Things to Do for the Fourth of July in San Francisco

Everyone’s favorite summer holiday is quickly approaching! Nothing says July 4th like BBQs, pool days, parades, and fireworks! But with the country beginning to emerge from the worst of it, some celebrations are returning in the area. Read on to see what’s happening around San Francisco this Independence Day and gather up some ideas for your Fourth of July weekend.

Go to a Baseball Game

As the ultimate American pastime, baseball pairs perfectly with Independence Day! And while the San Francisco Giants don’t have a home game on the Fourth, you can get your baseball fix right next door in Oakland where the Athletics are playing the Boston Red Sox. The afternoon game starts at 1:07 pm and you can get seats starting around $38. Oakland Coliseum is operating at limited capacity and following other COVID precautions. Concession stands will still be open so you can get that classic Independence Day hot dog, just know that they’re currently cashless.

Pier 39

San Francisco’s fun tourist hub, Pier 39, normally has a Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks. It’s not been announced yet if that will be back on this year after being canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, but you’ll want to check back as the date approaches and see. Even if the festivities can’t happen, the Pier is back open is a fun place to spend the day shopping, eating out, and watching the famous sea lions.

Take a Beach Day

Cooling off at the beach is the perfect way to spend a sweltering Fourth of July, and luckily, San Francisco’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean means there are plenty of beaches around. If you love city beaches where there’s all kinds of life happening, go to Ocean Beach right in town. This is one of the most visited beaches in the area and is a great place for people-watching. You’ll see surfers, parasailers, kiteboarders, and kite-flyers. If you’re sensing a theme here, you’re probably right – the beach is windy. It’s not a top place to picnic or swim, but you’ll still enjoy strolling the mile-and-a-half long stretch of beach and feeling that cool, salty breeze.

If you’d prefer to get away from the holiday crowds, try Half Moon Bay State Beach instead. The state park is made up of four different beaches and a campground so you can get your outdoor fix and even make a full Fourth of July Weekend out of it. Activities include:

·   There are four miles of coastline at the park, perfect for long walks on the beach.

·   The waves are good enough that these beaches are popular with surfers.

·   There’s a horseback riding trail and on nearby Poplar Beach, you can ride horses along the water’s edge.

·   Some areas are designated to allow fishing.

·   There are lots of picnicking and grilling stations at Francis Beach.

·   The campground has 52 campsites for tents and RVs, coin-operated public showers, and some stations have electrical hookup available. Reserve a spot here.

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