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San Diego’s Best Fireworks Displays from Around the County

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San Diego’s military tradition, near-perfect weather, and wide variety of celebration locations makes it an ideal spot to celebrate the nation’s independence. Weather is looking to be favorable, with partly cloudy skies expected Saturday night. So get out and see those fireworks. There are a ton of locations throughout San Diego where you can get a good view.

Big Bay Boom

The largest, and most notorious of fireworks displays will be on the harbor.  Back in 2012, the show made national headlines when all of the fireworks went off  in 15 seconds, leaving show-goers confused and probably seeing spots. Despite the technical glitches of years past, the show is always a San Diego favorite. Big Bay Boom will begin at 9pm. The sound track can be found on FM 105.7 and AM 1090, or catch the show on Fox 6. bigbayboom.com for more information.

Looking to avoid some of the crowds and get a great perspective on the show? Hop on the Berkely Ferry (operated through the Maritime Museum) for a picnic dinner. Some space is available at the early seating, so you can eat, then stake out a great spot to watch the show. Cruises are available, but are sold out for 2015. sdmaritime.org for more information.

Hornblower is also offering dinner cruise options, and from the looks of it, there is some availability.  For $165 you get a 3-hour cruise aboard a comfortable yacht on San Diego Bay, a glass of champagne, wine and cocktails for purchase, gourmet buffet dinner, DJ entertainment, your own private reserved table, and an incredible view of the fireworks.

Coronado Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks

Festivities on Coronado last all day. Begin your day with a 7am run/walk at Tidelands Park, followed by Art in the Park at 8am. The annual rough-water swim begins at 9am and the parade begins at 10am.  The parade travels down historic Orange Avenue. The day concludes with a 9pm fireworks show over Glorietta Bay. ecoronado.com/4th for more information.

Other San Diego Beach Fireworks Displays

A variety of additional fireworks displays will happen over the ocean, including:

  • La Jolla Fireworks (9pm at La Jolla Cove)
  • Ocean Beach Fireworks (9pm from OB Pier). If you head to Ocean Beach, remember that the marshmallow war tradition is no longer welcome. Leave your marshmallows at home.
  • Sea World (10:30pm).
  • Imperial Beach (9pm). Tune to KYXY 96.5FM for music.

There are many other fireworks displays throughout San Diego that are worth checking out, including the San Diego County Fair Fireworks. The fair is in town and provides an all-American good time. The usual festivities will be in full effect, but fairgoers will also enjoy a Hometown Heroes parade at 7pm and a performance by the Navy Band Southwest. Fireworks begin at 9pm. Dana Carvey is also performing comedy, so you’ll get a full day of fun.

North County Fireworks

Escondido – Independence Day Festival and Fireworks is one of the larger celebrations in San Diego. Roughly 20,000 are expected. Celebrations begin at 4pm and you will enjoy entertainment, food, and fun for the whole family. Fireworks start at 9pm. artcenter.org for more information.

Legoland – With admission to the park you’ll get to enjoy a picnic, games and entertainment, plus fireworks that begin at 8:30pm.

Rancho Bernardo – The party begins at 6pm with music at Bernardo Heights Middle School. Fireworks start at 9pm.

Rancho Penasquitos – Head over to West View High School for 9pm fireworks.

San Marcos – Carnival games, bounce houses, and entertainment begin at 6pm at Bradley Park. Fireworks start at 9pm.

Vista – Get to the Moonlight Amphitheatre for dinner, music, and fireworks display. Dinner is at 6pm, fireworks at 9pm.

East County Fireworks

El Cajon –  Enjoy an all-American picnic starting at 1pm. Fireworks begin at 9pm at Kennedy Park.

Poway – Music, crafts and games will be enjoyed by all this 4th of July. Park at Poway City Hall and get a free shuttle to the event. Fireworks will take place at Poway High.

Santee – Independence day festivities begin at 3:30pm. Kids games and rides will keep the little ones busy. Hear the national anthem performed by the 2nd Battalion 1st Marines Color Guard, followed by fireworks at 9pm.

Julian – So the saying goes…”it’s American as apple pie.” Apple pie and Julian go hand-in-hand, so it’s bound to be a great time if you head (or live) east. Enjoy music, a flyover by vintage aircraft at 11am, 12pm parade featuring floats, vintage cars, Miss Julian and more. A BBQ lunch will be available for $10. There are no fireworks planned, but the day sounds too fun to miss out on.

South Bay

Chula Vista – 4th of July Family Festival. Food and beverage vendors will be on site, plus enjoy bounce houses, water slides and a video game truck! San Miguel Community Park provides an ideal location for multiple area fireworks between 9 and 10pm.

National City – Fireworks begin at 9pm. Earlier in the day, head out to Kimball Park for rides, games and food. Fun starts at 12pm on Saturday, but events will take place Thursday and Friday as well.

San Diego resident for over 10 years, I now call this beautiful city home. Originally from the Bay Area, I'm a California girl at heart. I love the outdoors, fitness, food, and a good craft beer (from San Diego of course).

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