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Whether you're traveling with friends or family, San Diego is everyone's first choice for 4th of July celebrations. Even locals can't think of anything better than relaxing with loved ones on a long stretch of sand and watching an extraordinary show of lights in the sky. Below is a list of our favorite stretches of sand, spectacular fireworks shows around and places to watch the fireworks in San Diego.
San Diego County Fireworks
- Annual Big Bay Boom July 4 Fireworks Show
Location: Multiple Locations along San Diego Bay
Time: 9:00 pm
Take in the largest display in the county, with fireworks launched from barges placed near Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero area and Seaport Village. Just find a place along the bay or one one of the piers in Imperial Beach, Ocean Beach and Pacific Beach and you will not be disappointed. Music from 105.7 "The Walrus" FM radio.
- SeaWorld San Diego
Location: SeaWorld San Diego
Time: Fireworks at 9:30 pm Extended fireworks show, Into the Blue, set to patriotic music. The park will stay open late until 11:00 pm.
- 4th of July Celebration in Coronado
Location: Various Locations on Coronado
Time: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Celebrate the 4th of July in the Crown City with a parade down Orange Avenue at 10:00 am, a concert in Spreckels Park at 4:00 pm and fireworks over Glorietta Bay at 9:00 pm.
North County Coastal
- San Diego County Fair 4th of July Celebration
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar
Time: Starts at 9:30 am, Fireworks at 9:00 pm
Start off the day at the Fair with a patriotic opening ceremony at 9:30, then enjoy the Hometown Heroes Parade, a concert with the hilarious Weird Al Yonkovic and fireworks with music provided by the Navy Band Southwest.
- La Jolla Cove 4th of July
Location: Ellen Browning Scripps Park, 1180 Coast Boulevard, La Jolla
Time: 9:00 pm
After a day on the beautiful beaches of La Jolla, take in a spectacular set of fireworks with a picturesque background.
- Red, White and BOOM!
Location: LEGOLAND California, One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad
Time: Fireworks at 8:30 pm
Take the whole family and spend the day enjoying over 60 rides, shows and attractions along with some all-American picnic games like burlap races and water-balloon tosses and then top it off with an awe-inspiring fireworks display set to patriotic music.
North County Inland
- Independence Day Celebration
Location: Grape Day Park, 321 North Broadway, Escondido
Time: 4:00 - 9:00 pm
Pack a picnic, and grab a blanket to enjoy a day full of music, magicians, baton twirlers, kid-friendly activities, contests and fireworks.
- Grand Tradition July 4th
Location: Grand Tradition, 1602 South Mission Road, Fallbrook
Time: Starts at 4:00 pm, Fireworks at 8:45 pm
Enjoy a day of live entertainment, dancing, kid friendly activities, Quack-Up Suck Race, Rubber Raft Regatta, food and drink, and fireworks! Tickets are $38 for adults ($43 day of) and $12 for kids 6-12. Tickets include admission and tickets which can be used for food, beverages and activities.
- Mira Mesa Fourth of July Celebration
Location: Mira Mesa Community Park, Mira Mesa Boulevard and New Salem Street, Mira Mesa
Time: Fireworks at 9:00 pm
Come early for the parade and family friendly activities and stay late for the fireworks.
- 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks
Location: Poway High School Stadium, 15500 Espola Road, Poway
Time: 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Following the Poway Old-Fashioned Fourth of July celebration at Old Poway Park (10:00 am - 4:00 pm), head to Poway High School for music, more food, glow sticks and fireworks.
- San Marcos 4th of July Celebration
Location: Bradley Park, Rancho Sante Fe Road and Linda Vista Drive, San Marcos
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Carnival games, jumpers, food and fireworks!
- Red White and Boom! Celebration
Location: Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista
Time: 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Celebrate Independence Day Vista Style with live music, the Light up the Night Dinner ($40 for kids 10 and under and $60 for adults) and fireworks. Admission is $5 (kids 5 and under are free). Parking is $5 at Vista High School with shuttles from 1:00 - 11:00 pm and $15 at Brengle Terrace Park.
- El Cajon 4th of July Celebration
Location: Kennedy Park, 1675 East Madison Avenue
Time: 12:00 - 9:00 pm
Enjoy a picnic in sunny San Diego East County and stay for a spectacular fireworks show.
- Ramona's Annual Fourth of July Celebration
Location: Olive Pierce Middle School, 1521 Hanson Lane, Ramona
Time: 5:00 - 9:00 pm
Join the Romana Kiwanis and Rotary clubs for food, fun and fireworks.
- Santee Salutes
Location: Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Drive, Santee
Time: 3:30 - 9:30 pm
Rock out with 80z All Stars playing hits from the 80s, a patriotic ceremony by the HMH-462 Color Guard, inflatable zone, food trucks and fireworks. Parking is $5 for regular and $15 for preferred. Free parking is available at the nearby Costco and Rio Seco School.
- National City Carnival
Location: Kimball Park
Time: Friday, June 29 - Wednesday, July 4, Fireworks at 9:00 pm
The Carnival excitement starts on Friday with games rides food and drinks. The party continues until the 4th of July with fireworks to cap off a long weekend of fun!
Great Ways to Enjoy the Fireworks
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