Whether you're braving the crowds, huddling on a hill or getting rowdy with your own, here's your Fourth of July game plan for fireworks.
The Most Obvious Spots
With the fireworks taking off from Pier 39, the most obvious viewing spots are downtown and on high ground. To refresh your memory, that means...
The Embarcadero: If you can secure a spot amongst the sea of fireworks fans, the Embarcadero promises a front row seat. Camp out early for prime locations.
With the Fourth of July just around the corner, how will you celebrate our country's Independence Day? With so much on tap around the Bay Area, we'd wager you won't have any trouble finding something to do.
Groove alongside 100,000 of your closest friends to the tunes of some of the area's greatest jazz performers on three main stages. Arts, crafts and food vendors will occupy 10 blocks should you get restless and need to exercise your legs. July 4-5, 10am-6pm, free.
Out-of-town friends or relatives looking for a hotel recommendation? Well, the Westin St. Francis, one of downtown's poshest hotels, just got a facelift. And it's an A+ in our book, a nod to present-day San Francisco while still preserving the building's history.
We might not have real seasons here -- no foliage, no snow, just schizoid micro-climates and changeable marine layers. But, here’s a hint that summer starts tomorrow -- sea-farers of all sorts will be out and about enjoying the Summer Sailstice, which just happens to fall on the summer solstice.
The Sailstice is a world-wide holiday celebrating sailing held annually on the longest sailing day of the year. Because, you know, we need to fill those extra few minutes with something, it might as well be water-side music, food, contests and flotation devices to benefit the Treasure Island Sailing Center.
Maybe it's the Johnny Depp effect, but there's no denying the universal appeal of pirates. So if Father's Day BBQs and games of catch aren't your bag, we're going to go out on a plank (har har) and suggest the NorCal Pirate Festival, which promises to be a swashbucklin' good time. There will be music, there will be crafts and there will be swordfights (obviously). Also not to miss are the ventriloquist Captain Jack Spareribs (c'mon, you're curious), musical troupe the Seadogs, the dueling Privateers of the Dauntless and the singing vixens Queen Anne's Revenge.
Oh yeah, and it's free.
World Ocean's Day was officially June 8, but the Cal Academy has extended the celebration of the sea until today. Buy any admissions ticket online, and you'll be entered to Life Aquatic-it in the new Deep Flight Super Falcon (pretty sweet name), the most advanced winged submarine ever constructed. Destination? Kelp forests of Monterey Bay.
Club One and 7x7 magazine have teamed up for the first ever Ready or Knot Wedding Challenge. Two trainers, two winners and the fierce goal of looking hot for the big day. Let the games begin.
Bride-to-be #1: Jennifer Nichols, former gymnast
Wedding: End of Summer 2009
Trainer: Strength and Conditioning Coach, Brian Hannah, Club One Embacadero Center
We all know that workouts can get a bit monotonous, so today I decided to change it up and bring out the TRX. Are you scared yet?
How to spend a day in San Francisco? We’ve got a few (dozen) ideas—go sailing, picnicking and hiking, walk like an Egyptian, settle in for story time or grab a bleacher seat to watch the Giants take the Astros to the cleaners.
Best Dog Day
One of Sonoma's more contemporary wineries, Roshambo--named for the popular childhood game--will host its signature event, the annual Rock, Paper, Scissors Championship, this Saturday, June 6. There will be wine, there will be fun, there will be RoShamBo, but, most importantly, there will be a $1,700 prize.
Last year, the talent pool included 256 competitors and hundreds of spectators from as far away as Sydney, Tazmania, Toronto, Tokyo, D.C. and New York. Many contest-goers don inventive and zany costumes, not unlike Bay to Breakers.