Oh, Say Can You See?

Independence Weekend is upon us with gorgeous sunny weather, cool Pacific breezes and my personal favorite…fireworks! 

I’ve told you about some of big celebrations but, where’s the best place to watch the show?

  • The Port of San Diego’s Big Bay Boom is the biggest of them all and offers the most viewing spots.  More than 750,000 people are expected to head to San Diego Bay for the event so, arrive early at Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero Marina Parks or the Coronado Ferry Landing to scout out your viewing spots.  The rockets red glare kicks off at 9 p.m.
  • At the same time, on the other side of Coronado, fireworks will be lighting up the sky over Glorietta Bay.  Nab a spot along Strand Way, Glorietta Blvd. or by the golf course for the best views.
  • Mission Bay has a whole mess of fireworks.  First, at 9 p.m., the Mission Bay Yacht Club will be lighting up the sky.  Then, at 9:30 Shamu and friends take over with SeaWorld’s  Shamu’s Skysplash.  Great viewing spots are available from land and on water throughout the 4,000 acre Mission Bay Park or in surrounding neighborhoods with higher elevation, like Bay Park and Point Loma.
  • Fireworks in Ocean Beach kick off at 9 p.m. and can be seen from any OB beaches, the pier or anywhere up the hills leading into Point Loma.
  • It was touch and go this year due to the economy but the La Jolla fireworks will be bursting in air at 9 p.m.  Watch from locations around the Cove or out on La Jolla Shores Beach.
  • At the Del Mar Fairgrounds, San Diego County Fair fireworks kick off at 9 p.m. followed by a concert by Smokey Robinson at 9:30 p.m.  Both free with admission.  (Bonus, fair food!) 

Watch a video of the Big Bay Boom after the jump…

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About Kate

I own, and use, a library card, a record player, a sewing machine and a meat smoker.  Ride my bicycle every day and will, sometimes, wear my roller skates in the house. Have a wealth of useless knowledge – for which you will be thankful when we’re teamed up in Trivial Pursuit.

How would you describe your ideal San Diego day?

Hike through the spring wildflowers in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Watch the July 4th fireworks over San Diego Bay. Eat Julian Apple Pie a la mode and check out the autumn leaves. Ice skate and enjoy the twinkling holiday decorations at the Hotel del Coronado. All in the same day.

If you were invisible, where would you go?

I’ve always wanted to be able to stop and restart time like that Twilight Zone episode back in the 80’s, “A Little Peace And Quiet,” but, you know, without the a-bomb at the end. Basically, I just want to avoid waiting in lines.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

Brunch, without a doubt. Also, cocktails by the pool, outdoor movies in Balboa Park, scouring the swap meet for vintage finds, hanging out on the patio at the Casbah between sets, lawn games and backyard barbecues.

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

Give me uni plucked from the sea by local divers, a warm, crusty loaf from Bread & Cie, luscious Carlsbad strawberries, sweet local lobster in season and creamy Fallbrook avocados. And, most definitely, a grass-fed beef burger with Winchester gouda and a cold San Diego craft brew.

Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…

Honestly, I buy my records at the thrift store and depend on my husband to download new music. Lately he's been stacking the deck pretty heavy with 90's indie rock, bluegrass covers and drone metal.  Go figure.

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