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San Francisco Fireworks: 4th of July | 2019

Thursday, July 4, 2019 - All Day | Cost: FREE
Pier 39 | Pier 39, The Embarcadero, San Francisco CA


Witness the skies sparkle red, white and blue as PIER 39 celebrates Independence Day with a day of fun for the whole family.

Start your day with live entertainment on Entrance Plaza Stage featuring Mustache Harbor – Yacht Rock Explosion from 3 pm to 6 pm.  At approximately 9:30pm, look to the sky for the City & County of San Francisco’s spectacular fireworks display.

Events and event activities are weather-permitting and subject to change without notice.

Getting To and From the Fireworks

Caltrain | 2019

Extra Late Night Southbound Trains

Caltrain will operate on a Sunday schedule on the Fourth of July and will provide extra capacity after the fireworks ceremony. Special post-fireworks trains will operate from San Francisco to San Jose making all weekend local stops. The last southbound train special will depart at 11:45 pm – or when full – so don’t dawdle.

Alcohol reminder: Open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on trains departing San Francisco beginning at 9pm on special event evenings. But looking at that with a “glass half full” perspective, that means that open alcoholic beverages are allowed on trains before 9pm. Woo hoo! Just don’t be a drunk jerk on the train. Read more under “Board and Ride”.

Muni | 2019 TBA

Getting There (Details from 2018)

Before the show, from 3 to 8:30 p.m., Muni will have extra service to connect people from the Muni Metro Subway, BART, Ferries and Caltrain to both viewing areas.

  • Along Van Ness Avenue, from Market Street to the Aquatic Park viewing area.
  • Along Market Street, from Van Ness to the Pier 39 viewing area.
  • Along The Embarcadero, from the Caltrain Station to the Pier 39 viewing area.

Getting Back

After the show, from 9:15 to 11:30 p.m., Muni will have three shuttles providing express service to Civic Center Station, the Ferry Building and Caltrain. These buses will use transit-only lanes to avoid traffic wherever possible.. View Muni Express Map

Muni Re-Routes & Schedul Changes for 4th of July

Cancelled Muni Lines | Re-routes  | Re-Route Map | Muni cautions 

Muni Express Service Map

BART | 2019 TBA

Sunday Schedule, But Longer Trains (Details from 2018)

BART will be running on a Sunday schedule (opening at 8am and providing a three route service unlike the five they run on Saturday) but with longer trains and some extra event trains that evening.

Last BART Trains from SF (Embarcadero)

Northbound
– 12:05 AM Pittsburg / Bay Point –  Bikes OK
– 12:17 AM Dublin / Pleasanton – Bikes OK
– 12:26 AM Pittsburg / Bay Point – Bikes OK

Southbound
– 12:12 AM Millbrae – Bikes OK
– 12:17 AM Daly City – Bikes OK
– 12:32 AM Millbrae – Bikes OK
– 12:42 AM Daly City – Bikes OK
– 1:02 AM San Francisco Int’l Airport – Bikes OK

Lines NOT running on July 4th (Due to Sunday Schedule)
You’ll need to take either Pittsburg/Bay Point or Dublin/Pleasanton and change trains.

  • Daly City to Richmond
  • Daly City to Fremont/Warm Springs

They’ll also run longer trains on the Richmond/Warm Springs line from start of service for the A’s game.

If you’re spending the holiday at the Alameda County Fair, please note there is no bus shuttle on July 4th between the Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station and the fairgrounds.

Free Cab Rides Home | 2019

GJEL Accident Attorneys of San Jose have a cool (but old school) program to reimburse you for a free taxi ride home up to $20 on 4th of July. Take any cab to a safe area (i.e. home) from 5 pm to 10 am the next morning (it can’t be used for bar hopping) – and they’ll reimburse you for making the smart choice and not drinking and driving. The offer is valid in San Francisco, the Bay Area, the Tri-Valley metro area and Sacramento. Read the full reimbursement details.

Parking | 2019

  • Enforced – Parking meters, posted time limit zones and seven day street sweeping will be enforced citywide on the holiday. We know this sucks.
  • Not Enforced – 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.

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

Thursday, July 4, 2019

7:00 am   4th of July Festival, Parade & Dynamite Run | Hercules  FREE*
*Free expo and parade. $35 to register in advance for the 5K Run/Walk.
All Day   World’s Shortest 4th of July Parade at Aptos | 2019  FREE*
*Pancake breakfast will have a nominal fee, but parade is free and party in the park has a suggested donation of $5.
7:30 am   Moraga | Dog Parade, Inflatables & July 4th Fireworks | 2019  FREE
7:30 am   Cupertino’s 4th of July Children’s Parade & Concert in the Park | 2019  FREE*
*Free, but bring cash for food and drinks purchase.
8:00 am   Half Moon Bay 4th of July Parade & Pancake Breakfast | 2019  FREE
8:00 am   Alameda | Mayor’s 4th of July Parade | 2019  FREE
All Day   Concord | 4th of July Parade, Festival & Fireworks | 2019  FREE*
*Parade is free but if you're going to join the Fun Run, there is an entry fee. Please see the website for more details.
All Day   Redwood City’s 4th of July Parade, Festival & Fireworks | 2019  FREE
All Day   Foster City’s 4th of July Dog Parade, Festival & Fireworks | 2019  FREE
9:00 am   Danville | 4th of July Parade | 2019  FREE
All Day   2019 Fourth of July Parade & Celebration | Corte Madera  FREE
9:00 am   Brentwood | Classic 4th of July Parade & Celebration | 2019  FREE
9:00 am   Bolinas vs. Stinson Beach Annual Tug of War Battle | 2019  FREE
All Day   Pleasant Hill | 4th of July Parade, Festival & Fireworks | 2019  FREE
All Day   San Francisco | 7 Different Free Guided Walking Tours for 4th of July | 2019  FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted.
9:30 am   Saratoga’s Costumed Old-Fashioned 4th of July & Free Popsicles | 2019  FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted for Operation: Care and Comfort
9:30 am   Los Altos Hills 4th of July Red, White & Blue Parade | 2019  FREE
All Day   San Jose’s Rose, White & Blue Parade | 2019  FREE*
*Arrive early and get a front row seat.
10:00 am   Fremont | 4th of July Parade | 2019  FREE
10:00 am   Martinez | Hometown 4th of July Parade | 2019  FREE
10:00 am   Orinda | 4th of July Parade & Celebration in the Park | 2019  FREE
All Day   Sausalito’s 4th of July Parade & Fireworks Celebration | 2019  FREE
All Day   Fremont | Watermelon Seed Spitting & Tug Of War 4th of July | 2019  $8*
* $8/adults (18+ years), $6/seniors (62+ year), $5/children (4-17 years)
10:00 am   Novato’s Vintage Military & WWII Sherman Tank Parade | 2019  FREE
10:00 am   Hayward | Meek Estate 4th of July Open House | 2019  FREE
All Day   Cupertino’s July 4th Free Swimming Day | 2019  FREE*
*Admission is first come, first serve. Entry is not guaranteed.
All Day   Sonoma’s Traditional 4th of July Parade & Celebration | 2019  FREE
All Day   Sonoma’s 4th of July Fireworks Show: Rocket Out of this World | 2019  FREE*
*Donations to the Sonoma Volunteer Firefighters' Association greatly appreciated
10:00 am   Clayton | Independence Day Parade | 2019  FREE
All Day   Santa Clara’s Great America Fireworks & Free Military Admission | 2019  $24
All Day   San Mateo’s Locals-Only 4th of July Parade & Carnival Midway Games | 2019  FREE*
*Free, but bring along cash for games and food
10:00 am   Fairfield’s Fourth of July Parade | 2019  FREE*
*Free. Donations are appreciated.
All Day   American Canyon | 4th of July Parade, Festival & Fireworks | 2019  FREE*
*Free. Bring cash for purchase.
10:30 am   4th of July Bell Ringing Ceremony at Petaluma Historical Library & Museum | 2019  FREE
10:30 am   4th of July Hometown Parade & Footrace at Kenwood Park | 2019  FREE
10:30 am   Glorious 4th of July Park Festival at Los Gatos | 2019  FREE*
*Free, but bring cash for food and activities
10:30 am   Mill Valley’s 4th of July Parade & BBQ Picnic | 2019  FREE*
*The food is most likely for purchase, so bring along cash.
All Day   Sleepy Hollow’s Fourth of July Parade & Fun Run | 2019  FREE
10:30 am   Mission Terrace | 4th of July Parade & Picnic | 2019  FREE
All Day   4th of July Fireworks Spectacular at Suisun City | 2019  FREE
11:00 am   Piedmont | Small Town 4th of July Bagpipe & Classic Car Parade | 2019  FREE
11:00 am   Oakland | 4th of July Block Party at Jack London Square | 2019  FREE
All Day   Old Fashioned 1900s Independence Day Celebration at Santa Cruz | 2019  FREE*
*Last 2018 there was a $10 Parking fee. This may apply this 2019. Food is also available for purchase.
11:00 am   4th of July Symphony & Picnic in the Park at Los Gatos | 2019  FREE*
*Free, but bring money for food and beverages.
All Day   Marin County Fair: Fireworks, Free Rides & Concerts | San Rafael  $15*
*$15 advanced tickets bought online. Day of tickets are $20 (plus $3 service charge); $20 at the gate
11:00 am   Calistoga’s Star Spangled Social 4th of July Parade | 2019  FREE
All Day   Vallejo’s 6th of July Parade, Waterfront Festival & Fireworks | 2019  FREE
11:00 am   Fourth of July Parade Celebration at Ross | 2019  FREE
All Day   Antioch | 4th of July Fireworks, Festival & Parade | 2019  FREE
All Day   Pacifica’s 4th of July Celebration in the Park | 2019  FREE
All Day   Free Admission Day for First Responders | Alameda County Fair  FREE*
*1 FREE Admission with Valid ID; Until 3PM
11:00 am   Free First Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum | East Bay  FREE*
*Free admission to galleries. Film programs are excluded
11:45 am   Menlo Park’s 4th of July Parade & Festival | 2019  FREE*
*Free, but some activities may require a fee or a $8 wristband. Bring cash for food & drinks.
12:00 pm   Palo Alto’s Summer Fest: 38th Annual Chili Cook-Off | 2019  $5*
*includes five (5) tastings from the Chili Cook Off booths
All Day   Santa Clara’s All City Picnic & 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza | 2019  FREE
12:00 pm   Benicia | Picnic in the Park & Waterfront Fireworks Show | 2019  FREE
All Day   Berkeley Marina | 4th of July Fireworks & All Day Festival | 2019  FREE
12:00 pm   Oakland | 1900s Old-Timey Pardee Patriotic Picnic | 2019  $20*
*$20 for adults includes BBQ other treats; $5 for children 5-11 years; free for those under 5
12:00 pm   Pleasanton | 4th of July Patriotic Concert | 2019  FREE
12:00 pm   Calistoga’s Napa County Fair, Free Rides & Fireworks | 2019  $20*
*Adults $20; Children & Seniors $15; Kids under 5 free; Admission includes unlimited access to everything
12:00 pm   Spirit of Watsonville: July 4th Parade | 2019  FREE
12:00 pm   Albany | Mustache Contest, Reptile Show & July 4th Fest | 2019  FREE*
*Most activities are free, but a kid's Fun Band is $5 and gets you unlimited activities. Registration cost may apply to enter contests, but they are free to watch.
12:00 pm   Old-Timey 4th of July Celebration at Roaring Camp | 2019  FREE*
*The festivities are free, but there is a parking fee and food is available for purchase. Certain activities have fees between $2-5. Train rides cost $29 for adults and $22 for children.
12:00 pm   Free Party Mix Concert in the Park | San Mateo  FREE
1:00 pm   Milpitas Red, White & Blue 4th of July Pool Party | 2019  FREE*
*Space may be limited at times due to pool capacity.
1:00 pm   Patriotic American 4th of July Concert | Golden Gate Park Band  FREE
2:00 pm   San Francisco 4th of July Pub Crawl & Hot Dog Eating Contest 2019 | SF  $12*
*Ticket discounts available for big groups.
All Day   Alameda | 4th of July Aboard an Aircraft Carrier Flight Deck | 2019  $25*
*Adults: $25 - Youth ages 7-17: $15  - - Children under 6 are Free with Paying Adult - Active Military & First Responders with I.D. are free - Members of the Hornet are always Free, so buy your membership in advance for quicker onboarding.
2:00 pm   2019 SF Mime Troupe Season Opening | Dolores Park  FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted
3:00 pm   Santa Rosa’s “Red, White & Boom” Fireworks Celebration | 2019  $10*
*$10 general admission
3:00 pm   5th Annual “Queer As Fourth” Dance Party | El Rio  $10
4:00 pm   Morgan Hill’s Freedom Fest Fireworks & Live Music | 2019  FREE
4:00 pm   Livermore | “Red, White & Boom” July 4th Fireworks & Block Party | 2019  FREE
4:30 pm   4th of July Concert & Fireworks at Rohnert Park | 2019  FREE*
*Free to watch the fireworks from outside the venue; otherwise, tickets start at $25
5:00 pm   San Pablo | 4th of July Multi-Cultural Celebration & Fireworks Show | 2019  FREE
5:00 pm   Free Cab Rides Home on 4th of July at the Bay Area | 2019  FREE*
*Pre-registration online required. You'll need to mail in your reimbursement request.
5:00 pm   Asian Art Museum’s $10 Thursday Nights | SF  $10*
*General admission tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, students and youths (age 13-17). There is a $10 surcharge for special exhibition tickets. 
5:30 pm   St. Helena’s 4th of July Fireworks Show | 2019  FREE
5:30 pm   5-Course Tasting Menu w/ Vegan Option, 2-for-1 Cocktails | SF  $39*
*$39 for a 5-Course Tasting Menu (reg. $69), 2 for 1 Tropical Drinks. Please enter FC5-COURSE in your open table reservation or mention Funcheap to your host.
6:00 pm   Castro Art Walk | First Thursdays  FREE
6:00 pm   Vacaville | 4th of July Fireworks & Creekside Concert | 2019  FREE
6:00 pm   San Jose | 4th of July Fireworks Celebration | 2019  FREE
6:00 pm   Lafayette | Buddhist 4th of July Peace Ceremony | 2019  FREE
6:00 pm   Exploratorium After Dark: Things That Go BOOM | Pier 15  $19.95*
*$19.95 Adv/Door -  Free for Lab Members ($10 Add-On Ticket for the Tactile Dome)
6:00 pm   Lower Polk / TL Art Walk | Trendyloin  FREE
6:30 pm   Stockton | Minor League Baseball & Fireworks Show | 2019  FREE
6:45 pm   San Jose Giants Baseball & 4th of July Fireworks | 2019  $10*
*Game tickets start at $10, but fireworks can be seen for free outside Municipal Stadium.
7:00 pm   Milpitas 4th of July Fireworks | 2019  $3*
*$3 admission; children 1 and under are free. Online ticket sales end on July 3 at noon.
7:00 pm   Moraga Summer Concert: Rock & Soul | East Bay  FREE
7:00 pm   Close-Up Comedy: Great Comics & Free Beer Giveaways | SF  $5*
*Beer, wine, and fancy pastries for sale
7:30 pm   Watch Fireworks Close Up Aboard WWII Liberty Ship | S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien  $40
8:00 pm   4th of July Fireworks & San Francisco Symphony at Shoreline Amphitheatre | 2019  $20
8:00 pm   New Filmmakers Open Screening | Mission Dist.  FREE
8:00 pm   Throwback Thursdays at Virgil’s: Late 90’s to Early 2000’s Pop | SF  FREE
9:00 pm   Healdsburg’s 4th of July Fireworks Show | 2019  FREE*
*Free. Donations are encouraged.
9:00 pm   Fourth of July Fireworks at Cloverdale | 2019  FREE*
*Free. Donations are appreciated.
9:00 pm   Stockton | Waterfront Fireworks Extravaganza | 2019  FREE
9:00 pm   Pittsburg | 4th of July Fireworks at the Marina | 2019  FREE
9:00 pm   Bay Party Vibes on the D-block | SF  FREE
9:30 pm   Cupertino’s Fourth of July Fireworks Show | 2019  FREE
All Day   San Francisco Fireworks: 4th of July | 2019  FREE
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