New Year’s Eve is a night for amazing dinners, crazy parties, hanging out with friends and of course, fireworks. San Francisco is a great place to be for New Year’s Eve and the fireworks shows are always on point.
There are lots of options for viewing the fireworks, but this year there will be record low temps in the city, so make sure you plan correctly.
Best San Francisco Fireworks Viewing Locations
The fireworks will be shooting off of a boat located in the Bay between the Ferry Building and the SF, so you should be able to see the display anywhere along the Eastern side of the City. If you are planning to just watch the fireworks and not attending any events, you will need to get there early to grab a seat. The best area will be somewhere along the waterfront, south of the Ferry Building.
Traffic will be terrible, especially right after the fireworks end, so if you are driving from outside the city, it makes a lot more sense to either park closer to the high
Treasure Island offers amazing unrestricted views as well. You can grab a spot along the western side of the island for the best views. Since you will need to drive to the island, you will run into the same traffic issues as the waterfront. There aren’t really any places to go to after the show, so you won’t want to wait until traffic dies down.
There are a lot of restaurants along the water, so if you are able to get a reservation, this is a great option. Just make sure that you mention that you are planning on watching the fireworks when you make your reservation.
Some great restaurant options would be Epic Roasthouse, La Mar, Coquetam Chaya and Waterbar.
There are some great events happening along the waterfront. Whether you are looking for a New Year’s Eve event with open bar and views or want to grab some drinks before you head to the fireworks show, you will be able to find a great party that suits your needs.
San Francisco Fireworks New Years Eve – A low-cost option in the financial district. Your event wristband will give you in an out privileges all night so you can check out the fireworks and then head back to fish & Farm to dance and drink.
2017 Fireworks Gala at Crystal Jade – This event feature a front row fireworks view plus a full open Bar at one of the coolest new spots in San Francisco.
Confetti and Cocktails New Year’s Eve at Americano – The Annual New Years Eve event at Americano is always a good option with views of the fireworks, a full tented patio, open bar and djs.
Getting to the Fireworks Show
SF Public Transit
Within the city, you can take BART or the Muni Lightrail trains to the Embarcadero Station. You can also take the F-Street Car line to the Ferry Building (which usually turns into a bus service after 4pm on New Year’s Eve) or the California Cable Car to the Hyatt Regency.
The 2, 6, 14, 21, 31, and 38 buses drop off within a block of the viewing area and the SF Muni often runs late on New Year’s Eve to accommodate everyone trying to get around the city safely. They usually add a few additional routes to their late night schedule to make it even easier.
Each year they also offered free transit from 8pm to 5am.
If you are coming to the city from the east and south bay, BART is your best option. Take it to either the Embarcadero or Montgomery Street Stations. and you will be within a few blocks of the action.
Because this is a busy night, each BART train is assigned a place to stop once it reaches SF. They will either stop at either Embarcadero or Montgomery Street. Be aware of this change and make sure you get out on the one stop assigned to your train.
BART usually runs until about 3am on NYE, so you have plenty of time to catch the train home after the fireworks are over.
Again, traffic will be horrible. There is no easy option for the city to ease the bottlenecks, so you can expect to wait in a lot of traffic. It is highly recommended that you take public transit. However, if you do decide to drive, here are a few parking options near the Ferry Building.
100 Pine Street
75 Howard Garage
235 Pine Street
Washington & Embarcadero
Even better, if you are willing to brave the cold, park as close as possible to highway onramp and you will skip a lot of the stop and go traffic.