4th of July 2016 Independence Day Fireworks and Celebrations in San Diego

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Whether you’re traveling with family or friends, San Diego is first choice for everyone to celebrate 4th of July. Even locals can’t think of anything better than relaxing with loved ones on a long stretch of sand and watching an extraordinary show of lights in the sky. Below is a list of our favorite stretches of sand, spectacular fireworks shows around and places to watch the fireworks in San Diego:

big-bay-boom-2016What: Annual Big Bay Boom San Diego July 4 Fireworks Show 2016
When: Monday, July 4, 2016 at 9 p.m.
Where: Multiple Locations along San Diego Bay
Description: San Diego’s biggest 4th of July fireworks show. Four different barges launch fireworks on San Diego’s Big Bay. Take in the largest display in the county, with fireworks launched from four barges strategically placed around North San Diego Bay, they can be seen from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero area and Seaport Village/Coronado Landing. Just find a place along the bay and you will not be disappointed. Bring your lawn chairs and friends to watch the Big Bay Boom fireworks show!
Fireworks show starts at 9 p.m. You can listen to musical simulcast on the The Mighty 1090 AM and MAX FM 105.7

Where to Watch?
Seaport Village/Coronado Landing: One of San Diego’s favorite local attractions is Seaport Village. Enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner at one of their waterfront restaurants, visit the local shops or simply layout on the grass, relax and enjoy the view. 809 W Harbor Dr # A , San Diego, CA 92101

Imperial Beach Pier: Folks living in South Bay, can catch the Big Bay Boom fireworks display from Imperial Beach Pier. Imperial Beach is a large beach with its own pier and many tasty shops and restaurants. 2 Elder Avenue, Imperial Beach, CA 91932

Shelter Island: Catch the fireworks from this small and intimate beach spot. Shelter Island is a narrow strip of land located on Point Loma’s bay front. Pack a basket full of goodies and beverages, bring a few lawn chairs and warm blankets and relax along the shoreline. 2071 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106

Harbor Island: Located near the San Diego International Airport, Harbor Island is a prime waterfront location to watch the fireworks and enjoy San Diego’s bright city skyline. 2040 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

Embarcadero: Located behind San Diego’s convention center, the embarcadero is another gorgeous bay front location to catch the firework show. There is plenty of parking nearby in the Gaslamp Quarter and during the day you can enjoy walking around the shops and restaurants in downtown. 1325 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101

Seaport Village/Coronado Landing: One of San Diego’s favorite local attractions is Seaport Village. Enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner at one of their waterfront restaurants, visit the local shops or simply layout on the grass, relax and enjoy the view. 809 W Harbor Dr # A , San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free


seaworld-fireworks-sandiegoWhat: SeaWorld’s Celebrate the Wonder Fireworks
When: Monday July 4, 2016
Where: SeaWorld San Diego
Description: Summertime is the best time at SeaWorld, as guests can enjoy all of their park favorites by day — including Dolphin Days, the One Ocean Shamu show, the Shark Encounter, Manta and more — then, stick around for a whole new park after dark, with the amazing energy of Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up The Night and the hilarious Sea Lions Tonite sea lion and otter show. Celebrate the Wonder fireworks are a sizzling way to cap off the evening on select nights during the summer and on Independence Day, SeaWorld will present a special extended “Sea to Shining Sea 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” at
9:30 p.m. Summer festivities, including fireworks, are included with park admission, which is $89 for ages 10 and older; $83 for ages 3-9. For more information, visit SeaWorldSanDiego.com

Cost: $83 – $89


4th-of-july-ocean-beachWhat: 4th Of July Celebration in Ocean Beach
When: Monday, July 4, 9 p.m.
Where: Ocean Beach Pier, San Diego
Description: Celebrate the fourth of July in Ocean Beach with a fireworks display off the OB Pier. We have free parking at Main Beach Parking Lot as well as at Pier Parking Lot. Don’t forget your radio so you can hear the fireworks soundtrack being broadcast simultaneously during the show.

Cost: Free


san-diego-county-fair-fireworksWhat: San Diego County Fair 4th of July Celebration
When: Monday, July 4, 2016
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds
Description: The 2016 Fair will close on Monday, July 4. Independence Day is one of the best days to come to the Fair, because we pull out all the stops with food, fireworks, entertainment and more.

Cost: Included with admission



hotel-del-coronado-fireworksWhat: July 4th At The Del Coronado
When: Monday, July 4, 2016
Where: Hotel del Coronado, San Diego
Description: Independence Day in Coronado is as iconic as the island and The Del itself. Coronado Island celebrates July 4th with an annual parade, a fun run/walk, rough water swim, art-in-the-park and a concert at Spreckels Park. Celebrate Independence Week in Coronado! Come to The Del early on June 30, 2016 for a beach party with a live band and fireworks for overnight guests.Then on July 4, 2016, Coronado Island celebrates with an annual parade, community activities and a spectacular fireworks finale.


legoland-fireworksWhat: Red, White And Boom! At LEGOLAND
When: Monday, July 4, 2016 at 1 p.m.
Where: LEGOLAND, San Diego
Description: The summer heats up at LEGOLAND® with a star-spangled Fourth of July celebration, Red, White and BOOM!

Don’t miss Fireworks set to a patriotic musical tribute with great viewing in designated locations throughout the Park.
The celebration lasts from 1-9 p.m. with fireworks at 8:30 p.m. All Red, White and BOOM! activities are included in the cost of admission to LEGOLAND California.


pier-presssure-partyWhat: Special Pier Pressure Pre-July 4th Yacht Party
When: Monday July 4, 2016
Where: Coronado’s Central Beach, San Diego

  • San Diego Nightlife Presents…
  • Pier Pressure
  • Pre 4th of July Bash!
  • “Everyone’s Doing It!”
  • 3 Decks | 6 DJs | 2 Floors of Music | 1 Amazing Cruise
  • with World Class House Music & Open Format DJs.

The only way to catch the true spirit of San Diego is to embark on the Pier Pressure cruise. Let loose, and set sail into the gorgeous Southern California sun aboard the 10 million dollar, 1000 Person luxury yacht, the San Diego Spirit. Bring your significant, and/or your entourage of friends and create the ultimate experience that no club, hotel, or land entity could possibly offer.

Cost: $20

4th of July Fireworks Cruises flagship cruises and eventsWhat: 4th of July Fireworks Cruises
When: Monday July 4, 2016
Where: Flagship Cruises & Events
Description: Experience the stunning San Diego skyline at night aboard one of our memorable Independence Day cruises. We will take you to the heart of The Port of San Diego’s Big Bay Boom fireworks so you can enjoy this glittering display of lights at close range. We offer multiple ways to enjoy unobstructed views of the spectacular fireworks show on the July 4th:

Star Spangled Dinner Cruise – Includes complimentary boarding champagne, a gourmet meal, live DJ entertainment and dancing.
Stars & Stripes Spectator Cruise – Includes hors d’oeuvres and stereo music synced to fireworks.
Patriotic Spectator Cruise – Includes stereo synced music aboard our open-air Patriot Jet Boat – no food, beverages or indoor seating.
Cost: $24.85 – $99.50

What: Coronado’s 58th Annual  July 4th Rough Water Swim

When: Monday July 4, 2016
Where: Coronado’s Central Beach
Description: Coronado’s 58th Annual July 4th Rough Water Swim is a great way to start the summer ocean swim challenges. Swimmers of all ages from around the world compete in distances from 250 yds to 1 mile. All participants (early signup req’d) receive shirts. Awards 1st-3rd M/F in each event category. Join us for a memorable  July 4th! Register at Active.com

Cost: $30 – $65


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