to $141.
7. The North Bay celebrates Independence Day in style at the Marin County Fair. Fireworks begin at 9:30pm, but the fair runs June 30 through July 4. Admission is $12–$20.
8. San Mateo folks, we haven't forgotten about you. Check out Redwood City's 31st Annual Independence Day Festival. Kick off the fun with a 10am parade and spend the day enjoying food, live music, and activities before the fireworks show at 9:30pm.
Honorable mention: On July 3rd, catch fireworks from the field following the Oakland A's game against the White Sox. You'll need to buy a ticket to the game to enjoy the show.