There’s no better place to celebrate our great nation’s birthday than San Diego. Every year, people from all over the country join the locals to enjoy the weather and watch amazing fireworks displays on their favorite stretch of beach. Planning to be in San Diego for the Fourth? If not, you might reconsider after taking a look at our list of the best fireworks shows in and around San Diego.
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San Diego Fireworks Shows
Sea to Shining Sea 4th of July Fireworks
Every year, SeaWorld San Diego lights up the sky. The show begins at 10:10pm.
Annual Big Bay Boom July 4th Fireworks
Using four barges in North San Diego Bay, this is the biggest show in the area. You can watch from Harbor Island, Shelter Island or Embarcadero. Find yourself a spot along the bay and be sure to tune into 105.7 for the musical accompaniment. The show starts at 9pm; don’t be late!
There is no shortage of a great fireworks display up the coast in San Diego! Some other shows nearby include:
The 4th of July Celebration in Coronado
The Crown City celebration starts with a parade down Orange Avenue at 10 a.m., followed by a concert in Spreckels Park at 4, and a fireworks finale over Glorietta Bay at 9.
Red, White, and BOOM!
Now you can enjoy the fun of Legoland and finish off the day with a great fireworks show. To celebrate the 4th, Legoland is adding to their great rides and attractions with some all-American picnic games.
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4th of July at the San Diego County Fairgrounds
The fair opens up at 9:30 a.m. with events all day long, including a Hometown Heroes Parade at 7 p.m., followed by a fireworks display at 9 accompanied by the Navy Band Southwest.
Independence Day Celebration in Escondido
Bring a blanket and some snacks down to Grape Day park and enjoy a day full of music, contests and activities for the kids. The fireworks are at 9 p.m., joined by the 1st Marine Division Band.
Photo provided by The U.S. Army
Camp Pendleton Beach Bash
Every year, hundreds of military members and their families enjoy video tributes, live bands and a fireworks show—not to mention the sun and surf of Del Mar Beach. Fireworks start at 9, but you’ll want to get your spot early.
Photo by Laszlo Ilyes
San Diego is the place to be all year round, but on the 4th of July the city really shines. In 2014, bring your family to one of these events and make this Independence Day one to remember.