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Thursday, July 4, 2024


San Diego Bay Fourth of July Fireworks

GUEST BLOG / By Linda McIntosh, Reporter, San Diego Union-Tribune
-Here’s a guide to Fourth of July fireworks and festivities at parks, beaches and other venues throughout San Diego County. 

Camp Pendleton 4th of July beach celebration: Fireworks at 9 p.m. July 4 at the Marine Corps base’s Del Mar Beach for authorized military and their families. Also, there will be a family fun zone from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and live DJ entertainment from 4 to 7 p.m. Concessions and vendors will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Military ID card required. Visit 

Carlsbad Legoland’s Red, White and BOOM!: Throughout the day on July 4, kids of all ages can participate in themed entertainment. lawn games, building activities and DJ dance parties at Legoland California, 1 Legoland Drive. The evening fireworks show at 8:45 p.m. combines music with fireworks; included with cost of park admission. The fireworks display will explode into 3D Lego bricks with special viewing glasses. Visit 

Chula Vista Fireworks and celebration: Hosted by the city of Chula Vista and Seven Mile Casino at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center, 2800 Olympic Parkway, gates open at 7 p.m. July 4. Fireworks shoot off at 9 p.m. with a custom bilingual soundtrack on Amor 102.9. Bring a blanket or chair. Food trucks will be there. Parking is free at the center and the adjacent New Hope Community Church, 2720 Olympic Parkway. Another recommended viewing location is at Mountain Hawk Park, 1475 Lake Crest Drive. Admission is free. Visit 

Coronado Fireworks: 9 p.m. July 4 over Glorietta Bay, near Stingray Point, and San Diego Fireworks over San Diego Bay can be viewed at the Ferry Landing. Visit"> Independence Day Parade: 10 a.m. to noon July 4 going south on Orange Avenue, beginning at First Street and Orange and ending at Churchill Place and Ocean Boulevard. Preparade entertainment is from 7:30 to 10 a.m. on Orange Avenue. Fourth of July concerts: Public Kids Concert is from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. with Katleen Dugas performing children’s songs at Spreckels Park, 601 Orange Ave.; Coronado Concert Band will perform a Patriotic Concert from 4 to 5 p.m. at Spreckels Park; a public concert featuring The Mighty Untouchables is from 5:45 to 8:30 p.m. at Spreckels Park. Visit Crown City Classic 12K & 5K Run: 7 to 9 a.m. July 4, starting and finishing at Coronado Tidelands Park, 2000 Mullinex Drive. Register at Navy Leap Frogs demonstration: 2 p.m. July 4 at the Coronado Golf Course 16th Fairway. “Star Wars”: Adrian Empire Demonstration and San Diego Star Wars Society photo op from 12:30 to 2 p.m. July 4 at Star Park, 1030 Park Place. Fourth Of July BBQ: Independence Day celebration at Loews Coronado Bay Resort. Chef-curated barbecue buffet is from 4 to 7 p.m. at the resort’s Bay Terrace. The festivities include live “yacht rock” music by Band Overboard and Big Bay Boom fireworks in the distance. Barbecue tickets are $90 per adult, $45 per child. Visit 

Del Mar Fourth of July celebration at San Diego County Fair: Patriotic celebration all day on July 4 topped off with fireworks at 9 p.m., which can be viewed throughout the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. On-site parking is $15, if purchased in advance online; $20 at gate. Free parking at Canyon Crest Academy and $10 parking at Del Mar Horsepark, with free shuttles. Admission is $12-$20 for ages 6 and older. Visit 

El Cajon Star Spangled Extravaganza: Free live entertainment featuring a DJ and family games starting at 3 p.m. July 4 at Kennedy Park, 1675 E. Madison Ave., with fireworks at 9 p.m. Pack a picnic. Visit or call (619) 441-1676. 

Escondido Independence Day concert and fireworks: 4 to 10 p.m. July 4 at Grape Day Park, 321 Broadway, hosted by the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Live music on the Great Green in the park features Daring Greatly, Ian Moore and the Navy Band Southwest’s 32nd Street Brass Band. The event culminates in the fireworks display at 9 p.m., which can be seen from central Escondido. There will be food trucks, an artisan market and games along with craft beer. The center also hosts free outdoor concerts July 5-7 with food vendors. Visit 

Fallbrook Pancake breakfast and celebration: Rotary Club of Fallbrook’s pancake breakfast is from 8 to 11 a.m. July 4 at the Fallbrook Community Center, 341 Heald Lane. Tickets are $12; $5 for children ages 4-12; free, ages 3 and younger. Proceeds benefit community programs. A dog show is from 11 a.m. to noon and a Fourth of July celebration is from noon to 3 p.m. with live music, entertainment, including ballet folklórico, a display of fire and police vehicles, and food vendors. Visit 

Imperial Beach Fireworks and live music: The fireworks show will start at 9 p.m. off the Imperial Beach Pier. Live music is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. featuring the Marine Band San Diego. Seacoast Drive will be closed from Imperial Beach Boulevard to Palm Avenue starting at 5 p.m. for the community event. Parking will be provided at the South Bay Union School District, 601 Elm Ave., Mar Vista High School, 505 Elm Ave., and IB Charter Elementary, 650 Imperial Beach Blvd. ADA parking lot on Seacoast and Palm Avenue. There will be a shuttle provided from parking lots to the beach. Visit 

Julian Parade: Noon July 4 on Main Street. The theme is “Soar Like an Eagle,” recognizing the Julian Union High School District as the grand marshal. Attendees can join in carrying a huge American flag down Main Street before the start of the parade. Preparade activities start at 9:30 a.m. including a western re-enactment, musical performances and pie-eating contests. The flyover by vintage aircraft will be at noon to kick off the parade. After the parade, head over to the American Legion for a deep-pit barbecue, live music and dancing. Visit the Julian Town Hall for the Julian Woman’s Club Quilt Show; shops will be open. Visitors should come early to find parking near Main Street, which will be closed after 9 a.m. Visit 

La Jolla Drone show: Independence Day performance, hosted by La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club and LJ STEAM Foundation, featuring 200 drones soaring 350 feet above the shoreline with patriotic imagery will launch at 9 p.m. July 4 with the main viewing of the show at the south end of Kellogg Park, 8277 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla Shores Hotel and La Jolla Cove. Free to the public. Visit 

Mira Mesa Fireworks show: The fireworks show Wednesday starts at 9 p.m. over Wangenheim Middle School, 9230 Gold Coast Drive. A community picnic starts at 4 p.m. at Hourglass Field Community Park, leading up to the fireworks. Visit 

National City Fourth of July Carnival: The National City Lions Club is hosting its annual Fourth of July Carnival from July 3-7 at Kimball Park, 12th and D streets, with fireworks at the park at 9 p.m. July 6. The carnival, featuring food, rides and games, is open 5-11 p.m. Wednesday, 1-11 p.m. Thursday, 5-11 p.m. Friday and 1-11 p.m. July 6-7. Visit 

Oceanside Fireworks celebrate city’s 136th birthday: 9 p.m. Wednesday at SoCal Soccer Complex at El Corazon, 3300 El Corazon Drive. Gates open at 4 p.m. and there will be family-friendly lawn games and crafts along with food vendors. Live music will begin at 7 p.m. Parking at the SoCal Soccer lot for $15 per car; parking lot entry closes 8:30 p.m. Free parking at Ocean Ranch Business Park. RVs and buses not permitted. Gates open at 5 p.m. No alcohol or dogs. Call (760) 435-5041 or visit Yankee Doodle Dinghy Parade: Boat parade starts at 1 p.m. July 4 in the Oceanside Harbor at the Oceanside Yacht Club and continues on to the south end of the harbor. Decorate a patriotic dinghy 12 feet and under and enter the parade. Trophies will be awarded. Register at skippers meeting at 10 a.m. July 4 at the yacht club, 1950 Harbor Drive North. Entry fee is $5. Call (760) 722-5751 or visit Oceanside beach and pier: Additional vendors will be open selling food and beverages and renting water sports equipment in Pier Plaza and in the parking lot south of the Junior Seau Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre. The Strand roadway by the beach will be closed to cars from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 4. Visit Fireworks show at Grace Church: 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday with live music, food vendors and bounce houses, face painting and a free raffle at 1602 S. El Camino Real. Bring a beach chair. Parking lot opens at 6 p.m.; fireworks are at 9 p.m. Visit or call (760) 433-9922. Independence Parade: The 28th annual parade starts at 10 a.m. today at North Coast Highway and Wisconsin Avenue and will head north on Coast Highway to Civic Center Drive. More than 100 parade entries are expected to march, roll, walk and drive down historic Highway 101. This year’s parade theme is “Celebrating Our Heritage,” highlighting the community’s cultural roots. To participate or volunteer, visit 

Poway Fireworks: Two Independence Day fireworks displays will run simultaneously starting at 9 p.m. July 4 from Poway High School, 15500 Espola Road, in the school’s football field and the Sportsplex in the Poway Business Park, 12349 McIvers Court. The Poway Sportsplex will not be open for fireworks viewing, but there is street parking throughout the South Poway Business Park and fireworks can be seen throughout the valley. Gates open at the Poway High School football field at 6 p.m., with games, activities and a DJ. Entry costs $6 per person at the gate; free for ages 11 and younger. Lake Poway is open to the public July 4 and will stay open for the fireworks, but viewing is limited because the ballfield is temporarily closed. Parking is $10 for nonresidents; free for residents and military with ID. A parking map for areas around both fireworks is at"> “Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration”: The annual event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 4 at Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Road, with patriotic entertainment, old-fashioned games, children’s crafts and model train displays. Treats and train rides will be sold. VFW Post 7907 and the Poway Veterans Park Committee host a ceremony honoring service members at Veterans Park (adjacent to Old Poway Park) beginning at 11 a.m. Free shuttles available starting at 9:30 a.m. from Poway Adult School and Poway City Hall. Visit 

Ramona Family Picnic and Fireworks: The grounds open at 4 p.m. July 4 in the back field behind Olive Peirce Middle School, 1521 Hanson Lane, and fireworks are at 9 p.m. There will be entertainment, carnival games and food vendors. Bring chairs and blankets. Service dogs only. Visit 

Rancho Bernardo Spirit of the Fourth Community Fair: Starts at 9 a.m. in Webb Park, themed “Volunteers are the spark of our community.” Highlights include Patriotic Pet Contest, games and activities for the kids, Quilts of Valor display, Wheels of Freedom Motor Show and food trucks and food booths, along with a parade from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Visit Rancho Bernardo Fireworks: Spirit of the Fourth Fireworks display starts at 9 p.m. July 4 at Rancho Bernardo High School/Bernardo Heights Middle School athletic fields, 13010 Paseo Lucido. Musical entertainment is from 6 to 8:45 p.m. Donation of $10 per person or $20 for a family to offset event expenses. Free parking is available in the student lot off Avenida Venusto. Visit Independence Day Ceremony: The Rancho Bernardo Veterans Memorial Association will host its annual Independence Day Ceremony from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. July 4 at the Rancho Bernardo Veterans Memorial, Webb Park, 11666 Avena Place. The keynote speaker is San Diego City Councilmember Marni von Wilpert. Boy Scouts Troop 685, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and members of the Brigadier General J.P. Holland Chapter of the Military Order of World Wars are supporting this event. Bring lawn chairs. Visit 

Rancho Santa Fe Independence Day Parade: Starts at 1 p.m. July 4 and runs along Paseo Delicias and other downtown streets featuring vintage cars, horses, firetrucks, parade princesses and decorated floats. A barbecue lunch starts at 11 a.m. on the Village Green with hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, chicken sandwiches and ice cream for sale by The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe to benefit the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center. Parade participants should line up at 12:15 p.m. in the R. Roger Rowe School parking lot, 5927 La Granada. 

San Diego Big Bay Boom: The free fireworks show will be displayed simultaneously from four barges on San Diego Bay at 9 p.m. July 4. Barge locations will be off the shorelines of Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North Embarcadero and South Embarcadero. Bring lawn chairs or get in a boat to watch. The 20-minute fireworks will be telecast live on Fox 5 San Diego and affiliates in Los Angeles and on Fox 40 in Sacramento, starting at 8 p.m. A musical simulcast will be broadcast live on 100.7 BIG FM radio, starting at 9 p.m. The Metropolitan Transit System will increase train, trolley and bus services, and it will offer Friends Ride Free, where a friend may ride free with a fare-paying customer on MTS routes on July 4. Visit Maritime Museum fireworks viewing: There will be July 4 fireworks viewing on the Maritime Museum of San Diego’s Berkeley, moored by the North Embarcadero. The Maritime Museum is open for visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 4 and reopens at 7 p.m. for the July 4 barbecue dinner on the upper McKinney deck of the Victorian-era steam ferry boat Berkeley. Guests can watch fireworks from the Berkeley or barge behind the Berkeley. All other vessels in the museum fleet will be closed for this event. Daytime options also include 45-minute bay cruises aboard Pilot, which are $10 extra with purchase of general admission at 11 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. The 75-minute Naval History Bay tours aboard the PCF 816 Swift boat are an extra $15 with purchase of general admission at 12:45 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. Visit Fireworks viewing from cruises: Hornblower’s Fourth of July dinner cruises on the yacht with buffet dinner, DJ entertainment and sky deck viewing; visit Also, among the options, Flagship offers the Stars & Stripes Spectator Cruise; reserve at SeaWorld fireworks: SeaWorld San Diego puts on an 18-minute fireworks to salute the country’s service members starting at 9 p.m. July 4. The park offers entertainment ranging from the “So Much More to Sea” 60th Anniversary Parade to light displays, shows and a summer concert series. The Enchanted Wonders Fireworks spectacular is nightly 10 minutes before the park closes through Aug. 11 with fireworks in sync with music and video highlighting the past 60 years of SeaWorld. Visit Fireworks on Mission Bay: Takes place at Mission Bay around 9 p.m. Wednesday in partnership with SeaWorld. Radio station partner 101.5 KGB will provide a custom soundtrack. Public viewing areas include Sunset Point Park, Santa Clara Point to Fanuel Street Park, and along Rivera Drive and the shoreline areas with a view of Sail Bay. Boaters can get out on the water from several areas in Mission Bay or reserve a spot on the William D. Evans sternwheeler cruising Mission Bay. Visit Old Town Fourth of July: Festivities are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 4, including a patriotic flag-raising ceremony, live music, games, wheelbarrow and sack races, crafts such as morse code bracelets, and demonstrations of blacksmithing and weaving at Old Town State Historic Park as part of an “old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration” like what early San Diego residents did in the 1800s. The park will offer its usual museums and living history demonstrations. Admission is free; fees for some activities. Visit 


Lake Murray Music Fest and Fireworks is from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 4 at Lake Murray Community Park, 7001 Murray Park Drive, in San Carlos, and the fireworks can be seen from La Mesa to Del Cerro and beyond. The fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. Visit 

Belmont Park summer fun: The historic beachfront amusement park, which turns 99 on July 4, will be open with old-fashioned summer fun and newer activities from classic roller coasters like the Giant Dipper to merry-go-rounds, bumper cars and arcade games to laser tag and a zip line. Visit 

San Marcos Red, White & Boom: Entertainment starts at 6 p.m. and fireworks go off at 9 p.m. July 4 at Bradley Park, 1587 Linda Vista Drive. Festivities include live music by Detroit Underground at 6 p.m., jumpers and food sales. Bring beach chairs or blankets for lawn seating. Visit Fourth of July at Lake San Marcos: A patriotic kickoff program at 10 a.m. July 4 at Lake House Resort with the Freedom Choir leading the Americana singalong. Veterans will be recognized and there will be guest speakers. A patriotic dog contest will be at 11 a.m., and a carnival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with classic games such as ring toss and balloon darts, a bounce house, food and drinks. Entry fee after 11 a.m. is $5, free for ages 10 and younger. The annual July 4 Yacht Club Boat Parade will be at 4 p.m. on the lake. The event is sponsored by Lakehouse Resort, Lake Church, Lake San Marcos Community Association and Lake San Marcos Kiwanis. Visit or 

Santee Santee Salutes: The Fourth of July celebration is from 2 to 10 p.m. July 4 at Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Drive. Carnival rides and parking lots open at 2 p.m. Food vendors and Riverwalk Grill open at 4 p.m., and the U.S. Marine Corps Band, Popular Music Group will perform. A patriotic ceremony is at 6 p.m., and Whiskey Ridge country music is at 6:30 p.m. The event caps off with fireworks at 9 p.m. Bring chairs, blankets and canopies. The area around Fields 3 and 4 will be closed. Wristbands for unlimited rides are $20 on-site. Parking is limited and must be purchased in advance online for $10 at 

Scripps Ranch Parade: The Scripps Ranch Civic Association Fourth of July Parade, themed “Scripps Ranch — America’s Patriotic Cul de Sac,” begins at 10 a.m. July 4 at Red Cedar Drive and Ironwood Road and ends at Scripps Ranch Boulevard and Aviary Drive by Hoyt Park. After-parade festivities are at 11 a.m. at Hoyt Park. Free admission; donations appreciated. Visit Scripps Ranch Old Pro 4th of July Run and Ride: The event includes a 10K race and 2-mile Fun Run, along with 12-mile and 35-mile bike rides, as well as a 22.5-mile Gravel Ride. Visit 

University City 5K and 1-mile Fun Run-UC Celebration: Walk-up sign-ups for 5K and 1-mile Fun Run start at 6:30 a.m. July 4 with runs beginning at 7:45 a.m. and 8 a.m. at Standley Recreation Center, 3585 Governor Drive. Highlights include a pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., a bike and pet parade, Troop 11 color guard and the national anthem, live music, a fun zone for kids and food. The last music performance is at 5 p.m. Visit 

Vista Independence Day celebration with fireworks: Fireworks will go off at 9 p.m. July 4 at Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive. The park will open at 7 a.m. There will be live music by the Cassie B Project at 7:35 p.m. and after the fireworks. Admission to the Moonlight Amphitheatre is $5 per person at the entrance starting at 5 p.m. No advance online ticket sales. The Moonlight’s Bread and Cheese eatery will sell a variety of food, refreshments, beer and wine. Alcohol cannot be brought into the park. Free parking. Visit 

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