11 Uniquely San Diego Things To Do On The 4th Of JulySee + Do The finest city in America, let's do it right!!
What could possibly be a better location to celebrate Fourth of July than in America’s Finest City? From the beautiful beaches that beckon people from near and far to the festive community events that stretch back generations, there’s something to do in practically every neighborhood.
Here’s a list of some of San Diego’s best red, white and blue activities:
Fourth of July Fun Along the Coast
San Diego has miles of stunning coast line that practically begs for you to set up camp for a day of fun in the sun and a night filled with fireworks over the water. Just remember that these waterfront locations are very popular and parking can be difficult, so plan ahead.
1. Big Bay Boom – 9 p.m.
If you want to witness the biggest fireworks display in San Diego, make your way to the San Diego Bay for this spectacular show. With fireworks launched from four barges in San Diego Bay, you can find a good viewing spots from many locations along the shore, including Harbor Island, Shelter Island, Seaport Village, the Embarcadero and Mission Bay. For those who prefer to avoid the crowds, you can tune into Fox 5 to watch the show from the comfort of your own home.
2. Sea World Fireworks – 9:40 p.m.
Sea World’s Fourth of July fireworks display kicks off shortly after the Big Bay Boom ends. Choose a spot along Mission Bay to watch both shows back to back. If you’re planning to visit Sea World on the Fourth of July, you can also purchase a special fireworks seating package to get the absolute best seats for the show for an extra $20, plus admission.
3. Coronado’s 4th of July Celebration – 9 p.m.
The Independence Day celebration gets started early in Coronado with a festive parade along Orange Avenue at 10 a.m. Soak up some rays at the beach or stroll through the Hotel Del Coronado until 4 p.m., when a special holiday concert begins at Spreckels Park. Wrap up your day in Coronado with a fireworks show over Glorietta Bay at 9 p.m.
4. Ocean Beach Pier Fireworks – 9 p.m.
Stick around after a day at the beach to watch the fireworks fly off the end of the Ocean Beach Pier during this 38th annual celebration. Get the most out of the show by bringing a portable radio and tuning into 96.5 to put some music to the show.
5. Fourth of July Fireworks at La Jolla Cove – 9 p.m.
Watch the fireworks explode over the Pacific Ocean from Ellen Browning Scripps Park in the beautiful La Jolla Cove. Arrive early to watch the sunset and pick out a prime fireworks viewing spot.
6. San Diego County Fair 4th of July Fireworks – 9 p.m.
Spend the day enjoying all that the fair has to offer, from mouthwatering treats to thrilling rides, and be sure to stick around to watch as the fireworks light up the night sky over Del Mar. It’s the fair’s last night – you have to!
7. Red, White and BOOM! at Legoland California – 8:30 p.m.
Head to Legoland for a full day of patriotic fun. Not only will you have access to all of their usual rides and attractions but you can also take part in some traditional picnic games, like burlap sack races and water balloon tosses. The day of excitement ends with a festive fireworks show. All Fourth of July activities are included in the price of admission.
Inland Fourth of July Fun
Perhaps fighting the crowds at the beach isn’t your cup of tea. Try checking out one of these local community festivals instead to celebrate the Fourth of July with less tourists.
The 43rd annual family friendly celebration kicks off with a pancake breakfast at the Mira Mesa Senior Center. Bring the kids and visit Family Fun Day in the Mira Mesa Community Park from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for a day filled with food and fun! Don’t miss the parade at 11:30 a.m. or the fireworks at 9 p.m.
This North County event regularly attracts more than 20,000 people to the California Center for the Arts. Now in its 54th year, this community event features live music, including a special performance by Camp Pendleton’s 1st Marine Division Band and a national anthem singing competition. Of course, there’s also lots of food options and children’s activities to keep the little ones entertained all day long.
10. Chula Vista 4th Fest – 9 p.m.
Tune your radio to 91X, Magic 92.5 or Z90.3 to listen to a customized soundtrack while watching the fireworks at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center. Arrive early to get the best viewing spots when the gates open at 6 p.m.
Get a taste of what it was like to celebrate our nation’s birth over 100 years ago at Old Poway Park. The all-day event promises to take you back in time to the turn of the 20th century with gun fighting reenactments, old-fashioned games and free crafts. The fireworks explode over Lake Poway High School Stadium after the sun goes down to draw a close to the day’s festivities.