Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – 2013 4th of July Weekend Edition

San Diego's Big Bay Boom 4th of July Celebration

Get ready to spend the long summer weekend in San Diego with the family enjoying fireworks, barbecues, the beach, fun and these top things to do:

Fourth of July

San Diego's Big Bay Boom 4th of July Celebration

Celebrate the birth of our nation with fireworks in San Diego including the Big Bay Boom 4th of July Extravaganza.

Celebrate the birth of our nation by spending Fourth of July at the beach and enjoying a night full of fun, friends, family and fireworks throughout the county. Big Bay Boom, the largest in the county, will offer 17 minutes of excitement starting at 9:00 PM. Many of the boating and cruise companies will be offering special fireworks cruises, just make sure to book early to guarantee a spot on the boat!

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Star Spangled Pops with Bill Conti

San Diego Symphony Summer Pops Concert Series

San Diego Symphony Summer Pops pairs music with the beautiful downtown skyline.

Celebrate the Fourth of July weekend with a patriotic extravaganza featuring all-American hits from Main Street to Broadway, complete with John Philip Sousa marches, a tribute to the military and a spectacular fireworks display to light up the sky!

Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South – 206 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: July 4-6, 2013
Time: 7:30 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $20-$79
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US Mens National Soccer Team versus Guatemala

United States Men's National Team - Soccer - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Be prepared to stand, sing and cheer on the USNMT as they take on Guatemala

For the first time since 2006, the U.S. Men’s National Team will return to San Diego and face CONCACAF rival Guatemala in the team’s only tune-up before the start of the 2013 Gold Cup.

Author’s Note: Join me and the American Outlaws at the game to show Seattle and Salt Lake City that San Diego has the largest number of true soccer fans. I want to see Qualcomm filled with Red, White and Blue Jerseys!

Where: Qualcomm Stadium – 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108
When: July 5, 2013
Time: 8:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $22-$175
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San Diego Clásico: Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles vs Club América

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See Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles take on Club América at the San Diego Clásico

Two great soccer games in one weekend! Petco Park will host the San Diego Clásico exhibition soccer match featuring storied Mexican franchises, Club America from Mexico City, Mexico and region favorite – Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente from Tijuana, Mexico.

Where: Petco Park – 100 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
When: July 6, 2013
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 PM
Cost: $20-$50
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San Diego Junior Masters

San Diego Fringe Festival

San Diego Fringe Festival

Breathing new life and inspiration into the performing arts community, the Fringe Festival will bring local, national, and international artists together for a week of performances including; theatre, dance, music, puppetry, cabaret, cirque, comedy, multi-media presentations and more!

Where: Various Locations
When: Through July 7, 2013
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Know of some other top things to do this weekend? Let everyone know in the comments below.

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4th of July Fireworks and Celebration in San Diego

San Diego's Big Bay Boom 4th of July Celebration
San Diego's Big Bay Boom 4th of July Celebration

Celebrate the birth of our nation with fireworks in San Diego including the Big Bay Boom 4th of July extravaganza.

It’s not too late to make plans to be in San Diego on the 4th of July to celebrate the birth of our nation and to see one of the spectacular fireworks shows around town. Gather up the kids, or get together with your best travel buddies, and watch the San Diego skyline light up from San Diego Bay to Del Mar to South Bay and the inland communities. San Diego’s exciting pyrotechnic displays never disappoint and always go off with a bang!  Here are just a few:

Annual Big Bay Boom

San Diego Bay, also known as “The Big Bay,” is fittingly home to the West Coast’s biggest and most fabulous fireworks extravaganza. Honoring San Diego’s rich military past and present, the Big Bay Boom is billed as “A Salute to the Military Families of our Service Heroes.” Prime viewing locations include Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North Embarcadero and Seaport Village along the bay, as well as the Coronado Ferry Landing in Coronado. Spectators can also view the show on Broadway Pier and the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal on downtown’s waterfront.

Fireworks start time: 9:00 PM

San Diego County Fair, “Game On”

The San Diego County Fair is themed “Game On” and runs mid-June through July 4 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The fair comes to a close on Independence Day with one of the summer’s best fireworks displays. The evening festivities begin at 7:00 PM with the “Hometown Heroes Parade,” followed by a special tribute to the victims of 9/11 and a fireworks finale. Because the fair is already outside, there’s no better place to watch the show than from the fairgrounds.

Fireworks start time: 9:00 PM

Summer Nights at Sea World

When the sun goes down, SeaWorld heats up at night with a fantastic fireworks display – not just on the 4th of July, but all summer long. The display is set to the orchestral music of the Blue Horizons attraction, and colorful fireworks fill up the sky all around Mission Bay. Spend the day in the park, and in the evening, settle in for an impressive display of sparkle and excitement Shamu-style.

Fireworks start time: 9:30 PM

Coronado

Coronado has a full lineup of activities on July 4th starting with an annual Independence Day 15K Run-5K Run/Walk, an “America the Beautiful” parade, a concert at Spreckels Park and fireworks over San Diego Bay. For the best views, stakeout a spot near Glorietta Bay or Tidelands Park along the waterfront.

Fireworks start time: 9:00 PM

Ocean Beach Pier

Ocean Beach is one of San Diego’s most laid-back beaches and the fireworks show is a favorite among locals. The fireworks are launched from the end of the pier, which is also one of the longest piers in Southern California extending a good ½ mile out to sea. Best viewing is from the beach.

Fireworks start time: 9:00 PM

Imperial Beach Pier

Imperial Beach fireworks show is synchronized with the Big Bay Boom extravaganza at San Diego Bay. The day kicks-off with several bands playing country, jazz, the blues and other music, leading up to a spectacular fireworks display after dark. Best viewing is from the beach.

Fireworks start time: 9:00 PM 

The Imperial Beach Fireworks have been canceled for 2013.

El Cajon

Experience an old-fashioned 4th of July at Kennedy Park in El Cajon, which is located in San Diego’s East County. The day starts with a centennial-themed picnic with food, carnival games, crafts, kiddie train rides and musical entertainment. In the evening, grab a blanket and find a spot at the park to watch the fireworks.

Fireworks start time: 9:00 PM

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What do you plan on doing for 4th of July in San Diego?