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Plan Ahead for Park Activities During Fourth of July Holiday at Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Golden Gate National Recreation Area is expecting crowds and heavy use of beaches, parking lots, trails, and historic sites this Fourth of July. The National Park Service would like to pass on these tips for a safe and enjoyable holiday.
Best Firework Viewing Locations
The fireworks are best viewed from near Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39, where they are discharged. While Crissy Field and the Marin Headlands are popular locations to visit, they do not offer optimum viewing of fireworks.
Use Public Transportation
Remember that this weekend will have some of the heaviest traffic of the year, further complicated by the closure of the northbound Interstate 280 from the U.S. 101/I-280 interchange to downtown San Francisco for repair over the holiday weekend. The National Park Service urges visitors to plan ahead and use public transportation to get to the park's many sites. Take MUNI, Golden Gate Transit, SamTrans, PresidioGo or Marin Transit shuttle to avoid full parking lots (expected to fill early in the day.) For information on transit options go to http://www.511.org, http://www.transitandtrails.
Traffic & Parking—expect heavy traffic, full parking lots, and congestion
San Francisco—The new configuration of Doyle Drive has changed and reduced the ways to get to and from Crissy Field. Please plan ahead, have patience, or better yet, use transit! As in past years, areas and access roads will be closed to vehicle traffic for visitor safety and resource protection once there is no more parking capacity. Parking will be limited along the waterfront and Marina Boulevard, and roads are expected to be extremely congested along Crissy Field and East Beach, especially after the fireworks show. Please take your time and plan ahead.
Marin Headlands—Conzelman Road will changed to one-way traffic heading into the Marin Headlands starting late in the afternoon to accommodate special event parking along the road and maintain emergency access. The road will be closed when full. At the conclusion of the fireworks all vehicles will exit through the Baker / Barry Tunnel onto Alexander Avenue.
Fort Baker—Satterlee Road and Battery Yates are CLOSED to pedestrians and vehicles for construction. There will be limited parking and viewing locations this year. Expected heavy congestion and delays. Parking is expected to fill early.
Other Activities on July 4th
Do NOT Bring
With sunshine and warm temperatures predicted for the holiday, the water may look tempting. Beware of dangerous rip currents, cold water, and high waves at beaches. Stinson Beach is the park's only designated beach for ocean swimming. Please do not swim at other beaches, including Ocean Beach and Baker Beach. In case of an emergency, call 911 or 415-561-5656.
The Fourth of July is the number one holiday for pets to go missing across America. Make sure you take precautions to make sure your pets stay safe. Parties, loud noises, and a lot of extra people make this holiday difficult for pets. Make sure their tags are updated, keep a tight grip on their leash, and if your pet gets out, be sure to call the shelter, rescue, or foster home immediately for help – their connections might help you find your pet faster.
Enjoy a safe and festive day in your national parks!
Last updated: February 28, 2015