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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!