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6 Places to Watch the Fourth of July Fireworks Shows in San Diego

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

When it comes to celebrating the Fourth of July in all its patriotic splendor, few cities rival San Diego. Each year, dazzling fireworks displays can be seen from different vantage points across the city, and this year, San Diego is putting on quite the show. We’ve rounded up six of the best fireworks shows in San Diego to get you in a patriotic state of mind. Cheers to freedom and a boomin’ Independence Day!


Annual Big Bay Boom

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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! Bring your beach chairs, 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 and gaze up at the sparkling sky.

Location: San Diego Bay


Coronado Festivities

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Coronado is not only an ideal place to bask in the coastal beauty of the region, but it’s also bustling with fun activities on the Fourth of July this year! Kick off the weekend by joining the 745th Annual Independence Day Parade on Orange Ave, which starts at 10 a.m. on July 4. But the fun doesn’t stop there! At 2 p.m., you and your crew can watch the Navy Leap Frogs Aerial Demonstration, 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 annual fireworks show starting at 9 p.m. To see the full schedule of Coronado events, click here!

Location: Coronado


Oceanside Fireworks Show

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At 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, the city of Oceanside will host an epic fireworks celebration to kick off the weekend and celebrate its 136th birthday! Grab a seat at the SoCal Soccer Complex at El Corazon, where there will be live entertainment, crafts, lawn games, a picnic area and food vendors. Bring a beach chair or blanket to sit on and enjoy the perks of this free, family-friendly event in Oceanside!

Location: Oceanside

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San Diego County Fair Fireworks Spectacular

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Planning on spending the day in Del Mar? This year, the San Diego County Fair is putting on a Fireworks Spectacular that’ll knock your red, white and blue socks off. Gear up for a variety of color-changing aerial displays featuring streaking comets and tiger tails—all synced to music. The doors will open at 7 p.m., and the fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m.—you won’t want to miss this! To purchase tickets, click here.

Location: Del Mar


LEGOLAND’s Red, White and BOOM!


Celebrate Independence Day this year at LEGOLAND California at their star-spangled Fourth of July celebration, Red, White and BOOM! Bring your whole family and spend the day enjoying over 60 rides, shows and attractions. The kids can enjoy special limited-time treats, fun lawn activities and DJ dance parties. The night will end with an unforgettable fireworks display at 8:45 p.m. that explodes into 3D LEGO® bricks right before your eyes! Pick up special viewing glasses, and don’t miss the pre-show entertainment, which begins at 8 p.m. 

Location: Carlsbad


SeaWorld Fourth of July Celebration

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SeaWorld is one of San Diego’s most popular family-friendly attractions all year long, and during the summer months, the park puts on a spectacular nightly fireworks show. The show is included in your price of admission that day, so you can experience 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 family fun to your summer calendar, and you won’t want to miss the park’s Independence Day celebration, featuring an extended fireworks display on July 3-4 at 9:00 p.m.!

Location: Mission Bay

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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