Here’s a detailed list of what’s happening on the 4th around North County San Diego.
Just in case you haven’t made plans yet 😉
Wednesday July 4th
Thanks to the Encinitas Patch for setting up this map feature. Very cool!
Red, White and Boom! -Carlsbad This annual event at LEGOLAND California is packed with all-American picnic games, live musical performances and an awe-inspiring fireworks show that blends patriotic music with dazzling pyrotechnics. 10 am-9 pm; fireworks, 8:30 pm. Free with admission. $65-$75. www.legoland.com
4th of July Parade at San Diego Botanic Garden – Encinitas Come in red, white and blue and bring decorated strollers and wagons to this annual parade. 10 am; meet at Seeds of Wonder at 9:30 am. Free with admission. $6-$12; ages 2 & under free. 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. www.sdbgarden.org
Yankee Doodle Dinghy Parade – Oceanside Yacht Club. Decorated dinghies with patriotic themes cruise the Oceanside harbor. 1 pm. Free. 1950 Harbor Dr. North, Oceanside. www.oceansideyc.org
Fireworks – San Marcos. Plus live music by San Diego Bayside Band, kids’ activities, food concessions and more. Entertainment starts at 6 pm; fireworks, 9 pm. Free admission. Bradley Park, cor. of Linda Vista Dr. & Rancho Santa Fe Rd. www.san-marcos.net
Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks – Escondido. A performance by the Marine Band of San Diego, arts and crafts, aerial shows, outdoor games, food and more. 4-9 pm; fireworks, 9 pm. Free. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. & Grape Day Park, 321 N. Broadway. www.artcenter.org
Military, Fire & Law Enforcement Appreciation Day at The Wave Waterpark – Vista. Free admission for active and retired military as well as fire and law enforcement officers. 10 am-4 pm. Please present ID. 101 Wave Dr., Vista. www.thewavewaterpark.com
Scripps Ranch Parade starts at Red Cedar Dr. & Ironwood Rd., and ends at Scripps Ranch Blvd. at Aviary Dr. 10 am. Food and family activities at Hoyt Park (Scripps Ranch Blvd. & Aviary Dr.), 11 am-1 pm. www.scrippsranch.org
Old-Fashioned Fourth of July & Fireworks- Poway. Live music, photo ops with Uncle Sam, arts and crafts, games, food and more at Old Poway Park (14134 Midland Rd.) 10 am-4 pm. Free. Head down to the Poway High School Stadium (15500 Espola Rd.) for DJ music and games from 7-10 pm; fireworks, 9 pm. $2; ages 11 & under with adult free. www.poway.org.
Spirit of the Fourth – Rancho Bernardo Come to Webb Park for a pancake breakfast, the RB Senior Idol, games, an art walk, the Wheels of Freedom motor show and more. Breakfast starts at 6 am. Catch the annual parade at 3:30 pm and a live concert at 6 pm followed by fireworks at Bernardo Heights Middle School. www.spiritofthefourth.org
Ken Grody Ford Beach Bash at Del Mar Beach Resort. Fun-filled event for military families includes live bands, kids’ activities, Tribute to Heroes video presentation, fireworks and drawings for cash prizes and a 2012 Ford Escape! Southwest cor. of Camp Pendleton, off Interstate-5. www.mccscp.com/beachbash
San Diego County Fair – Del Mar Featuring the Hometown Heroes Parade, performances by the Navy Band Southwest and “Weird Al” Yankovic, themed contests and more. 10 am-midnight; patriotic opening ceremony at the O’Brien Gate, 9:30 am; fireworks, 9 pm. $7-$13; ages 5 & under free. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. www.sdfair.com
Parade at Powerhouse Park- Del Mar. Dress up your bikes, strollers and wagons for this annual parade around the park. 9 am. Free. 1600 Coast Blvd., Del Mar. www.delmarfoundation.org
Julian Parade. World War II veterans, bands, color guards, patriotic tunes and more at this annual parade. Noon-1:30 pm; pre-parade activities, 10 am-noon. Free. Parade travels from Julian High School on Main St. to Washington St. www.julianparade.com
Fallbrook’s 4th of July Celebration at the Grand Tradition. Enjoy the Quack-Up Duck Race, the rubber raft regatta, food, entertainment, fireworks and more. Starts at 4 pm; fireworks, 9 pm. $12-$43 includes tickets that can be used for food, beverages and other activities; ages 5 & under free. 1602 S. Mission Rd. www.fallbrookbeautification.org
Vista Presents “Red, White & Boom!” Featuring live musical entertainment at the Moonlight Amphitheatre (starts at 3:30 pm), fireworks and more. Park opens at 7 am; fireworks, 9 pm. Admission to Amphitheatre: $5; ages 5 & under free. Visit website for details. Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Dr. www.cityofvista.com.
Did I miss an event? Know of something cool to share for an upcoming post? Leave a comment below 🙂