Pack up your picnic baskets, lawn chairs and American pride and head to Fourth of July events all around the county. It’s that time of year when a sea of red, white and blue take over San Diego. If you’re looking for an all day extravaganza or a firework show at night, we’ve got a citywide guide to help you plan your patriotic day.
Big Bay Boom Fireworks Show
The 11th annual awe-inspiring fireworks show starts at 9 p.m. Fireworks will launch into the air around the San Diego’s beautiful bay off Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North Embarcadero, Seaport Village and Chula Vista. The choreographed and musical display will last about 17 minutes and more than 850,000 are expected to come.
La Jolla Cove Concert and Fireworks
The beach community of La Jolla is celebrating with a concert at 5 p.m. followed by a fireworks show at 9 p.m. La Jolla Cove fireworks group wants to bring the people together to promote patriotism and tradition through the fireworks show. Donations are encouraged and the best viewing spots are La Jolla shores, Scripps Park and La Jolla Cove.
Old Town’s Historic Style Celebration
Come see where it all began and celebrate at Old Town San Diego State Historic park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This 1800s July Fourth is free with a cake walk, pie eating contests, sack races and a flag raising ceremony.
Annual Lake Murray Fireworks
A Dazzling firework show will blast into the night sky and over Lake Murray. The show will start at 9:15 p.m. at the Lake Murray Community Park, 7001 Murray Park Drive, San Diego.
Mira Mesa’s Many Activities
The Thirty-Seventh Annual Mira Mesa Fourth of July Fun Day starts with a pancake breakfast to be followed by a whole day of carnival games, rides, food vendors and live music. The action-packed day starts at 11 a.m. and goes to 10 p.m. at Gil Johnson Park. Between food and music, catch the firework display at Mira Mesa High School from 9 to 9:30 p.m.
San Diego County Fair
This all day event will highlight the day with fireworks, a parade and a concert. The patriotic opening ceremony at the O’Brien Gate start at 9:30 a.m. A grand fireworks show will start at 9 p.m. but the party keeps on going. At 9:30 p.m. the band REO Speedwagon and the Navy Band Southwest will rock and roll the night away. This show is free with fair admission.
Rancho Bernardo Events
Rancho Bernardo is celebrating early with a free concert by the US Marines Recruit Depot Band on Saturday July 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Webb Park. On July 4, the community fair is open all day and will feature an RB Idol Contest at 12:30 p.m, an art walk, games and activities for kids. And they didn’t forget the adults! Drink vendors will have wine, beer and mixed drinks.
Scripps Ranch Parade and Festival
The 41st annual parade starts at 10 a.m. at Red Cedar Drive and Ironwood Road. After the parade enjoy a free icecream social kicking off the festival at 11 a.m. in Hoyt Park. Kids and adults can enjoy their day with inflatable jumpers, clowns, balloons, food and a live DJ until 1 p.m.
Temecula’s Family Fun Day
The City of Temecula’s Fourth of July celebration kicks off with a Star-Spangled Parade filled with marching bands, floats and performances. The parade is at 10 a.m. and starts at Old Town Front Street traveling north. At 2 p.m. the Fourth of July Extravaganza is at Ronald Reagan Sports Park with food, vendors, live music, a fun zone just for kids and of course fireworks to end this exciting day.
Vista’s Red, White and Boom Celebration
The City of Vista will hold their annual celebration at Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive starting at 7 a.m. Activities are happening all day where guests can enjoy food, beverages, live musical entertainment with fireworks beginning at 9 p.m.