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The summer season is finally here, and with it comes enjoyable holidays such as the 4th of July. This annual holiday is the perfect excuse to leave home and enjoy the best vacation getaway to San Diego. While last year saw most of the city’s events cancelled due to COVID, this year is back in full swing with a calendar filled with exciting events and activities. Take a look at how your 4th of July in San Diego can look like this year: 

Annual Big Bay Boom 

When it comes to the largest fireworks show right here in San Diego, you cannot go wrong with the Annual Big Bay Boom. This famous fireworks show is held over the San Diego Bay, and the fireworks reflect off the water for a dazzling display. All fireworks are launched from the North San Diego Bay but can be seen anywhere from the coast. The best viewpoints are Coronado Landing, Shelter Island, Embarcadero, and Harbor Island. Check with local charters to see if any boats will be on the water during the fireworks display. This year’s Annual Big Bay Boom is scheduled to take place at 9:00 PM and should last for approximately one hour.  

Fireworks Spectacular at SeaWorld 

One of the biggest attractions in all of San Diego is SeaWorld. This incredible water park is known for thrilling shows and aquatic displays. SeaWorld has weekly fireworks to help bring another exciting day at the park to a close. You can expect a dazzling fireworks display on the 4th of July at 9:45 PM. The display is set to an impressive musical soundtrack to help offer a unique experience. This fireworks display is perfect for those who will already be at the park having a blast with the thrilling exhibits. 

4th of July Parade at Historic Park 

Another exciting event that takes place each year for the 4th of July is over at Old Town State Historic Park. Here you will find their annual 4th of July Parade that is complete with patriotic decorations, crafts, and activities. Kids will have a blast with games such as cherry pit spitting and the egg toss challenges. This event is perfect for families who want to spend the day together in celebration of their country. The 4th of July Parade starts at 11:00 AM with games and activities to follow. 

Coronado 4th of July Parade 

Visitors who wish to spend some time over on Coronado Island will also find they are hosting their own 4th of July festivities. Coronado Island hosts their 4th of July Parade that starts at 10:00 AM and marches down Orange Avenue. Expect to find patriotic floats and businesses decked out for the holiday. Once the parade is over you will find an exciting concert at Spreckels Park. The evening will come to a close with a fireworks display that is displayed above Glorietta Bay. Expect to spend all day enjoying these exciting activities! For our active visitors they can even start the morning with the annual 5K and 12K runs that kick off the day of celebration. 

House of Pacific Relations 

Head over to Balboa Park to the House of Pacific Relations, a consortium that represents 32 cultures and leads impressive cultural and education programs to the community. The House of Pacific Relations will have their International Cottages open from July 3rd at noon to July 4th at 4:00 PM. You will learn all about our country’s independence and also how Spain had a role to play in the revolution. This exciting opportunity lets you learn more about how our country got its roots and those who helped along the way. 

San Diego Summer Activities 

Of course, it would not be a trip to San Diego without enjoying one of the many summer activities in the area. Hit the beach to find some of the most beautiful coastal areas you have ever seen. San Diego beaches are known for the cleanliness and are great places to bring the family. Sit back on the sand or try your hand at surfing. Head over to the Gaslamp District for unique dining and late-night venues. La Jolla features the famous La Jolla Cove, where you can navigate the many caves and see sea lions and seals up on the rocks. Head over to one of the many theme parks such as SeaWorld or LEGOLAND. There is plenty to see and do in San Diego that will keep you busy all trip long! 

Book Your Stay in San Diego 

As you can see, there is so much to explore and do when you visit San Diego for the 4th of July this summer. Our vacation rentals will keep you close to all of the exciting activities and feature tons of amenities to enjoy. Book today before your favorite rental is already reserved! 

July 4th is a holiday that’s hard not to love—and more like impossible not to when you’re taking part in San Diego 4th of July celebrations! Whatever your tastes, you’ll have a great time at any one of the many parties happening county-wide.

The Big Bay Boom

Their most famous display, the Big Bay Boom, is back for yet another year. It’s over fifteen minutes of choreographed fireworks going off over the San Diego Bay. This is a massive display you have to see at least once, with fireworks discharged from multiple barges all around the bay – Shelter Island, Coronado Ferry Landing, and Seaport Village, just to name a few.

Old Town

For a rustic July 4th, mosey on down to the Old Town State Historic Park. This is a true blast to the past, with old-fashioned contests like cherry pit spitting or the egg toss, plus a parade and plenty of crafts the whole family will love to make and take back home. Ending at 4pm, there’s no fireworks here (after all, the frontier didn’t have them!) but this is a fantastic family-friendly place to spend the day before trekking elsewhere for a sunset fireworks display.


SeaWorld is so much more than a place to see fish swim and dolphins jump! Kids of all ages will love this Independence Day idea. This year hang out at the park all day to soak up the sun and eat great park food, but be sure to stay for the late fireworks show starting at 9:40pm. This one is a full fifteen minutes of spectacular fireworks set to music, and the perfect way to end the day.

Ocean Beach

Newport Avenue’s Ocean Beach Pier is the quintessential July 4th hangout spot. Enjoy the surf and sunshine of San Diego all day, lounging and picnicking with family and friends in the sand, going swimming in the Pacific Ocean, or simply shopping at one of Newport Avenue’s funky shops. Fireworks will start at 9pm, right from the Ocean Beach Pier, and light up the entire sky across the ocean’s horizon. Now that’s a gorgeous sight to see!

Party On!

These are just the better-known parties, but while driving or strolling around San Diego, you’re bound to run into even more. Whatever you end up doing, whether by yourself or with the whole family, one thing is for sure – San Diego’s Fourth of July is going to be lit! Contact us today to book one of our beautiful vacation rentals.

There’s no country in the world like the U. S. of A! And to celebrate it, San Diego hosts tons of different events. When you’re looking for ways to have fun for the Fourth, America’s Finest City has you covered. Whether you’re just here for the Fourth of July or staying for the weekend leading up to it, there are plenty of ways to stay busy with these San Diego fourth of July events!

San Diego County Fair

What better place to visit a county fair than the county that homes America’s Finest City? The San Diego County Fair is winding down, so this weekend is the last time to visit for this year, starting on Thursday, June 29th. If you want rides, exhibitions, and fair food, then this is the place to visit! It’s open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

National City’s Lion’s Club Carnival

A classic carnival, this annual event features everything to keep the family excited. Games and rides are the main attraction, but don’t forget the carnival food! The Lion’s Club carnival also features a few special events, such as the Miss National City Pageant on Saturday the 1st and the fireworks on July 4th. It’s being held from the first through the fourth in Kimball Park.

Maritime Museum’s Fourth of July

San Diego’s Maritime Museum is pulling out all the stops for Independence Day. Sadly, their cruise featuring a broadside-assist for the fireworks show is sold out, but there are still tickets available for their Fourth of July picnic dinner! This allows guests to sit aboard the 1898 steam ferry for an impressive view of San Diego Bay’s fireworks show while they enjoy a catered picnic dinner. Plus, tickets also get your admission to the museum and its exhibits!

Annual Big Bay Boom

There are over a dozen fireworks shows that happen throughout the county on America’s birthday, but the most famous of them is San Diego’s Big Bay Boom. Four barges placed around San Diego Bay launch a fantastic fireworks show that’s visible from Harbor Island to Coronado Landing to Seaport Village, with accompanying music broadcasted on two radio stations to match. If you can only see one fireworks show this year, make it be this one!

Book with 710 Beach Rentals

All this stuff to do and nowhere to stay? Book a vacation rental with 710 Beach Rentals! Browse our listings or call 858-598-3137 to learn more about creating your perfect San Diego vacation!