Friday, June 21, 2013


Fourth of July in San Francisco

Best Fireworks, Festivals and Fun Ways to Celebrate Independence Day

Best places to watch the twin fireworks displays, one of the USA's biggest Fourth of July parades
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San Francisco Fireworks Over the Golden Gate Bridge
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San Francisco is the only city we know of in California that sets off twin 4th of July fireworks displays: They're launched from Aquatic Pier just below Ghirardelli Square and from a barge near Pier 39. Two of the best places to watch are atop parking garages: at the Anchorage shopping center and the Pier 39 garage.
For a vantage point that lets you see fireworks all around the Bay, try Treasure Island. Or go up into the Marin Headlands north of the Golden Gate Bridge for a bird's-eye view, but get there early - we hear that these prime spots fill up hours in advance. You can also see the fireworks while on a dinner cruise - how cool is that?
During the day, head across the Bay to the tiny town of Alameda, which holds one of the country's biggest Fourth of July parades, so big that locals joke that half the town turns out to watch the other half marching past. Get this year's details.
There's nothing more American than baseball. Check if the San Francisco Giants or theOakland Athletics are playing at home. Independence Day evening games often include a fireworks show, giving you two-for-one entertainment.
If you're from out of town and don't know this, forget everything you've heard about California sunshine. Fouth of July in San Francisco can be foggy and cold, and I've worn as many as four layers to keep warm while watching the fireworks.
If you're looking for something else to do over the holiday, try this guide.

 Lake Tahoe

The big celebration at Lake Tahoe is
Lights on the Lake, the largest synchronized fireworks display in the western United States. It goes off over the lake every 4th of July. They're launched barges just off the South Shore at Stateline. One the best ways to see the show isfrom a boat.Ad
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Sacramento Independence Day Celebration

Cal Expo proudly joins the City and County of Sacramento to produce the largest-scale pyrotechnics display in the area’s history. The Independence Day Celebration is a family oriented collection of activities focused around our Nation’s birthday. In addition to the spectacular fireworks display, the Celebration also includes music and dancing in the Grandstand area.
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Location:Cal Expo, Miller Lite Grandstand
Entrance Gate:East Gate Entrance
Event Hours:Gates open at 6:00 p.m.
Fireworks begin around 9:30 p.m.
Live Music:The celebration begins with music provided by 107.9 The End, followed by a spectacular live performance by the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West beginning at 7:30 p.m.! Poppy, the State Fair Mascot, will also be on hand to entertain and delight both young and old.Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. 
Admission, Parking & General Info:General admission to the July 4th celebration is FREE. Parking on the fairgrounds is $10. A limited number of $10 reserved seats are being sold online on The day of the event tickets may be purchased at the East Gate Box Office located adjacent to Parking Lot D, beginning at 3.
Sacramento Indepndence Day Celebration

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