If you want to catch a little sparkle this NYE, then the fireworks show at the Embarcadero is your best bet. The SF tradition starts at 11:59pm. We understand that many of you look forward to celebrating with a few hundred thousand fellow revelers. But for others, they’d prefer to not deal with the huge crowds and view the fireworks from afar.
As a rule, no matter where you go, we suggest you get there early and bundle up! Be respectful of others and pack up your trash until you find a trash can.
Here are a few places that should fit your mood as you ring in the new year.
The Embarcadero from Mission to Folsom
The fireworks usually synced to music and speakers will be set up and down the Embarcadero. The fireworks barges are out in the bay, so most spots along the Embarcadero will offer a decent view. The best spots are south of the Ferry Building along the Embarcadero between Mission and Folsom Street. Note: Standing in front of the Ferry Building will not be a good place to view the fireworks as the building itself will block your view.
Ina Coolbrith Park is a great little green area above it all where you can take a bottle of wine and take in the visuals below.
A trip up Bernal Hill will get you to huge open area where you’ll be able to take a blanket and your favorite sippy cup to take in the splendor below.
The trail along the top of Dolores Park at 20th & Church Streets is a great, grassy area to plop down a blanket and view the fireworks – yeah, another plop – but after a few drinks, plopping is better than dropping.
These hills and open area vantage points where you’ll have a little more space to possibly plop down a folding chair or blanket and take in the fireworks.
Treasure Island is a little more difficult to get to but still an amazing place to view the fireworks. The skyline behind the show is an unparalleled backdrop, about as perfect as you can get. If you’re more adventurous head up to Yerba Buena Island to view the fireworks from the cliffs.
It’ll be crowded up here but the views are amazing if you get a good spot.
Anywhere along 18th or 19th Street in Potrero Hill, at an intersection offers great views of downtown, but on 19th Street, from Arkansas to DeHaro there’s an open area above the Internation Studies Academy that will offer unobstructed views.