Happy Fourth of July, San Francisco!
After countless fireworks displays were canceled last year due to Covid and wildfire season, it’s been a very long time indeed since any of us got to enjoy a brilliant fireworks show. This year we’ll see slightly fewer fireworks shows than usual, but there are a handful of displays still happening around the Bay Area to keep an eye on! Remember that we are still in a drought, so it’s best to leave the firework wrangling to the professionals, and most cities have outlawed private firework use. But if you’re hoping to catch a show, here’s a list of what’s still going on this year!
1. Pier 39: Fisherman’s wharf is home to a spectacular annual fireworks show over the water that you don’t want to miss. Get a good spot at Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, the Cannery, or anywhere nearby for a show starting at 9:30pm! Check the Pier 39 website for some boat companies and water attractions offering fireworks views from the water.
2. Sonoma: Starting at dusk, Sonoma will set off fireworks high over the city for people to enjoy from their homes for about 45 minutes.
3. Petaluma: The city of Petaluma will put on an exciting fireworks show at 9:30pm from the Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds. In-person viewing is not available at the fairgrounds, but they are planning to launch the fireworks higher and brighter so you can see them from surrounding areas.
4. Antioch: The city of Antioch will launch a beautiful fireworks show over the San Joaquin River starting at 9:20pm. Find a parade, vendors, a car show and more in downtown Antioch on 2nd Street starting at 5pm.
5. Pleasant Hill: Pleasant Hill’s usual fireworks show will happen at 9:15pm, but this year there’s no in-person viewing at College Park High School. See them from your home or a nearby neighborhood spot.
7. Morgan Hill: This fireworks show will be a memorable one, as it’s accompanied by live music! See Fireworks on the Green at 9:45pm at 16500 Condit Rd. They have $10 parking for 1000 vehicles and fun activities happening all afternoon. Fun fact: this annual celebration has taken place since 1876!
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