The skies are lighting up this Fourth of July and San Diego is celebrating in its finest red, white and blue. We’ve got all the details on where you and your little firecrackers can watch the best shows in town. From a family-fun weekend on Coronado Island to watching the Big Bay Boom with friends, here are all the places to celebrate July 4th in San Diego with kids.

Coastal San Diego

The Big Bay Boom July 4th Fireworks Show 
The Big Bay Boom bash is back with amazing fireworks over the San Diego Bay. What’s unique about this extravaganza is the fireworks are lit from several coastal locations, including Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero North and Coronado Ferry Landing. The show is always popular, so consider carpooling or take the San Diego Trolley. Event Details. 

Bring the kids and enjoy an entire weekend of patriotic activities on Coronado Island. The Annual Independence Day Parade in Coronado takes place on July 4th at 10:00 down Orange Ave. Watch the Legends in the Sky above Coronado on July 4th at 2 p.m. The United States Navy Parachute Team “The Leap Frogs” is the official parachute demonstration team of the United States Navy. Enjoy a Public Kids Concert from 4 pm - 5 pm and then end the evening with a fireworks display over Glorietta Bay. Local tip: watch Coronado’s fireworks from the golf course or Stingray Point, and don’t drive — walk or bike instead. Event Details.

East County

While it’s true Julian is known for apples and mining, the town also has an old-fashioned 4th of July day planned. Camp out on Main Street for a day of family fun at “the best little town parade in America.” This year’s theme is ”Historic Julian Celebrates the 4th." This year you’ll see marching bands and bands including the Emerald Society Bag Pipe Band, Gold Drum and Bugle Corps and Mariachi Continental de San Diego. Antique cars, vintage tractors, belly dancers, World War 2 Submariners, and several comedy entries will appear to complete a fun well-rounded hometown parade. Note: Julian does not have a fireworks display. Event Details. 

El Cajon 
The City of El Cajon will host fireworks on Sat., July 4th at 9:00 pm at Kennedy Park. Event Details. 

Santee Salutes
Santee Salutes Fourth of July ceremony is back, with a full fireworks show launched from Town Center Community Park and West Hills Park. Advanced parking purchase is required and can be purchased here. The Schedule of events includes food vendors and 80z All Stars Concert. Event Details. 

North County Inland

City of Poway

Poway - Old Fashioned Celebration
Bring your family and friends to Old Poway Park and celebrate our country's independence "turn-of-the-20th-century-style". This event will feature patriotic entertainment, western re-enactors, model train displays, free crafts, and old-fashioned games. Tasty treats and train rides will be available for a nominal fee. Event Details. 

Poway Fireworks Show
The City of Poway will host two spectacular firework shows to light up the night sky over Poway High School (15500 Espola Road) and Poway Sportsplex (12349 McIvers Court). Gates at Poway High School open at 6 p.m. for a special viewing party, with games, activities, and a DJ spinning the tunes. $5 per person, children 11 and under are free. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Arrive early to allow time for parking. Event Details. 

San Marcos 
San Marcos hosts one of the most spirited 4th of July Celebrations in North County at Bradley Park. This year's festivities will include carnival games, jumpers and food sales on-site. Guests should plan to bring beach chairs or blankets for lawn seating. Event Details.

Celebrate Independence Day at Brengle Terrace Park and enjoy a fun-filled Fourth of July BBQ dinner. The DecaDames perform at 7:35 p.m. and the firework display kicks off at 9 p.m. Park admission is $15 per vehicle ($30 for RVs). The Fun-Filled Fourth BBQ Dinner is $65 per person. Entry into the Moonlight Amphitheatre is $5 per person. No walk-in pedestrian traffic is permitted in the park. Event Details. 

North County Inland

photo: Sandy Huffaker/LEGOLAND

Carlsbad: LEGOLAND
The summer heats up at LEGOLAND® California Resort with a star-spangled Fourth of July celebration: Red, White and Boom! Throughout the day, kids of all ages can participate in all-American family picnic games and building activities. The evening fireworks show combines patriotic music with dazzling pyrotechnics. Red White and Boom!
is included in the cost of regular Park admission. Event Details. 

Del Mar
The San Diego Fair is putting on a specially-designed show for their audience. Celebrate by wearing stars and stripes, eating apple funnel cake and cheering on the fireworks finale. Best viewing will be in the West Avenue and West Gate area. Event Details. 

The annual celebration in honor of Oceanside’s July 3rd birthday and Independence Day will take place this year. Fireworks will begin at 9:00 p.m. on July 3 at El Corazon. Residents are encouraged to enjoy the show from home, but limited capacity viewing areas will be available near El Corazon to spread out. Rancho Del Oro will be closed from Oceanside Boulevard to Mesa, and Ocean Ranch will be closed from Corporate Center to Rancho Del Oro beginning at 5:00 p.m. that evening.  Event Details. 

*Fireworks shows begin at 9 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

San Diego Inland

Mira Mesa
The show starts at 9 p.m. Event Details. 

4th of July Picnic Dinner at Maritime Museum 
The observation deck of the Museum’s historic 1898 steam ferryboat Berkeley offers guests a spectacular view of the fireworks over San Diego Bay. The holiday dinner will be provided on the upper deck interior of the 1898 Victorian-era steam ferryboat Berkeley, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Guests may check-in for dinner anytime between 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Event Details. 

––Aimee Della Bitta and Beth Shea

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