The San Francisco fireworks show begins about 9:30 p.m.
Best places to watch
On a ship: Starting at 7:30 p.m., catch the show from the deck of the National Liberty Ship S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien on Pier 45 at Fisherman’s Wharf. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for those 62 years and older, $10 for kids 6 to 12 and $45 for a family (two adults, up to two children). Hot dogs, chips and drinks are included. More info: www.ssjeremiahobrien.org, (415) 544-0100
Northeast waterfront: One of the most popular spots to watch the fireworks is from Aquatic Park at Pier 39. Municipal Pier will be closed to the public. Boats will not be allowed to enter the lagoon between 1 and 11 p.m. No fireworks or barbecues are permitted in Aquatic Park. More info: www.visitfishermanswharf.com
Crissy Field: A good place to plan a picnic before the show begins. Arrive early, as Crissy Field will fill up fast.
Treasure Island: Another popular place, but lesser-known, the island will give you a look at other displays happening around San Francisco Bay.
Twin Peaks: An out-of-the-way spot that allows you to put a little more emphasis on romance, with plenty of spots to enjoy the vantage point and be discreet from anyone else with the same idea.
How to travel
As many as 200,000 people will be at Aquatic Park and Ghirardelli Square on the Fourth of July for fireworks and other festivities. Public transportation is strongly advised, as parking will be limited and some streets will be closed. More info: www.sfmta.com