Escondido’s 56th Annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks is a free event featuring live music by Anthony “Fallbrook Kid” Cullins, Rosa’s Cantina, and UPSTREAM, as well as incredible food vendors, inflatable activities by Wow Factor Attractions and artist Cecelia Lanayao providing chalk art demos and workshops. Guests 21 and over can enjoy free entrance to a beer garden located around the City Hall fountain. A special performance by the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band will take place just before the dazzling fireworks display.
Parking: Free but limited, so consider carpooling or using ride share services.
Independence Day starts early in Mira Mesa with a pancake breakfast, hosted by the Black Mountain Masonic Lodge at the Mira Mesa Senior Center from 7-11am, before moving the festivities to the Mira Mesa Community Park for a day-long party featuring a parade at 11:30am, food vendors, a Kid’s Zone with activities and shows, and plenty of other entertainment. The park provides prime viewing of the extravagant fireworks display, with over 600 rockets and a soundtrack broadcast by KyXy 96.5.
Parking: Free, but limited street parking, as the park is located in a residential neighborhood.
Bring your family and friends to Old Poway Park for a turn-of-the-20th-century-style event featuring children’s crafts and games, train rides, western reenactments, and train displays. After the party, head over to the Poway High School Stadium ,where the skies above the grandstand will light up with spectacular fireworks while games, activities, and a DJ spinning the tunes round out the fun. Entry to the stadium is $5, but kids 11 and under get in free. Note: The party and the fireworks take place at different venues -- allow plenty of time so you don’t miss out on anything!
Parking for the party in Old Poway Park: Free Shuttles to and from the event from two different locations: Poway City Hall parking lot, and the Poway Adult School parking lot. Shuttles will run throughout the event.
Parking for the fireworks: Free at the school, but allow plenty of time.
The Spirit of the Fourth Community Fair celebrates its 50th year in beautiful Webb Lake Park, opening at 9am with an array of food vendors, food trucks, drinks, handicrafts and other items. Activities include a classic car show, a patriotic pet costume contest, a magic show, and a rubber ducky race. At 6pm, the gates to the fireworks show open at the Athletic Field of Bernardo Heights Middle School with live music by the local "Us" Band. The "Sky Concert" fireworks display ends with a grand finale of nearly 400 high altitude shells, and seating is on the grass, so be sure to bring blankets or lawn chairs for comfort. A donation of $10 per person or $20 for a family is requested at the entrance of the event to support the fireworks show. Note: The fair and the fireworks take place at different venues here, too -- allow plenty of time so you don’t miss out on anything!
Parking for the fair: Free parking is available around the office buildings in the vicinity, but avoid parking in the Pearl Chinese Restaurant parking lot.
Parking for the fireworks: Free in the student parking lot off Avenida Venusto.
The City of San Marcos is home to one of the most spirited Fourth of July bashes in North County, so celebrate this Independence Day at the annual San Marcos Fireworks Extravaganza at Bradley Park. Live entertainment starts at 6pm, with music by Liquid Blue Dance & Party Band, carnival games, jumpers, food sales, and kids’ activities, culminating with a phenomenal fireworks celebration that's free to residents and their guests. The fireworks display is entirely dependent on private donations, so if you enjoy the show, fork over a few bucks to keep it going.
Parking: Limited parking at Bradley Park and surrounding residential area.
Celebrate the Fourth of July in Vista at the Moonlight Amphitheatre at Brengle Terrace Park. The festivities begin with an honorary ceremony saluting local military heroes and live music by the Sensation Show Band followed by an extravagant fireworks display. Food and non-alcoholic drinks may be brought into the amphitheatre, and beer and wine are available for purchase. Admission to the Moonlight Amphitheatre is $5 per person, but free for children five and under, active and retired military, and their immediate family.
Parking: $15/car, $30/RV