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How To Celebrate Fourth Of July In San Francisco Like A Local
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How To Celebrate Fourth Of July In San Francisco Like A Local

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Updated: 27 December 2016
For Independence Day celebrations, there is perhaps no better place to be than the San Francisco Bay. From fireworks over the Golden Gate Bridge to a festive night at the Marin County Fair, San Francisco is a Fourth of July delight.
San Francisco Fireworks
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Watching San Francisco’s Famed Fireworks

One of San Francisco’s greatest traditions, the Fourth of July fireworks show is a great way to start the night’s celebrations. Find a nice vantage point such as Ghirardelli Square or Coit Tower, and sit and relax as the sky lights up before your eyes. Nothing beats this San Francisco tradition.

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Spending the Day at Pier 39

If you’re looking to spend the day with family, San Francisco’s world-famous Pier 39 is your best bet. Pier 39 holds afternoon activities from 12-11 p.m. Visitors can enjoy live music and other family-friendly activities up until the big fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. next to a spectacular view of the bay. Musical acts include WJM, a band made up of fifth graders supporting children’s charities, and Tainted Love, who have a passion for 80s tunes. What’s better than spending a classic American holiday at a classic San Francisco destination?

Pier 39, Beach Street & The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415-705-5500

Stinson Beach
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Relaxing at Stinson Beach

There’s no better way than to spend Fourth of July relaxing on the warm sand. Head out to Stinson Beach and celebrate with some barbecuing, drinks, and a nice dip in the ocean. Stinson Beach’s National Park provides visitors with picnic tables and BBQs facing the beach. If you decide to head there early, make sure to watch the annual Tug-O-War between Stinson and Bolinas (Stinson’s sister and rival town). This is a great way to get a feel for the locals and see how they celebrate the holiday. Grab some hot dogs and burgers at the Parkside Snack Bar, or a gourmet sandwich at the Lunch Box, and take advantage of the warm weather coming your way for the holiday weekend.

Stinson Beach, CA, USA

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Having Old-Fashioned Fun at the Marin County Fair

All around the Bay Area will be county fairs allowing people of every age to have some fun. The Marin County Fair offers rides, food vendors, nightly fireworks, and world-famous musical acts. The Marin County Fair is a great way to spend the day with the family, a group of friends, or a date. Every night fair-goers can watch an incredible fireworks show, which gets even better on the night of the Fourth.

Marin County Fair, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, CA, USA, +1 415-499-6800