Financial woes doomed fireworks on the Coastside this year. But there are plenty of Fourth of July celebrations here (see adjoining story) and around the Bay Area.
When dark falls, if you take the risk of shooting off your own fireworks on the coast, you could face a hefty fine, not to mention potential injuries, said Lt. Larry Schumaker of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.
“There’s some powerful fireworks out there,” he said. “And then, you introduce alcohol from picnics, it can get a little crazy.”
He cited adults holding fireworks and risking major injuries to fingers and hands, and children bending over fireworks that may explode in their faces, harming eyes.
“Every year, we have someone hurt by fireworks,” he said. “We don’t want to see people hurt during holidays.”
He understands the allure; fireworks re-enact U.S. history.
“They represent July 4, 1776, which you see on all the old posters and in all the old movies,” he said. “That’s why we do fireworks.”
If you really need a fireworks fix, one that’s legal and public, and done professionally and safely, you don’t have to go far.
Pier 39, Aquatic Park, Jefferson and Hyde streets, San Francisco: This fireworks show, boasting more than 10,000 controlled devices, begins around 9:30 p.m. There will also be live music during the day to set the tone, including the 1980s cover band “Tainted Love,” starting at 6 p.m.
Leo J. Ryan Park, 650 Shell Blvd., Foster City: It’s a whole day of celebration, starting at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast, and later a parade, arts and crafts, a barbecue, games, live music and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
San Mateo Highlands: This public fireworks show, which has been happening for about 35 years, according to co-sponsor and Realtor Glenn Sennett, takes place July 3 in a corner of San Mateo County not far from Half Moon Bay. Beginning around 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3, the show lasts 20 to 30 minutes. It’s free but donations are welcome toward next year’s show and to benefit Highlands Elementary School, where the show takes place. To get there, take Highway 92 east to 280 north. Exit at Bunker Hill Drive, go right. Go uphill to Lexington Avenue and park.
Port of Redwood City, 675 Seaport Blvd., Redwood City: After a two-year hiatus the fireworks show is back. With live music by “Stealing 3rd,” the fireworks show, set for around 9:15 p.m., should be visible from high points around the Peninsula.
Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View: See fireworks to the tune of the San Francisco Symphony, playing selections from stage and screen shows “Wicked,” “Rocky,” “West Side Story,” “Peter Pan,” “Titanic,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Star Wars” and more. It all begins around 8 p.m. and admission is $79 from LiveNation.com.
San Jose Municipal Stadium, 588 East Alma St., San Jose: though the city of San Jose won’t have a fireworks show this year, it’s a baseball day at the stadium with the minor league San Jose Giants facing the Modesto Nuts at 6:30 p.m. with a post-game fireworks show around 9:30 p.m. There’s a charge of $10 to $18 for the whole event, but you can watch the fireworks show for free.
Skypark, 361 Kings Valley Road, Scotts Valley: There’s a Fourth of July family event starting at 3 p.m. here, culminating with fireworks at 9:15 p.m.