Special pyrotechnic shows planned for Fourth of July weekend.
There is no better way to help celebrate America’s birthday than with fireworks at one of the many Fourth of July shows scheduled throughout Southern California cities and harbors.
Boaters will have the best vantage points for viewing these aerial displays. In addition to fireworks, boaters will find boat parades, barbecues, car shows and a variety of other activities to enjoy at harbors from San Diego to Santa Barbara.
To help you with your holiday plans, here is The Log newspaper’s annual list of Independence Day fireworks shows and related activities that the whole family can enjoy.
San Diego: Big Bay Boom
Where: San Diego Bay
When: 9 p.m., July 4
Best Views: Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North Embarcadero, Seaport Village, South Embarcadero, and Coronado Ferry Landing.
Boating Info: Boaters are instructed to stay outside of the 300-yard safety zones around the fireworks barges off Shelter Island (32 degrees, 42.78 minutes north latitude; 117 degrees, 13.28 minutes west longitude), use proper signals and navigation lights, arrive before dark and keep a lookout for other boats; Harbor Island (32 degrees, 43.33 minutes north latitude; 117 degrees, 12.00 minutes west longitude); the Embarcadero (32 degrees, 43.04 minutes north latitude; 117 degrees, 10.82 minutes west longitude); and Seaport Village/Coronado Landing (32 degrees, 42.20 minutes north latitude; 117 degrees, 10.04 minutes west longitude).
Fun Events: The annual firework show will light up San Diego. Fox5 (San Diego) and KTLA (Los Angeles) will start their live programming at 8:30 p.m. and run through 9:30 p.m. The show will also have a musical simulcast on The Mighty 1090 AM and Max FM 105.7.
San Diego: Maritime Museum of San Diego Independence Day festivities
Where: The Embarcadero
When: 5-8:30 p.m., July 4
Best Views: Aboard the 1898 steam ferry Berkeley or from the museum venue.
Fun Events: An Independence Day picnic dinner aboard the steam ferry Berkeley — $35 for adults, $18 for children — will feature barbecue chicken, burgers, coleslaw and more; first seating 5-6:30 p.m., second seating 7-8:30 p.m.); spectacular views of the Big Bay Boom fireworks display. Fireworks viewing admission: 8:30 p.m., $10 for adults and $8 for children 12-3 years of age.
Chula Vista: Chula Vista 4th Fest
Where: U.S. Olympic Training Center
When: 6 p.m., July 4
Best Views: U.S. Olympic Training Center, Mountain Hawk park and New Hope Community Church.
Info: After an eight-year absence, July Fourth fireworks are back in Chula Vista. Fireworks will be set to a custom soundtrack heard on 91X.
Coronado: Independence Day Celebration
Where: Coronado Island
When: 7 a.m.-9 p.m., July 4
Fun Events: A day packed with festivities starts with the Crown City Classic 12K, 5K and kids half-mile fun run/walk at Tidelands Park at 7 a.m. Other events include a rough-water swim at Central Beach (check-in at 7:30 a.m.), Art in the Park (8 a.m.-4 p.m.), the annual Independence Day Parade along Orange Avenue (10 a.m.), a Coronado Community Concert Band performance at Spreckels Park (4 p.m.) and fireworks viewing over Glorietta Bay at 9 p.m. Music by KYXY 96.5 FM.
La Jolla: La Jolla Cove Fireworks Show
Where: Ellen Browning Scripps Park
Best Views: Scripps Park, along with nearby La Jolla Shores and Kellogg Park
When: 8-10 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m., July 4
Parking: At Scripps Park: Along Coast Boulevard and nearby streets in downtown La Jolla Village. At La Jolla Shores and Kellogg Park: Large parking lots are located next to the beach and park, and visitors can park along adjacent streets.
Mission Bay: SeaWorld “Sea to Shining Sea” Fireworks Show
Where: SeaWorld San Diego
When: 10:30 p.m. (approx.), July 4
Best Views: South Shore Park east of SeaWorld, Crown Point Park and Beach in North Mission Bay, Tecolote Shore Park in East Mission Bay, Ski Beach Park and Fiesta Island.
Info: Fireworks Show provides a spectacular ending to Independence Day celebrations.
Oceanside: Yankee Doodle Dinghy Parade
Where: Oceanside Yacht Club
When: 1-3 p.m., July 4
Info: Boaters can enter the 15th annual contest and decorate their dinghies (12 feet and smaller) in the most patriotic way possible. Trophies are handed out to the top four entries. Skipper’s meeting starts at 10 a.m. The parade can be seen from the municipal fishing pier, the Jolly Roger docks, the grass lawns along the harbor and from Dolphin Dock.
Oceanside: City of Oceanside Fireworks Show
Where: North of the El Corazon Senior Center
When: 6-9 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m., July 3
Info: The public is invited to the city of Oceanside Fireworks Show. There will be music and food trucks. Bring a beach chair, and walk to the viewing area on Rancho Del Oro Road. This event is free and open to the public.
Contact: 760-435-5041, oceansiderec.com
San Clemente: Fourth of July
Where: San Clemente Pier
When: 9 p.m., July 4
Info: The fireworks display can be seen from many beaches and hilltop areas in and around San Clemente.
Dana Point: Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza
Where: Doheny State Beach
When: 8:45 p.m., July 4
Best Views: Fireworks are shot from a barge outside the harbor, so boaters in Dana Point Harbor have some of the best views. Heritage Park and Lantern Bay Park are also good viewing points. The fireworks are synchronized to music on 88.5 FM KSBR.
Fun Events: Dana Wharf Sportfishing is offering a fireworks display cruise at 8 a.m. ($45, adults; $29, children ages 3-12, free for children 2 and younger).
Contact: dohenystatebeach.org; Dana Wharf Sportfishing: 949-496-5794 ext. 7.
Laguna Beach: Fourth of July
Where: Monument Point, Heisler Park
When: 9 p.m., July 4
Best Views: Main Beach
Newport Beach: Independence Day on the Back Bay
Where: Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina
When: Activities from 3-9 p.m., fireworks start at 9 p.m.
Fun Events: This all-day event will include live music performances, food trucks activities in and around the water and a spectacular pyrotechnic display.
Newport Beach: Old Glory Boat Parade
Where: American Legion Yacht Club, Newport Harbor
When: 1 p.m. boat parade start time; July 4
Boating Info: All boaters are invited to decorate their vessels and participate in American Legion Yacht Club’s yacht parade. Participants will compete for class awards such as “Best Decorated,” “Outstanding Music,” “Finest Costumes,” “Most Creative,” and the “Commodore’s Award.” Registration is free and online at the American Legion Yacht Club’s website.
Contact: Dan O’Sullivan, 949-922-1926, firstname.lastname@example.org; alyc.com
Catalina Island: Avalon Fourth of July Celebration
When: Parade starts at 1 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m., July 4
Fun Events: The annual golf cart parade down Crescent Avenue will be lead by the University of Southern California Matching Band this year. Guests can enjoy a barbecue and buffet dinner, along with music, inside the Casino Ballroom’s balcony and overlooking the fireworks display. Avalon Bay Dinghy Parade at 4 p.m. Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. over Avalon Harbor.
Catalina Island: Independence Day Festivities at Two Harbors
Where: Two Harbors
When: July 2-3
Fun Events: A fireworks spectacular is set to blast off over Isthmus Harbor, beginning at dark July 3. On July 2, boaters are invited to decorate their dinghies in the most patriotic way possible, and participate in a parade through Catalina’s West End coves. Prizes will be awarded to the most creatively decorated dinghies. The Children’s Festival will feature crafts and activities from 10 a.m.-noon.
Huntington Beach: Pier Plaza Festival
Where: Huntington Beach Pier
When: July 2-4
Fun Events: The three-day event will feature food vendors, live entertainment and family activities every day from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. The Fourth of July events include the Surf City 5K Run and Fitness Expo (7 a.m.-noon), the 112th annual Fourth of July Parade (10 a.m.-noon) and the grand finale fireworks display shot off the end of the pier, beginning at 9 p.m.
Long Beach: Party on the Pier
Where: Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier
When: 11 a.m-10 p.m., July 4
Fun Events Live entertainment and DJs. A fireworks show can be enjoyed at the Belmont Veterans Memorial Party on the Pier event ($10 for adults, kids free with paying adult).
Long Beach: Queen Mary All-American Fourth of July
When: From 2-11 p.m., July 4, fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
Fun events: Travel through the heartland of America during this All-American event that includes a Coney Island style carnival and circus, carnival games, a Nashville Tailgate with a live country band and line dancing and a Texas Hold’em game. Next it’s down to the Deep South as guests take a tour of Louisiana showcasing dueling pianos and a New Orleans marching band. Complete the tour with a head out west for a little glitz and glamour at the Hollywood party and a stop at the Hawaii party where Hula dancers will provide dance lessons. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. General admission tickets are $44 online/$49 walk up for adults, $24 online/ $29 walk up for children ages 11 and younger. Adult VIP admission, $99.
Port of Los Angeles: Cars and Stripes Forever
Where: Harbor Boulevard and the Vincent Thomas Bridge, San Pedro
When: 5-10 p.m., July 1; fireworks at 9:20 p.m.
Parking: There will be parking at Harbor Boulevard and First Street. A free shuttle to downtown San Pedro will be provided.
Fun Events: More than 100 classic cars on display, live music, food trucks and a beer garden, and fireworks.
San Pedro: 66th annual John Olguin July 4th Spectacular
Where: Cabrillo Beach
When: noon-10 p.m., July 4
Fun Events: Enjoy live music, family activities and fireworks.
Marina del Rey: Fourth of July Fireworks
Where: Burton Chace Park
When: 9 p.m.
Best Views: Fisherman’s Village, Burton Chace Park and Marina Beach are popular spots to watch the 20-minute fireworks show.
Boating Info: Vessels are allowed to idle in the main channel, but anchoring is prohibited. Boats are not to enter designated fallout zones near the fireworks launch site.
Redondo Beach: Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular
Where: Seaside Lagoon, pier and King Harbor
When: Gates open at 2 p.m., July 4; fireworks at 9 p.m.
Fun Events: The annual event includes food and beverages, swimming in the lagoon, arts and crafts, a DJ, a big slide and obstacle course. Fireworks will be launched 300 feet off the lagoon starting at 9 p.m., timed to patriotic music.
Channel Islands Harbor: Fireworks by the Sea
Where: Channel Islands Harbor
When: 7 a.m.-9 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m., July 4.
Fun Events: The all-day event includes a 10K race and 5K fun run/walk (7 a.m. registration, race at 8 a.m.), a Children’s Parade at 10:30 a.m., an Electric Boat Parade at 4 p.m. and a fireworks display. Marine Emporium Landing will have activities between 11 a.m.-9 p.m., including a crafters’ market, inflatable fun zone, a rock climbing wall and food booth.
Santa Barbara: Fourth of July Celebration
Where: West Beach
When: 3-9 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m., July 4
Fun Events: Festivities at the Santa Barbara waterfront include food vendors, a music variety show and a fireworks display. Music for the celebration will be simulcast on 92.9 KJEE. A variety of other Independence Day celebrations are planned citywide.