Fourth of July Fireworks

Fireworks light above the flags at Pier 39

The waterfront will be covered in dazzling lights as San Francisco hosts the annual Fourth of July fireworks. Enjoy the Port throughout the day and stay to watch the fireworks show at night: Perfect Day in Fisherman's Wharf

The fireworks show will be launched from the Bay and is expected to begin at 9:30 p.m. It will last approximately 20 minutes.

Fireworks are best viewed from the Fisherman's Wharf area. Public viewing areas to watch the show include Aquatic Park, Pier 39, and the Pier 43 walkway.


Traffic in and around Fisherman's Wharf is expected to be heavy. Public transportation is highly recommended.  
If you drive, Park Smart! If you love it, don’t leave it. Parking is available throughout the Fisherman’s Wharf area. The closest indoor lots are the Anchorage Square Parking Garage (500 Beach Street), the Ghirardelli Square Parking Garage (900 North Point Street), or the Pier 39 Parking Garage (2250 Powell Street). Special event rates may apply.


The following street closures will be in effect:

  • 8 a.m. to midnight, Thursday, July 4: Embarcadero between Powell and Taylor streets


  • Make reservations EARLY. Special cruises and waterfront restaurants may have limited or no walk-in options on popular holidays.
  • Plan to arrive early to get your preferred viewing spot.
  • Take public transit. The waterfront will get crowded closer to showtime.  Check MuniBART and San Francisco Bay Ferry for service updates and real time schedule information.  
  • Dress in layers. Temperatures at the waterfront can drop quickly after sunset and often get windy and foggy along the water.
  • Leave the dogs at home. Crowds and loud sounds may scare your pets.

Enjoy the show, but leave fireworks to the professionals. See information from the Fire Department about reporting illegal fireworks.


Due to high temperatures, the Port will operate two cooling stations on July 4. Both will operate 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and will provide access to public drinking fountains, but bottled water will not be provided. 

  • Pier 1: Access to air-conditioned lobby, restrooms, and seating. Due to COVID protocols, masks will be required and available to visitors.
  • South Beach Harbor (Pier 40A): Access to air-conditioned community room, restrooms, and seating. No mask requirements. 

Visit the SF Public Utilities Commission website to see a Drinking Water and Restroom Map for the Port and citywide.