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What's Up This Weekend JULY 4th

Updated: Jul 2, 2021

This 4th of July weekend we’re highlighting a mix of outdoor venues that are open for in-person visits and virtual events to enjoy from the comfort of your home.

Friday, July 2

Saturday, July 3

Sunday, July 4

Movies Opening This Week

  • The Boss Baby: Family Business (2021)Opens Friday

  • The Forever Purge (2021)Opens Friday

  • Zola (2021)

  • Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021)Opens Friday

  • The God Committee (2021)Opens Friday

  • First Date (2021)Opens Friday

  • Long Story Short (2021)Opens Friday

  • Cursed Official (2021)Opens Today

  • Till Death (2021)Opens Friday

  • Audible (2021)Opens Today

  • The Woman Who Ran (2021)Opens Today

  • Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over (2021)

  • Secret Agent Dingledorf and His Trusty Dog Splat (2021)Opens Friday

  • The Phantom (2021)Opens Friday


Celebrate the 4th of July with ribs, wings, and drinks Friday, July 2–Sunday, July 4 Westwood/Marina Westwood, SF’s favorite country bar and restaurant, didn’t get a chance to celebrate its first birthday last year, so it’s going big this year with an all-you-can-eat ribs feast on Saturday, two wing-eating contests on Sunday, and a free cocktail with an entree all weekend long. Wanna get in on one of the rib eating contests (there’s one for heat and one for quantity)? Email Cost: AYCE rib feast is $49. Entry into the wing eating contest is $10 (there are prizes). Enjoy a taste of summer at Gott’s Roadside Friday, July 2–Sunday, July 4 Ferry Building Pretend like it feels like what summer is supposed to feel like by ordering Gott’s lobster roll and a blueberry shake (both only around in the summer). Prefer your frozen drinks with a little something special? Gott’s also has a new frosé, a frozen blend of rosé, strawberry, and citrus. If it doesn’t feel like summer outside, it might as well feel like it on the inside. Cost: Lobster roll is $24.99, shake is $6.99, and frosé is $10. Drink your way through a Fourth of July pub crawl Saturday, July 3–Sunday, July 4 Check-in is at Mayes Oyster House in Lower Nob Hill/Polk Gulch Celebrate the 4th the way our founding fathers intended: by drinking lots of beer with strangers/new friends. Get deals on beers, cocktails, and shots as you make your way to McTeague’s Saloon, Lush Lounge, Playland Bar, Jackalope, R Bar, Soda Popinski, Wreck Room, Zeki’s Bar, and more. Cost: $12 to $15 (doesn’t include drinks, but does include the discounts and map). Get your tarot cards read at a (former) mortuary Saturday, July 3 Oakland Mingle with all kinds of characters at a pop-up market where you’ll find “uncommon art, tarot readings, collectibles, handmade goods, vintage clothing, tasty food,” and more. It all takes place in and around the Mosswood Chapel in Lower Temescal, a 1930s building that used to be a temporary home for the deceased. Which isn’t a creepy way to describe a mortuary at all. Cost: Admission is free. Listen to live music and drink beer at a block party hosted by the Warriors Saturday, July 3–Sunday, July 4 Chase Center Sample barbecue, drink beer, enter your bearded dragon in a pet costume contest, listen to live music, drink more beer, and do some farmers market shopping from 11 am to 4 pm at the Thrive Center Block Party. Is calling the area surrounding the Warriors’ stadium Thrive City worse than trying to make “fetch” happen? Probably. But who cares when there are pet costume contests to enter and plenty of beer to drink? Cost: Admission is free. Wax nostalgic at an old-timey Independence Day festival Sunday, July 4 Half Moon Bay Make your way to Half Moon Bay for the 50th anniversary of the Ol’ Fashioned 4th of July Parade and Festival. Get there before noon if you want to see the parade, and then stick around for a few cover bands, circus performances, food trucks, and plenty of craft beer, local wine, and specialty cocktails. Cost: Admission is free.

Dance and eat hot dogs with some of your favorite queens and DJs Sunday, July 4 Oasis Hot Dog! Oasis is back and celebrating the Fourth with drag shows, dancing, and hot dog-eating. The show is put on by Media Meltdown, “a queer celebration of weird pop culture, cult media, and childhood nostalgia,” which we can only hope doesn’t involve bringing up the trauma that was our Tamagotchi’s dying. Cost: Admission is $7. Spend the Fourth on a Navy aircraft carrier Sunday, July 4 USS Hornet/Alameda The USS Hornet is throwing its annual 4th of July party complete with DJs on the Flight Deck and swing music in the hangar, Oakland Smokehouse BBQ, beer, wine, cocktails, and a Memorial Squadron flyover at around 1 pm. Cost: $20 for adults. Buy tickets here. Celebrate freedom by riding your bike completely naked Sunday, July 4 Begins at the Ferry Building Who amongst us hasn’t missed SF’s never-ending parades of unclothed humans? If you’ve missed it so much that you want to get in on the action, this is your chance. World Naked Bike Ride is not just a chance to let it all hang out; it’s also an environmental protest, so feel free to paint your body accordingly. Cost: Free as a bird. Watch muffled bursts of colors appear over the Bay Sunday, July 4 Pier 39/Fisherman’s Wharf The annual Fourth of July fireworks show is back, which means Fisherman’s Wharf will be an absolute madhouse. The explosives are set off from two barges near Pier 39 and Aquatic Park right around 9:30 pm, although it’s TBD “weather” or not you’ll be able to see them. Coming from an SF native: the odds are very, very slim that the show will be anything more than some colored lights shining through the fog accompanied by loud bangs that will freak out everyone’s dogs. But hey, you never know. This may be the year the fog stays home. Cost: Free

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