Looking toward the Alcatraz side of the San Francisco Bay is the best place in the country to spend the evening of July 4th. Sure, other towns have music and fireworks and food, but this City has magic. Try for Coit Tower or one of the footbridges into Pier 39, early, because there will be crowds. Happy crowds. Dancing and singing crowds. If you’re able-bodied, park near Fort Mason or even in one of the garages near Union Square and walk to your favorite high ground for viewing. Roads get closed, buses and cable cars get full after the fireworks, so you’ll need to be able to walk some blocks to a taxi stand or back to your car or just stay with the street party at Fisherman’s Wharf a little later.
Oh yeah, and if you want to eat out during that weekend, make your reservations today.