The Ultimate Fourth of July Guide
Festivals, food, and fireworks—the essential combination for celebrating Independence Day in San Diego. Here’s what’s happening around town this weekend.
Stuff to Do
4th of July Celebration, Coronado*
Start the morning with the annual 15K or 5K run/walk, watch the festive parade, and listen to a concert in Spreckles Park at 4:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. | ecoronado.com/4th
Rancho Bernardo’s The Spirit of the Fourth*+
Take the family to Webb Park for a picnic for a full day of music, contests, and games for the kids to love.
7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. | spiritofthefourth.org
San Diego County Fair, Del Mar*+
Spend the whole day with a patriotic opening ceremony, an afternoon parade, and a nighttime concert along with rides and ridiculous fried foods.
9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. | sdfair.com
Scripps Ranch 4th of July Parade and Festival
Show up early for the parade and enjoy the carnival games, food, and fun at the festival afterwards.
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. | scrippsranch.org
Old Town State Historic Park
Make crafts and enjoy old-fashioned activities to celebrate Independence Day like the first San Diegans did.
11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | oldtownsandiegoguide.com
51st Annual Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks Spectacular, Escondido*
Presented by the California Center for the Arts, celebrate the Fourth with food vendors, a community art sale, performances, and more.
4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. | visitescondido.com
Honor our Heroes, Celebrate our Freedom, Vista*+
Come to the Moonlight Amphitheater for the “Light Up the Night” dinner, a performance by Get Back Loretta, and the honoring of three military heroes.
5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. | cityofvista.com
IndepenDANCE family Fireworks Cruise*
Cruise on the California Spirit and dance the night away, taking in the 360-degree views of the fireworks.
8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. | eventbrite.com
* includes fireworks
+ tickets are required
Red, White, and BOOM!
8:30 p.m., LEGOLAND
Grand Tradition July 4th
8:45 p.m., Fallbrook
Big Bay Boom
9:00 p.m., North San Diego Bay
Ocean Beach Pier
9:00 p.m., Ocean Beach
9:00 p.m., Coronado
4th of July Celebration
9:00 p.m., San Diego County Fair
Mira Mesa Fourth of July Celebration
9:00 p.m., Mira Mesa Community Park
An Old Fashioned 4th of July and Fireworks
9:00 p.m., Poway High School Stadium
Sea to Shining Sea
9:30 p.m., SeaWorld
Food and Drink
Annual Alchemy BBQ, South Park
Load up a plate filled with BBQ selections for just $12, selections including beef brisket, chicken, and corn on the cob.
11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. | alchemysandiego.com
The Shores Oceanfront Restaurant, La Jolla
Dine on the beach and watch the fireworks while eating a three-course meal for just $48 a person and $14 for wine pairings.
5.00 p.m. to 10 p.m. | theshoresrestaurant.com
Red, White, and Brew Pubcrawl, Gaslamp
Dress up and head down to over a dozen bars along the Gaslamp district in this festive pubcrawl for $2 Draft Beers, 2-1 Mixed Drinks, and $4 shots.
2 p.m. to 2 a.m. | pubcrawls.com
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