New Year's Eve Events For Kids In The Bay Area

Is it tough to keep the kids awake past 9 pm on December 31? Celebrate New Year’s Eve fun this year at the family-friendly hour of noon.

The Albany Recreation and Community Services Department presents Noon Year’s Eve. Kids 12 and under and their families are encouraged to stop by for arts, crafts, activities, trivia, celebratory balloon drop, goodies and so much more.

At 11 am, performer, Drea Lusion, will take you to an unexpected adventure where books are alive, boots can sing, and hoops will float and dance before your eyes.

The same concept will dj's and balloon drops will be taking place at the Northside Branch Library in Santa Clara and the " target="_self">Cheeky Monkey Toys in Menlo Park!

San Francisco New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 | 11:59 pm-Embarcadero from Mission to Folsom-FREE

Arrive by 11:30 pm and head south of the Ferry Building along the Embarcadero for the best view. Fireworks kick off right at the stroke of midnight.

Best SF Fireworks Viewing Location:

The fireworks typically launch from barges located 1,000 feet out in the bay, just south of the Ferry Building near Pier 14(Mission Street and The Embarcadero), so the best viewing spots will be south of the Ferry Building along the Embarcadero between Mission and Folsom Street.

Please note that standing in front of the Ferry Building will not be a good place to view the fireworks. It’s way too crowded and your view can be blocked by the Ferry Building.

About the Fireworks Show:

Typically, there’s a 15 minute midnight fireworks show.Each year, they unveil a few new and interesting pyrotechnics.

The fireworks are usually synced to music, played out through speakers that are set up along the promenade stretching from Pier 14 down almost to the Bay Bridge. So although there’s no radio simulcast and no live entertainment, if you’re close to Pier 14, you should be able to hear the music just fine. 

Other Good Viewing Locations:

Assuming the weather is good, here are some other great locations to view the fireworks. photos and further detail.

  • Treasure Island / Yerba Buena Island – SF
  • As long as you can arrive early, you might squeeze in for an amazing shot from Yerba Buena Island looking towards the SF skyline with the Bay Bridge below you. Just be wary of the steep drop from the cliffs below. Or for a more grounded shot (without peering down on top of the Bay Bridge), you can head down to the flatlands of Treasure Island.Please note that in the interest of public safety, the city highly discourages people from visiting Treasure Islandfor the fireworks. Traffic and parking may be restricted.
  • Telegraph Hill – SF
  • It’s residential and there’s not much space, but two places with amazing views are the end of Alta Street(just off of Montgomery) and the end of Calhoun Terrace(just off of Union). Just keep in mind that it can get crowded. Please be very respectful of the neighbors and pack all your trash and take it with you.
  • Oakland Hills– View from the Mormon Temple
  • Berkeley – Grizzly Peak
  • Emeryville– Marina Park Pathway
  • Marin Headlands– You can typically see the top of the fireworks over downtown, plus you have the Golden Gate Bridge in the foreground for your photos.

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