San Francisco is known to be foggy — especially during the summer — but that won’t dampen weekend festivities.
The City puts on one of the biggest July Fourth fireworks shows in Northern California, and the explosives are engineered to go off at a range of altitudes to boost visibility in case parts of the sky aren’t clear.
The operators behind the fireworks display can’t adjust projection heights on the fly to avoid the specific fog conditions that night, but they can program a range — from 150 feet to 1,000 feet above ground level.
That way, spectators likely get to see some portion of the display.
“Everyone knows who’s been to the show over the generations there are years that it’s really been pretty bad. It’s just up to mother nature,” said Jeff Thomas, a show producer for Pyro Spectaculars North Inc., the company that has been shooting fireworks in The City for more than four decades.
“I don’t put a lot of worry or concern into it,” Thomas added. “It will be what it will be and we’re going to celebrate Independence Day.”
As has been tradition for many years, The City-sponsored fireworks show will hit the air at 9:30 p.m. at two locations simultaneously: near Pier 39 and in the Aquatic Park area. The roughly 5,000 devices at each site light up the sky and, if present, the fog for 25 minutes.
In all his years working the fireworks show, Thomas, who has lived in The City all his life, said he hasn’t seen the fog put a damper on the celebration and the crowd keeps getting larger.
“Every year is different,” he said. “We get different products that come in or we’re scouring the country for the best products, so everyone’s got to come out and see the new stuff.”
Before the fireworks, Pier 39 is also hosting family friendly activities and musical performances from the social cause band WJM at noon and the cover band Tainted Love at 5 p.m.
Those seeking a short getaway from The City can purchase tickets for Bay cruises. The Hornblower offers a 4-hour dinner cruise with live entertainment, but it’s sold out.
The Blue & Gold Fleet has boats leaving from Pier 41 at 8:20 and 8:30 p.m. that costs $80 for adults and $60 for children. The Red and White Fleet, which departs from Pier 43½ at 7:45 and 8:15 p.m., is sold out.
For a full list of SF Bay Area 4th of July events, click here.