San Diego is known as “America’s finest city” for a reason. Beautiful weather, endless beaches, plenty of events and firework shows provide for a memorable 4th of July weekend. Read on for some of our favorites.
Red, White, and Boom! at LEGOLAND® California
Legoland in Carlsbad is a great way to spend the day. You’ll be treated to fireworks set to a patriotic musical tribute with great viewing in designated locations throughout the park. During the day, kids of all ages can enjoy performances and meet their favorite LEGO Characters!
All Red, White and BOOM! activities are included in the cost of admission to LEGOLAND California.
Belmont Park – Mission Beach
Nothing screams summer more than a day spent at the boardwalk. From the classic roller coaster, The Giant Dipper, to merry-go-rounds, Belmont Park has all the signature rides you could want at a beachfront amusement park. There is also arcade games, laser tag, a zip line, and plenty more if rides aren’t your thing. There are also restaurants and beach treats to try such as the Dole Whip (made popular by Disney). You can see the fireworks from Mission Beach, so be prepared for busier crowds than usual that evening if you go on July 4.
SeaWorld® San Diego’s Electric Ocean & Fireworks Spectacular Show
Celebrate Independence Day at SeaWorld with ALL-NEW surprises this season, from the rocking Adrenaline stunt show and bioluminescent musical experience of ElectroBlast to a thrilling lineup of live concerts at Bayside Amphitheater. Experience every fresh moment of entertainment along with familiar favorites like our Club Sea Glow DJ dance party, illuminating décor, and exhilarating street performances. And don’t end your night without looking up at Ignite, the fireworks spectacular that brings the brilliant colors of the sea to the skies above!
Have a Cabana Party
Beach Genie provides everything you need for a care-free day at the beach. They will set up a cabana, beach chairs, oversized beach towels, side tables, a cooler with local bottled water and beach games. This is the perfect scenario for travelers from out of town. You can just show up to the beach and everything you need is set up for you.
Coronado Island Independence Day Celebration
Coronado Island is a great place to celebrate Independence Day. They have plenty of patriotic events the whole weekend. The town puts on a road race, an Art in the Park show, a rough water swim competition, Independence Day Parade, live entertainment, fireworks over Glorietta Bay, and more. Activities start early in the day.
If you plan to watch the parade, be advised that people head out there before 5AM to claim spots for the 10AM parade! Plan to take the ferry from downtown San Diego over so you don’t have to worry about parking, which is very limited.
San Diego County Fair
The San Diego County Fair goes out with a bang on the 4th of July as it is the closing day. The show includes more than 3,600 aerial display counts, with 500 shells in the Grand Finale alone!
The July 4th Fireworks Spectacular starts about 9:00PM. Fireworks are launched from the west end of the racetrack and are choreographed to a soundtrack played through the Corona Grandstand Stage sound system. The fireworks are visible from many areas of the Fairgrounds, with favorite viewing areas including reserved Terrace seating and 2nd and 4th levels of the Grandstand, Family Funville, and the Fun Zone.
San Diego’s Annual “Big Bay Boom” Fireworks Show
The most epic fireworks show in San Diego is the Big Bay Boom. The Big Bay Boom fireworks show is displayed from Four barges on San Diego Bay at 9 PM. The fireworks show can be seen and heard from anywhere along the waterfront. The display is orchestrated to originally produced music selections and broadcast by MAX FM 105.7 and THE MIGHTY 1090 AM. Pack some food and drinks, grab your lounge chairs, and head over to one of these top places to watch the show: