Fire, Water, Firewater

Fireworks may have originally been used to scare away evil spirits in China, but today Americans often see the pretty explosions in the sky as an excuse to get drunk and (hopefully) romantic with the person standing next to them. Some would even call it patriotic to down shots of Jack Daniels during Fourth of July fireworks. We think the best place to maintain that nationalistic buzz is from the deck of a ferryboat floating in the middle of the celebration. The Red and White Fleet's July 4th Fireworks Cruises allow people to experience one of the Bay Area's biggest and most extravagant fireworks shows from a special perspective. The ferries head out early to get a good spot near the action, drop anchor, and allow passengers time to take advantage of the full bar. The best part is the outdoor deck that allows for a panoramic view of the 30-minute show, plus a chance to hold your date tightly — whichever fellow seagoer you happen to choose.
Fri., July 4, 7:45 & 8:15 p.m., 2008

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