Best Places To See New Year’s Eve Fireworks In Sacramento

December 16, 2013 4:00 AM

Start the new year with a bang in Sacramento with fireworks, fine dining in one of America’s best restaurants, champagne, casino night, cruises and overnight stays aboard an authentic riverboat or in a gorgeous, intimate bed and breakfast inn.

(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular
Waterfront Park
1000 Front St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 808-7777
www.oldsacramento.comStart the new year with a bang with the Old Sacramento New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular fireworks show. This premier celebration will light up the night with gorgeous fireworks displays over the Tower Bridge and Sacramento River at both 9 p.m. and midnight. The free event also includes live music, street entertainers and fun activities for children and adults. Best of all, you can experience the fireworks either at Waterfront Park or at one of these spectacular venues nearby.

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(credit: Jewel Samad/Getty Images)

Delta King Riverboat
1000 Front St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 444-5464
www.deltaking.comThe refurbished riverboat is on the National Register of Historic Places, and it is a great place to eat, play and stay for New Year’s Eve. The whole boat will be set up for a special Casino Night, and you can bet that a wonderful time is in the cards for the evening. Enjoy dinner onboard at the famed Pilothouse restaurant, and then celebrate the evening with live entertainment and a champagne toast. There is also a NYE Stay and Play package as well, so you can make the most of the night without having to drive home. The package includes an overnight stay in the riverboat’s hotel and a lovely breakfast on the first day of 2014. The view of the fireworks show from the boat will be breathtaking with the reflections off of the water.

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Cal Exp Fireworks
The Firehouse Restaurant
1112 2nd St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 442-4772
www.firehouseoldsac.comVisit this historical building in Old Sacramento on New Year’s Eve, and have the fine-dining experience of a lifetime. The Firehouse is on Zagat’s list of “America’s Top Restaurants” and the chef is preparing an extended fresh sheet of special dishes for the evening. Wine aficionados will love choosing from the Central Valley’s most extensive collection, featuring more than 2,100 labels. Step into the tree-filled, brick courtyard and sip champagne as fireworks fill the sky above.

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Photo Credit: ThinkStock

Rio City Café
1110 Front St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 442-8226
www.riocitycafe.comRio City overlooks the Sacramento River, and the patio has a perfect view of the fireworks exploding over the Tower Bridge. The patio seats up to 150 people, and has enough space for guests seated indoors to go out to the patio for the fireworks. The chef is planning an exceptional menu for New Year’s Eve, with specials including champagne and sublime desserts. Whether diners are indoors by the fireplace or out on the heated patio, Rio City will offer a champagne toast and party favors when the clock strikes midnight.

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Amber House Bed and Breakfast
1315 22nd St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 444-8085

Ring in 2014 without worry or hassles by celebrating with Amber House. Settle in on the cozy front porch with champagne in hand and watch the fireworks over Raley Field, or watch the ball drop in Times Square on the HD flatscreen in your room. Rooms may also include a gas fireplace, in-suite jacuzzi, antique soaking tub and private patio or balcony. If romance is in the holiday air, consider a sweetheart package with champagne, candles, roses, chocolate-dipped fruit and more. Start the new year right with a superb breakfast in your room or in the dining room, front porch or garden.

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Sacramento New Year’s Eve River Cruise
Old Sacramento
The dock on L St.
(888) 467-6256
www.hornblower.comGet on board for a great evening with a special one-hour Hornblower cruise on the Sacramento River. You’ll be able to enjoy the fireworks from a front row seat during the trip under the Tower and I Street bridges. Music, wine, beer and cocktails are available, and complimentary champagne is a wonderful way to usher in the new year. Two cruises are available to make the most of the 9 p.m. and midnight fireworks shows; one leaves the L Street dock at 8:30 p.m., the other at 11:30 p.m. Be sure to make reservations ahead of time to secure your spots on the cruise.

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Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers animals and community issues. She has volunteered and worked for many organizations helping animals and people.
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