Summer may already be in full swing in San Diego (beautiful weather and long days definitely help), but the 4th of July is always a highly-anticipated celebration – and what would the holiday be without fireworks, food, and friends? We’ve put together a list of the best places to see fireworks and dine in style this year. Check out these San Diego 4th of July fireworks & events!
***UPDATE: After being shut down by the city temporarily, the 4th of July fireworks at the Cove are back on! Show your support and read about how to donate to the cause.
The La Jolla Cove 4th of July fireworks annual display has faced obstacles and opposition nearly every step of the way and for the past several years, it’s been an almost constant battle between lawyers, environmentalists, and the rising costs of production and permit-holding. Each year, as the beloved homegrown production is threatened out of existence, the community of La Jolla comes together to raise money and show its support for a longstanding local tradition.
Summer is here! With the increasingly warm weather and summer vacation in full swing, families are enjoying their time outside in the perfect San Diego sunshine. Beaches are full, barbeques are fired up and sidewalks are bustling with bicycles and joggers. San Diego has always pulled out all the stops celebrating our Independence Day and this year will be no exception. There are plenty of fireworks shows and activities to do all throughout San Diego County this July 4. Where will you be watching?
San Diego County Fair 4th of July Celebration
The 4th of July is the last day of the San Diego Fair. There will be all-day family fun with concerts, rides, exhibits and a fireworks display at 9:30 pm.
Oceanside Freedom Days Parade
**Please note that this event will be held on Saturday June 30th** The 19th annual Independence Day Parade will make its way north on Coast Highway from Wisconsin Avenue to Civic Center Drive (just past City Hall). Come see floats, bands, walking groups, cool cars and much more!
The parade starts in front of the 101 Cafe (Coast Highway at Wisconsin Avenue) at 10:00.
Old Town San Diego July 4th Celebration
Enjoy a day of good old fashioned fun for the whole family in Old Town from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. There will be a parade, crafts and activities of early San Diego, contests and wagon rides.
Rancho Santa Fe Independence Day Concert on the Green
Head over to Rancho Santa Fe (near the Inn) and enjoy a free concert at 1:30pm of patriotic and popular music on the green presented by the Coastal Communities Concert Band. There will be food and drinks available for purchase.
Coronado July 4th Celebration
There will be all-day activities at Spreckels Park located at 601 Orange Ave. There is a 7 am run/walk, an art fair, twilight concerts at 4 pm and then head over to Glorietta Bay to watch fireworks at 9 pm.
University City July 4th Celebration
Rock Wall, Inflatables, Book Barn, Games, Food, Shopping, Entertainment, Beer Garden. Music by Y3K 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Day starts with a Pancake Breakfast from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Location: Standley Recreation Center, 3585 Governor Drive, San Diego.
FIREWORKS SCHEDULE FOR 4th OF JULY!!
San Diego County Fair 9:30 pm
Location: SD Fair Grounds 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Del Mar, CA 92014
12th Annual “Big Bay Boom” Fireworks Show 9:00 pm
This year’s show is expected to be the largest San Diego Fireworks display in 2012 with an estimated 750,000 people expected to be in the crowd. There are 5 recommended locations to view this fireworks display at its best- Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero, Seaport Village/Coronado Landing and the Imperial Beach Pier. The fireworks are being programmed & synchronized to music that can be heard on The Walrus 105.7FM.
La Jolla Fireworks 9:00 pm
Head over to the beautiful La Jolla Shores and enjoy a day at the beach. There will be a free concert at Ellen Browning Scripps Park at 5 pm. Fireworks will be over the La Jolla Bay and are best viewed from The La Jolla Cove and Ellen Browning Scripps Park. Enjoy dinner afterwards at any of fine restaurants La Jolla has to offer from casual to 5 star!
Sea World Fireworks 9:30 pm
Enjoy an extended “Into the Blue” fireworks display that can be viewed from Mission Bay Park or spend the day at Sea World and get the best view from inside the park.
Ocean Beach Fireworks 9:00 pm
Spend the day at the beach or bring your dog to Ocean Beach dog beach and stay for the fireworks display at the Ocean Beach Pier.
Mission Bay Yacht Club Fireworks 9:00 pm
Come out and enjoy a boat parade with a fireworks show at Mission Bay Yacht Club located at 1251 Carmel Place, West Mission Bay.
Legoland Red White and BOOM! Fireworks 8:30 pm
Bring the family to Legoland and enjoy live children’s concerts at 5:30 and 7:30pm. There will be a fireworks display accompanying patriotic music.
Mira Mesa/Scripps Ranch 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza 9:00pm
Events include pancake breakfast, parade, fun day and fireworks. Fireworks will be simulcast with KYXY Radio. Location: Mira Mesa Community Park Center at 8575 New Salem St.
Escondido Independence Day Celebration 9:00pm
Free entertainment, children’s arts projects, old-fashioned contests and, of course, fireworks. A variety of refreshments will be available for purchase.Festivities start at 4:00pm at Grape Day Park located at 321 North Broadway in Escondido.
El Cajon 4th of July Picnic & Fireworks! 9:00pm.
The events will kickoff at 12:00 p.m. with the annual 4th of July Picnic at Kennedy Park, followed by a spectacular fireworks show at 9:00 p.m. Kennedy Park, a smoke and alcohol free park, is located at 1675 East Madison Avenue in El Cajon.
Poway 4th of July Celebration 9:00pm
Start off with an Old-Fashioned Fourth of July festivities at Old Poway Park located at
14134 Midland Road. End the night with fireworks at 9pm at Poway High School located at
15500 Espola Road.