Where to watch 4th of July Fireworks around San Diego
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Independence Day fireworks displays will be held throughout San Diego County tonight, including what’s billed as the largest fireworks display on the West Coast, the Big Bay Boom.
The show takes place over San Diego Harbor and includes fireworks launched from four different barges strategically placed throughout the bay. The Metropolitan Transit System began the day operating on a Sunday schedule, and will add extra trolley service later in the day to accommodate the estimated 250,000 people expected to attend the Big Bay Boom.
Enhanced service on the Sycuan Green Line between SDCCU Stadium and downtown San Diego will begin at 3:22 p.m. Trains will depart every 7 minutes until the start of the show at 9 p.m. On the UC San Diego Blue Line and Orange Line, trains will depart every 15 minutes throughout the day.
Frequent trolley service will resume on all three trolley lines after the Big Bay Boom concludes. MTS asked passengers to adjust their departure times before and after the show to account for the crowds.
The North County Transit District will operate most buses on a Sunday schedule. BREEZE Route 408 will operate on a normal schedule. COASTER and SPRINTER trains will operate on a Saturday schedule, with one change to SPRINTER — the 11:33 p.m. eastbound train will be cancelled and an eastbound train departing out of Oceanside Transit Center at 12:33 a.m. will be added to allow those returning on the final northbound COASTER out of San Diego to connect with the eastbound SPRINTER.
Locations of fireworks shows throughout the county, which kick off at 9 p.m. unless otherwise noted, include:
— Big Bay Boom, San Diego Harbor, San Diego;
— SeaWorld San Diego, 500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego (9:40 p.m.);
— Ocean Beach Pier, end of Niagara Avenue, San Diego;
— Glorietta Bay, Coronado;
— Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar;
— Legoland California, One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad (8:30 p.m.);
— California Center for the Arts, 340 N. Escondido Blvd, Escondido;
— Mira Mesa Community Park, Mira Mesa Boulevard and New Salem Street,
— Poway High School stadium, 15500 Espola Rd, Poway;
— Bernardo Heights Middle School, 12990 Paseo Lucido, Rancho Bernardo;
— Bradley Park, 465 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd, San Marcos;
— Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1200 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista;
— Kennedy Park, 1675 E. Madison Ave, El Cajon;
— Town Center Community Park, 550 Park Center Dr, Santee;
— Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center, 2800 Olympic Parkway,
— Imperial Beach Pier, 10 Evergreen Ave, Imperial Beach;
— Cesar Chavez Park, 4061 Camino de la Plaza, San Ysidro.
Here is a full list of celebrations happening across San Diego on the 4th of July:
Big Bay Boom — San Diego Bay
SEAWORLD SAN DIEGO 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS — SeaWorld San Diego
Time: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
SeaWorld will celebrate Independence Day with a 15-minute display of fireworks set to a musical soundtrack, starting at 9:40 PM on July 4
Location: Ocean Beach Pier at the end of Newport Ave.
Time: 9:00 PM
Spend the day picnicking, swimming in the ocean, walking and playing in the sand and shopping along Newport Ave. Then bundle up as the sun sets and pull up a blanket for a really spectacular fireworks show launched from the OB Pier.
Location: Various Locations on Coronado
Time: 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Celebrate the 4th of July in the Crown City including a parade down Orange Avenue at 10:00 AM, a concert in Spreckels Park at 4:00 PM and fireworks over Glorietta Bay at 9:00 PM.
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, CA 92014
Time: Starts at 10:00 AM, Fireworks at 9:00 PM
Independence Day is one of the best days to come to the Fair, because they pull out all the stops with food, fireworks at 9:00 PM, entertainment and more.
Location: LEGOLAND California – One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Time: 1:00 to 9:00 PM, Fireworks at 8:30 PM
Take the whole family and spend the day enjoying over 60 rides, shows and attractions along with some all-American picnic games like burlap races and water-balloon tosses and then top it off with an awe-inspiring fireworks display set to patriotic music.
Location: El Corazon Site at Rancho Del Oro Drive
Date: July 3, 2018
Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Start off your Independence Day celebration a day early by bringing a beach chair and the whole family to enjoy the Oceanside Fireworks Show.
Location: California Center for the Arts, Escondido – 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025
Time: Starts at 4:00 PM, Fireworks at 9:00 PM
Join 20,000 patriotic festival-goers for the 55th Annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks with music, fabulous food vendors, and a wealth of children’s activities and games for everyone to enjoy.
Location: Mira Mesa Community Park, Mira Mesa Boulevard and New Salem Street, Mira Mesa
Come early for the pancake breakfast, parade and family friendly activities and stay late for the fireworks.
Location: Poway High School Stadium – 15500 Espola Road, Poway, CA 92064
Time: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Fireworks at 9:00 PM
Following the Old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration at Old Poway Park (10:00 AM to 4:00 PM), head to Poway High School (gates open at 6:00 PM) for music, more food, glow sticks and fireworks.
Location: Webb Park – Avena Pl And Bernardo Center Dr, Rancho Bernardo, CA 92128
Time: 9:00 AM to 9:30 PM, Fireworks at 9:00 PM
It’s a whole day of fun at Webb Park in Rancho Bernardo with a Community Fair featuring food, music, Patriotic Pet Contest, classic cars, games and a parade (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM). End the evening with fireworks at Bernardo Heights Middle School.
Location: Bradley Park – 465 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd, San Marcos, CA 92078
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Carnival games, jumpers, food and fireworks!
Location: Moonlight Amphitheatre – 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, CA 92084
Time: 5:00 to 10:00 PM, Fireworks at 9:00 PM
Celebrate the 4th of July in Vista at the Moonlight Amphitheatre with live music, an honorary ceremony, family fun and fireworks!
Location: Kennedy Park – 1675 East Madison Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92019
Time: 2:00 to 9:30 PM
The July 4th event starts at 2:00 PM with food, games, prizes, kiddie train rides and more! Live musical entertainment begins at 3:00 PM with a spectacular fireworks show at 9:00 PM.
Location: Town Center Community Park East – 550 Park Center Drive, Santee, CA 92071
Time: 2:30 to 10:00 PM
Rock out with live music, a patriotic ceremony, kid’s fun zone and a spectacular fireworks display at Santee Salutes!
Location: 2800 Olympic Parkway, Chula Vista, CA 91915
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
The Chula Vista 4th Fest fireworks will be set off from the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center with patriotic music simulcast on 91X, Magic 92.5, and Z90.3.
Location: Imperial Beach Pier – 10 Evergreen Ave, Imperial Beach, CA 91932
Time: 4:00 to 9:00 PM
The City of Imperial Beach will be hosting a fireworks show off the Imperial Beach Pier choreographed to KYXY 96.5 along with eight other shows across San Diego County.
Location: Larsen Field – Cesar Chavez Park – 4061 Camino de la Plaza, San Ysidro, CA 92173
Date: July 1, 2018
Time: 3:00 to 9:00 PM
Come and enjoy an Independence Day Celebration in San Ysidro complete with children’s inflated city, mechanical bulls, live music all day on multiple stages, drinks, food and fireworks!