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Most Bay Area Beaches Now Closed for 4th of July Weekend

UPDATED: Many beach parking lots in SF & Bay Area are closed this weekend
By - posted 7/4/2020 No Comment

Thanks to KTVU for letting us know that on Wednesday the governor announced that while the beaches remain open, all parking lots at state beaches in 19 different counties will be closed from Sunrise on Friday July 3rd until 9am Monday July 6th.

State Parks will be temporarily closing vehicular access at all beaches in Marin, Monterey, Orange, San Diego, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Sonoma counties. 

UPDATE – As of 5:41pm on 7/2/20 San Francisco has closed most parking lots for their beaches.

Please note this order only affects state beaches (of which there are very few, mostly in Pacifica, Half Moon Bay, Candlestick Point and Watsonville.) See all state parks

What’s Open/Closed as of July 2nd from NPS.gov

Please note details can change at any time. visit NPS.gov or follow @GGNRANPSAlerts on Twitter for the latest updates

San Francisco

Open Facilities – updated 7/2/20

  • Lower Fort Mason (near Fort Mason Center for the Arts)
  • Upper Fort Mason parking
  • Sutro Heights parking Note: Cliff House is OPEN for takeout daily and Lands End Lookout Café is OPEN for takeout on Saturdays and Sundays.

Closed facilities – updated 7/2/20

NPS says Parking Lots CLOSED on Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5, and reopening on Monday, July 6. Although SF Rec and Park reports that the parking lots at Parking lots at Ocean Beach and Marina Green are closed starting 10pm on July 2nd

Open spaces and beaches will be open to pedestrian and bicycle access

  • Baker Beach parking
  • China Beach parking
  • Ocean Beach parking (City and County of San Francisco owned lots)
  • Sloat Boulevard parking at Ocean Beach
  • Crissy Field – West Bluff parking
  • Crissy Field – East Beach parking
  • Long Avenue and Fort Point parking
  • Merrie Way parking (Sutro Baths area) – Note: Cliff House is OPEN for takeout daily and Lands End Lookout Café is OPEN for takeout on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Battery East parking
  • Langdon Court parking
  • Navy Memorial parking
  • Fort Funston parking
  • All picnic areas
  • Ocean Beach fire pits (Fires are not permitted outside fire pits.)
  • Alcatraz Island – Cancel your reservations at: https://www.alcatrazcruises.com/account/
  • Presidio Visitor Center
  • Fort Point National Historic Site
  • Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center
  • Lands End Lookout Visitor Center

Marin County

Open Facilities

  • Stinson Beach parking
  • Muir Beach parking
  • Muir Beach Overlook parking
  • Tennessee Valley parking
  • Rodeo Beach parking
  • Conzelman and McCullough roads and Golden Gate Bridge overlook parking corridors in the Marin Headlands
  • Northwest Commuter parking
  • Fort Baker and Horseshoe Cove parking
  • Muir Woods National Monument – Visitors strongly encouraged to prepay entrance fee online and make REQUIRED parking reservations via https://gomuirwoods.com. Visit the Know Before You Go webpage for more details.
  • Kirby Cove Campground – Visit Recreation.gov to make reservations: https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/232491

Park sites or facilities that encourage congregating, including visitor centers, picnic areas, fire pits, and barbeque areas remain closed to help slow the spread of the virus.

Closed Facilities

  • All picnic areas
  • Kirby Cove Day Use Area
  • Bicentennial Campground, Haypress Campground, and Hawk Camp
  • Muir Beach fire pits (Fires are not permitted outside fire pits.)
  • Marin Headlands Visitor Center
  • Nike Missile Site
  • Point Bonita Lighthouse

San Mateo County

  • Half Moon Bay – all beaches and beach parking lots closed (Source: KTVU)
  • Pacifica – all beaches and beach parking lots closed (Source: KTVU)

East Bay

  • See list of all beaches that are closed from ebparks.org