Note: Due to COVID-19, some of these firework shows and July 4th celebrations may be cancelled or changed for 2021. Check carefully with the organizer before making plans. I keep updating this page as more information is available. You can always have an old fashioned backyard BBQ and a virtual firework display in the comfort and safety of your home.
We also have information on SeaWorld fireworks, Legoland fireworks and Disneyland fireworks shows during the summer, holidays, and most weekends at Disneyland (fireworks starting again on July 4th 2021!)
This year July 4th 2021 is on Sunday.
San Diego predicted tides for July 4 2021 - Low tide around noon. That spot on the beach close to the water early in the day might be underwater by late afternoon.
Beach Tides: Just a reminder, if you are spending the day at the beach, the tides will rise during the day. So choose wisely when you claim your spot on the sand. See the tide chart above for the predicted tides on July 4th.
Seaworld San Diego June 11 - Sep 6, including for July 4th 2021. They currently offer nightly firework shows nightly 10 minutes before closing. Enjoy a special fireworks display at Seaworld, they will show fireworks on July 4 around 9:30 PM. Seaworld San Diego also shows fireworks a few select dates throughout the year, such as on Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend starting around around 9:30 PM. Park opens around 9 AM and closes around 10 PM. 500 Sea World Drive, San Diego Cal. Phone number: (619) 222-6363. View for free from Mission Bay Park, or spend the day at Sea World and enjoy the shows and rides before the fireworks. Sea World San Diego
Disneyland 9:00 PM for July 4th 2021. Fireworks will be back at Disneyland California starting July 4th 2021. - Most nights at Disneyland California is like a 4th of July celebration. Join in the fun at their "July Concert Red, White and Blue" fireworks displays around 9:30 PM. Disneyland park is open 8 AM to midnight. If you miss the fourth of July fireworks show, Disneyland offers nightly fireworks show at ~ 9:30 PM most weekends, holidays and summer nights (check their calendar to confirm day and time). Get your Cheap Disneyland Tickets
Location multiple locations in San Diego Bay Google map
Date and Time July 4 2021 July 4th starting at 9:00 PM. Check out the link below for virtual event information www.bigbayboom.com
This free fireworks show is expected to be the largest San Diego Firework Displays in San Diego county. Most years, the fireworks displays will be located on 4 barges off of Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero and Seaport Village/Coronado Landing. Pick your favorite spot near Seaport Village, Coronado Ferry Landing, North Embarcadero, Marina District, South Embarcadero, Shelter Island and Harbor Island. Free event. More than 750,000 people are estimated to be in the crowd. Music simulcast on 1090 AM or 105.7 FM. Staying home? You can also watch the show live starting at 8:00 PM on Fox 5 in San Diego area or KTLA 5 in Los Angeles area. Check out the link below for parking and shuttle information. www.bigbayboom.com.
Location Del Mar Beach at Camp Pendleton Google map
Date and Time All day activities from 6 AM to 10 PM on beautiful Del Mar beach and fireworks at 8:45 PM. Beach opens at 6 AM for early birds to claim your spot on the sand, but be careful - the tide will rise and fall during the day. See July 4th tide chart.
Annual 4th of July beach bash celebration and fireworks for military Marine Corps families. Kids free fun zone open from 8 AM to 6 PM, with bands all day and prizes throughout the day. Military may bring civilian friends. For more information on the Camp Pendleton Beach Bash see www.mccscp.com/beachbash
Location U.S. Olympic Training Center, 2800 Olympic Parkway, Chula Vista, California; alternate viewing location Mountain Hawk Park, 1475 Lake Crest Dr, Chula Vista, CA. Google map
Date and Time July 4th 2021 gates open at 6:00 PM fireworks can be viewed starting at 9:00 PM
Bring your blanket and chairs and enjoy the fireworks show for free, however parking costs $10. No alcohol allowed. Fern Street Circus will be providing free shows and kids activities at the park. www.chulavistaca.gov
Location activities at Spreckels Park, parade down Orange Ave., and fireworks over Glorietta Bay Google map
Date and TimePlans are different for 2021, with many activities on July 3 (including parade) with fireworks on July 4. One of the best old fashioned July Fourth San Diego Events. For more information on Coronado 4th of July Celebration see coronadotimes.com. Those visiting the Coronado beaches should arrive early but be careful to not choose a spot too close to the water - the tide will rise and fall during the day. See July 4th tide chart.
Location Del Mar Fairgrounds Google map
Date and Time July 4th all day festivities from 10 AM to midnight with fireworks at 9:00 PM
July fourth Independence Day is the best day of the San Diego county fair. Enjoy the fireworks starting at 9:00 pm at the San Diego County Fairgrounds. Best viewing will be in the West Avenue and West Gate area; this year the fireworks show is targeted toward visitors who are on-site at the Home Grown Country Fair. Spend the day at the fair with rides, exhibits and more at the San Diego County Fair. For 2021, there will be no seating at the Grandstand area. This is one of the best of the summer San Diego events!
Location Kennedy Park, 1675 E Madison Ave., El Cajon Google map
Date and Time July 4 celebration from 1 pm - 9:30 pm and fireworks at 9:00 PM. Arrive early to claim your spot. Vendors will serve food starting at noon, but you may bring your own too. Music starts at 3:00 pm.
Enjoy a picnic and fireworks on your 4th of July in El Cajon. Train rides, skateboard park and fun for the whole family. For more information on the El Cajon 4th July Celebration see www.ci.el-cajon.ca.us
The city of Encinitas does not offer fireworks display. Why not spend the day at Moonlight Beach Encinitas California, and enjoy one of the many San Diego Fireworks displays. Those visiting the beach should arrive early to claim your spot on the sand, but be careful not to get too close to the water - the tides rise and fall during the day. See July 4th tide chart.
Location Grape Day Park, Great Green, 340 North Escondido Blvd, Escondido CA Google map
Date and Time July 4th 2021 fireworks start at approximately 9:00 PM
For 2021, there will be a Livestream event and fireworks. For more information about the Escondido Independence Day Celebration see artcenter.org
Location The Grand Tradition, 1602 S Mission Road, Fallbrook Cal. Google map
Date and Time tentative no event planned at The Grand Tradition this year.
Aftr 12 years, the Fourth of July celebration at The Grand Tradition in Fallbrook has come to an end. Please enjoy a different event in the San Diego area.
tentative The City of Imperial Beach will host a display starting at 9:00 PM at the Imperial Beach Pier. Tune into KYXY 96.5 on your radio too. Those visiting the beach should arrive early to claim your spot on the sand, but the tides will rise and fall during the day. See July 4th tide chart.
Location Main Street - Julian, California
Date and Time July 4th activities start at 10 AM, parade and BBQ at noon cancelled for 2021. (no fireworks)
Join in some old fashioned fun at the annual Julian's Independence day celebration. The gun fight, flyover, marching bands and entertainment starting at 10 AM. The parade starts at noon, followed by a BBQ at the American Legion. Beware of bank robbers and other throw backs to the old west. Julian hosts one of the best old fashioned July Fourth San Diego Events in the county. For more information on the Julian July 4th Parade see julianparade.com
Location La Jolla Bay Google map
Date and Time July 4th 2021
La Jolla Shores and nearby Kellogg Park is a great place to picnic and enjoy the beach on the 4th of July. Arrive very early to find parking and claim your spot for the day. In 2021, the fireworks display is planned to happen over La Jolla Cove. You can enjoy a great day at the beach and nearby Kellogg Park and Ellen Browning Scripps park.
Location Mira Mesa Community Park Google map
Date and Time July 4th 11 fireworks at 9:00 PM (no parade or fun day this year)
Annual Mira Mesa Fourth of July (parade and Family Fun Day in the Park cancelled for 2021), followed by evening firework show sponsored by Scripps Mesa Fireworks. July fourth activities include food, rides, games and entertainment. See the parade at 11:30 AM and join in the afternoon festivities. Another one of the best July 4th San Diego Events. For event details on the Mira Mesa Fourth of July parade and family fun day see www.miramesatowncouncil.org
Date and Time firework display July 4th 9:00 PM
San Diego 4th July fireworks starts at 9 PM at the Ocean Beach Pier. Spend the day at this lovely beach or nearby Ocean Beach dog beach. Arrive early but be careful to not choose a spot too close to the water - the tide will rise and fall during the day. See July 4th tide chart.
Location 101 Café to the Civic Center (N Coast Highway 101 in Oceanside from Wisconsin Ave. to Civic Center Drive, in Oceanside, Calif.)
Date and Time - July 2 2022 Saturday before Independence Day from 10 AM – 12 noon (Saturday before Independence Day)
Watch this annual Oceanside 4th of July parade starting at the 101 Café (Coast Highway at Wisconsin Ave.) to the Civic Center. Bring your folding chair for a view along the sidewalks. Afterwards, enjoy the day at Oceanside Beach. Arrive early but be careful to not choose a spot too close to the water - the tide will rise and fall during the day. For event details for the Oceanside Independence Day Parade see www.oceansideparade.com
Location Rancho del Oro Road between Mesa Drive and Oceanside Blvd.
Date and Time - Postponed for 2021 - July 3 at 9:00 PM (the day before Independence Day)
Watch this annual Oceanside 4th of July fireworks on the day before Independence day. Music and food trucks too. Recommended viewing locations include: Rancho del Oro Rd. between Mesa Dr. & Oceanside Blvd. Parking in the business park. Bring a beach chair or blanket. Walk to closed portion of Rancho del Oro road to watch. For event details for the Oceanside Fireworks show see www.ci.oceanside.ca.us
Location Old Town State Historic Park
Date and Time July 4 from 11:00 AM to 4 PM
Enjoy some good old fashioned fun in Old Town San Diego Fourth of July celebration with parade around the plaza, crafts and activities of early San Diego, such as a pie eating contest and egg toss. Afterwards, you can enjoy fireworks at night at one of the other locations in San Diego. This is another one of my favorite San Diego July 4th events.
Location Celebration at Old Poway Park and Fireworks at Poway High School Google map
Date and Time July 4 2021 festivities from 10 AM to 4 PM and fireworks at Poway High School at 9:00 PM (6:00 - 10:00 activities).
Old Fashioned San Diego Fourth of July activities at Old Poway Park with games, crafts and food. Free admission. Fireworks show will be a 9 PM at Poway High School. Fireworks display costs $5 admission at the gate (children 11 and under free) as a fundraiser for the school. For more information about the Poway 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks see www.poway.org.
Location Rancho Bernardo, Bernardo Heights Middle School Athletic Field, 12990 Paseo Lucido. Parade route along Rancho Bernardo Road and Bernardo Center Drive. Google map
Date and Time - Fourth of July community fair Event cancelled for 2021 but fireworks will happen this year. Fireworks at 9:00 PM.
For more information about the Spirit of the Fourth Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration see www.spiritofthefourth.org
Location Bradley Park, San Marcos, CA 92069 Google map
Date and Time entertainment at 6:00 PM (cancelled for 2021) and fireworks at 9:00 PM
Celebrate July fourth at this in north San Diego county from home this year, or bring blankets or chairs for lawn seating to enjoy the San Diego fireworks display. www.san-marcos.net.
Location Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Drive, Santee, California 92071 Google map
Date and Time Santee Salutes event activities 6:30 – 10:00 PM with fireworks at 9:00 PM
Join in the fun at this east county San Diego fourth of July celebration – Santee Salutes. Live entertainment, DJ, food, carnival rides. A great San Diego family activity for the 4th of July. Advanced reservations required for parking. www.cityofsanteeca.gov.
Location Scripps Ranch Parade Route: Ironwood at Red Cedar Drive, to Ironwood Rd. to Courtyard Dr. to Red Rock Dr. to Scripps Ranch Blvd ending in Aviary Drive. Festival is in Scripps Ranch Hoyt Park.
Date and Time 10:00 – 11:00 AM parade, and tentative 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM festival
Enjoy a San Diego 4th of July parade and festival at Scripps Ranch. Community groups, high school marching bands, and more will entertain you as you watch the parade. Afterwards, enjoy an Ice Cream Social at Hoyt Park. Food, drinks and games. Free admission to the festival. For more information about the Scripps Ranch 4th of July Parade and Festival see www.scrippsranch.org
Location parade in Old Town Temecula; festival cancelled for 2021, but fireworks show at the Ronald Reagan Sports Park, Temecula California Google map
Date and Time fireworks at 9:00 PM.
Note - fireworks only for 2021. Celebrate July fourth in east San Diego county at one of the fun San Diego events for 4th of July. Start the day with a 4th of July parade with floats, equestrian units and more. In the afternoon enjoy the fun and food in the park, followed by a San Diego fireworks display at 9 PM. For more information about the Temecula Fireworks and July 4th Events see https://temeculaca.gov/1087/4th-of-July-Fireworks
Location Standley Park, 3585 Governor Drive, San Diego CA
Date and Time all day festivities from 6:30 AM to 7 PM (no fireworks)
Celebrate July fourth in San Diego CA with a fun run, pancake breakfast, live entertainment, food and games. For more information about the University City San Diego July Fourth Celebration see uccelebration.com/
Location Moonlight Amphitheatre in Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista CA Google map
Date and Time activities 5:00 PM, dinner 6:30 PM and fireworks show at 9:00 PM. Park opens at 7 AM.
Celebrate July fourth in north San Diego county at the 4th of July Independence Day Celebration in Vista Calif. Picnic and family activities through the day, with live music on the stage. In the evening enjoy the San Diego fireworks display. Special Light Up the Night Patriotic BBQ. Note that premium dining and views required advance reservations. For details about the Vista Fireworks and July 4th Events see www.cityofvista.com
For more ideas of things to do to celebrate San Diego fourth of July week, see San Diego Events July.
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