Looking for the best, most convenient spot to watch the fireworks this year? Good news, this is a good year for firework afficianados – or the lazy – because the greatest night shows of the year will be going off around the bay. Here’s a comprehensive list of firework locations around the Bay Area and slightly beyond, but for those looking to stay in Silicon Valley, here are the highlights:
Foster City: It’s a day-long event with a parade, music, and more, from 8 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. The fireworks show is over the lagoon at Leo Ryan Park, beginning at 9:30 p.m. sharp.
Redwood City: This is one of the best days of the year in Redwood City, with a run, parade, music, car show, carnival, and much more. A pancake breakfast kicks it off at 7:30 .am., the parade begins at 10 a.m. and the fireworks show is at 9:30 p.m.
Mountain View: Shoreline Amphetheater with host the San Francisco Symphony for a concert of fun, family music (think Star Wars), capped off with a fireworks show. The music begins at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $33, with steep discounts for Mountain View residents.
Cupertino: Enjoy and evening of music before the fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. The fireworks are shot off from Cupertino High School, but viewing from the school is not allowed. Recommended viewing areas are: Creekside Park on Miller Ave., Hyde Middle School , and Sedgwick Elementary School.
San Jose Giants: The San Jose Giants have home games this week and will be having fireworks post game on both Thursday and Friday nights. Time depends on when the games end.
Santa Clara: Central Park is the spot for music, food trucks, and a fireworks show. The fun begins at 5 p.m. and the fireworks are schedule for 9:30 p.m.
Photo courtesy of the San Francisco Symphony.