10 July 4th Fireworks Hot Spots!

By Courtney Daly-Pavone June 30, 2021

This Sunday is July 4th! Independence Day may have crept up on us, it's been a turbulent year. Maybe you are planning a relaxing day at the park, beach, or in your backyard, or perhaps an incredible fireworks display at one of the many venues listed below. Most likely you will welcome a return to "normal". Unlike 2020, we have many great places to see fireworks around San Diego. Happy 4th!

* FREE *Editors Pick Big Bay Boom Fireworks Show 2021 July 4 2021 

Location multiple locations in San Diego Bay Google map

July 4th starting at 9:00 PM. Check out the link below for virtual event information This free fireworks show is the largest San Diego Firework Displays in San Diego county. Most years, the fireworks displays will be located on 4 barges off of Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero and Seaport Village/Coronado Landing. Pick your favorite spot near Seaport Village, Coronado Ferry Landing, North Embarcadero, Marina District, South Embarcadero, Shelter Island and Harbor Island. Be prepared, more than 750,000 people are estimated to be in the crowd. Music simulcast on 1090 AM or 105.7 FM. You can watch the fireworks show live starting at 8:00 PM on Fox 5 in San Diego area or KTLA 5 in Los Angeles area. Check out the link below for parking and shuttle information.

*FREE Coronado July 4th Fireworks & Activities!

Most Activities on July 3, Fireworks July 4 2021 at 9 PM

Location activities at Spreckels Park, parade down Orange Ave., and fireworks over Glorietta Bay Google map

Crown City Classic: 7 to 10 a.m. July 3 at Coronado Tidelands Park. Visit

Rough Water Swim: 7 a.m. check-in July 3 at Central Beach (live or virtual). Visit

Independence Day Parade: 10 a.m. to noon July 3 on Orange Avenue from First Street to Churchill Place and Ocean Boulevard. Livestreamed at

Ferry Landing Concert: 2 to 5 p.m. July 3.

Art in the Park: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 4 at Spreckels Park, Sixth Street and Orange Avenue.

Navy Leap Frogs Demonstration: 2 to 3 p.m. July 4 at the Golf Course near Glorietta Bay.

Fireworks: 9 p.m. July 4 over Glorietta Bay, near Stingray Point, and San Diego Fireworks over San Diego Bay can be viewed at the Ferry Landing. Visit For more information on Coronado 4th of July Celebration see

*FREE El Cajon July 4th San Diego Fireworks and Celebration 2021

Location Kennedy Park, 1675 E Madison Ave., El Cajon Google map

July 4 celebration from 1 pm - 9:30 pm and fireworks at 9:00 PM. Arrive early to claim your spot. Vendors will serve food starting at noon, but you may bring your own too. Music starts at 3:00 pm.

Enjoy a picnic and fireworks on your 4th of July in El Cajon. Train rides, skateboard park and fun for the whole family. For more information on the El Cajon 4th July Celebration see

*FREE Escondido July 4th Fireworks!

Location Grape Day Park, Great Green, 340 North Escondido Blvd, Escondido CA Google map

Date and Time 7/4/21 fireworks start at 9:00 PM

For 2021, there will be a Livestream event and fireworks. For more information about the Escondido Independence Day Celebration see

*FREE Old Fashion July 4th Celebration in Old Town San Diego 

Location Old Town State Historic Park

Date and Time July 4 from 11:00 AM to 4 PM

Time for some old fashioned fun in Old Town San Diego's Fourth of July celebration with parade around the plaza, crafts and activities of early San Diego. Get ready for a pie eating contest and egg toss. Afterwards, you can enjoy fireworks at night at one of the other locations in San Diego. 

*FREE Poway July 4th Celebration and Fireworks!

Location Celebration at Old Poway Park and Fireworks at Poway High School Google map

Date and Time July 4 2021 festivities from 10 AM to 4 PM and fireworks at Poway High School at 9:00 PM (6:00 - 10:00 activities).

Old Fashioned San Diego Fourth of July activities at Old Poway Park with games, crafts and food. Free admission. Fireworks show will be a 9 PM at Poway High School. Fireworks display costs $5 admission at the gate (children 11 and under free) as a fundraiser for the school. For more information about the Poway 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks see

*Reservations Required Santee July 4th Events San Diego

Fireworks for 2021

Location Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Drive, Santee, California 92071 Google map

Date and Time Santee Salutes event activities 6:30 – 10:00 PM with fireworks at 9:00 PM

Join in the fun at this east county San Diego fourth of July celebration – Santee Salutes. Live entertainment, DJ, food, carnival rides. A great San Diego family activity for the 4th of July. Advanced reservations required for parking.

*FREE Scripps Ranch July 4th Parade and Festival

Location Scripps Ranch Parade Route: Ironwood at Red Cedar Drive, to Ironwood Rd. to Courtyard Dr. to Red Rock Dr. to Scripps Ranch Blvd ending in Aviary Drive. Festival is in Scripps Ranch Hoyt Park.

Date and Time 10:00 – 11:00 AM parade, and tentative 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM festival

Enjoy a San Diego 4th of July parade and festival at Scripps Ranch. Community groups, high school marching bands, and more will entertain you as you watch the parade. Afterwards, enjoy an Ice Cream Social at Hoyt Park. Food, drinks and games. Free admission to the festival. For more information about the Scripps Ranch 4th of July Parade and Festival see

Red, White & Boom Fireworks @ Legoland CA 

Celebrate July 4th and summer fun with the only fireworks display that magically transforms into bursts of LEGO® bricks before your eyes! Experience our unique, annual spectacle all included in regular theme park admission. Fireworks begin at 8:30 PM. Visit:

SeaWorld's Patriotic Fireworks Show 7/4/21 @ 9:30 PM

Witness a new fireworks spectacular that brings the brilliant colors of the sea to the skies above the park. The fireworks can be seen from all around SeaWorld’s 100+ acre park. Showtimes vary during Electric Ocean evenings. For more information visit:

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