fourth of july san diego
fourth of july san diego

6 Family-Friendly Spots to Watch Firework Shows This Fourth of July in San Diego

Cheers to a Weekend of Red, White and Blue Festivities!

In case you missed it, we’ve got a three-day weekend on our hands! The Fourth of July falls on a Sunday this year, which means most of us get Monday off. So as we gear up to celebrate America for 72 hours straight, it’s time to start planning! Lucky for locals, San Diego is putting on a show this year with a variety of dazzling firework displays. And to put you in a patriotic state of mind, we’ve rounded up five of the best. Cheers to freedom, cocktails and a boomin’ Independence Day weekend! fourth of july san diego

fourth of july san diego

1 | Annual Big Bay Boom

The Big Bay Boom is San Diego’s largest fireworks display in the county that can be seen from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North Embarcadero, Marina District, Coronado Ferry Landing and most anywhere else via boat! Grab a spot on the shore and watch one of the greatest displays in all of San Diego. Fireworks are set off from four different barges on San Diego Bay, and the entire sky lights up along the water. The show starts at 9 p.m., so plan accordingly to get a great spot where you can spread out your blanket and gaze up at the sparkling sky.

Local Insight: The Port of San Diego has set up an expanded Fourth of July train, trolley and bus service from MTS, plus guaranteed parking with pre-purchased tickets!

Location: Multiple Viewing Spots

2 | SeaWorld Ignite Fireworks

SeaWorld is one of San Diego’s most popular attractions all year long, and during the summer, the park puts on a spectacular firework show almost every night of the week. For the Fourth of July, fireworks will begin about 15 minutes before closing, between 9:30 and 9:45 p.m. The show is included in your price of admission that day, so you can experience exploring the exhibits, aquariums and rides and then enjoy a spectacular show right on site. A trip to SeaWorld is a great way to add some holiday family fun to the calendar! 

Location: Mission Bay

fourth of July san diego

3 | Coronado Festivities

Coronado is not only an ideal place to bask in the coastal beauty of the region, but it is also bustling with fun activities on the Fourth this year! Kick off the weekend by joining the annual Independence Day Parade on Orange Ave, which starts at 10 a.m. on July 3. In the evening, enjoy a summer movie on the beach at Hotel del Coronado. But the fun doesn’t stop there! On Sunday, you and your crew can watch the Fireworks & Navy Leap Frogs show where The United States Navy Parachute Team, AKA “The Leap Frogs,” will drop from the sky! And at night, be sure to secure your spot on the sand for the grand finale: the Big Bay Boom fireworks display!

Location: Coronado

4 | Oceanside Fireworks Show

At 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 3, the City of Oceanside Parks and Recreation Division will host an epic fireworks celebration to kick off the weekend! Grab a seat on Rancho Del Oro Dr, which will close at 5 p.m. from Oceanside Blvd north to Mesa Dr. Starting at 6 p.m., attendees can enjoy musical entertainment and food. Bring a beach chair or blanket to sit on and enjoy the perks of this free, family-friendly event in Oceanside!

Location: Oceanside

5 | San Diego County Fair 4th of July Celebration

Planning on spending the day in Del Mar? Well, you’re in luck! This year, the San Diego County Fair is putting on a fireworks spectacular that’ll knock your red, white and blue socks off. The show will feature more than 3,600 aerial display counts with 500 shells in the grand finale alone! These fireworks are anything but wimpy. Gear up for a variety of color-changing aerial displays, streaking comets and tiger tails! Fireworks will be launched from the west end of the racetrack and are synced to a soundtrack played through the Corona Grandstand Stage sound system. You won’t want to miss this!

Location: Del Mar

6 | LEGOLAND’s Red, White and BOOM!

Celebrate Independence Day this year at LEGOLAND California at their star-spangled Fourth of July extravaganza, Red, White and BOOM! Bring your whole family and spend the day enjoying over 60 rides, shows and attractions. The kids can enjoy performances, meet their favorite LEGO® characters and participate in family picnic games like water-balloon tosses and burlap sack races. These activities are all included in the cost of admission to the amusement park. The festivities run from 1-9 p.m. with a fireworks show set to patriotic music at 8:30 p.m.!

Location: Carlsbad

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Nicole is a New Jersey native who studied English and Journalism at Monmouth University, Long Branch. She moved to sunny San Diego to enjoy all that it has to offer, including the beach, the music scene and the opportunity to share her love of Journalism with others. She hopes to continue writing by making a career of her first true love: words.

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