Best Spots To Watch the Fireworks in San Diego on July 4th

Fireworks in San Diego

The Fourth of July is almost here, and what better way to celebrate the red, white and blue than watching fireworks sparkle above the water? Check out these top spots and choose your favorite spot to celebrate America’s birthday.

Ocean Beach Pier 

Show off your patriotic spirit at the Ocean Beach July Fourth Celebration. This free festival takes place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and the fireworks, set to music that will be broadcast on KYXY 96.5 FM, start at 9 p.m. You can park for free in the Pier Parking Lot and the Main Beach Parking Lot, and the events take place at the Ocean Beach Pier at the end of Newport Avenue. Arrive early to hang out on the beach and enjoy first-class shopping and dining before the festivities for a fun-filled day. 

Cabrillo National Monument 

Fireworks fans can get their fill by attending Above the Fireworks at Cabrillo. This annual celebration at the Cabrillo National Monument starts at 6 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m. Due to safety issues, visitors will not be allowed to arrive and wait in line before 6 p.m. From the monument, you can see multiple fireworks shows across San Diego. Attendees have been able to watch about 13 different shows in the past.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. The cost is $50 per car, and members of the Cabrillo National Monument Foundation can get the discounted rate of $40 per car. Keep in mind that tickets sell out every year, so buy your tickets today.

Vaping, smoking, alcohol, pets (except service animals) and the playing of music are prohibited in the park. Guests should bring the following items:

  • Flashlights
  • Trash bags
  • Food and drinks
  • Sweatshirts or jackets
  • Chairs that do not obstruct others’ views
  • Blankets 

San Diego Bay 

Celebrate America with a boom at the Big Bay Boom July Fourth Fireworks Show. This one-of-a-kind fireworks show over San Diego Bay is known as the biggest one in San Diego and promises to light up your Independence Day. It starts at 9 p.m. and lasts for 17 minutes. The fireworks will be set to music that can be heard by tuning your radio to XTRA Sports 1360, ROCK 105.3, JAM’N 95.7, 101.5 KGB, STAR 94.1, Newsradio 600 KOGO or Channel 93.3. Even if you cannot be there, you can still experience the magical show on live television from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on KTLA 5 in Los Angeles or Fox 5 in San Diego. You could even have your party on July 3 with a San Diego Harbor tour.

Here are the places to get a prime viewing spot:

  • Harbor Island
  • Marina District
  • North Embarcadero
  • Coronado Ferry Landing
  • Seaport Village/South Embarcadero
  • Shelter Island

Thousands of people are anticipated to attend, so the Port of San Diego will be running shuttles at no cost from the free parking lots to Shelter Island and Harbor Island. There are multiple other parking and transportation options on the event website.

If you want to watch fireworks at one of these fantastic locations or on the water but find yourself asking, “Where are boat charters near me?” contact a sailing expert to find ones in your area and book one for this Fourth of July.

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