Fireworks will be booming over Southern California’s bays

Coastal activities celebrate Independence Day in a spectacular way.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA — Fireworks will be seen and heard all over Southern California on Fourth of July. The Independence Day celebrations are especially spectacular over the coastal cities, beaches and harbors.

At the risk of stating the obvious, boaters are advised to arrive before dark, have a lifejacket for each person onboard, use appropriate navigation lights, keep a lookout for other watercrafts and stay a safe distance away from the barges.

Everyone with pets aboard and on-land, ensure they are tagged, safe and secure. Many pets, especially dogs, flee in panic due to the booming fireworks resulting in the busiest time of year for animal shelters.

Make it a great Fourth of July by keeping everyone safe and planning ahead. The Log has compiled a list of July 4th celebrations from San Diego to Santa Barbara.


Port of San Diego Fourth of July Fireworks

San Diego: Big Bay Boom

Location: San Diego Bay

Viewing Locations: Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero area and Seaport Village/Coronado Landing

Time: 9 p.m.

Boaters Beware: Observe the 300-yard safety zones around the barges:

Shelter Island: 32 degrees, 42.8’ north latitude; 117 degrees, 13.2’ west longitude.

Harbor Island: 32 degrees, 43.3’ north latitude; 117 degrees, 12.0’ west longitude.

North Embarcadero: 32 degrees, 42.9’ north latitude; 117 degrees, 10.82’ west longitude.

South Embarcadero: 32 degrees, 42.2’ north latitude; 117 degrees, 10.0’ west longitude.

Info: The annual firework show will light up San Diego. Fox 5 (San Diego) and KTLA 5 (Los Angeles) will start their live programming at 8:00 p.m. The fireworks 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

Location: The Embarcadero

Time: 5-8:30 p.m.

Info: For those looking to just view the fireworks from a unique venue, a discounted fireworks viewing admission starts at 8:30 p.m. at a cost of $10 for adults and $8 for children. For those wanting to enjoy a picnic dinner aboard the steam ferry Berkeley, the dinner is $35 for adults and $18 for children 3-12 with seating for the fireworks.



Coronado: Independence Day Celebration

Location: Coronado Island

Time: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Info: Festivities start at 7 a.m. with the Crown City Classic 12K run-5K run/walk at Tidelands Park. “Art in the Park” will be on display at Spreckels Park from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. followed by a concert in the park. The annual rough-water swim at Central Beach starts at 8:30 a.m. with check-in at 7:30 a.m. “A Salute to America’s” Independence Day Parade is set for 10 a.m. along Orange Ave. Parachute and U.S. Coast Guard demonstrations are from 2 to 3 p.m. at Glorietta Bay. Fireworks shoot off from the barge over Glorietta Bay starting at 9 p.m. accompanied by music from KYXL 96.5 FM. Fireworks can be viewed from Stingray Point or the golf course.



La Jolla: La Jolla Cove Fireworks Show

Location: Ellen Browning Scripps Park

Time: 9 p.m.



Mission Bay: SeaWorld “Sea to Shining Sea” Fireworks Show

Location: SeaWorld San Diego

Time: 9:40 p.m.



Ocean Beach: 4th of July Celebration

Location: Ocean Beach

Time: 9:00 p.m.

Info: Tune radio to KyXy 96.5 to hear the broadcast and firework soundtrack.



Oceanside: Dinghy ParadeOceanside Fourth of July dinghy parade

Location: Oceanside Yacht Club

Time: 2 – 4 p.m.

Info: Trophies are handed out to the top four for most decorated and patriotic dinghy. The parade can be seen from the municipal fishing pier, the Jolly Roger docks and the grass lawns along the harbor and Dolphin Dock.



Imperial Beach: Independence Day Fireworks

Location: Imperial Beach

Time: 9 p.m.

Info: Tune into KyXy Radio 96.5 FM for a synced music set to the fireworks show. Enjoy music at Imperial Beach Pier Plaza following the fireworks.



Chula Vista: 4th Fest

Location: U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC)

Viewing Locations: USOTC campus, Mountain Hawk Park and along Hunte Parkway.

Time: 9 p.m.



San Clemente: Fourth of July

Location: San Clemente Pier

Time: 9 p.m.

Info: The pier will be closed all day for the Fourth of July firework preparation. The fireworks can be seen from many beaches and hilltop areas in and around San Clemente.



Dana Point: Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza

Location: Doheny State Beach

Time: 8:45 p.m.

Info: Listen to the patriotic music accompanying the fireworks on FM 88.5, KSBR.



Laguna Beach: Fourth of July

Location: Monument Point at Heisler Park

Time: 9 p.m.

Info: Monument Point and the area of Heisler Park from Rock Bench at Myrtle Street to Rockpile Beach stairs at Jasmine Street will be closed to the public to prepare for the fireworks.


Newport Beach Fourth of July celebration 

Newport Beach: Old Glory Boat Parade

Location: Starts at Collins Island and continues through the Newport Harbor

Time: 1 – 3:30 p.m.

Info: Registration is free. The theme is “Celebrating Our Heroes.”



Newport Beach: Independence Day on the Back BayNewport Dunes Fourth of July fireworks

Location: Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina

Time: 3 – 9 p.m.

Info: Music, food trucks as well as a wine and beer garden begin at 3 p.m. Firework show begins at 9 p.m.



Catalina Island: Avalon Fourth of July Celebration

Location: AvalonCatalina Island Avalon Fourth of July

Time: 1 – 9 p.m.

Info: The annual golf cart parade down Crescent Avenue begins at 1 p.m. At 4 p.m., the Avalon Bay Dinghy Parade starts. Fireworks shoot off over Avalon Harbor at 9 p.m.



Huntington Beach: Pier Plaza Festival

Location: Huntington Beach Pier

Time: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Info: A parade consisting of bands, floats, celebrities and equestrians will be marching through downtown Huntington Beach. Firework show begins after dark.



Long Beach: Party on the Pier

Location: Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier

Time: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Info: An all-day pass ($20 for adults and $10 for kids) includes music, BBQ plate and beverage as well as fireworks.



Long Beach: All-American Fourth of July

Location: Queen Mary

Time: 2 – 10 p.m.

Info: Entertainment on this day includes music, games, arts and crafts, tours, patriotic 4-D movie and fireworks.



Port of Los Angeles: 67th Annual John Olguin July 4th Spectacular

Location: Cabrillo Beach, San Pedro

Time: 2 – 10 p.m.

Info: A celebration consisting of music, activities, food trucks and fireworks.



Redondo Beach: Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration

Location: Seaside Lagoon

Time: 2 – 10 p.m.

Info: This event features food, arts & crafts, slides, patriotic music and fireworks.



Marina del Rey: Fourth of July Fireworks Show

Location: Burton Chace Park or Fisherman’s Village

Time: 9 p.m.

Info: Firework show accompanied with music.


Children Fourth of July Parade Ventura County Harbor Department


Channel Islands Harbor: Fireworks by the Sea

Location: Channel Islands Harbor

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Info: A children’s parade starts at 10:30 a.m. Marine Emporium Landing will have activities throughout the day including a craft market, inflatable fun zone, rock climbing wall and food. The electric boat parade begins at 6 p.m. Fireworks shoot off at 9 p.m. and can be seen throughout the harbor.



Santa Barbara: Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration

Location: West Beach

Time: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Info: Vendors will be selling food along the boulevard starting at 11 a.m. Musical entertainment begins at noon. Fireworks blast off at 9 p.m.


Arash Afshar, Visit Oceanside Conference & Visitors Bureau, American Legion, Nina K. Jussila, Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, Ventura County Harbor Department photos


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