Summer is here and in just a few days, we are celebrating the 4th of July and people are getting all excited throughout the country. There are plenty of patriotic events happening in and around San Diego, including picnics, parades, festivities, and of course, fireworks! 

Have you decided which one you'll go to? If you haven't, check out our guide to the biggest summer holiday and make the most of this year’s Independence Day celebration.

Here's a list of places you can go to spend the holiday with your family and watch the spectacular fireworks display! 

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Big Bay Boom!

July 4, 2017 | Fireworks Show Starts at 9:00 PM

8:00 PM - Watch Live on Fox 5 (San Diego) or KTLA 5 (Los Angeles)

9:00 PM - Listen to Musical Simulcast on the THE MIGHTY 1090 AM and MAX FM 105.7

San Diego's biggest 4th of July Fireworks show. Four different barges launch fireworks on San Diego's Big Bay. Bring your friends, family, lawnchairs, and blankets. Enjoy the Big Bay Boom fireworks show from different locations! Click here to view Parking and shuttle options. 


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Carlsbad Red, White, and BOOM!

July 4, 2017 | 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM

 LEGOLAND, 1 Legoland Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008, USA

The summer heats up at LEGOLAND® with a star-spangled Fourth of July celebration, Red, White and BOOM! View a spectacular fireworks display in designated locations throughout the Park starting at 8:30 pm. But you don't have to wait until night time to have fun. Kids can enjoy various activities such as family picnic games, like water-balloon tosses, burlap sack races, the Family Build Challenge and LEGO Hamburger relay all throughout the day.


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Ocean Beach Fourth of July fireworks

July 4, 2017 | 2017 - 9:00 PM

Ocean Beach Pier

Experience the Fourth of July in OB Pier with a magnificent fireworks display. During the day, you can shop along Newport Avenue, have a picnic with friends and family, play in the sand, and swim in the ocean. Parking is available at the Main Beach Parking Lot and at the Pier Parking Lot. Be sure to come early as it bound to be packed! 


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Escondido’s Independence Day Festival & Fireworks

July 4, 2017 |

Great Green, 340 North Escondido Boulevard, Escondido, CA 92025

Be a part of the Escondido’s 54th Annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks! This free North County tradition concludes with a dazzling fireworks display starting at 9:00 pm. But before that, there's plenty of fun things to go around. Take a pick of the food vendors available in sight and enjoy live music by the Crown City Bombers, Brogue Wave, Todo Mundo. You can even join a VIP beer tasting for only $10 that includes four 4 oz. tasters to start you off! Only the first 600 will get infor\ the beer tasting event, so get your tickets early!  


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Camp Pendleton

July 4, 2017 | 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM

20250 Vandegrift Blvd, Oceanside, CA 92058, USA

Hit the beach really early and start your day a smile! An all day event is planned just for you! The 2017 Ken Grody Ford Beach Bash will feature DJ Mike, FREE Fun Zone, exciting kids games, food vendors, Businesses and Sponsor Booths. Please be aware, No Glass Bottles Allowed. 


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Chula Vista

July 4, 2017 | 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM

2800 Olympic Parkway, Chula Vista, CA 91915

It's the return of Fourth of July fireworks in Chula Vista! Happening at Olympic Training Center. Experience July 4th fireworks at the U.S. set to a custom soundtrack. 


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4th of July Celebrations in Coronado

July 4, 2017 | 5:00 AM

Coronado Island

Another reason to start getting up early as 4th of July heats up in Coronado Island. A local tip is to go there by 4:30 AM to reserve your spot. It's going to be crowded and the traffic is going to be heavy, so plan on walking or biking. Once you find your spot, you can start enjoying the activities lined up for the day.

  • 12K Run, 5K Run, Kids Fun Run
  • Art in the Park
  • Annual Rough Water Swim
  • Independence Day Parade
  • Parachute Demonstration in Glorietta Bay
  • Concert in the Park
  • Fireworks Over Glorietta Bay

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July 4th fireworks in San Diego County Fair

July 04, 2017 | 9:00 PM

Heineken Grandstand Stage, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014, USA

A special treat on the last day of the fair. View the fireworks from many parts of the Fairgrounds on July 4th fireworks show starts about 9:00 PM at the west end of the racetrack. 


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El Cajon 4th of July Picnic and Fireworks

Jul 4, 2017  | 9:00 PM

Kennedy Park, 1675 East Madison Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92019

Picnic with family and friends, live music, various activities for our little ones, and fireworks to conclude the day. This will surely be one fun party. Parking may be jammed so be one of the early birds to secure your spot at Kennedy Park. 


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Rancho Santa Fe's Annual 4th of July Parade & Picnic

July 4, 2017 | 1:00 PM

16948 Avenida De Acacias Rancho Santa Fe

Celebrating 4th of July in Rancho Santa Fe's Annual 4th of July Parade & Picnic with live music, food, and more. The parade will start at 1:00 pm on Avenida de Acacias & La Granada.