Fourth of July Weekend Events in San Francisco
By: Rand Hardy
Come July, it’s time to celebrate our nation’s independence with all things American, and there’s no better way to experience the land of the free than spending a long weekend in San Francisco. July 4-7 is a busy time in the city by the bay, with events ranging from America’s Cup’s opening weekend (featuring the Louis Vuitton Cup) to the Fourth of July firework spectacular. Not sure where to start? Don’t fret, we’ve created an itinerary of the best Fourth of July weekend events. Happy celebrating!
1. Watch the Fireworks (July 4)
San Francisco’s elaborate firework display has an array of amazing vantage points, but we’ve hand-picked the top five locations to see the rockets red-glare:
1. Pier 39 (More Information)
2. A Firework Bay Cruise aboard a Blue and Gold Fleet ferry (Tickets Available Here)
3. Ghirardelli Square/ Fisherman’s Wharf (More Information)
4. Twin Peaks
5. Tank Hill
Note: There will need to be clear skies for Twin Peaks and Tank Hill.
2. Catch a Baseball Game at AT&T Park (July 5-7)
Nothing is as American as taking in America’s favorite pastime at AT&T Park. Wear your orange and black and watch the Giants take on their archrivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers in this three game series that Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Check out their complete schedule and purchase tickets here.
3. Watch the Louis Vuitton Cup Boat Race (July 4, 5 and 7).
Watch as teams of sailors push sailing to the limit in huge boats (an astounding 72 feet long and 131 feet high) through a challenging course off the coast of Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square. This series will determine who races against the defending champion, Team USA Oracle, in the America’s Cup Finals September 7-21.
Top 5 Places to Watch the Louis Vuitton Cup:
1. America’s Cup Park at Pier 27/29
2. America’s Cup Village at Marina Green
3. The SS Jeremiah O’Brien
4. Pier 39
5. Public On Water Viewing (Ticket Options)
It’s possible to see the action for free, but you may also buy tickets to reserve your seats at the onshore viewing locations and get the best possible view of the races.
4. Revel with Live Music Sounds in the City (July 6-7).
Fourth of July weekend in San Francisco boasts some of the greatest music of the summer, whether you’re attending the Fillmore Jazz Festival or the Stern Grove Concert Series.
Here’s the full schedule of live music events around the city:
1. Fillmore Street Jazz Festival (July 6 and 7)
2. The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra at Stern Grove (July 7)
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