Add some spark to your Fourth of July celebration with fireworks displays, parades, live performances, patriotic games and crafts, and other star-spangled happenings.
Tuesday | July 2
Del Beach Bash. Kick off your celebration with a beach party filled with live music, fire pits with s’mores and a fireworks display. 7-10 pm; fireworks begin at approximately 8:45 pm. $30; free for overnight hotel guests. Call for reservations. Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave. www.hoteldel.com; 619-522-8490
Wednesday | July 3
FREE Oceanside Fireworks Show. Plus live music and food trucks. 6-10 pm; fireworks show at 9 pm. Oceanside Blvd. & Rancho del Oro Rd. www.visitoceanside.org
Thursday | July 4
Fourth of July Celebration at San Diego County Fair. Highlights include the Hometown Heroes Parade (12:30 pm), the Most Patriotic Costume Contest (1 pm), a performance by the 1st Marine Division Band with the Marine Corps Air Station Color Guard on the Corona Grandstand Stage (7:30 pm) and the Fair’s Fireworks Spectacular (9 pm). 10 am-midnight. $14-$20; ages 5 & under free. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. www.sdfair.com
Red, White and BOOM! Featuring All-American games like water balloon tosses and burlap sack races, a LEGO hamburger relay, a patriotic costume parade, live performances and fireworks set to a patriotic musical tribute. 1-9 pm; fireworks, 8:30 pm. Free with park admission. LEGOLAND California Resort, Carlsbad. Tickets at www.legoland.com.
FREE Independence Day Festival & Fireworks in Escondido. Live music, food trucks, kids’ games and activities, a performance by the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band and more. 4 pm; fireworks, 9 pm. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. www.artcenter.org
FREE Alpine Parade travels down Alpine Blvd., from the Alpine Women’s Club to Tavern Rd., starting at 10 am. Afterwards, enjoy live music and kids’ activities at the Alpine Community Center. www.alpinekiwanis.org
FREE Chula Vista 4th Fest. Head down to Mountain Hawk Park for special performances by Fern Street Circus and food trucks, starting at 2 pm. At 9 pm, see a spectacular fireworks display at Chula Vista Elite Athletic Training Center with simultaneous music on the radio. Participating stations are 91X – San Diego, MAGIC 92.5 | San Diego and Z90.3 | San Diego. www.91x.com/event/chula-vista-4th-fest
Crown City Classic 4th of July Run. Start the day with a 12K run or a 5K run/walk and enjoy scenic views of the Coronado Bridge along Glorietta Blvd. Also featuring the Crown City Mile and Crown City Kids 1/2 Mile on Orange Ave. 7 am. Coronado Tidelands Park, 2000 Mullinex Dr., Coronado. www.raceplace.com/events/46714/crown-city-classic-4th-of-july-run
FREE Big Bay Boom Fireworks Show. Southern California’s largest fireworks show offers the best views from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North Embarcadero, Marina District and the Coronado Ferry Landing. 9 pm. www.bigbayboom.com
4th of July Parade at San Diego Botanic Garden. Kids can wear red, white and blue and bring decorated strollers and wagons (no bikes, please). Parade starts at 10:30 am; meet at Seeds of Wonder at 10 am. Included with garden admission. 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. www.sdbgarden.org
FREE Independence Day Parade in Del Mar. Meet at the north end of Powerhouse Park for the pledge of allegiance at 9:15 am, then bring your decorated bikes, scooters and skateboards for the parade starting at 9:30 am. Parade travels in a loop up Coast Blvd., followed by a DJ dance party, goodies and refreshments at Powerhouse Park. 9:15-10:30 am. www.delmarfoundation.org
FREE Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks in El Cajon. Games, live music and more. 1-9:30 pm. Kennedy Park, 1675 E. Madison Ave. www.cityofelcajon.us
FREE Independence Day Fireworks in Imperial Beach. The Navy Band performs at 7 pm, and fireworks begin at 9 pm. Portwood Pier Plaza, 10 Evergreen Ave. www.imperialbeachca.gov
FREE Julian’s 4th of July Parade. Catch pre-parade activities starting at 10 am; parade steps off at noon. Parade travels along downtown Main St., from Julian High School to Frank Lane Park. www.julianparade.com
FREE Fireworks Display Off the Ocean Beach Pier. The fireworks soundtrack will be broadcast simultaneously during the show. To hear the broadcast, tune in to KyXy 96.5. 9 pm. Niagara Ave., San Diego. www.oceanbeachsandiego.com
FREE Lake Murray Music Fest & Fireworks. Bands, food, games and activities for kids at Lake Murray Playground in San Carlos. Noon-9 pm; fireworks, 9 pm. www.lakemurrayfireworks.org
FREE Old Town Fourth of July. A parade around the plaza, crafts and activities of early San Diego. 11 am-4 pm. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, 4002 Wallace St. www.parks.ca.gov/oldtownsandiego
FREE Military, Fire & Law Appreciation Day. Active and retired military as well as fire and law enforcement officers receive free admission to the Wave Waterpark from 10 am-4 pm. Present valid ID. 101 Wave Dr., Vista. Details at www.thewavewaterpark.com
FREE The Spirit of the Fourth in Rancho Bernardo. Come to the community fair at Webb Park (off Bernardo Center Dr., near Webb Lake), starting at 9 am. Also features a patriotic pet contest, the Wheels of Freedom Motor Show, a veteran’s memorial service, a rubber ducky race, live entertainment and more. Parade starts at 3:30 pm; more entertainment and fireworks at Bernardo Heights Middle School at 6 pm ($10-$20 donation). www.spiritofthefourth.org
FREE July 4th at the Beach. Have a blast all day long on Oceanside Beach and Pier as you enjoy various booths, vendors, kids’ attractions and activities in the plazas, parks and parking lots from the Oceanside Pier to Tyson Street Park. Don’t miss the Star-Spangled Sunset Market with food, live entertainment, a children’s area and more at the corner of Pier View Way & Coast Hwy. from 5-9 pm. www.visitoceanside.org
FREE Poway’s 4th of July Celebration. Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration at Old Poway Park (14134 Midland Rd.) includes patriotic entertainment, Western re-enactors, train displays and games from 10 am-4 pm. Then enjoy more games, activities and fireworks at Poway High School (15500 Espola Rd.) from 6-10 pm. $5 at the gate; ages 11 & under free. www.poway.org
FREE Fireworks Extravaganza in San Marcos. Live music, kids’ activities and entertainment start at 6 pm; fireworks at 9 pm. Bring beach chairs or blankets for seating. Bradley Park, 1587 Linda Vista Dr. www.san-marcos.net
FREE Santee Salutes. Live music, Kid’s Fun Zone, a patriotic ceremony, food and fireworks. 2:30-10:30 pm; fireworks, 9 pm. Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Dr. www.cityofsanteeca.gov
Hornblower’s Fireworks Dinner Cruises. Watch the Big Bay Boom Fireworks Show from the deck of a Hornblower yacht after a delicious buffet dinner. 6:30-9:30 & 7-10 pm. Visit website for fees and reservations. Pier 1, Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. www.hornblower.com
FREE Scripps Ranch Parade. This year’s theme: “Sounds of Freedom.” 10 am. Parade starts at Red Cedar Dr. & Ironwood Rd., and ends on Scripps Ranch Blvd. & Aviary Dr. www.scrippsranch.org
FREE Freedom Festival. Open to military families, retirees, reservists and DoD employees, this event offers a tailgate party (registration required), entertainment, Family Fun Zone, All-American favorite eats and a great view of the fireworks. 2-9 pm. Harbor Drive Annex, Naval Base Point Loma. www.navymwrsandiego.com
FREE Fourth of July in Coronado. Featuring the annual parade along Orange Ave. (from 1st St. to Churchill Place) at 10 am, Art in the Park (8 am-4 pm) at Spreckels Park, live music by the Coronado Community Concert Band (4 pm) and fireworks over Glorietta Bay (9 pm). www.coronadotimes.com
FREE University City Celebration. Highlights include a one-mile Fun Run & 5K, a snow playground, a car show, music, a book barn, a kids’ play area, vendors and more. 8 am-7 pm. Standley Park, 3585 Governor Dr., San Diego. www.uccelebration.com
FREE Celebrate Fourth of July at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Celebrate Fourth of July at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Choose from various experiences: a buffet dinner aboard the Berkeley with a great view of the fireworks, a fireworks cruise onboard the Californian, a bayfront cruise on one of the museum’s smaller historic engine-powered vessels and more. Visit website for reservations. 1492 N. Harbor Dr., downtown San Diego. Details at www.sdmaritime.org.
“Sea to Shining Sea, an Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular.” SeaWorld presents this spectacular 15-minute fireworks display. 9:40 pm; park hours: 10 am-11 pm. Included with park admission. Interstate 5, exit SeaWorld Dr., San Diego. For reserved seating, visit www.seaworld.com/san-diego/shows/fireworks.
FREE Mira Mesa Parade & Family Fun Day in the Park. Parade steps off at 11:30 am at the corner of Mira Mesa Blvd. & Greenford Dr., travels down Mira Mesa Blvd., and turns north on Camino Ruiz to end at New Salem. Family Fun Day takes place at Mira Mesa Community Park from 11 am and continues until the fireworks show at 9 pm. www.miramesatowncouncil.org
Things change. That’s why we’ve included phone numbers and websites when available. Since most activities require advance reservations or have limited space, don’t forget to call first to confirm dates, times and admission prices.
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updated: June 2019