I don’t normally post on a Saturday, but I wanted to share some pics from the Independence Day holiday before way too much time passes and it’s all irrelevant! We had a great lazy day, complete with picnic food for lunch.
We headed down to Fisherman’s Wharf around 6 PM to check out the festivities before our fireworks bay cruise. There was live music and LOTS of people! As soon as the sun started going down, the temps dropped – I was glad I brought a scarf and my heavy coat!
We picked up dinner at the fresh seafood vendors, then headed towards Pier 39 for the Blue & Gold fireworks bay cruise. Along the way, there were actually several smaller boats also advertising cruises on the bay to watch the fireworks, so even if you didn’t plan ahead or go with one of the bigger companies there are still options!
The fireworks didn’t start until 9:30 PM so we spent about an hour on the water, with great views of the city skyline, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate bridge in the distance. The sun had already gone down, but it didn’t get truly dark until around 9 PM.
When the fireworks show began, we had great seats right on the water. The show itself was really beautiful and felt like it went for quite a while. Best of all, it was so nice not to feel crowded by the masses of people on shore. A boat is definitely the way to go if you want to see the fireworks show up close!
The wharves were crazy busy after the show was over, and we knew there was no hope of catching a bus that wouldn’t be packed to the gills. Good thing we live within walking distance! It’s a couple miles but at least we finally figured out the flatter streets, so we were home by 11 PM. I just realized that I mentioned a lot of specific times… but hey, I love a good timeline when I’m planning an outing, so I hope you do too! A fun night for sure – done in under five hours!
More city sights coming soon as we explore San Francisco!