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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.


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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

 

Fireworks

Red, White, and BOOM!
8:30 p.m., LEGOLAND
legoland.com

Grand Tradition July 4th
8:45 p.m., Fallbrook
fallbrookbeautification.org

Big Bay Boom
9:00 p.m., North San Diego Bay
bigbayboom.com

Ocean Beach Pier
9:00 p.m., Ocean Beach
oceanbeachsandiego.com

Glorietta Bay
9:00 p.m., Coronado
ecoronado.com/4th

4th of July Celebration
9:00 p.m., San Diego County Fair
sdfair.com

Mira Mesa Fourth of July Celebration
9:00 p.m., Mira Mesa Community Park
miramesatowncouncil.org

An Old Fashioned 4th of July and Fireworks
9:00 p.m., Poway High School Stadium
poway.org

Sea to Shining Sea
9:30 p.m., SeaWorld
seaworldparks.com

 

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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