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Better to come during or after 4th of July holiday?

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Better to come during or after 4th of July holiday?

I'm planning a trip to SF the last weekend in June, which will be the start of 4th of July week. I could easily change plans to 2 weeks before or after. My question is would it be noticeably more crowded with holiday travelers during this time? Or is it always crowded?

We will be staying in the Union Sq. area, and relying on public transit. Its my first time to SF, and am looking forward to it.

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1. Re: Better to come during or after 4th of July holiday?

Well, come when you can and compare hotel rates and airfares instead of worrying about crowds. There will be more visitors perhaps during that time but locals may leave town at the same time. I would find the best deals instead of worrying about the crowds. Mercifully this place is not Disneyland

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2. Re: Better to come during or after 4th of July holiday?

belomiser is very correct. July 4th or not will make little difference in crowds in San Francisco at that time of year. The best deals will be more important than the exact dates.

I will warn that fireworks displays will not necessarily be spectacular because of the possibility of fog. 1976 was quite memorable as I watched, from an excellent spot in Sausalito, various colored fireworks glow in the fog.

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3. Re: Better to come during or after 4th of July holiday?

What I find about holiday weekends in the city is that really touristy areas like Fisherman's Wharf are *very* crowded but if you get out into the neighborhoods things are actually a bit less so as locals have taken off to wine country, Tahoe or wherever.

So if your "things to do" are all in the downtown/tourist core, it will be more crowded than a normal summer weekend. But if you want to get out into the neighborhoods things are a little more relaxed.

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