America’s Finest City is soaking in the summer with tons of outdoor weekend activities. On this 4th of July weekend, many local events will celebrate America the Beautiful.
Thursday, July 2
Del Beach Bash
7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Hotel Del Coronado
Celebrate Independence Day early at this annual beach party hosted by the famous Hotel Del Coronado. The outdoor bash for the hotel’s overnight guests will boast live music, fireworks, fire pits and s’mores.
An Evening With Photographer Bil Zelman
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sparks Gallery (6th Avenue)
Acclaimed photographer Bil Zelman will talk about his current exhibit, “Isolated Gesture,” at Sparks Gallery, sharing anecdotes and insight on each photograph. The event includes beverages, appetizers, a seminar and a Q&A session. Zelman's work has been shown or collected by The Museum of Photographic Arts, The Museum of Contemporary Art and The Lucie Foundation, to name a few places.
Snoop Dogg (a.k.a. DJ Snoopadelic)
9 p.m., Fluxx
Snoop D-oh-double-G returns to San Diego for a DJ set at Fluxx to kick off Independence Day Weekend. While this won’t be a full-on Snoop performance, Snoop is sure to drop some hard beats.
Friday, July 3
Movies in the Park: Back to the Future
6 p.m. to 10 p.m., USS Midway Museum
This free screening of the classic “Back to the Future” flick takes place aboard the USS Midway Museum as part of San Diego’s Summer Movies in the Park series. Bring a blanket, snacks and enjoy the movie with the family.
Oceanside Art Walk
6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Downtown Oceanside
Check out Oceanside’s vibrant art community with this free event showcasing live performances, music, poetry, art education, culinary artistry and pop-up art galleries embedded in local business and public spaces downtown. This event is ongoing – held the first Friday of every month – and this Friday’s theme is “Graffs, Tats & Toons.”
Independence Day at the Border
3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Cesar Chavez Park
This free, family-friendly 4th of July celebration at Larsen Field in Cesar Chavez Park will include bounce houses for the kids, mechanical bulls, lots of live music, drinks, food and fireworks.Star
7:30 p.m., Embarcadero Marina Park South
This patriotic party is centered around live music from the San Diego Symphony – from “Stars and Stripes Forever” to “God Bless the U.S.A.” Principal Pops Conductor Bill Conti will lead the performance and “American Idol” runner-up and Chula Vista native Jessica Sanchez will also hit the stage. After the music, there are fireworks. Tickets cost between $22 and $79.
Oceanside Fireworks Show
9 p.m., Rancho Del Oro Road in Oceanside
Honor Independence Day a day early at the Oceanside fireworks spectacular featuring food trucks and other activities for the family. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. and the fireworks start at 9 p.m.
Birdy Bardot (album release), Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact, the Midnight Pine and more
8:30 p.m., Casbah
The first ever Redwoods Revue hits Casbah on Friday, featuring some of the great San Diego artists that make up Redwoods Music, a local indie label. The night also serves as a release party for the debut album from SD’s hottest new supergroup: Birdy Bardot. As SoundDiego’s Dustin Lothspeich wrote in his review of the record, “They’ve billed themselves as “California Soul,” and it’s hard to argue with it. The self-titled record sways from one raw groove to another, straddling a retro-soul area occupied in today’s music by the Mayer Hawthornes, Black Keys and Mark Ronsons of the world.” If that’s doesn’t convince you to go out and get your new-music fix, nothing will.
Saturday, July 4
4th of July Family Festival
3 p.m., Mt. San Miguel Park, Chula Vista
Bring the kids out to this second annual Fourth of July festival. The kids can enjoy 30 attractions and play with games while parents track down tasty food for the family. A portion of all ticket sales support Chula Vista schools.
Fourth of July Firework Festivities
Across the county
Fireworks and festivals will light up the sky across San Diego County. Click this link to find full listings by neighborhood.
Sunday, July 5
Friday is the final day of the San Diego County Fair until 2016.
10th Annual USD Summer Chamber Music Festival
2 p.m., Shiley Theatre
Sit back, relax, and let the beautiful creations of Mozart, Vivaldi, Shostakovich and other composers fill your ears. Admission is $10 and tickets include lunchtime, afternoon and evening concerts. Musicians and fans of music of all ages can enjoy the wonderful sounds of classic composers.
SuperWild: Discovering Animal Super-Powers
All day, Living Coast Discovery Center
This special, family-friendly exhibit combines animal superheroes with original artwork. Let your kids get up close and personal with the way animals move around their spaces. The exhibit is included with admission to Living Coast.
Cut Copy (DJ set)
4 p.m., Quartyard
They call their electronic blend Californian/psychedelic, but we just call it awesome. The Aussies of Cut Copy mix sounds of an endless summer, which fits in perfectly with outdoor venue Quartyard, where fresh air meets craft beer and good vibes all year round.