Best Places to Watch San Francisco’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks
The typical fog rolling in on Monday evenings will miraculously not happen tonight, December 31st, per the National Weather Service. Instead, we will have clear skies!
What does this mean? This means that the fireworks for New Year’s Eve at the Embarcadero will actually be seen by all above the Bay. Per SF Curbed, we’re talking 1080p at 60 fps visuals. (That means High Definition visuals). The forecast will be clear skies.
The annual New Years fireworks display will happen tonight at midnight, along the Embarcadero from Mission to Folsom.
Photo courtesy of OpenStreetMap.org
Below are Places to watch the fireworks in San Francisco
The Embarcadero is the first choice for many tourists and bridge-and-tunnel partiers. But there’s no need to stand directly in front of the Ferry Building to witness the pyrotechnics.
According to Fun Cheap SF:
“The fireworks will launch from barges located 1,000 feet out in the bay, just south of the Ferry Building near Pier 14 (Mission Street and The Embarcadero), so the best viewing spots will be south of the Ferry Building along the Embarcadero between Mission and Folsom Street,” while pointing out that “standing in front of the Ferry Building will not be a good place to view the fireworks” since it gets too crowded with revelers and views can be blocked by the Ferry Building.
Photo: Joie de Vivre Hotels
Other great places to see the fireworks are Telegraph Hill, Treasure Island, and Russian Hill.
Fireworks from Coit Tower, Telegraph Hill courtesy of Flickr
Fireworks from Treasure Island courtesy of Flickr
Don’t feel like braving the cold and fighting for parking?
Below is how to watch the fireworks from the comfort of your sofa
KRON 4 will broadcast a live show before and during the fireworks display. Click here to view KRON4 Television Schedule.
BART and Muni transit service for New Year’s Eve (FREE!)
Leave the driving to the pros!
Special free service to and from San Francisco begins at 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Trains will run every 20 minutes after midnight with extra trains waiting in downtown San Francisco after the fireworks show ends.
- Complimentary Muni service 8 pm, Dec. 31, to 5 am, Jan. 1
- Please do not tag your Clipper® card during the complimentary service
- Please do not activate a MuniMobile ticket
- Muni Metro service all night
- between West Portal and Embarcadero stations until 5 am
- between West Portal and 4th and King streets until 2:15 am
- Service on the F Market historic streetcar line is provided by buses after approximately 9 pm
- Service on the Cable Cars is provided by buses after approximately 6 pm
- Extra Owl service (1 a.m. to 5 a.m.)
Photo: SF Fun Cheap
Be advised that certain train lines going in and out of San Francisco during and after the fireworks spectacle will not stop at the Embarcadero, Montgomery, and West Oakland stations.
Visit SFMTA for more information on NYE.
Heading into San Francisco after 8 p.m.:
Antioch and Richmond line trains arriving into San Francisco will not stop at Embarcadero Station. Exit at Montgomery Street Station for the fireworks show.
Dublin/Pleasanton and South Fremont/Warm Springs line trains will not stop at Montgomery Street Station. Exit at Embarcadero Station to see the fireworks show.
Trains from Millbrae, Daly City, and SFO will stop at all stations in San Francisco.
After the fireworks end:
Antioch and Richmond line trains will not stop at Embarcadero Station. Use MontgomeryStreet Station to board these trains.
Dublin/Pleasanton and South Fremont/Warm Springs line trains will not stop at Montgomery Street Station. Use Embarcadero Station to catch these trains.
Dublin/Pleasanton and South Fremont/Warm Springs line trains will not stop at West Oakland. The first East Bay stop will be Lake Merritt Station. You will need to change to a SF-bound train at Lake Merritt if you need to return to West Oakland.
Millbrae, Daly City, and SFO passengers should use Montgomery Street Station.