7 Free Fireworks Shows To Enjoy In The Bay Area On July 4th

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7 Free Fireworks Shows To Enjoy In The Bay Area On July 4th

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!

San Francisco

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.

North Bay

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.

East Bay

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.


South Bay

6. Gilroy: Gilroy High School will host a fireworks show around 9:30pm, but there is no on-site viewing available. Find a good spot to see them nearby! Follow the city’s Facebook for updates.

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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