The Fourth of July is a holiday for both the young and the young at heart. Who doesn’t enjoy the spectacle of a magnificent fireworks display, especially with a backdrop like that of the San Diego Harbor? San Diego communities embrace this chance for celebration, offering many venues where fabulous fireworks displays can be enjoyed totally free of charge. Here are just a few.
Downtown San Diego – Each year the Port of San Diego hosts the “Big Bay Boom,” which can be viewed from anywhere close to downtown. The estimated attendance for this year’s spectacle is estimated at 350,000. That may sound uncomfortably crowded, but with so many great viewing spots, it’s not that bad at all. Just be sure to arrive early, as traffic is challenging. Better yet, take the trolley and leave your car at home. Some of the best places to enjoy the show from are Seaport Village, Cesar Chavez Park, Shelter Island, Coronado Tidelands Park, Harbor Island, Coronado Ferry Landing, Spanish Landing and Embarcadero Marina Parks. As part of the same Port of San Diego celebration, fireworks will also be launching from Imperial Beach and Chula Vista. The shows all start at 9 p.m.
Coronado – Coronado will be having its own Independence Day Celebration which includes an art fair, concert, and 4th of July parade. Art in the Park will run from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and the Concert in the Park, featuring the Coronado Community Concert Band, will begin at 4 p.m. Both will be held in Spreckels Park at 601 Orange Ave. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and will travel along Orange Ave. The Glorietta Bay fireworks will begin at 9 p.m.
La Jolla* – Fireworks can be viewed from La Jolla Shores, Kellogg Park, Ellen Browning Scripps Park or La Jolla Cove. A concert is scheduled in La Jolla Cove to begin at 5 p.m. and the fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Plan to arrive early to find a good parking spot and enjoy the show. *As of this writing, funding is still being secured, so events and times are tentative. Check the La Jolla Cove 4th of July website prior to making your holiday plans.
Whether it’s just you or the entire extended family, pack a picnic and head on out to one of San Diego’s many Independence Day celebrations. Concerts, parades, street fairs and oh, yes – magnificent fireworks displays – all fun and all free.
“Recreation,” United Port of San Diego
“Coronado 4th of July,” eCoronado.com
“La Jolla Cove 4th of July,” LaJollaFireworks.org