Spend your Fourth of July aboard a historic aircraft carrier in the East Bay. There will be live music from 2:30pm to 7:30pm, family activities, tours of the (haunted) ship, food and beverages to buy, and you’ll also be able to see the SF fireworks. Tickets are $25.
This rooftop lounge has good views of the SF skyline, Bay, and Bay Bridge, as well as fire pits, heat lamps, and two full service bars. The only problem is that it’s exclusively for hotel guests. There are still rooms available starting at $239.
Since the fireworks are shot off from a barge right in front of Aquatic Park, this is probably the most popular place to watch the fireworks, which means you need to get there in the early afternoon if you want to claim a spot. There will be live music later in the afternoon to keep you entertained and you can bring a picnic, but alcohol isn’t allowed.