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100th “Opening Day on the Bay” Boat Parade

A spectacular boat parade kicks off SF’s official boating season on Sunday
By - posted 4/22/2017 No Comment

The annual Opening Day on the Bay shows off over 100 historic workboats, fireboats, towboats, classic and contemporary craft.

For 2017 the parade will be joined by The Lady Washington Tall Ship and the Hawaiian Chieftan who will have a ceremonial battle sail before the opening of the parade. Cannons will sound as the two ships fire at each other (minus the actual cannons, of course)

This marks the official start of the San Francisco boating season.

100th Annual “Opening Day on the Bay” Boat Parade
Sunday, April 23, 2017 | Noon
View from Crissy Field to Pier 39, SF
FREE to watch from the shore – view the parade route

  • 10:30am – Blessing of the Fleet – Raccoon Straight (btwn Angel Island & Tiburon)
  • Noon – Boat Parade – Palace of Fine Arts to Pier 39 – parade typically lasts 2-3 hours.

This is a unique opportunity to see the annual decorated boat parade which sails close to the shore, so land-based spectators can view from almost anywhere along SF’s northern shoreline.