I grew up coming to San Diego for the 4th of July so it has a special place in my heart. My grandparents lived in Coronado so we attended the 4th of July parade every year and then went to their country club for fireworks at night.
Here are a few pictures from those times:
Now some recommendations for how to spend your 4th of July!
San Diego is an ideal destination to celebrate America's Independence Day. As the 4th of July approaches, the city comes alive with a myriad of festivities, fireworks displays, and patriotic events.
Watch the Big Bay Boom Fireworks Show: One of the largest and most spectacular fireworks displays on the West Coast, the Big Bay Boom Fireworks Show is an absolute must-see. There are many spots you can see the show from! Popular viewing locations include Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Coronado Ferry Landing, and the Embarcadero. Be sure to arrive early to secure your spot.
Visit the San Diego County Fair: The 4th of July is the final day of the fair and they end the night with a bang (Fireworks Spectacular). Head to the Del Mar Fairgrounds to celebrate with rides, delicious food, live music, and entertaining performances.
Enjoy a Beach Bonfire: San Diego's stunning coastline includes several beautiful beaches that are perfect for a memorable 4th of July beach bonfire. Head to Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, or La Jolla Shores to soak up the sunset and roast marshmallows!
Attend the Ocean Beach Luminosity Festival: This is brand new this year! Luminostiy will feature a Fourth of July Drone Light Show which launches at 9:05pm. The drone will be launched over Ocean Beach Elementary School and the recommended viewing spot is around the Newport Ave. Business District.
Visit Coronado (my personal fave): Coronado hosts a 12K and 5K on the morning of the 4th, as well as pre-parade entertainment. The parade begins at 10am, but you'll definitely want to arrive early. The parade goes down Orange Ave. They also have concerts that start at 4pm and fireworks that start at 9pm!
Themepark Fireworks: SeaWorld and Legoland have firework shows on the 4th. SeaWorld has fireworks most nights of the week but they do a special show for the 4th. Legoland's firework show is called Red, White, and Boom and begins at 8:30pm on the 4th.
Go to a Padres game: What's more American than a baseball game on the 4th!? They have 4th of July themed hats available for purchase.
La Jolla Cove Fireworks: La Jolla Beach and Tennis club will be hosting a drone show as well this year! The main viewing point will be frm the south end of Kellogg Park or areas close to La Jolla Shores Hotel and Beach Club.
No matter what you choose, you're bound to have an awesome time! The weather is supposed to be nice so enjoy yourself and be safe!
The San Diego Scout