Here we are,approaching another 4th of July. For me, fireworks never get old. I remember forcing my best friend (already a jaded New Yorker) to trek all the way to Manhattan (from Queens) just to catch a teeny glimpse of fireworks over the Hudson. Yes, there were throes of people and it was insane and annoying, but in a beautiful, hot summer city night type of way. I like sparkly things, what can I say? For all my fellow fireworks enthusiasts, I’ve compiled an extensive list of where to watch fireworks in the Bay Area. Before I gift you this prize, however, you must follow these rules:
1. Stay out of overtly urban areas after dark. Gun shots and fireworks sound identical.
2. Fireworks are not a DIY project. Leave it to the professionals. It’s not that serious.
3. Get there early, or prepare yourself to see the show from your car.
4. If you can, avoid driving. Public transpo is convenient and usually more affordable.
5. Have fun! But not too much, and keep it legal.
Where to Watch Fireworks in the Bay Area
What I love about Berkeley is their carefree and bohemian approach to all holidays. This celebration lasts 12 hours! From 10 am to 10 pm, enjoy crafts, food, fun and end with fireworks at 9 pm.
Concord 5K Kids Run & Festival
The run starts at 8 am early, but the festival at Mt. Diablo High School is from 4-10pm, concluding with fireworks at 9 pm.
Suisun City Festival & Fireworks
Yea, I know, this isn’t always considered the Bay. But since I spend lots of time here, thought I’d share their festivities for all those in the far far northeast Bay Area. Festival lasts all day at the Waterfront, while fireworks commence around 9pm. This is my pick.
San Francisco Pier 39 Celebration
Of course, San Francisco’s fireworks take the cake. Though they share them with Oakland, Berkeley, and any other city adjacent to the bay, these are grand in every sense. Get out there early and make a day of it, starting at 12pm.
Santa Clara All-City Picnic Celebration
South Bay likes to keep it chill. I don’t blame you! Drag the family down to Santa Clara’s Central Park for a day of fun. Face painting, enough said. Fireworks kick off at 9:30 pm.
Calistoga Fireworks Spectacular
Did you know Calistoga had more to offer than wine? They had me at massage and merlot, but fireworks too? Rejoice! Had I known this ahead of time, I would’ve grabbed my wine glass and gone. Oh well, maybe next year. Parade at 11am, and fireworks at the Napa Fairgrounds at 9:30 pm.
For a more comprehensive list of places to watch fireworks in the Bay Area, click here.