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Fourth of July in San Francisco

Activities & Fireworks in San Francisco

2013 Fourth of July in the City


  • The America’s Cup
  • Pier 39 Festivities
  • Ghirardelli Square Fun
  • Fireworks

The America's Cup on Independence Day


In 2013, the Fourth of July in San Francisco will be more than fireworks, backyard barbecues, and parades. There are so many fun and exciting things to do on the calendar! You won't want to miss out, but you might have a hard time choosing. After all, how many times will you get the chance to be at the opening of the America's Cup races?

That's right-the qualifying races for the America's Cup will be all set to sail. July 4 is the opening day of the Louis Vuitton Cup on San Francisco Bay. This is a qualifying series for the America's Cup Finals. The course begins across from America's Cup Village at the Marina Green. View the race from Pier 39 or the SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

Fun in the Sun on the Fourth


Head to Pier 39 for family fun. From 2 to 11 p.m., there'll be music and dancing on the main stage. When it's time for a break from all that grooving, get a bite to eat at a Pier 39 restaurant, take a ride on the double-decker carousel, or say hi to the snoozing sea lions. The Aquarium of the Bay will also be open. Around 9:30 p.m., the fireworks get started over the Bay, so find a good place to watch.

If you're closer to the Marina Green and Aquatic Park-near Ghirardelli Square-there's lots going on, including live music, street performers, and kid-friendly activities. A little after 9:15 p.m., the fireworks start going off. Before that, treat yourself to a Ghirardelli hot fudge sundae and signature chocolates in the café and gift shop.

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