As the turn of the year draws closer, the discussions of “New Years Eve plans” heighten. Parties, champagne, music, attire, the ball-drop, fireworks – all things usually involved in the discussion. In the Bay Area, it is well known that when the clock strikes midnight (three hours after the ball drops in NYC) fireworks erupt in San Francisco. The city boasts one of the best waterfront New Years fireworks shows in the country – and many people flock from all over the Bay Area and from around the world, so scouting out a viewing point in advance is necessary.
The fireworks will begin at 12:00 AM on January 1st, 2014. They will be set off from barges 1,000 feet into the San Francisco Bay just south of the Ferry Building near Pier 14 – with arguably the best backdrops for NYE fireworks, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge, depending on where you watch from.
The main show is best viewed from the Embarcadero between Mission and Folsom streets, where background music is played to go along with the firework show. With this perk, this is of course where the crowds gather. If elbow to elbow crowds and hours of waiting after the fireworks end to get back home sound like a fantastic New Years Eve – this is the place to watch. Free, family-friendly, and alcohol-free.
If, however, you like bring in the new year with a glass of champagne and room to breathe, I’ve put together a short list of other memorable places to watch the New Years Eve fireworks in the Bay Area and bring in 2014 with a bang.
1. Treasure Island
Located in the middle of the bay, Treasure Island may boast an even greater viewpoint than the Embarcadero. Imagine viewing the spectacular firework show with both bridges in view and the city skyline. Sounds picturesque.
2. On the Water
Yep, I said it. Watch the fireworks from the water. Hop aboard a New Year’s cruise and enjoy the evening floating around the bay enjoying lavish drinks and snacks. There are many options for party boats – find the one that, literally, floats your boat. I’ve gathered a few options: Family Fireworks Cruise, Moonlight Fireworks Cruise, Hornblower Cruise, New Years Cruise.
3. Twin Peaks
Looking for a quiet place for just you and your hunny? Hop in the car and drive to the second most elevated point in the city – Twin Peaks. Although the fireworks may be tiny from this vantage point, here, you are sure to have much more privacy.
Wherever you decide to ring in the New Year, please celebrate safely. Never drink and drive, and always respect the city in which you celebrate and the people around you. Lets make 2014 the best year yet.