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50 Things to do this Summer

Where to party, picnic, and parade in SD


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Bring Fido

Dog Days at Petco
Catch a Padres game with your pooch! Don’t miss the “tail” gate party and costume parade around the track. Pick up an application at your local Petco store or online. July 17, $8+, plus registration fee. petco.com/petcopark

Snow Zone
The Petco Unleashed store in Chula Vista will be transformed into a winter wonderland where dogs can frolic in 20 tons of snow while owners cool their heels with refreshments. Plus, there’s doggy ice cream for the pups. July 21, free. unleashedby.petco.com

Bark for Life
Pair up with your pooch and raise funds for the American Cancer Society with a fun 1–mile walk followed by games, food, and contests. July 21 in Carmel Valley, August 18 at Seaport Village. relayforlife.org

Canine Cocktails
Hotel Indigo hosts a regular dog-friendly “yappy hour.” Dogs roam around the rooftop patio while pet parents sip cocktails. July 26, August 23, free. hotelsandiegodowntown.com

Dog Days of Summer
It’s the biggest doggie event of the year in Cardiff, with more than 150 vendors, animal adoptions, and contests, including cutest puppy and best kisser. August 11, free. cardiffdogdaysofsummer.com


Where to Catch Fireworks on July 4

Stay for an extended fireworks show at 9:30 p.m., or get the second–best seats around Mission Bay (for free).

Pyrotechnics and patriotic music light up at 8:30 p.m.

San Diego County Fair
The fair’s 2012 season ends in style at 9:30 p.m.

Big Bay Boom
SD’s largest fireworks display starts at 9 p.m. with great views all around the bay.

La Jolla
Take in a free concert at Ellen Browning Scripps Park and stick around for the fireworks over the water at 9 p.m.

Ocean Beach
The OB pier lights up at 9 p.m.

Festivities kick off early with a Fourth of July parade down Orange Avenue at 10 a.m., followed by a concert at Spreckels Park at 4 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m.

Mira Mesa
Fourth of July fun—including a parade in Mira Mesa Community Park—all goes down before fireworks light up the sky at 9 p.m.

Old Poway Park hosts activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with fireworks at 9 p.m.

San Diego Bay
Skip the crowds! Hop aboard the Inspiration Hornblower for a 3–hour cruise with a full buffet, boarding cocktail, and DJ’d tunes, then watch the Big Bay Boom from the sky deck. $119 for adults, $72 for children, hornblower.com

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