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Celebrating 4th of July in San Diego

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Whether you choose to celebrate from boat deck or park barbeques, San Diego County has plenty of ways to celebrate this Independence Day. With July 4th around the corner it's that time again for San Diego’s Annual Big Bay Boom July 4 Firework Show. The show is the largest in the country and launches an impressive array of fireworks from barges anchored all along the bay. The fireworks display can be seen from Seaport Village, Coronado Landing, North Embarcadero, Shelter Island and Harbor Island.

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Celebrate by sea
Flagship Cruises and Events offers an amazing view of fireworks, getting as close as possible to the Big Bay Boom show. The boat boards at 7:30 P.M. and features indoor and outdoor seating on their open deck, the best part is that boat riders don’t have to fight the crowds on the shore for the perfect spot. The cruise offers beer, wine and cocktails to sip on while enjoying the fireworks. The cruise is $40 for adults and $20 for children ages 4 to 12. The cruise departs from 990 North Harbor Drive in San Diego and is out on the bay from 8:30 to 9:45 P.M. seating is limited so book online as soon as possible.

The San Diego Maritime Museum hosts their Independence Day Picnic Dinner aboard the Berkley. The museum offers a fantastic view of fireworks from their Paradise Patio and their west floating dock, which extends out into the bay making it an optimal spot for watching. For the picnic they will be offering all the essentials of a perfect 4th of July meal including BBQ chicken, burgers, coleslaw, potato salad, corn on the cob and watermelon. There will also be a bar offering beer, soda and cocktails. Purchase regular admission tickets to the museum online, the prices are $35 for adults, $18 for children and free for children under two. Admission includes access to the Maritime Museum as well as the Paradise Patio and floating dock. The first seating for the picnic dinner takes place from 5 to 6:30 P.M. and the second from 7 to 8:30 P.M.

Celebrate by land
The San Diego County Fair, currently taking place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is hosting and Independence Day celebration. The fair starts with a patriotic opening ceremony when visitors arrive at 9:30. Then after an afternoon enjoying deep-fried treats and fun, the evening hosts a number of events. Starting at 7 P.M. there will be a Hometown Heroes Parade, a live concert featuring the Navy Band Southwest and followed by a fireworks show at 9 P.M.

Spend the afternoon at a picnic in the park at Escondido’s Grape Park during the 51st Annual Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Spectacular. Admission to the event is free and there will be plenty of family friendly activities to take part in. There will be live music preformed by the Fabulous Woodies, Woodstock Mud, the Soultones and a performance at the end of the night by the 1st Marine Division Band of Camp Pendleton. There will be arts and crafts for families, hosted by Escondido Recreation. Of course there will also be plenty of delicious food vendors to choose from. The night ends with a spectacular firework finally at 9 P.M. The event begins at 4 P.M. in downtown Escondido.

To view more locations for fireworks and parades, see the San Diego Tourism Authority’s list online.