The 4th of July fireworks show in San Francisco is an iffy thing. The weather was misty at the pier at Aquatic Park, so this year's show was mostly illuminated fog, accompanied by cheesy songs about America, blasted from loudspeakers.
The crowds were definitely sparser & more low-key than usual.
Just before the start of the show, 3 gentlemen showed up with a miniature hot air balloon & proceeded to light its flame.
The successful launch received applause from the crowd, & the sky lantern wafted up & eastward, toward Fisherman's Wharf.