It’s that time of the year again—where the Bay Area skies light-up with the many psychedelic colors afforded by excited gunpowder.
Living in the Bay Area, we’re fortunate to have some of the best vantage points to view wildlife, skylines, and, yes, firework shows from, anywhere in the world. Because of how our small slice of NorCal tends to dip and rise in elevation, there’s (likely) a great view just around every street corner—including yours! However, no two sweeping views of the Bay Are are created equal, especially for watching the skies light-up on the 4th.
But fret not; we’ve got you covered. Here are some of our favorite places to see the skies light up on Independence Day.
Twin Peaks: There’s a reason why this place is popularly crowned the best place to see the city skyline from. (Read: the firework shows from here are hella IG worthy.) We’d recommend getting there a good two hours before 7pm, just before the crowds start coming in droves; majority of the Bay Area firework shows are slotted to start around 8:30p, 9pm. // 501 Twin Peaks Blvd. (The Castro)
Shoreline Lake: If you’re willing to make the drive down to South Bay’s Shoreline Lake, you’ll be shortly rewarded with uninterrupted views of NorCal skies. (The Shoreline Amphitheatre Fireworks are rumored to be the best yet come next week.) For an even more authentic, intimate view, rent a kayak or rowboat at the boatshop to see the illuminated skies…while on the water. // 3160 N Shoreline Blvd (Mountain View)
San Francisco Bay Cruise Ships: Yes, you read that right: you can now officially reserve your spot on one of three cruise lines — Blue and Gold Fleet, Hornblower Cruises and Red and White Fleet Cruises — to celebrate independence day from aboard. And did we mention cocktails and h’orderves are complimentary with most ticket purchases on Hornblower Cruises? Because they are. Feel free to say “Thanks, America,” with an American-brewed beverage in hand, canvassing the San Francisco Bay landscape. // Pier 45 (The Embarcadero)
Marin Headlands: A place near-and-dear to our hearts, the Marin Headlands is a wonderland for aerial photograph snapping, sightseeing, and stargazing. For those in-the-know, Hawk Hill and Golden Gate Vista Points continual serve-up, arguably, the most beguiling perches for firework watching anywhere in the Bay Area. Suffice to say may see one our two Bob Cut employees sitting pretty atop a patch of green grass in Marin come Tuesday. // Conzelman Rd (Mill Valley)
Pro Tip: Like we’ve already iterated—most of the firework happenings will occur somewhere around 9pm across the Bay Area. However, if you want to get a jump-start on your independence day festivities, swing by the Oakland Alameda Coliseum at 6:05pm Monday; they’ll be launching fireworks after the Oakland A’s game against the Chicago White Sox.