Dinner and a Show: Dine with Fireworks on the 4th

Fireworks explode above La Jolla Cove

The burst of color overhead, the twinkle of light falling towards the earth, the thundering boom – the fireworks in San Diego’s skies on the 4th of July are truly magical. But what if you’re looking for a meal to accompany the fireworks display that’s just as magical? These top-nosh destinations offer delicious meals with a side of fireworks viewing.

George’s at the Cove is famous for stunning views and equally stunning California fare. From George’s Bar or the Ocean Terrace, you can sample a special four-course menu while watching the fireworks from your perch above La Jolla Cove.

The food and view are equally famous at George's Ocean Terrace

Compliment your view of SeaWorld’s spectacular fireworks with dinner at Red Marlin Restaurant, Bar & Terrace. The classic contemporary eatery at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa boasts some of San Diego’s best crab cakes along with a prime location right on Mission Bay.

Bask by a fire pit on Red Marlin's terrace

Sushi and seafood lovers will want to head to Coronado for dinner at Peohe’s. Nestled right along the Coronado Ferry Landing, Peohe’s views will delight fireworks fans, as will the enormous piles of Alaskan king crab legs.

Peohe's enjoys prime views from Coronado

Of course, you don’t have to have fine dining reservations to enjoy a fantastic meal while taking in the fireworks. A surfside picnic dinner at Seaport Village is the perfect meal for taking in the Big Bay Boom, San Diego’s biggest fireworks display. Fill up your picnic basket with delicious treats from a downtown specialty food shop, like Venissimo Cheese, Bread on Market or Mona Lisa Italian Foods, and you’ll have a meal sure to be the envy of those on the neighboring blankets.

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About Candice

Foodie, craft beer nerd, shopaholic, music geek, photographer and contemporary art fan could all be used to describe me. I’m a big proponent of highlighting San Diego’s hidden gems and local businesses and breaking stereotypes about our city. We’re more than just sunshine and beaches (though those are nice, too!).

What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?

Eating and shopping around my favorite neighborhoods: Golden Hill, South Park, North Park, Little Italy and Hillcrest. Then popping into one of our great art museums and capping off the night with some live music and a a local beer at The Casbah.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

Does shopping count as an outdoor activity? Or checking out the public art around town, like at Chicano Park? I do love visiting the La Jolla tide pools in the summer and ice skating at the outdoor rinks that go up each winter.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Let's get one thing straight here: San Diego craft beer goes with everything, not just burgers. Though it is really good with a burger.

Latest music purchases for my iPod player are…

I’m lucky to be married to a music journalist, so advance copies of the newest albums are constantly available to me for free. But I can’t seem to stop playing the new album by CHVRCHES, and San Diego band Rocket from the Crypt have been on repeat a lot lately.

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