This isn't the type of spot where you plop down a couple lawn chairs and crack open a beer, but it will have an amazing view of the fireworks that are set off from the foot of the Municipal Pier and from barges north of Pier 39.
INDIAN ROCK PARK
There's a volcanic rock that's approximately 11 million years old in the middle of a residential neighborhood in the Berkeley hills. When you climb to the top of it, you get an unobstructed view of the Bay Area.
This Crissy Field picnic area is great for large groups who want to make a day of it. There's picnic tables and a a large lawn to sprawl out on for the show. From here the view of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Marin Headlands, and Angel Island is breathtaking.
THE CALIFORNIA HORNBLOWER
If you want to get dolled up and not have to worry about scoring a comfortable seat, we suggest checking out Hornblower's 4th of July San Francisco Belle Cruise. For $183 per adult (there are discounts for seniors, military personnel, and children) you get a 4-hour cruise, a gourmet four-course seated dinner, a premier cocktail bar with champagne, live DJ entertainment, and an up close and awesome view of the fireworks show.
A Blue & Gold Fleet ferry leaves San Francisco at 5:40 pm. Included is shuttle service on Angel Island between Ayala Cove and Battery Ledyard. The island's cafe and oyster bar will be serving up live music, dancing, food and drinks. Visitors are advised to bring flashlights or headlamps, blankets and portable seats.
If you're looking to get your romance on, we suggest driving up to the top of Twin Peaks. Bring a blanket. The location will provide views of not just San Francisco's fireworks, but also Berkeley and Sausalito's.
This small patch of grass in Tiburon will provide breathtaking views of the fireworks. Grab a blanket and a cooler and head over early, as this particular spot fills up fast.
SAN FRANCISCO MARITIME
Stake out a spot on the grassy area next to the Aquatic Park. Since this is a tourist destination, we suggest showing up early if you want to nab a sweet spot.
Spectacular views of the bay and ample parking make this spot, in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge, ideal for watching the fireworks. Be sure to bring blankets and flashlights.
The Berkeley Marina is throwing an all day event featuring over a dozen musical acts and a vendors area. Entertainment includes a martial arts demo and shows by magicians and jugglers, among others.
If hiking is your thing we suggest making the trek up to Coit Tower for the fireworks show, as we're sure the parking lot will be filled up well before dusk.
Beat the crowds by heading across the Bridge to Treasure Island. The island's west side has plenty of lawn for you to cozy up on and watch the fireworks from afar.
Fisherman's Wharf is the ultimate tourist destination, so if you're one of the few brave locals who are set on the wharf as your place to view the show, we suggest showing up as early as possible to stake out a spot.
SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE
Panoramic views of the bay make SFAI the perfect place to chill out and watch the fireworks this 4th of July. As some of you may know, winds on the roof terrace can be strong, so make sure to layer up.