It’s summer in San Francisco, and the city’s residents are ready to take a break from work, hit up some BBQs, and spend some time with their loved ones during the long Fourth of July weekend. After daytime festivities wind down, you’ll undoubtedly be ready to watch the fireworks display, but there’s always the question of where to see fireworks in San Francisco?
With tall hills, tall buildings, and lots of lovely places to take in the expanse of the Bay, catching the stunning fireworks isn’t hard, but there are a few select spots that will maximize your view.
Here are the best places in San Francisco to see fireworks:
The Wharf is a pleasant place to be any time of year and any time of day. But at night, the well-known and beloved home to San Fran’s sea lions, shops, and sourdough purveyors turns into a magical place amid the backdrop of fireworks on the Bay. Fisherman’s Wharf also affords different vantage points from which to see the show like the piers or Ghirardelli Square.
Top of the Mark
Don’t want to stand outside to watch the fireworks? Head to the Mark Hopkins Hotel and grab an elevator ride to the Top of the Mark. This iconic restaurant and bar have been around since 1939, and it’s easy to see why. The Top of the Mark might just have the best views of San Francisco and beyond. Thanks to its lofty position high above Nob Hill and wrap-around windows you can see almost all of SF from North Beach to Huntington Park not to mention the sweeping vistas of the Bay. Pop some bubbly and relax as you watch the fireworks pop in front of you.
Perched atop Telegraph Hill, Coit Tower is one of San Francisco’s most popular attractions, and for a good reason: the top of the hill has some of the most stunning views of the city you can find. Every Fourth of July people from around the Bay Area flock to the top of the hill to catch a pretty great perspective on the celebration. It gets a little crowded up here, but once the fireworks display starts, it will be worth it. Note that you probably won’t get to the top of Coit Tower, you’ll just be standing around it.
Treasure Island is one of San Francisco’s more unique neighborhoods. It’s a man-made island in the middle of the Bay that was built for the Golden Gate International Exposition. Its excellent locale will put you right in the middle of all the action once the fireworks start. You could even spend the entire day exploring this interesting island. We recommend a bike ride and a stop at Fat Grape Winery.
San Francisco Art Institute
The secret is out: SF Art Institute opens its doors to the public on the 4th of July. While you’re probably there for the rooftop terrace to see the fireworks, you’ll also be dazzled by the design of the building itself and the works of art in it.