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Happy New Year, San Francisco: Where to Find the Fireworks and Festivities

December 27, 2013 at 11:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s never too early to start planning for the New Year, and that’s especially the case when we’re just days away. We’ve checked out what our favorite cities are up to when it comes to welcoming 2014, and we’re here to share. So check out what’s going on in and around San Francisco to celebrate the countdown to 2014.

It seems like the best places to ring in the New Year are cities on the water, because after all—that’s a great place to check out the fireworks as the countdown reaches midnight. Over in San Francisco there’s plenty of different ways to celebrate the beginning of 2014, and none of them involve crowding around a ball the drops from the top of building.

For those looking for some music to welcome the New Year there’s always what’s going on over at Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion. Moby is in town for one night only, and he’s starting things up on December 31 and he’s not stopping until well into January 1. Tickets start at $200 per person for general admission, but that does include a premium hosted bar between 9pm and 2am.

If you’re going with a bunch of friends—or your grandma—you can buy things in sets of four for just $150 per person. There’s views of the Golden Gate Bridge, promises of live art installations, and over 60 bartenders to ensure your cup is filled at all times.

Those that want something a little more affordable and with plenty of bangs and booms there are always the fireworks along the waterfront. We’d guess that way before midnight is the best time to arrive to get a good spot, as estimates indicate that a good 200,000 people usually line up to check things out. Music is played along the promenade between Pier 14 and the Bay Bridge, and the fireworks will do their thing from barges about 1,000-feet out into the bay.

It sounds like the best spots to check things out will be along the Embarcadero between Mission and Folsom Streets. Things should last for around 15 minutes or so, and they’re promising to send them into the skies right at the stroke of midnight.

We’ve provided a few suggestions here and there for what to do from Miami to Los Angeles and between Boston and Chicago. However, we’re thinking that you can’t really go wrong no matter where you choose to celebrate. That’s especially the case if you have snazzy pair of those 2014 novelty glasses—they’re the best.

[Photo: David Leo Veksler]

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