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4th of July Overview

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The 4th of July is Independence Day in the U.S.A. and a National Holiday. It commemorates our independence from England and the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. Residents display flags on the 4th of July to show their respect for the many who died during our struggle to be an independent nation and to declare allegiance to the union. The fireworks represent the 'Bombs Bursting in Air' as stated in our National Anthem. Celebrations take place all over California that include fireworks, concerts, carnivals, parades, barbecues and more. We've listed all of the locations in San Diego where a Fourth of July fireworks show can be viewed.* We do not list 4th of July celebrations that don't include professional fireworks.

TIP: Checkout the Pleasant Hill 4th of July Fireworks page for great advice on how to capture the perfect fireworks shot.

* We make no guarantees that fireworks will be on display at these locations, days or times. This list is based upon past years events and shows often get canceled due to lack of funding.

Big Bay Boom

Big Bay Boom is San Diego's biggest 4th of July celebration where fireworks launch from several barges throughout San Diego Harbor. Wherever you are in the harbor you'll have a terrific view including Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Marina District, Seaport Village and the Coronado Ferry Landing. Several tour operators and San Diego attractions offer additional perks including Hornblower Cruises, Flagship Cruises, the USS Midway and Maritime Museum. The fireworks show begins at approximately 9pm and is simultaneously broadcast to patriotic music on KYXY 96.5 radio station. San Diego Harbor is located off the Downtown exits from Interstate 5.

San Diego Harbor
San Diego, CA 92101

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Beach Cities

Celebrate Independence at the El Corazon site at Rancho Del Oro Road. Enjoy live music, food trucks and a fireworks show that starts at approximately 9pm. Event is held on Rancho Del Oro Road between Mesa Drive and Oceanside Boulevard - Exit Interstate 5 at Oceanside Boulevard.

El Corazon
Rancho Del Oro Road
Oceanside, CA 92056

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The Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base hosts an all-day 4th of July Beach Bash with food trucks, concessions, kid's activities, MCX Exchange, prize drawings, a fireworks show and more. Del Mar Beach Resort is located off Harbor Drive from Interstate 5.

Del Mar Beach Resort
210841, 12th Street
Camp Pendleton North, CA 92055

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Celebrate the 4th of July at LEGOLAND® California. Paid admission includes amusement park rides, shows, restaurants and a fireworks show. LEGOLAND is located off Palomar Airport Drive from Interstate 5.

LEGOLAND California
One Legoland Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 918-5346

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Guests of the Omni La Costa Resort can take part in a several days of 4th of July celebration. Just a few of the patriotic festivities include a poolside bash, movies by the pool, live music, family competitions, pool slide challenge, food trucks and fireworks show at 9pm. Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is located off La Costa Avenue from Interstate 5.

Omni La Costa Resort
2100 Costa Del Mar Road
Carlsbad, California 92009
(760) 438-9111

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Spend the 4th of July at the San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Paid admission includes access to carnival rides, games, live music, entertainment, contests, fair food and a fireworks show at approximately 9pm.

The Del Mar Fairgrounds
2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard
Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 755-1161

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Celebrate the 4th of July in beautiful La Jolla Cove. Fireworks show takes place at approximately 9pm at Ellen Browning Scripps Park off La Jolla Parkway from Interstate 5.

Scripps Park
1133 Coast Blvd
La Jolla, CA 92037

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Celebrate the fourth of July in Ocean Beach in the surf and sand. Enjoy a fireworks show at approximately 9pm that's simultaneously broadcast to patriotic music on KYXY 96.5 radio station. The Ocean Beach Pier is located off Sunset Cliffs Boulevard at the end of Interstate 8.

Ocean Beach Pier
5078 Niagara Avenue
San Diego, CA 92107

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SeaWorld® San Diego offers fireworks on select nights throughout the summer including every night in July. Paid admission includes access to aquariums, rides, shows, entertainment, restaurants and the 'Sea to Shining Sea' fireworks show beginning at approximately 9:40pm. SeaWorld is located off Sea World Drive from Interstate 5.

SeaWorld
500 Sea World Drive
San Diego, California 92109
(800) 257-4268

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Head over the bridge to Coronado Island for a full day of 4th of July festivities including a parade, 12K & 5K run, art show, swim competition, live music and the Big Bay Boom fireworks show. The fireworks show takes place at Spreckels Park at approximately 9pm and is simultaneously broadcast to patriotic music on KYXY 96.5 radio station.

Spreckels Park
601 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118
(619) 319-5147

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Celebrate the 4th of July with a fireworks show set to patriotic music on KYXY 96.5 radio at the Imperial Beach Pier. The show begins at approximately 9pm and is followed by live music. The Imperial Beach Pier is located off Palm Avenue from Interstate 5.

Imperial Beach Pier
10 Evergreen Avenue
Imperial Beach, CA 91932

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North San Diego

Celebrate the 4th of July with a happy hour, gourmet dinner buffet, concert and a fireworks show by the lake. Several ticket options range from general admission seating on an open lawn to a VIP package that includes theater seating, parking, drinks, dinner and mansion access. Grand Tradition is a private Victorian estate located off Mission Road from Highway 76.

Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens
220 Grand Tradition Way
Fallbrook, CA 92028
(760) 728-6466

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Join an Independence Day Celebration at Moonlight Amphitheatre in Brengle Terrace Park. Admission fee includes theater seating, a concert, military honors and a fireworks show at 9pm. Brengle Terrace Park is located off Vista Village Drive from Highway 76.

Moonlight Amphitheatre
Brengle Terrace Park
1200 Vale Terrace Drive
Vista, CA 92084

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The City of San Marcos hosts an all-day 4th of July celebration with carnival games, bounce houses, live music, food and a fireworks show. Festivities are held at Bradley Park of Rancho Santa Fe Road from Highway 78.

Bradley Park
465 S Rancho Santa Fe Road
San Marcos, CA 92078

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The City of Escondido hosts a 4th of July celebration with live music, children's activities, patriotic ceremonies, concessions and a fireworks show at approximately 9pm. Festivities are held in Grape Day Park at the California Center for the Arts and Escondido History Center located off Broadway from Highway 78.

Grape Day Park
321 N. Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025

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The Ramona Rotary Club hosts a semi-private July 4th Family Picnic & Fireworks celebration at Olive Peirce Middle School. Festivities include food, games, family activities, music and a fireworks show synchronized to music on KYXY 96.5 FM at approximately 9pm. Olive Peirce Middle School is located off San Vicente Road from Highway 78.

Olive Peirce Middle School
1521 Hanson Lane
Ramona, CA 92065

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Join the community of Rancho Bernardo for the Spirit of the Fourth celebration. Festivities are held at Bernardo Heights Middle School and include a community fair, contests, car show, parade, pet show, concessions, patriotic demonstrations and a fireworks show at approximately 9pm. Bernardo Heights Middle School is located off Camino Del Norte from Interstate 15.

Bernardo Heights Middle School
12990 Paseo Lucido
Rancho Bernardo, CA 92128
(858) 945-1616

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See an early Independence fireworks show at Westview High School at approximately 9pm. Westview High School is located off Camino Del Sur from Highway 56.

Westview High School
13500 Camino Del Sur
Torrey Highlands, CA 92129

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Celebrate the 4th of July all-day long at Mira Mesa High School. Start the day off with a pancake breakfast then head to Family Fun Day in the Park for a parade, live music & entertainment, old-fashioned games, food vendors, prizes, a kid's zone and fireworks show at approximately 9pm that's timed to music on KyXy 96.5 FM radio. Mira Mesa High School is located off Mira Mesa Boulevard from Interstate 15.

Mira Mesa High School
10510 Reagan Road
Mira Mesa, CA 92126

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East San Diego

Begin the day at Old Poway Park for and 'old-style' Independence celebration with patriotic entertainment, gun fighting re-enactments, crafts, old-fashioned games, food and train rides on the Poway-Midland Railroad. Afterwards head to Poway High School where an admission fee includes access to games, activities, DJ music and a fireworks show at approximately 9pm. Poway High School is located off either Rancho Bernardo Road or Camino Del Norte from Interstate 15.

Poway High School
15500 Espola Road
Poway, CA 92064

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Celebrate the 4th of July at Kennedy Park with live music, family games, carnival games, a bounce house, skate park, food vendors and a fireworks show at approximately 9pm that's synchronized to music. Kennedy Park is located between Montgomery Middle School and Granite Hills High School off Main from Interstate 8.

Kennedy Park
1675 E. Madison Avenue
El Cajon, CA 92019
(619) 441-1676

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The City of Santee hosts a 4th of July celebration at Town Center Community Park with live music, a patriotic ceremony, kid's fun zone, food vendors and a fireworks show at approximately 9pm. Town Center Community Park is located off Cuyamaca Street from Highway 52.

Town Center Community Park 550 Park Center Drive Santee, CA 92019

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South San Diego

Chula Vista hosts a free 4th of July fireworks show at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Fireworks are set to patriotic music on KYXY 96.5 radio and begin at approximately 9pm. The U.S. Olympic Training Center is located off Olympic Parkway from Highway 125.

U.S. Olympic Training Center
2800 Olympic Pkwy
Chula Vista, CA 91915

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Celebrate Independence for an entire week at Kimball Park. Paid admission includes a Miss National City Pageant and carnival with rides, games, food, entertainment, live music and a 4th of July fireworks show at 9pm. Kimball Park is located off Plaza Boulevard from Interstate 5.

Kimball Park
E. 12th Street
National City, CA 91950

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The City of San Ysidro hosts a 4th of July celebration at Larsen Field near the Mexico border. Enjoy a kid's fun zone, live music, food, entertainment and a fireworks show at approximately 9pm. Larsen Field is located off Via de San Ysidro from Interstate 5.

Larsen Field
455 Sycamore Road
San Ysidro, CA 92173

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