Fourth of July Activities: Fisherman’s Wharf
You are probably aware that the 4th of July is fast approaching. If you aren’t, you most certainly should be! And if you find yourself inside of the Bay Area during the event, then you will have more celebratory opportunities than you can shake a Golden Gate Bridge at. Today on our little blog we want to give you some idea of the many great offerings taking place in and around the Bay Area during the 4th, although it is ultimately up to you what you decide to do with your time.
The first and easiest place to start is at Fisherman’s Wharf, which takes the fun-filled possibilities of the 4th and brings them to their ultimate limit. Whether you are looking for live music, extraordinary food and drink, fun games for the entire family, or just a chance to gape at huge blooms of fireworks then Fisherman’s Wharf is the place for you.
Now, when we say “Fisherman’s Wharf,” we don’t just mean a single location. The term instead encompasses all of Ghirardelli Square, Pier 39, and the famed Municipal Pier.
Choosing to head to Fisherman’s Wharf also give you the chance to decide whether or not you want to spend your time on land or – for those seeking a slightly more unusual 4th experience – on a boat! Every 4th, numerous cruises depart from various locations on Fisherman’s Wharf to sail around the bay eventually reaching a specific location where the boats will stop. From this spot, those aboard the boats will have a chance to watch the fireworks from what is considered to be the ideal location. No large buildings, no enormously tall people suddenly appearing in front of you, no massive crowds to navigate – just the waves knocking against the sides of the boat and the oohs and ahhs of your fellow passengers as the lights burst and crackle above you.
Events along Fisherman’s Wharf last the entire day of the 4th. The firework display, which is the logical culmination of the days events, starts around 9:30 at night. Lasting close to 30 minutes, the experience is one that will remain in your mind (and probably your exhausted retinas and ear drums) for a long time afterwards.