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Your guide to the 4th of July in San Diego

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At this time every year your posed with the question, “what should we do for the 4th of July?” Well, whether you are up for trying something new or have your own tradition for the holiday, there are plenty of fun ideas for the day followed by amazing firework displays at night. Living in San Diego is really a blessing as the opportunities are endless and we want your holiday to be something to remember.

Fourth of July

The weather is going be an average of 75 or higher depending on location so head out and enjoy the beautiful weather with great outdoor fun. Pack up the car, grab your friends and family and head on out for a wonderful day in this fine city. There are many different things to choose to do during the day before settling down to enjoy the fireworks this 4th of July.

Public transportation such as the Coaster, trolley and shuttles will be running full force to help ease the traffic on Sunday.

Here are some ideas for your holiday:

  • Enjoy the sun with a nice picnic at one of the the beautiful parks in San Diego. Pack up some chips, sandwiches, drinks and sunscreen. Grap the BBQ or even head on over to your favorite place to eat and get take-out for the day
  • Coronado will have their 35th Annual Independence Day 15k or 5k Run/walk that begins and ends in the Tidelands Park. This event will begin at 7 a.m.
  • Spend the day at Grape Day Park in Escondido to enjoy an all day picnic filled with food, fun and music followed by fireworks
  • The community of Mira Mesa presents their 36th Annual Fourth of July Parade at 1:00 p.m.
  • Pack up the car and head out early to get a good spot at any one of San Diego’s lovely beaches
  • Camp out at one of these RV beach campgrounds in San Diego: Silver Strand State Beach, Mission Bay RV Park, San Elijo State Beach or Carlsbad State Beach
  • Poway also offers their own all-day event at Old Poway Park
  • Haven’t been to the San Diego County Fair yet? Head on over to Del Mar to spend a fun day at the fair with rides, food, entertainment and fireworks all in once place

Guide to Fireworks displays:

  • Take a cruise and have an amazing view of the fireworks from the San Diego Bay. Enjoy dinner on the boat and spend a wonderful evening with one of the best views San Diego has to offer. Follow this link for more information: www.sdhe.com
  • Head on over to Coronado to watch fireworks take over the sky of Glorietta and San Diego Bay at 9 p.m.
  • Of course there’s always the sensational fireworks extravaganza put on by Sea World. The park has an amazing patriotic presentation prepared that will begin around 9:30 p.m.
  • The San Diego County Fair also has a great show to end the fair with a bang. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. And they are visable anywhere if your standing outside at the fair. The fair will also have evening entertainment from Joan Jett and the Blackhearts which is free with admission
  • One of the biggest shows in town: The “Big Bay Boom”- fireworks will be let off from barges around the bay, including Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Seaport Village, and North Embarcadero. Thousands flock to the San Diego Bay to watch the fireworks so the shuttle and trolley will be easier ways of transportation
  • Legolands “Red, White and Boom!” is a spectacular fireworks show beginning at 8:30 p.m.
  • For those that are staying inland- fireworks will be let off at Poway High School, Bernardo Heights Middle School, Grape Day Park in Escondido, Town Center Community Park West ball fields in Santee, Bradley Park in San Marcos, and the Community of Mira Mesa. All of these firework presentations will begin at 9 p.m.

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