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San Francisco Fireworks: 4th of July | 2016

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Monday, July 4, 2016 - All Day | Cost: FREE
Pier 39 | Pier 39, The Embarcadero, San Francisco CA

Witness the skies sparkle red, white and blue with San Francisco Fireworks on July 4, 2016.

At approximately 9:30 pm, visitors will be treated to SF’s spectacular fireworks display over the Bay launched from just north of Fisherman’s Wharf.

2016 Fourth of July Fireworks & Entertainment
July 4, 2016 | Noon to 10 pm
Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco

Check out special exhibits west of the Pier 39 Entrance Plaza from 11 am to 5 pm, before rocking out to the Bay Area’s favorite cover band Tainted Love – The Best of the ’80s Live from 5-8 pm in the Pier 39 Entrance Plaza.

At 9:30 pm, look to the sky for The City & County of San Francisco’s spectacular fireworks display. Grab your stars and stripes and take advantage of Pier 39’s amazing 180-degree Bay views this 4th of July.

Where else to watch the San Francisco fireworks | 2016

Getting To and From the Fireworks

San Francisco Fireworks: 4th of July | 2016

Caltrain – Extra Late Night Southbound Trains | 2016

Caltrain will operate three extra southbound trains out of San Francisco for those attending the Independence Day fireworks along the waterfront.

Trains will depart as scheduled:

  • 10:45 p.m. express to Belmont (then local to San Jose Diridon),
  • 11:15 p.m., and 11:45 p.m. locals to San Jose Diridon.

Train tickets: One-way tickets or Day passes may be purchased at the ticket machines at stations before boarding. Customers using their Clipper® card (8-ride and e-cash) must remember to tag on before boarding and tag off at their destination station. Customers with a Caltrain Monthly Pass can travel through all zones on holidays and weekends. Caltrain is a Proof-of-Payment system; customers without valid tickets are subject to citation.

Alcohol reminder: Open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on trains departing San Francisco beginning at 9pm on special event evenings.

San Francisco Fireworks: 4th of July | 2016Muni | 2016

Pre-event details

Pre-event shuttle

Muni will provide shuttle bus service to the waterfront area from 2:00 until 8:30 pm:

  • Caltrain (Townsend at 4th) to Bay & Kearny
  • Embarcadero at F-Line Ferry Plaza stop to Bay & Kearny
    • Between 2:30 and 8:30 pm, SFMTA staff will be selling transfers at the Ferry Building. Muni customers are encouraged to purchase their round-trip fare in advance or use a Clipper® Card. Regular Muni fares apply.
  • Civic Center (Van Ness & Market) to Chestnut & Van Ness

Pre-event regular service

  • Powell-Hyde Cable Car from Powell and Market to Hyde and Beach until 4:00 pm
  • Powell-Mason Cable Car from Powell and Market to Taylor and Bay until 7:00 pm
  • 8 Bay Shore from City College to Powell and Bay
  • 30 Stockton from Caltrain to Broderick and Beach via Union. Some trips may terminate at Union and Columbus.
  • 45 Union/Stockton from Caltrain to Union and Lyon via Union.
  • 47 Van Ness from Caltrain to Van Ness and Chestnut
  • 49 Van Ness/Mission from City College to Van Ness and Union

Vehicles will attempt to reach these locations. As the area gets crowded late in the day, vehicles may not be able to reach the exact location. They will get as close as possible.

Post-event details

Post-event shuttle

Return service after the fireworks is until 11:30 p.m.

  • From Polk & Francisco to Van Ness & Market
  • From Embarcadero & Bay to Ferry Building
  • From Embarcadero & Bay to Caltrain

Post-event regular service

  • 8 Bay Shore from Powell & Lombard to City College
  • 30 Stockton from Chestnut & Van Ness to Caltrain via Union
  • 47 Van Ness from Van Ness & Chestnut to Caltrain
  • 49 Van Ness/Mission from Van Ness & Chestnut to City College

Boarding locations may change based on traffic conditions at the time. Check with Muni personnel at Embarcadero & Bay and at Polk & Francisco for exact boarding areas.

Caltrain is providing extra trips from San Francisco. Allow an hour to get to Caltrain from Embarcadero and Bay.

Muni Metro will be operating extra post-event service to Embarcadero and Caltrain. This service will run until approximately midnight.

Delays on July 4

The 22, 28, 45 and 91 routes are subject to delays.

Reroutes on July 4

The FLine will terminate service at Steuart Street and Don Chee Way starting at 2:00 pm. Use pre-event bus shuttles from the Ferry Building to Embarcadero and Bay.

Powell cable car lines will operate until times shown in the table below, followed by bus substitution services.

Other reroutes are scheduled to start at 3:00 pm.

Reroutes will last until the streets are clear, possibly as late as midnight.

> Reroute details

Parking | 2016

  • Parking meters, posted time limit zones and seven day street sweeping will be enforced citywide on the holiday. We know this sucks.
  • Commuter tow away, residential parking permits and Monday-Friday daytime street sweeping will not be enforced.
  • Meters on Port of San Francisco property, including The Embarcadero and Fisherman’s Wharf, are enforced seven days per week throughout the year, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
  • Hazards are always subject to ticketing and towing.


  • What’s going on at The PIER on July 4th?
    Check out special exhibits west of the Entrance Plaza from 11am-5pm, followed by a live performance by Tainted Love – The Best of the 80s Live from 5-8pm. The City & County of San Francisco’s fireworks display begins at 9:30pm. All activities and shows are free and open to the public.
  • Where is the best place to see the fireworks at PIER 39?
    The fireworks will be shot off barges located off the end of PIER 39 and the Municipal Pier. If you’re on The PIER, the best place to catch the show is along the perimeter road, toward the Bay End. Please note that there is reserved seating or viewing area. The fireworks show should last around 20 minutes.
  • What time is PIER 39 open until?
    PIER 39 businesses will be open until at least 9:30pm, but some businesses may stay open later. Please contact individual business for more information and to inquire about reservations.
  • Where should I park?
    Parking is available in the PIER 39 Parking Garage, the covered parking structure located directly across the street from The PIER. Special event rate is $10/hour with a $80 daily maximum. Please plan on arriving early, as the parking garage fills up quickly on holidays.
  • How to I get to PIER 39 on public transportation?
    If you’re already in San Francisco, hop on MUNI’s historic E-Line or F-Line street car; the 8, 8X, 39 or 47 bus; or BART. San Francisco’s famous cable cars also drop off just a few blocks from The PIER. For more information, visit 511.org or call 888.500.INFO or 511 on your mobile phone. For Amtrak shuttle information, visit amtrak.com or call 800.USA.RAIL.
  • Anything else I should know?
    Alcoholic beverages can only be consumed inside place of purchase on PIER 39. Open containers are strictly prohibited in The PIER’s common area. Fireworks are also prohibited. Please refer to the PIER 39 Code of Conduct for additional information.

*Event and event activities are weather permitting and subject to change without notice.

Links: Event details

Cost: FREE


Categories: **Annual Event**, *Top Pick*, 4th of July, Fairs & Festivals, Fireworks, Kids & Families, Live Music, San Francisco
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Address: Pier 39, The Embarcadero, San Francisco CA
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