Fourth of July Waterfront Festival
Aquatic Park Stage - 1997
Starting in 1994, the San Francisco Chronicle moved their annual Fourth of July fireworks
show from Crissy Field to the Fisherman's Wharf area. Michael Gallette, Producer of Festa
Italiana for the FWPTA was instrumental in facilitating the move and was retained as the
Producer of the event. EPS was hired to oversee all operations and logistics, and
the San Francisco Chronicle Fourth of July Waterfront Celebration was born.
EPS provided planning, logistics, administration and operations services for this event
from 1994 through 2004.
The Celebration features large stages at Aquatic Park, Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39, with
smaller stages at Ghirardelli Square, The Cannery and The Anchorage. In 1996 the Celebration
was extended to include at Justin Herman Plaza, Embarcadero Park and the Ferry Plaza.
The Waterfront Celebration draws an estimated 350,000 attendees and requires the closure
of over 30 blocks of city streets, making it arguably one of the largest events in San Francisco.
None of this would be possible without the extensive support provided by the Mayor's Office,
The San Francisco Police Department, The San Francisco Fire Department,
The Port of San Francisco, The Department of Parking and Traffic , US Park Police,
SF Maritime National Historical Park, Muni, the San Francisco Paramedic Division and many others.
In addition to operations and logistics, EPS provides the following services for the
San Francisco Chronicle
- Communications Systems temporary phone lines, ISDN lines
- Electrical Distribution & generators for all stages and food areas
- Food Booths
- Janitorial Services
- Labor for
- Traffic Monitors
- Banner & sign installation
- Stage Managers
- Management Personnel
- Lighting, light towers
- Site Drawings
- Security Services
- Sound Systems
- Stages and equipment
- Utility Carts
- Water Systems
Port of San Francisco Letter 1994
SF Chronicle Letter 1995
SF Chronicle Letter 1996