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Your curated guide to celebrating the Fourth of July in style

A roundup of ways to celebrate this Independence Day locally

Big bay boom
Image Credits Featured Image: Photo by Tristan Loper, courtesy of sandiego.org; Big Bay Boom: Photo by John Bahu, courtesy of sandiego.org

Big Bay Boom
San Diego’s iconic fireworks show, the Big Bay Boom, will once again light up the skies over San Diego Bay on the Fourth of July. The 20-minute show will start at 9pm, with fireworks visible from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Spanish Landing, North Embarcadero, South Embarcadero, Cesar E. Chavez Park, and Coronado Tidelands Park. This year’s show will include $250,000 worth of pyrotechnics and a few special surprises to celebrate its 20th year. sandiego.org/explore/events/holidays/big-bay-boom.aspx

Big bay boom
Big Bay Boom

Legoland’s Red, White and Boom!
The summer heats up at Legoland California Resort with a star-spangled Fourth of July celebration: Red, White and Boom! Throughout the day, kids of all ages can participate in all-American family picnic games and building activities. The evening fireworks show at 8:30pm combines patriotic music with dazzling pyrotechnics. Red, White and Boom! is included in the cost of regular park admission. LEGOLAND.com


The Inn’s BBQ Smoke Out
The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe offers its 4th of July BBQ Smoke Out, presented by Chef Jessie Lee Williams, Jr. The event takes place from 11am-2pm on the lower front lawns with menu highlights including BBQ Brisket Sandwich, BBQ Brisket Plate, Hot Dog, Beef Sliders, and Chef Jessie Lee’s Milk & Honey Cookie. A cash bar will also be offered. theinnatrsf.com

The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

Home Grown Fun
July 4 is the final day of the scaled-back San Diego County Fair. The event offers a sampling of fair favorites including shopping, food concessionaires, a Ferris wheel and carousel, agricultural-themed exhibits, and demonstrations and entertainment designed to educate and delight. sdfair.com

Hard Rock Two-Day Celebration
Start the holiday weekend with a swig of Liquid Sunshine on Saturday featuring headliner Erick Diaz. General admission tickets are available at the door. Arrive early to secure your spot, as Hard Rock Hotel expects to hit capacity early. For table reservations, email bars@hardrockhotelsd.com. On Sunday, from 3-8pm, Hard Rock has partnered with LED Dayclub to present a lineup featuring headliners ARMNHMR on the Woodstock deck. Immerse yourself in an epic day of music, cocktails, food, and games. hardrockhotels.com/san-diego/july4.aspx


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