The Perfect Fourth of July Viewing Spot:
San Francisco's Fourth of July fireworks are back this year — and future residents of the new condos on Yerba Buena Island, who will be able to move in at the beginning of 2022, will have front-row seats. Here's how to start new traditions and spend a memorable day with friends and family, with a grand finale of magnificent (and exclusive) views of the spectacular show erupting over the city.
Be the Holiday Host With the Most
When you call the idyllic Yerba Buena Island home, friends and family will be eager to come and visit. Here's your chance to be the holiday host with the most. First, let guests settle into their lodgings for the weekend and marvel at your new condo's elegantly modern interiors, featuring breathtaking island, bay, and city panoramas. Next, show off the rugged beauty of the island by venturing out along its five miles of biking trails. Follow this with a well-deserved soak in the outdoor pool and hot tub at the Island Club and round things off with a bottle of Sonoma Valley wine by its outdoor fireplace.
Heading Into Town
As the celebrations heat up in San Francisco, it'll be time to embrace the carnival atmosphere. The daily commuter service will whisk you to the iconic Ferry Building in no time. Otherwise, it'll be a quick 10-minute drive into the city. Watch festooned floats ride along Main Street in the annual Half Moon Bay’s Ol’ Fashioned 4th of July Parade & Festival. Be stirred by the San Francisco Symphony playing live in Stern Grove. Or, make the 20-minute drive from the island to Oakland, cross over into Alameda, and explore the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Hornet and dance to DJ sets on deck.
The Pièce de Résistance
For the main event, it'll be time to return to Yerba Buena Island. Located in the middle of San Francisco Bay, the island will be perfect for viewing the Independence Day fireworks, which are launched from the end of the Municipal Pier. Host cocktails and canapés on your private terrace. Crack a bottle of fizz while feeling the sand between your toes at the island's private beach, Clipper Cove. Explore the tree-lined paths weaving their way uphill, and perch on an outcrop with a picnic. Wherever you choose to celebrate on the island, it'll be a memorable evening. And your friends and family are bound to invite themselves for the next year, too.