New Year's Fireworks in San Francisco

By Lisa Fernandez and Monte Francis
|  Monday, Dec 31, 2012  |  Updated 1:34 PM PDT
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Ring in the New Year in San Francisco with fireworks and merriment along the Embarcadero. The Ferry Building and Justin Herman Plaza are key spots to watch the show. Monte Francis reports.

Ring in the New Year in San Francisco with fireworks and merriment along the Embarcadero. The Ferry Building and Justin Herman Plaza are key spots to watch the show. Monte Francis reports.

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The city is gearing up for a big New Year's Eve party tonight, with the most festive and firey festivities to be held along San Francisco's waterfront.

The Embarcadero will be the best spot for the 250,000 people expected to watch the big fireworks display.

The folks at Pryo Spectaculars worked throughout the weekend to set up the "15-minute extragavaganza," said fireworks producer Jeff Thomas. "They do have a soundtrack that will be played over a speaker system, so the closer you can get to the waterfront, the better. But as long as you can see the sky above San Francisco, you’re going to see our show."

The show kicks off at midnight and is free to the public.

Public transportation is extended, and some rides are free, for New Year's. Check out this list to see how to get around:

  • Caltrain: Free service after 11 p.m. on New Year's Eve, until 2:15 a.m. on Jan. 1.
  • San Francisco Muni buses and light-rail: Free service from 8 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 6 a.m. on Jan. 1. Fare gates may be wide open, or open when approached during this time.
  • Santa Clara Valley VTA bus and light-rail:Free service from 7 p.m. and 3:59 a.m. Fareboxes and Clipper card readers on buses and light-rail platforms will be covered.
  • SamTrans (San Mateo County only):Free service after 11 p.m. Clipper card readers will be covered.

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