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6 San Diego 4th of July Events You Won’t Want To Miss

With its stunning beaches, perfect weather, and eclectic community, San Diego is a great place to throw a party celebrating America’s birthday. With a mix of outdoor group events and intimate gatherings perfect for family and friends, ‘America’s Finest City’ is always set to deliver on this popular summertime holiday. Whether you’re a local or visitor to the area, create some new memories with these 6 upcoming San Diego 4th of July events.

1. Spend A Day at the Fair

As one of the nation’s largest county fairs, the San Diego County Fair is a multi-day event filled with rides, food, live music, animal exhibits, and unique vendors. In 2024, the theme is “Let’s Go Retro,” so get ready to dance like it’s the 1950s! If you purchase tickets at least 24 hours in advance of the date you attend, you can save on admission and pricing costs.
Purchase San Diego County Fair tickets here.

2. Visit Old Town San Diego

Step back in time for an old-fashioned 4th of July celebration at Old Town San Diego. Attend the morning flag raising ceremony and enjoy live music from the Big Mountain Bluegrass Band while playing traditional games from the 1800s. Although entry is free, all proceeds from raffle tickets support the Boosters of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park preservation efforts. 
Learn more about Independence Day at Old Town San Diego here

3. Get Exclusive Firework Views at the Maritime Museum

Watch the Big Bay Boom from a premier location at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Reserve a seat on the elegant Victorian-era 1898 Berkeley steam ferry boat and enjoy a BBQ dinner before the fireworks show begins. Alternative seating options include on the aft barge, which offers up-close views of the San Salvador, the museum’s galleon replica. Children under the age of 2 are free!
Purchase tickets for the Maritime Museum’s BBQ Dinner and Firework Viewing Event here.

4.Celebrate Early with a Laser Show

Start your 4th of July celebrations a day early with the Gaslamp Quarter’s annual laser show! Using state-of-the-art graphics and digital effects, this spectacular event in the sky is not to be missed. Arrive a few hours early for exclusive photo ops with the Budweiser Clydesdale horses and live DJ entertainment featuring YODAH, TPE, and JIRAFA.
Learn more about the 3rd of July Gaslamp Pre-Independence Day Laser Show here

5. Watch A Parachute Team In Action

Take part in the tradition of watching members of the U.S. Navy Parachute Team perform aerial maneuvers above Coronado Island. Nicknamed “The Leap Frogs,” this official parachute demonstration group is composed of active-duty personnel, including Navy SEALs. While you’re in the area, enjoy the Crown City Classic run and the Orange Avenue parade too.
Learn more about Coronado City’s 4th of July events here.

6. Get ready for the Big Bay Boom with a Seaforth Boat Rental

Location: Seaforth Boat Rental (three location options at San Diego Bay and one at Mission Bay) Time & Cost: Contact Seaforth Boat Rentals for pricing and availability

If you want to celebrate the 4th of July before all the fireworks start, reserve a powerboat, sailboat, or yacht with Seaforth Boat Rental! You’ll be able to explore San Diego Bay before the evening’s festivities begin. The Port of San Diego’s annual Big Bay Boom is known around the country as one of the most anticipated fireworks shows of the year. Situated on barges located in four different places within the harbor, fireworks are discharged simultaneously and can be seen from the northern and central parts of San Diego Bay. After a day on the water with Seaforth Boat Rental, grab a front-row seat to the action back onshore. There is no better way to end the quintessential American holiday!
To learn more about renting a boat, contact Seaforth Boat Rental here.

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