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Happy Independence Day!


Here are a handful of ways to celebrate.



San Diego County Fair 4th of July Celebration
Spend the day at the fair, then kick back and enjoy the traditional fireworks display at 9pm. (www.sdfair.com)


Fourth of July La Cove Fireworks
The La Jolla Cove fireworks is a tradition a quarter century in the making. The event promotes patriotism and community spirit through the presentation of a fireworks display and concert. Show starts at 9pm. (www.lajollafireworks.org)

Cusp Dining & Drinks Fireworks Viewing Party

Join chef Donald Lockhart and the Cusp team in the 11th floor, oceanview Starling Room from 7:30-9:30pm for an intimate cocktail reception-style viewing party. Enjoy stunning fireworks displays over La Jolla Cove, hosted hor d’oeurves, and a gin and tonic bar, as well as a Champagne toast when the fireworks begin. Limited seats available. (858.551.3620, www.cusprestaurant.com)


Coronado 4th of July 15K & 5K Run/Walk
From 7-10am, this race features a fast and flat course and holds over 20 nationally ranked 15K times. (www.kathyloperevents.com/cor15K)

Julian’s “Greatest Little Town” Parade
The Julian Fourth of July Parade is taking a great leap forward with this year’s 20th anniversary production. Clydesdale horses will clomp down Main Street, hauling a hitch occupied by Grand Marshal Richard Bailey and his family. Expect vintage cars galore, and numerous marching bands and performers. The parade steps off from the Julian High School parking lot promptly at noon. Arrive early for the annual flyover by vintage WWII aircraft.  (760.765.1857, www.julianparade.com)

Red, White and Boom! At Legoland California
The fireworks show begins at 8:30pm and features patriotic music with dazzling pyrotechnics. Kids can participate in water-balloon tosses, burlap sack races, and paper airplane contests. (california.legoland.com)


Fourth of July at Marina Kitchen
From 5-10pm, enjoy the ultimate All-American picnic-style buffet featuring a wide assortment of holiday favorites by executive chef Aron Schwartz. (www.sandiegomarriottmarquisandmarina.com)


13th Annual Big Bay Boom Fireworks Show
Starting at 9pm, the show will consist of about 18 minutes of some of the most technically advanced fireworks. Artists will choreograph the four barge locations of pyrotechnics simultaneously to music broadcast live on The Walrus 105.7 FM. (www.bigbayboom.com)

4th of July Celebration Aboard The USS Midway Museum
Watch the spectacular Big Bay Fireworks show from the flight deck, and enjoy family activities and live entertainment by NRG. (www.midway.org/4thofjuly)

SeaWorld July 4th Fireworks Celebration
At 9:30pm, with the beautiful orchestral music of SeaWorld San Diego’s newest show, Blue Horizon, the spectacular Into the Blue fireworks show provides an incredible pyrotechnic display high in the sky above in park. (www.seaworld.com)


Morning After Mess Beach Clean-Up
San Diego’s busiest beach day of the year brings hundreds of thousands flocking to the shoreline to enjoy the day. The community is invited to do its part to clean up our cherished coastline July 5. (www.ilacsd.org)

The Manchester Grand Hyatt
The 40-story Manchester Grand Hyatt has unrivaled vistas of the San Diego Bay. Enjoy the San Diego Big Bay Boom 4th of July firework spectacular, which can be seen from a number of locations throughout the hotel: water-facing rooms, Top of the Hyatt bar and two pools. In addition to the Big Bay Boom, the incredible height of the Manchester Grand Hyatt provides the chance to see a variety of other firework displays taking place along San Diego’s coast — Coronado, Sea World, you name it. The property will be hosting a series of activities for hotel guests and locals. (www.manchestergrand.hyatt.com)

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
Celebrate Independence Day with a patriotic weekend at the bayside Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina hotel. Offering front row seats from Harbor Island of San Diego’s Big Bay Boom fireworks spectacular, the Sheraton will offer a fun BBQ on the hotel’s Bay View Lawn. Enjoy a Stone Brewing pop-up beer garden experience, a drum band, cash food and beverage concessions featuring burgers, hot dogs, salads, and more, as well as an astro jump, special kids area, and a special visit from the local fire department. (www.sheratonsandiegohotel.com)

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
Celebrate 4th of July at Rancho Valencia with a special cocktail, the Sassy Sangrita, consisting of Herencia Blanco Tequila shaken with House Made Sangrita, a house made grenadine base with jalapenos, chili powder, and serrano peppers, and topped off with citrus juice. (www.ranchovalencia.com)


The Commons Bar

Situated in the heart of downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, The Commons Bar is celebrating 4th of July with a special patriotic cocktail, Frozen Freedom, consisting of citrus and sweet tea vodka, grenadine, and curacao, topped off with delicious frozen lemonade. The classic neighborhood bar features an array of kicked up bar fare to complement this fun summer cocktail. (www.thecommonssd.com)


Beaumont’s Eatery

Beaumont’s is celebrating Fourth of July with four days of delicious brunch. On the fourth, the restaurant will open early for a bustling brunch with live music on the recently updated outdoor patio, where guests can begin the long weekend with good company, great grub, and boozy breakfast favorites like the “Don’t You Judge Me” and the Bacon LOVE and Tomato Mary. After enjoying a leisurely brunch head to Brockton Villa for the annual fireworks soiree before recovering at Beaumont’s the next morning. (www.beaumontseatery.com)


Brockton Villa

Set overlooking La Jolla Cove, ooh and ahh while watching unobstructed fireworks over the ocean this Fourth of July. Starting at 6pm, Brockton Villa will celebrate Independence Day with an annual seaside soiree, which includes a cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres, an endless buffet of summer picnic fare, three complementary drink tickets, and prime seating for the spectacular La Jolla fireworks show. Reservations are required; the event sells out every year. Tickets are $35 for children; $105 for adults. (858.454.7393, www.brocktonvilla.com)


The US Grant Hotel

Salute to Summer at The US Grant. Inspired by red, white, and blue, your in-room amenity will include all the components for two to build your own summer shortcakes — including a selection of berries grown on the hotel’s rooftop garden.  The Salute to Summer experience is available for arrivals the first through the last day of summer. Rates start at $227. (866.716.8136, www.usgrant.net/rates)


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