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How to watch Bay Area 4th of July fireworks from your sofa

See bombs bursting in air this Independence Day right at home

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As the Bay Area waits with bated breath to see whether or not fog makes its annual Independence Day appearance—which usually obscures the pyrotechnics—San Francisco’s fireworks show will get under way at 9:30 p.m. next Thursday from the foot of the Municipal Pier and from barges north of Pier 39 along Fisherman’s Wharf. Thousands of people will gather to see the annual spectacle.

But if you don’t want to watch the fireworks in person—and considering the traffic headache and Muni reroutes as well as the partly cloudy weather predicted for 7/4—you can still catch them on TV.

Watch KRON 4 at 9 p.m. for their live fireworks special. You can also watch it live on

However, if you still want to see the fireworks minus the crowds, vantage points can be found all over the city if you’re okay with doing a little hiking and carting around a blanket and provisions.

You could also see non-sanctioned fireworks displays in the Mission. And Angel Island or Treasure Island offer great views, too, if you have the stamina for a ferry or car trip.