December 6, 2023
Fireworks of the Large Bay Increase as seen from Naval Base Level Loma’s North Harbor Drive Annex. Picture by Chris Stone

Because the birthplace of naval aviation, San Diego is aware of higher than most cities methods to placed on patriotic sky present, with fireworks — and even drone spectacles — scheduled throughout the area on July 4.

Right here is Instances of San Diego’s full information to fireworks shows, from Imperial Seashore to Oceanside, and from Del Mar to Ramona, to have fun Independence Day 2023.

Most are free to the general public, however you’ll have to pay for parking, get there very early or take public transit.

Be aware that two of the occasions, over Mission Bay and in Oceanside, are a day early on Monday, July 3.

Large Bay Increase

The Port of San Diego’s Independence Day custom is the biggest fireworks present in California and could be seen throughout the bay starting at 9 p.m. on Tuesday and lasting 20 minutes.

Fireworks will probably be discharged concurrently from 4 barges situated off Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the North Embarcadero, and the South Embarcadero.

Fireworks barge locations
Fireworks barge places. Courtesy Port of San Diego

The preferred areas to observe from are Shelter Island, Spanish Touchdown Park, Harbor Island, North Embarcadero, Seaport Village, and The Headquarters at Seaport District. 

Attendees are inspired to observe parking pointers, use public transportation if potential, arrive early, convey a garden chair and blanket, and tune a radio to the musical simulcast on KGB 101.5 FM.

Those that can’t make it to the present can watch it on Fox 5 San Diego, KTLA 5 Los Angeles, or Fox 40 Sacramento.

“The Port of San Diego is proud to sponsor the Large Bay Increase and invitations San Diegans and guests to take pleasure in this unbelievable celebration,” mentioned Port Chairman Rafael Castellanos. “The Large Bay Increase is likely one of the port’s iconic vacation occasions and is a major financial stimulus for native companies.”

Chula Vista

The South Bay metropolis’s annual fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. on the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Coaching Heart. Magic 92.5 will broadcast accompanying patriotic music. Gates open at 7 p.m. for the free occasion. Carry you blankets and garden chairs, however alcohol tents, grills and umbrellas are prohibited. There will probably be meals tucks on website. Further parking is accessible at New Hope Group Church and Mountain Hawk Park.


The Large Bay Increase could be seen from many areas of Coronado, however the metropolis’s personal fireworks will explode over Glorietta Bay close to Stingray Level beginning at 9 p.m. The Coronado Golf Course is an effective vantage level. Whilst you’re watching, tune within the sound monitor on KYXY 96.5 FM. The fireworks cap a full day of patriotic occasions within the Crown Metropolis.

Del Mar Fairgrounds

In the event you’re going to the San Diego County Truthful on July 4, keep till 9 p.m. to see the fireworks spectacular. For a further $20, you’ll be able to reserve a seat within the Corona Grandstand Stage for a ringside view.

El Cajon

The Metropolis of El Cajon will host July 4th fireworks at 9 p.m. over John F. Kennedy Park.  The present follows a day of free actions, together with practice rides, arts and crafts, household video games and reside bands.


This metropolis’s annual July 4th fireworks present begins at 9 p.m. over Grape Day Park and could be considered from wherever within the downtown space. Previous to the present, starting at 5 p.m., the California Heart for the Arts will host a free celebration with reside music, actions for kids and meals to buy.

Imperial Seashore

Fireworks go off from the enduring Imperial Seashore Pier at 9 p.m. The very best viewing is on the seashore from Imperial Seashore Boulevard to Palm Avenue. Choose up dinner from native retailers, unfold a blanket on the seashore and benefit from the present.

Lake Murray

The Lake Murray Music Fest and Fireworks is a day of meals, enjoyable, bands and fireworks celebrating Independence Day. The music begins at 11 a.m. at Lake Murray Group Park in San Carlos. The fireworks go off at 9 p.m. and could be seen all through the Navajo group, from La Mesa to Del Cerro and past. The occasion is free, however donations are inspired.

La Jolla Shores

It’s not a fireworks show, however safer and probably extra spectacular. The La Jolla Seashore & Tennis Membership is internet hosting a present carried out by a fleet of 100 choreographed drones starting at 8:45 p.m. on July 4. The very best viewing space would be the south finish of Kellogg Park. The drones are beneath the management of San Diego-based Drone Studios. Followers of the eco-friendly occasion are inspired to make a donation to the nonprofit LJ STEAM Basis.

Mission Bay

Early fireworks over Mission Bay are again for the second yr in a row, with a present over Sail Bay starting at 9 p.m. on Monday, July 3. Organizers say the very best views will probably be from Sundown Level Park, Santa Clara Level to Fanuel Avenue Park, alongside Rivera Drive and different shoreline areas with a view of Sail Bay. The present is sponsored by the Mission Bay Yacht Membership and native companies.

Ocean Seashore

A pet-friendly July 4 mild present starting at 9:05 p.m. will characteristic a fleet of 300 drones, meticulously choreographed to create gorgeous formations and patterns within the night time sky. The drones will launch over Ocean Seashore Elementary College, however the spectacle could be seen all through Ocean Seashore and Level Loma. You’ll be able to hearken to an accompanying sound monitor on-line. The present by the group group LUMINOSITY replaces fireworks that may not be launched from the storm-damaged Ocean Seashore Pier.


Oceanside at all times celebrates Independence Day on July 3, since that’s the date of its incorporation, and this yr it’s the town’s one hundred and thirty fifth anniversary. The celebration begins at 5 p.m. on the SoCal Soccer Advanced at El Corazon with reside leisure, a household enjoyable zone and meals distributors. The fireworks go off at 9 p.m. Parking is $12 on the SoCal lot, however free on the adjoining Ocean Ranch Enterprise Park


Fireworks go off at 9 p.m. at two places on July 4 in Poway, the Poway Excessive College Stadium and Poway Sportsplex. Gates at the highschool open at 6 p.m. for video games, actions, and a DJ spinning tunes. No registration is required, however there’s a $5 cost on the gate. You can too see the highschool present from Lake Poway.


Ramona’s Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Membership and Rotary Membership are sponsoring a household picnic and fireworks at Olive Pierce Center College on July 4. The grounds open at 4 p.m. adopted by fireworks at 9 p.m.

Rancho Bernardo

This San Diego neighborhood’s fireworks start at 9 p.m. on July 4 at Rancho Bernardo Excessive College after a full day of celebration at Webb Park. The Spirit of the Fourth occasion consists of music, a parade, crafts, meals vans and extra.

San Marcos

The Purple, White and BOOM! fireworks present begins at 9 p.m. at Bradley Park. The free pre-show begins at 5 p.m. with 80s cowl band BetaMAXX, carnival video games, jumpers and meals gross sales. Carry your blankets or garden chairs.


The annual Santee Salutes celebration begins at 2 p.m. at City Heart Group Park East. Take pleasure in reside music, pattern the meals distributors and watch the fireworks that start simply after 9 p.m. on July 4. Most well-liked parking is accessible for buy.


Fireworks will fill the sky over Brengle Terrace Park at 9 p.m. The present is free, however you’ll be able to watch from the Moonlight Amphitheatre for $5 per individual. Gates open at 5 p.m. with tickets obtainable on the entrance. Food and drinks can be found on the market within the amphitheater, together with leisure by the Cassie B Venture at 7:35 p.m.

Up to date at 9:15 a.m., Saturday, July 1, 2023

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