fireworks.jpgIf you see bright lights or hear something exploding around Golden Gate Park a little after 10 tonight, it’s (probably) not end times, it’s just Giants fever!

According to an advisory just sent out by SFPD’s Richmond Station, we can expect a fireworks display between 10:15 and 10:25 in Golden Gate Park tonight, “in connection with a private welcome event hosted by the San Francisco Giants and Major League Baseball for out of town visitors and other guests.”

The SFPD says that “access to the music concourse and other areas of Golden Gate Park will be limited for the evening for safety reasons” so remember that if you need to pass through the Park this evening.

Update 4:50 PM: Just in case you didn’t catch on when we used the phrase “private welcome event,” let’s be clear — they don’t want you coming to the park to see the fireworks, celebrate the Giants, etc.

According to a note from Phil Ginsberg, GM of our Recreation and Park Department, forwarded to SFPD by Dana Ketcham, Permits and Reservations Manager, “the event is by invitation only.” So avert your eyes if you see those lights in the sky, THEY ARE NOT FOR YOU!

According to Ketchum, “(w)e want to alert the public but at the same time avoid having a lot of people come to the park as there is no viewing area for the public.” So stay out of the park, people, you’re not wanted there, at least not tonight.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • jrmaxwell

    Thank you, Eve, for posting the information. Would you post any additional information you have on who funded this “private” showing?

    As a resident (with young children) living just outside the park, I’m pretty annoyed by the car-dealership spotlights, additional traffic, and night sky being blown up around 10 tonight with no prior mention by the city or park.

    I’m sure I’m wrong, but this is what i’m imagining:
    Uber-Rich-Family-Oil-Money-Texan wants to top off his daughter’s sweet 16 trip to the world series in San Francisco with a private fireworks show in GG Park. He gives SFPD, and GG Park admin suitcases of case… They would have done at a more reasonable time… 8PM is plenty dark, but the 16-year-old wanted to go to Gary Danko’s 6PM seating.

    I give WAY too much money to this city not to be pissed… If my 15-month old is going to be awakened at 10PM, I at least want her to see the show!!

  • jrmaxwell

    Thank you, Eve, for posting the information. Would you post any additional information you have on who funded this “private” showing?

    As a resident (with young children) living just outside the park, I’m pretty annoyed by the car-dealership spotlights, additional traffic, and night sky being blown up around 10 tonight with no prior mention by the city or park.

    I’m sure I’m wrong, but this is what i’m imagining:
    Uber-Rich-Family-Oil-Money-Texan wants to top off his daughter’s sweet 16 trip to the world series in San Francisco with a private fireworks show in GG Park. He gives SFPD, and GG Park admin suitcases of case… They would have done at a more reasonable time… 8PM is plenty dark, but the 16-year-old wanted to go to Gary Danko’s 6PM seating.

    I give WAY too much money to this city not to be pissed… If my 15-month old is going to be awakened at 10PM, I at least want her to see the show!!

  • Joel

    100% agreed jrmaxwell. We’re told about Outside Lands or HSB or B2B months in advance, but get just this little quiet warning before the Giants shoot off loud fireworks and buzz the neighborhood with helicopters at 10PM on a weeknight for their PRIVATE event?!? Go Rangers.

  • Joel

    100% agreed jrmaxwell. We’re told about Outside Lands or HSB or B2B months in advance, but get just this little quiet warning before the Giants shoot off loud fireworks and buzz the neighborhood with helicopters at 10PM on a weeknight for their PRIVATE event?!? Go Rangers.

  • Joel

    Bah, who am I kidding? Go Giants! (But I’m still ticked.)

  • Joel

    Bah, who am I kidding? Go Giants! (But I’m still ticked.)

  • Matt Baume

    Somebody get Chicken John! Maybe he can douse the fireworks by spitting on them.

  • Matt Baume

    Somebody get Chicken John! Maybe he can douse the fireworks by spitting on them.

  • innersunsetgal

    Stop your complaining. Who cares who paid for it. THAT was the coolest fireworks show. All my neighbors were out enjoying, and in the end hooting an hollering for the Giants! Where is your team spirit, and City pride? Lighten up and have some fun or move to the suburbs! Go Giants!

  • innersunsetgal

    Stop your complaining. Who cares who paid for it. THAT was the coolest fireworks show. All my neighbors were out enjoying, and in the end hooting an hollering for the Giants! Where is your team spirit, and City pride? Lighten up and have some fun or move to the suburbs! Go Giants!

  • jrmaxwell

    Innersunsetgal
    I know I sound like a fun-hater… I’m a season ticket holder and am screaming loud tomorrow.

    I would have been celebrating in the streets had I been made aware. I would have kept my daughter up to see the display. It’s the privacy and secrecy that annoys. Keep thinking it’s celebrating the Giants, though… Don’t you think that would have been open for all to share???

  • jrmaxwell

    Innersunsetgal
    I know I sound like a fun-hater… I’m a season ticket holder and am screaming loud tomorrow.

    I would have been celebrating in the streets had I been made aware. I would have kept my daughter up to see the display. It’s the privacy and secrecy that annoys. Keep thinking it’s celebrating the Giants, though… Don’t you think that would have been open for all to share???

  • Joel

    Maybe Bill Neukom can appear at the corner of 9th and LIncoln to throw cake to all us hooting and hollering masses edged up against our park we’re not allowed into to more closely witness the cacaphony they created for their own benefit.

  • Joel

    Maybe Bill Neukom can appear at the corner of 9th and LIncoln to throw cake to all us hooting and hollering masses edged up against our park we’re not allowed into to more closely witness the cacaphony they created for their own benefit.

  • sayWhat?

    Another example of corporate cronyism at work thanks to Newsom and Phil Ginsburg, General Manager of Wreck & Parks and their buddies. Love the Giants but fireworks in Golden Gate Park during migration season? Someone is not thinking, or they are drinking.

  • sayWhat?

    Another example of corporate cronyism at work thanks to Newsom and Phil Ginsburg, General Manager of Wreck & Parks and their buddies. Love the Giants but fireworks in Golden Gate Park during migration season? Someone is not thinking, or they are drinking.

  • chanaynaysf

    Really getting mad about Fireworks? The MLB paid for them and it was a GIANTS GALA! Go on your roof and watch the show. Stop being such a NIMBY!

    Go Giants!

  • chanaynaysf

    Really getting mad about Fireworks? The MLB paid for them and it was a GIANTS GALA! Go on your roof and watch the show. Stop being such a NIMBY!

    Go Giants!