New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Sausalito
NOTE: THE CONTENT BELOW IS FROM OUR PRE-PANDEMIC HOLIDAYS. PLANS FOR NEW YEARS FIREWORKS 2021 HAVE NOT BEEN FINALIZED AND ARE DEPENDENT ON THE COVID RISKS STILL PRESENT LATER THIS YEAR.
SF Midnight Fireworks Views
Date: December 31, 2021
Time: San Francisco Fireworks start at Midnight. The show usually lasts for about 15 minutes.
Place: Fireworks are set off from a barge about a hundred yards (90 meters) off the shore of the Embarcadero in San Francisco. Best viewing from southern Sausalito shore areas and from Sausalito view restaurants.
Sausalito View Restaurants & Special Music Performances on New Year’s Eve
Each year in Sausalito (pandemics willing!) a few thousand people crowd into town to watch the best fireworks in the North Bay.
Each year in San Francisco about 200,000 people crowd the Embarcadero south of the Ferry Building to watch midnight fireworks usher in the New Year. The best viewing spots in The City are between Mission St. and Folsom St.
Fog willing, you can get a close-up view of the Sausalito spectacular and a distant view of the San Francisco show from Sausalito. The best viewing spots are along the Bridgeway Promenade and on the southern Sausalito Boardwalk in Old Town. The area at the Sausalito Ferry Pier is also a good choice.
If you want to enjoy a glass of champagne while you watch the fireworks several of the “big view” Sausalito restaurants are staying open late. Some dining rooms have special menus and seating times and many stop serving their full menu at 10:00 PM or earlier, so be sure to call ahead for reservations and more information.
We did a phone survey of the best-known Sausalito view restaurants and have a list of who’s open below, but there are many more places on our Best Sausalito Restaurant Views list that you can also check out. Consider this list to be “the tip of the iceberg.”
We’ve also listed several places that are hosting special musical performances for New Year’s Eve.
Barrel House — Last call for meals is at 10:00 but the bar will remain open.
Farley Bar — Open, with restricted bar menu for food. Their front porch is a great viewing spot on a clear night.
Murray Circle — Special tasting menu dinner with two seatings, reservations required.
Presidio Yacht Club — Special New Years Event, call for reservations.
Scomas — Normal schedule, closes before midnight.
The Spinnaker — Open till after midnight, though kitchen may close earlier.
The Trident — They have a special New Year’s event, and reservations are required.
Important Note: There is no “free ride home” program in Sausalito this year. Please call a taxi, Uber, Lyft or a friend so you get home safely, and please don’t risk your life or the lives of others.