Whether you’re traveling with friends or family, San Diego is everyone’s first choice for 4th of July celebrations. Even locals can’t think of anything better than relaxing with loved ones on a long stretch of sand and watching an extraordinary show of lights in the sky. Below is a list of our favorite stretches of sand, spectacular fireworks shows around and places to watch the fireworks in San Diego.
Please note, firework displays and events are subject to change and cancellation.
- Annual Big Bay Boom July 4 Fireworks Show
Location: Multiple Locations along San Diego Bay
Time: 9:00 PM
Take in the largest display in the county, with fireworks launched from four barges strategically placed around North San Diego Bay, they can be seen from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero area and Seaport Village/Coronado Landing. Just find a place along the bay and you will not be disappointed.
- Sea to Shining Sea 4th of July Firework
Location: SeaWorld San Diego – 500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
Time: Fireworks at 10:30 PM
SeaWorld San Diego is excited to light up the sky with an amazing fireworks extravaganza to celebrate the 4th of July.
- Ocean Beach
Location: Ocean Beach Pier at the end of Newport Ave.
Time: 9:00 PM
Spend the day picnicking, swimming in the ocean, walking and playing in the sand and shopping along Newport Ave. Then bundle up as the sun sets and pull up a blanket for a really spectacular fireworks show launched from the OB Pier.
- Old Town 4th of July
Location: Old Town State Historic Park
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Parade, crafts and activities of early San Diego recreate an old fashioned Independence Day celebrated on the frontier. (no fireworks)
- 4th of July Celebration in Coronado
Location: Various Locations on Coronado
Time: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Celebrate the 4th of July in the Crown City with a parade down Orange Avenue at 10:00 AM, a concert in Spreckels Park at 4:00 PM and fireworks over Glorietta Bay at 9:00 PM.
North County Coastal
- San Diego County Fair 4th of July Celebration
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar
Time: Starts at 9:30 AM, Fireworks at 9:00 PM
Start off the day at the Fair with a patriotic opening ceremony at 9:30 AM, then enjoy the Hometown Heroes Parade at 7:00 PM, a concert provided by the Navy Band Southwest followed by a spectacular fireworks display.
- Fourth of July Fireworks at La Jolla Cove
Location: Ellen Browning Scripps Park, 1180 Coast Boulevard, La Jolla
Time: 9:00 PM
After a day on the beautiful beaches of La Jolla, take in a spectacular set of fireworks with a picturesque background.
- Red, White and BOOM!
Location: LEGOLAND California – One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad
Time: Fireworks at 8:30 PM
Take the whole family and spend the day enjoying over 60 rides, shows and attractions along with some all-American picnic games like burlap races and water-balloon tosses and then top it off with an awe-inspiring fireworks display set to patriotic music.
- Oceanside’s Independence Day Parade
Location: North on N Coast Hwy 101 from Wisconsin Ave to Civic Center Drive (just past City Hall)
Date: June 27, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM
Come see floats, bands, walking groups, cool cars and much more. The theme this year is “The Spirit of Freedom.” (no fireworks)
- Oceanside Fireworks Show
Location: El Corazon Site at Rancho Del Oro Road
Date: July 3, 2015
Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Start off your Independence Day celebration a day early by bringing a beach chair and the whole family to enjoy Oceanside Fireworks Show.
North County Inland
- Independence Day Festival & Fireworks
Location: 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025
Time: Starts at 4:00 PM, Fireworks at 9:00 PM
Join 20,000 patriotic festival-goers for the 52nd Annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks with music, fabulous food vendors, and a wealth of children’s activities and games for everyone to enjoy.
- Grand Tradition July 4th
Location: Grand Tradition – 220 Grand Tradition Way, Fallbrook, CA 92028
Time: Starts at 2:00 PM, Fireworks at 9:00 PM
Enjoy a day of live entertainment, dancing, kid friendly activities, Quack-Up Suck Race, Rubber Raft Regatta, food and drink, and fireworks! Tickets include admission and tickets which can be used for food, beverages and activities.
- Mira Mesa Fourth of July Celebration
Location: Mira Mesa Community Park, Mira Mesa Boulevard and New Salem Street, Mira Mesa
Time: Fireworks at 9:00 PM
Come early for the parade and family friendly activities and stay late for the fireworks.
- An Old Fashioned Fourth of July and Fireworks
Location: Poway High School Stadium, 15500 Espola Road, Poway
Time: 7:00 to 10:00 PM
Following the Poway Old-Fashioned Fourth of July celebration at Old Poway Park (10:00 AM to 4:00 PM), head to Poway High School for music, more food, glow sticks and fireworks.
- Rancho Bernardo’s The Spirit of the Fourth
Location: Webb Park
Time: 7:00 AM to 9:30 PM
It’s a whole day of fun in Rancho Bernardo with a pancake breakfast; a festival with food, music and games; a parade; and fireworks!
- Rancho Santa Fe’s Annual 4th of July Parade & Picnic
Location: 16948 Avenida De Acacias, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091
Time: 1:00 PM
Pack a few blankets and chairs for Rancho Santa Fe’s Annual 4th of July Parade & Picnic with live music, food, fun and more. (no fireworks)
- San Marcos 4th of July Celebration
Location: Bradley Park, Rancho Sante Fe Road and Linda Vista Drive, San Marcos
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Carnival games, jumpers, food and fireworks!
- Scripps Ranch 4th of July Parade and Festival
Location: Scripps Ranch Hoyt Park (Festival)
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
After the community parade, enjoy fun, food, music and games at the free festival. (no fireworks)
- Vista Independence Day Celebration
Location: Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista
Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM
Celebrate the 4th of July in Vista at the Moonlight Amphitheatre with live music, an honorary ceremony, family fun and fireworks!
- El Cajon 4th of July Picnic and Fireworks
Location: Kennedy Park – 1675 East Madison Avenue
Time: 12:00 to 10:00 PM
Enjoy a picnic in sunny San Diego East County and stay for a spectacular fireworks show.
- Julian 4th of July Parade
Location: Along Main Street from Julian High School to Frank Lane Park
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Julian presents a homegrown event that celebrates the town’s gold rush era history, the dedication of veterans and active duty military who serve our country, and local residents who cherish the special qualities of the little town tucked into the Cuyamaca Mountains east of San Diego. (no fireworks)
- Ramona Rotary Community Fireworks and Family Picnic
Location: Olive Pierce Middle School – 1521 Hanson Lane, Ramona
Time: 5:30 to 10:00 PM
Join the Romana Kiwanis and Rotary clubs for food, fun and fireworks.
- Santee Salutes
Location: Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Drive, Santee
Time: 3:30 to 9:30 PM
Rock out with 80z All Stars playing hits from the 80s, a patriotic ceremony by the HMH-462 Color Guard, inflatable zone, food trucks and fireworks.
- Independence Day at the Border
Location: Larsen Field – 4061 Camino de la Plaza, San Ysidro, CA 92173
Date: July 3, 2015
Time: 3:00 to 4:00 PM
Come and enjoy an Independence Day Celebration in San Ysidro complete with family activities, live music, drinks, food and fireworks!
- National City’s 4th of July Carnival
Location: Kimball Park – D Ave & E 12th St, National City, CA 91950
Dates: July 2-6, 2014
The National City Host Lions Club invite you to celebrate the 4th of July with a weekend long carnival complete with rides, games, food, fun and fireworks on the 4th of July at 9:00 PM!