4th of July Celebrations for the Whole Family

Written By: Nicole Fera and Francy Lopez fourth of july san diego

San Diego is the best spot to visit for any holiday, vacation, weekend or any excuse that you can find to make it out here. Ever since I moved out here, 4th of July has been something special to look forward to. There are just so many different things going on and places to check out. Between the amazing firework displays, the county fair, amusement parks and breathtaking views; you can find something that everyone will enjoy. You can’t go wrong with any of the following spots so make America proud and celebrate its independence and our freedom in style this year.

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Annual Big Bay Boom

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The Annual Big Bay Boom is San Diego’s largest fireworks display in the county that can be seen best from any of the locations mentioned below. Grab a spot along the water and watch one of the greatest displays I have honestly ever seen. Fireworks are set off from four different barges out in the water, and the entire sky lights up along the water, making for a pretty impressive show. The great thing too is that there are so many locations to check it out from. As long as you are sitting along the water you have plenty of options of where to go. The show starts at 9 p.m. so plan accordingly to get a great spot where you can spread your blanket out and get ready for a real treat.

Native Knowledge: The Port of San Diego is providing a free shuttle service to Harbor Island and Shelter Island! Also, if you’re a holder of the MTS Trolley Ticket you can find yourself free parking at Qualcomm Stadium.

North San Diego Bay: Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Seaport Village, and Embarcadero

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SeaWorld is one of San Diego’s most popular attractions all year long and during the summer they put on a great firework show almost every night of the week. For the 4th of July, they really step up their fireworks game and put on one of the best displays in the area.  Fireworks begin at 9:40 p.m. and lasts 15 minutes. This is the perfect idea for a day of family fun and treating your little ones to something unique and special for the holiday weekend.

Native Knowledge: The show is included in your price of admission that day, so you can experience a day of family fun and then a spectacular show right on site.

500 SeaWorld Dr
San Diego, CA 92109

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Ocean Beach Pier

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Ocean Beach is not only one of my favorite neighborhoods in San Diego year-round, but it’s the perfect place to spend your Fourth of July holiday this year. Near the Ocean Beach Pier, which is located down at the end of Newport Avenue, there’s a whole lot going on all day to celebrate. Spend the day at the beach, shop at all the stores on Newport, dine at any of the many restaurants, and set up shop at one of the fire pits for a late night bonfire. Fireworks will be launched from the OB Pier at 9 p.m. so bring your blanket and your close friends and snuggle up on the beach as you watch the show.

Native Knowledge: Perhaps my favorite bar and restaurant in all of San Diego is located right around the block from Newport Ave, Wonderland. Check this place out at sunset for amazing views, some great food and a sunset shot to end and appreciate the day with.

Niagara Ave
San Diego, CA 92107


Coronado is not only an ideal place to bask in beauty, but it is also bustling with fun activities on the 4th this year! Orange Ave is open to the public for saving your area at 5 a.m. The fun starts at 7 a.m. with the Annual Independence Day Crown City Classic 12K Run, 5K Run, and Kids Fun Run at Tidelands Park. Art in the Park is going on from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Spreckels Park. Going on during the time at 8:30 a.m. is the Annual Rough Water Swim at Central Beach. Following that is the Independence Day Parade at 10 a.m. at Orange Ave. From 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. will be the San Diego Star Wars Society and Adrian Empire Demonstration in Star Park. End the day with a spectacular firework display at 9 p.m. over Glorietta Bay.

Native Knowledge: Experience the perfect (less crowded) view of the fireworks from the Golf Course.

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La Jolla Cove

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Another amazing place to spend the holiday weekend is along the shores of the La Jolla Cove. The giant park that sits along the water is Ellen Browning Scripps Park. It’s the perfect spot to lay down a blanket, set up some chairs and watch the fireworks display with this amazing background. Some of La Jolla’s gorgeous beaches are just a short walk away from the park, so get there early and spend the day. There are also plenty of shops and restaurants within walking distance, so you have everything you need for the perfect holiday right in one fantastic area.

Native Knowledge: One of best restaurants I’ve been to in the area is Cody’s La Jolla with spectacular views of the cove. Grab a bite before the show starts!

Ellen Browning Scripps Park
1180 Coast Blvd
La Jolla, CA 92037


San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

I’ve definitely been to my share of county fairs in my lifetime, but I have to stand by the fact that Del Mar is quite possibly the best one I’ve ever been to. Not only is it huge, but there are also so many different games, rides, food and attractions to keep you busy and entertained for hours and hours. I always leave feeling extremely full and like I’m 12 years old again—not bad in my book. Why not take the whole family and spend Fourth of July celebrating at this amazing fair? The night ends with a late night concert followed by their famous fireworks display. You have everything you need for the perfect family fun holiday all in one amazing location and trust me, no one will be disappointed.

Native Knowledge: Parking can be a pain, so there’s parking found off-site as well! On July 4 from 9 a.m. to closing, you can park at Horse Park, Torrey Pines High School and Miracosta College San Elijo.

2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd
Del Mar, CA 92014

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Old Town State Historic Park

Old Town San Diego is such a great area to visit whether you’re visiting the city or have been a local your whole life. It’s an awesome place to walk around, shop, drink, eat and discover some Mexican culture that we all know and love. Head down to celebrate America’s independence and how we have grown to be such a melting pot of different backgrounds and ethnicities. The festivities start off at 11 a.m. with a brass band, speeches and a flag raising ceremony. Throughout the day there will be a 4th of July parade, games, and various activities for all ages around the Old Town Plaza. There will be no fireworks taking place here at night so spend the day and then head on over to any of the other locations so you can watch the fireworks show.

Native Knowledge: For parking, you can head to the Caltrans parking lot, it’s open to the public! It’s only a block away.

4002 Wallace St
San Diego, CA 92110
619.220.5422 fourth of july san diego



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 take part in family picnic games like burlap sack races and water-balloon tosses. These activities are all included in the cost of admission to the amusement park. The celebration ends with a fireworks show at 8:30 p.m. set to patriotic music!

Native Knowledge: The amusement park has added a new activity to this year’s Independence Day Celebration, a patriotic costume parade! Come dressed in all things red, white and blue.

1 Legoland Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008

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