Bay Area New Year’s Eve- Where to Catch the Fireworks

Looking for the best places to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks in San Francisco? Want to get an unobstructed view of this New Year’s spectacle, but you just don’t know where to go? Luckily for you, we know some of the best places that you could get an amazing view of the Bay Area New Year’s Eve fireworks! From the common spots to the spots that you would never think of, we have it all here. Take a look at these great places and catch yourself an amazing view of the Bay Area New Year’s Eve fireworks!

Bay Area New Year’s Eve Firework Views:

Yerba Buena Island/Treasure Island

14105975243_43cce3ffae_b-2-300x160 Yerba Buena Island is perhaps one of the best spots to get a view of the Bay Area New Year’s Eve fireworks. This island sits right on the San Francisco Bay between San Francisco and Oakland. The island is named after the town of Yerba Buena, which received its name from the plant of the same name that was abundant in the area. The plant’s English and Spanish common name, Yerba buena, is an alternate form of the Spanish hierba Buena, meaning “good herb.” At Yerba Buena, you will enjoy an amazing view of the fireworks as well as the San Francisco skyline and Bay Ridge Bridge below you. This island is a popular spot for locals to celebrate their New Year’s Eve so be sure to arrive early.

Treasure Island is another great location to view the Bay Area New Year’s Eve fireworks. This artificial island sits in the San Francisco Bay as well and in the neighborhood of the City of San Francisco. Treasure Island was built from 1936 to 1937 for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition. From Treasure Island, you will get great glimpses of the fireworks without having to look down on the Bay Bridge. The flatlands of Treasure Island provide enough space for guests to grab a spot to celebrate the arrival of a New Year with an unmatched view of the fireworks.

Water Bar

waterbar-baylights-1-retouched-1-300x204If you want to enjoy a more intimate setting for your New Year’s celebration head to the Water Bar for your night. This wonderful restaurant serves up fresh-caught and sustainably sourced fish and shellfish as well as the most expansive selection of oysters on the West Coast. After enjoying some great and fresh seafood selections, order one of their desserts to finish off the meal. Water Bar has a great dessert and pastry selection that reflects the best tastes of the season that the West Coast has to offer. The menu selections are not the highlight of this restaurant. Instead, the amazing view of the waterfront and fireworks is what sets this restaurant apart. At Water Bar, you will get one of the best views of the Bay Area New Year’s Eve fireworks that you definitely won’t get anywhere else!

4th Annual Moonlight New Year’s Eve Fireworks Party Cruise


If you truly want to enjoy an amazing view of the fireworks then you need to experience a San Francisco New Year’s cruise. Book your tickets aboard the San Francisco Spirit and enjoy an amazing New Year’s celebration. This New Year’s cruise takes places on a spacious yacht with three decks for you to explore. Sail around San Francisco and get amazing views of this city and its historical landmarks. While you sail, you will enjoy a live DJ, a four-hour open bar, and complimentary appetizers as well. This cruise will sail you around for three hours and give you a perfect view of the Bay Area New Year’s Eve fireworks as soon as they go off! Grab your best outfits for the night and get ready to celebrate a New Year like you never have.

Speakeasy New Year’s Eve Cruise


If you like the idea of sailing for your New Year’s night, but don’t want to feel obligated to dress up then check out the New Year’s cruise taking place aboard the Fume Blanc Commodore. This 7th annual speakeasy cruise that always sells out is going to treat you to an amazing New Year’s celebration. Be prepared to be taken back in time with Black Jack tables on board with dealers as well as Peachy Puffs, San Francisco’s Original Cigarette & Candy Girl Service giving out complimentary candy, cigarettes, and cigars! This cruise will also have two live DJs on board and even give you a four-hour open bar and of course an amazing view of the New Year’s fireworks. Flapper attire is suggested for this event, but it’s definitely not required. Book your tickets now for this cruise and guarantee yourself an unforgettable arrival of the New Year!

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