As midnight approaches, San Francisco's annual free fireworks show is expected to attract 200,000 celebratory spectators to good viewing spots along the waterfront all around the bay. As the clock strikes twelve, fireworks to welcome 2015 are set off from barges positioned about 1,000 feet off Pier 14 near the Ferry Building, looking doubly good reflected on the water of San Francisco Bay.
Organizers suggest that the best locations are south of the Ferry Building, along the wide sidewalks from Sinbad's Restaurant at Mission Street to Howard Street. Other good viewing locations include Justin Herman Plaza at the Embarcadero, AT&T Park, Treasure Island, Twin Peaks, Corona Park and Dolores Park.
The 15-minute pyrotechnics display is presented by the company that produced the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, Oakland A's celebrations and the San Francisco Giants' World Series wins. Synced to music played from loudspeakers along the Embarcadero, the organizers have suggested there will be a new twist to this year's display.
Bundle up for the New Year's Eve tradition, as the local weather service is calling for a cold snap. Plan to arrive by 11:30 p.m., preferably by public transportation, to find a spot on the waterfront. Extra service and free transport is being provided throughout the city and to many locations throughout the Bay Area.
A reminder to everyone that SFMTA is operating Muni free of charge on Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. until Jan. 1 at 5 a.m. Although not running a free service, BART trains will be at the ready after the fireworks show, with 20-minute interval service extended to 3 a.m. If you're headed south, four extra Caltrain departures leave at 12:45 a.m., 1:15 a.m., 1:45 a.m. and 2:15 a.m. for the Peninsula and South Bay. Light rail Santa Clara VTA service is also free until 5 a.m.