Your San Diego 4th of July guide
It's nearly America's birthday, so make sure you have a 4th of July weekend worthy of Benjamin Franklin with plenty of patriotic food and drink and fireworks... but maybe fewer Parisian courtesans.
Event of the Week
Year after year, the biggest fireworks show in San Diego is no doubt the Big Bay Boom. The 18min-long show will start at 9pm with fireworks launching from four barges in the water. There’s not a bad seat in the house, so bring your lawn chairs and post up along the shore to enjoy the show from multiple locations all around San Diego Bay.
Friday, July 4th: The San Diego County Fair will be celebrating Independence Day all day, starting with a patriotic opening ceremony at the gates at 9:30am. The gates will officially open at 10am. During the day, there will be entertainment, a Most Patriotic Costume Contest, a tribute to 9/11 at 6:45pm, a Hometown Heroes Parade at 7pm, and the fireworks will be going off at 9pm. Oh, and a bunch of ridiculous food.
Friday, July 4th: Spend the 4th picnicking, surfing, and hanging out on Ocean Beach, then stick around for the fireworks after the sun goes down. The show will start around 9pm with a spectacular fireworks display shooting off the end of the OB pier. The annual marshmallow fight debauchery that usually ensues post fireworks may or may not be happening, but they are asking that you leave your sugary ammunition at home this year.
Friday, July 4th: Early birds can celebrate their independence in Coronado. The crowd here gathers at the crack of dawn with people staking their claim along the parade route at around 5am. There will be a 15K and 5K run/walk starting at 7am, rough water swim at 9am, and the parade will get started around 10am. Events will be held throughout the day, including a concert in Spreckels Park at 4pm and, of course, the Big Bay Boom fireworks show starting at 9pm.
Saturday, July 5th: There is nothing more American than gorging yourself on bacon and beer. The Big Bite Bacon Fest is happening at the Del Mar Fairgrounds with a lunch session starting at noon and a dinner session starting at 5:30pm with VIP tickets available for both. The event will have more than 40 bacon-infused dishes for you to taste, ranging from appetizers to desserts, and more than 40 craft beers to wash it all down with. Grab tickets here