Spectacular firework shows marking the Fourth of July are still not quite fully back but we were able to round up a smattering of shows that are occurring for 2021. Be sure to check out our full July 4th festivities guide for more ideas on how to celebrate Independence Day. Here’s hoping for a bigger, brighter July 4th next year (and let’s throw in the rest of the year while we’re at it)! 

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Pier 39 July 4th Celebration
The skies‌ will‌ ‌once‌ ‌again‌ ‌explode‌ ‌above the city in‌ ‌dazzling‌ ‌color‌ ‌as‌ ‌fireworks‌ ‌return‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌Fourth!‌ ‌With‌ ‌180‌ ‌degree‌ ‌views‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌bay,‌ ‌there‌ ‌is‌ ‌no such thing as a ‌bad‌ ‌seat‌ but insiders tell us the prime viewing spots are: Aquatic Park, the Cannery, Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman’s Wharf and Coit Tower
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East Bay

Concord 4th of July Fireworks
The Concord Pavilion is offering a drive-in firework spectacular this year set to music so pack in your friends and family and get there early!
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South Bay 

July 4th Fireworks at California’s Great America
After a full day riding the coasters or water slides at the newly opened South Bay Shores water park, witness the skies set ablaze in a brilliant firework show!
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Morgan Hill ‌Freedom Festival
With a fun run, patriotic sing, family street dance, live entertainment, car show AND fireworks, this all-day festival has it all. We dare you to find a better place to celebrate the Fourth!
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Annual Gilroy Fireworks
This year’s show looks a little different as organizers are encouraging spectators not to gather en masse but to enjoy the show from a distance (within a 2.5 mile radius from the high school) and with family and friends while practicing safe protocols.
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—Christine Lai


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