SAN DIEGO–As the United States gets ready to celebrate its 246th birthday on July 4, events throughout San Diego County can keep citizens in red, white, and blue all weekend long.
Before The Big Day
Saturday will kick off Independence weekend with Coronado’s 2022 Crown City Classic 5k and 12k races at Coronado Tidelands Park. Live music will be performed on the main stage, as well as Taiko drummers. 2000 Mullinex Drive.
The Lake Murray Fireworks and Musicfest event will run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Lake Murray Community Park, 7001 Murray Park Drive.
Sunday, Oceanside will host a fireworks display at SoCal Soccer Complex in celebration of Oceanside’s 134th anniversary of the city’s incorporation. Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. Food will be available onsite beginning at 5: 30 p.m. The event this year will include live entertainment and a zone for families with inflatables. There will also be a picnic area. Food vendors are available. 3300 El Corazon Drive.
At 9 p.m., the Mission Bay Yacht Club will host Third of July fireworks before the big day, returning after a 10-year hiatus. Mission Bay Yacht Club, 1215 El Carmel Place.
The Gaslamp Quarter will also host the Third of July Laser Show on Fifth Avenue. Beginning at 4:00 p.m , the Budweiser Clydesdale horses are expected to make an appearance.
Almost every county in the country will host open-to the public celebrations of the Fourth July on Monday.
Carlsbad will be hosting the Red, White & Boom! fireworks display set to a patriotic musical tribute at 8: 30 p.m. One Legoland Drive.
Chula Vista hosts its fourth Fest at Chula Vista Elite Athlete Coaching Center. Gates open at 7 p.m., and fireworks set to a custom soundtrack heard only on 100.7 BIG begin at 9 p.m. at 2800 Olympic Parkway. Another recommended viewing location is Mountain Hawk Park, 1475 Lake Crest Drive.
The Coronado Independence Day Celebration will begin with a parade at 10 a.m., Navy Leap Frogs aerial demonstration at 2 p.m., several concerts at multiple locations at 4 and 5 p.m., and fireworks at 9 p.m. over Glorietta Bay, near Stingray Point. Coronado Golf Course, 2000 Visalia Row.
Coronado will wrap up the Independence Day events with a concert in Spreckels Park, 601 Orange Avenue, at 6 p.m., a circumnavigation of the “island” bike ride at 6 p.m., and an all-class reunion at 6: 30 p.m. 601 Orange Avenue.
The San Diego County Fair will conclude with a firework display at 9 p.m. at 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard.
El Cajon will host fireworks at Kennedy Park at 9 p.m. at 1675 E Madison Avenue.
Escondido will host its 57th annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks at California Center for the Arts, Escondido beginning at 5 p.m. The day’s activities include a concert on the Great Green in Grape Day Park with country music star Lorrie Morgan followed by the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band, concluding with a fireworks display at 9 p.m. at 321 N. Broadway.
Julian will host its 27th annual 4th of July Parade down Main Street at noon.
Imperial Beach will host a drone light show from the pier for its Independence Day 2022 at 9 p.m. Marine Band San Diego will perform at Pier Plaza Stage at 7: 30 p.m. Pier Plaza, 940 Seacoast Drive.
The National City Lions Club will conclude a weekend-long carnival of rides, games, and food with fireworks on Monday at 9 p.m. at Kimball Park, 12th and D Streets.
Poway hosts an Old Fashioned Fourth of July & Fireworks. Gates open at 6 p.m. The event features activities and games as well as a DJ playing tunes. At 9 PM, fireworks will be displayed at Poway High School as well as the Poway Sportsplex. 15500 Espola Road.
The Ramona July Fourthth Family Picnic and Fireworks Show will start at 4 pm at Olive Peirce Middle School. There will be food vendors, a DJ and face painting. And fireworks begin at 9 PM .
Big Bay Boom
The world-famous Big Bay Boom fireworks display will take place in North San Diego Bay. You can view the show from Shelter, Harbor, North Embarcardero and Coronado Ferry Landing among others.
The show can be watched live on San Diego’s Fox 5 or Los Angeles’ KTLA 5, with a music radio simulcast at 101.5 KGB.
” This is one of the major holiday celebrations at the port and something that both residents and tourists look forward to each year. The event is also a tremendous economic boost to businesses located on or around San Diego Bay,” stated Dan Malcolm, chairman of Port of San Diego.
Follow the Rancho Bernardo Spirit of the Fourth event at Bernardo Heights Middle School, starting at 6 pm. Live entertainment will be provided by Slip Ridge and Shark Jones. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. at 12990 Paseo Lucido.
Naval Base Point Loma invites military ID holders to view fireworks during the Freedom Festival. It will take place at Naval Base Point Loma’s Harbor Drive Annex, between 3 and 9 p.m. The event is free for military personnel, retired service members, reservists and their families. Naval Base Point Loma Annex, Nimitz Boulevard and Harbor Drive.
SeaWorld San Diego will hold the fourth and final night of fireworks at the theme park at 8: 50 p.m. It will be held over Mission Bay. 500 Sea World Drive.
San Marcos will host a 4th of July celebration with carnival games and food vendors starting at 6 p.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Bradley Park, 1587 Linda Vista Drive.
Santee will host the 4th of July Santee Salutes event from 2 p.m.- 10 p.m. Event features a kids fun zone, a flyover by San Diego Salute Formation Flying Team at 3: 45 p.m., food vendors, a patriotic ceremony at 6 p.m., an “80z All-Star” concert at 6: 30 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m.
Vista opens the party at Brengle Terrace park with its Independence Day celebration. Park will open at 7 AM, Moonlight Amphitheatre at 5 PM. The DecaDames will perform at 7: 35 p.m. and again after the fireworks, which begin at 9 p.m.
Morning after Mess
After all the fireworks, barbecues and partying, there tends to be a mess to clean up, so Surfrider Foundation of San Diego County will host the “Morning After Mess” beach cleanup at seven locations around the county, including Ocean Beach Pier, OB Dog Beach, Mission Beach, Fiesta Island, Pacific Beach, Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas and near the Oceanside Pier.
Sophie Li contributed to this report.