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July 4th in SF: Street closures, Muni reroutes, and more

Everything you need to know about getting around on Independence Day

Fireworks Light up Golden Gate Bridge On Independence Day Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images

Wednesday marks our country’s annual tradition of barbecue and pyrotechnics in the sky. All over the Bay Area, there are choice spots to see numerous fireworks shows, from Marin the Silicon Valley. But getting around won’t be so festive. Expect road closures, Muni changes, and more during 4th of July.

Street closures and traffic changes

  • Jefferson and Beach streets along Fisherman’s Wharf will be closed.
  • Other neighborhoods expected to be the most affected are Embarcadero, North Beach, Marina, and Russian Hill. Driving around these neighborhoods on July 4 will be a fool’s errand. We do no recommend it. Instead, hop aboard Muni. Please.
  • The Mission District will be a trudge to get through Wednesday night while the neighborhood’s unsanctioned fireworks bacchanalia gets underway.

Muni reroutes

On Wednesday, Muni will operate on a Sunday schedule for the entire system. Several Muni lines and routes will be rerouted around the fireworks viewing area along Fisherman’s Wharf. until the end of service.

Many routes will also switchback—i.e., changing from inbound to outbound—before they reach the event area. Here is a table that summarizes the changes to each route and when each line or route begins to reroute. (Please note that some reroutes will change at 3 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.)

  • The E Embarcadero will be replaced with a bus starting at 2 p.m.
  • Cable Cars will be replaced with a bus starting at 2 p.m.
  • The 27-Bryant may reroute due to “informal fireworks displays” in the evening. If this happens, the reroutes will be:

- Inbound to downtown: On York, between 20th and 18th streets

- Outbound to the Mission: On Florida, between 18th and 20th streets

  • The 43-Masonic may experience delays due to crowds beginning at 7 p.m.
  • The 76X-Marin Headlands Express may have to reroute if park ranger service implements traffic control. If this is necessary, the following stops will be missed:

- Outbound to Marin Headlands

- Alexander Drive and Conzelman Road

- Conzelman Road and Kirby Cove

- Conzelman Road and McCullough Road

- McCullough Road and Bunker Road

Firework and road closure map:

Map via SF MTA

Extra and express Muni service map:

Map via SF MTA