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WE will be a group of six people from New Jersey in San Francisco over the July Fourth weekend. Can anyone recommend a restaurant to dine at and watch the fireworks at the same time?

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  1. Your best bet is to take a Hornblower Cruise and be out on the water.

    http://www.hornblower.com/hce/home

    1. If you haven't visited San Francisco in the summer before, your best bet is to pack warm sweatshirts and plan on thick fog and temperatures in the 50s.

      The fireworks are at Crissy Field in the Presidio, near the Golden Gate Bridge. Sometimes you can see them. Often not. (When I've been home for the holiday, we go up a hill on the east side of the city to see the fireworks in Oakland, where it's usually clearer.)

      There aren't very many restaurants with a view of the bay facing north; Greens is one along with several Ghiradelli places.

      You might do better to watch them from Sausalito (on the water facing south), where it will be much warmer. Or head to one of the many restaurants on Clement street and then come over the hill into the Presidio after dark.

      If there's a Giants' home game that weekend, there are often fireworks after the night games. That's a safer bet for the weather.

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      1. re: Windy

        Giants are home on the 4th but they're playing a day game and don't have any fireworks scheduled that week. Actually, the A's are a much better bet for fireworks -- I think they're having five fireworks nights this year.

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          July 2nd. Theirs are the best because you get to go onto the field and watch

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            If you go to an A's game, go up to the nose-bleed upper deck for the fireworks. They'll be at your eye level and truly awesome!

            1. re: Stephanie Wong

              Upper deck has been closed for 2yrs

              *edit -- there are 3 sections open on the upper deck, but I think they make you come down to the lower levels now for fireworks

              1. re: kc72

                Too bad -- it was a great view. . . time passes so quickly!

          2. re: Windy

            SF has had some of the prettiest rainbow colored fog on the 4th.

            1. re: Windy

              Yup. Windy's points are well taken: the number of restaurants that would have a view of the fireworks is limited, to say the least. Do what everyone else does: buy some stuff and have a picnic. Then be prepared to be stuck in traffic for two hours. Really, all in all, given the iffy weather conditions, not worth planning for.

            2. We go to the Marin County Fair for fireworks on July 4 (or 3). Always warm and clear. To keep this slightly on topic -- some of the food there is better than average for a fair.