San Francisco is preparing for a huge New Year's party along the Embarcadero--with fireworks. NBC Bay Area's Jean Elle reports from San Francisco.
San Francisco is ready to say goodbye to 2013.
Thousands of people are expected to flock along the Embarcadero for the annual New Year's celebration in San Francisco, and preparations are underway.
Fences are up to protect people from tumbling into the Bay, and speakers are up for some music to go along with the light show. The barges where the show will be launched are parked in the Bay near the Ferry Building.
The fireworks are expected to be spectacular, according to the show's producer. The show is expected to take about 15 minutes, with nearly 5,000 devices exploding in air.
"We've got a lot of fun, exciting effects that are going to happen," Fireworks Show Producer Jeff Thomas said. "It's going to be over about a 15-minute period of time down at the water front down near the Ferry Building. Lots of fun music, interesting and exciting effects. Lots of fire power going on, get everybody brought into 2014."
The crowd is expected to start building around 10:00 p.m. with lots of people out enjoying the night.
Barricades are ready to be put in place, and police will be out in force making sure it is a peaceful goodbye to 2013.
People are urged to take public transportation because parking and taxis will be hard to come by.
Those coming to the celebration may want to bundle up. Temperatures are expected to be in the high 40s on New Year's Eve night.