Grand Tradition – For Fallbrook/Bonsall residents who don’t want to fight the traffic and like the idea of helping to raise money to keep the roadways and medians into town beautiful, the closest full-scale fireworks show, along with food, fun, dancing, live music, children’s games, crafts, military salute and even rubber ducky races, is a large family event/fundraiser hosted by the Fallbrook Beautification Alliance at the Grand Tradition (1602 S. Mission Road).
The gate opens at 4 p.m. and the ticket price includes everything from the food to the professional fireworks show over the lake. (No admission after 8 p.m.) For ticket prices and more details, visit www.fallbrookbeautification.org.
Bringle Terrace Park – The annual fireworks show and celebration in the new Moonlight Amphitheatre in Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive is the annual Independence Day Celebration in Vista. It is free to the public with fireworks scheduled to begin at 9:00 p.m. Parking is $10 per vehicle at the park. Starting at 1:00 p.m., parking and shuttle services are available at no charge from Vista High School, One Panther Way, Vista.
For people who want to go to San Diego for their pyrotechnic shows, listed below are complete lists of scheduled events around San Diego and Riverside counties marking the nation’s 234th Independence Day, with the largest being the “Big Bay Boom” fireworks spectacle, which will light up the nighttime skies along downtown San Diego’s waterfront.
More than 750,000 people are expected to line the shores of San Diego Bay to witness the “Big Bay Boom” show.
The annual pyrotechnics show, which is put on by the Port of San Diego, features fireworks shot simultaneously from four barges coordinated to live music.
New this year, fireworks will also be launched from the Imperial Beach Pier.
The fireworks are scheduled to start at 9 p.m.
The best places to view the 20-minute show include Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Spanish Landing, Embarcadero Marina Park, Cesar Chavez Park and Coronado Tidelands Park, according to the port.
Port officials encouraged spectators to carpool or take the San Diego Trolley to avoid the inevitable traffic woes.
During the day, parades and Fourth of July festivals are planned around San Diego County.
The annual “Spirit of the Fourth” festival is being held at Rancho Bernardo’s Webb Park with food, music, patriotic displays, a parade and nighttime fireworks display.
There will be Independence Day parades and festivals at Hoyt Park in Scripps Ranch and at the Gil Johnson Community Park in Mira Mesa. A fireworks display is planned in Mira Mesa once the sun goes down.
At the San Diego County Fair, which concludes Monday at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, there will be “Hometown Heroes” festivities, a performance by Navy Band Southwest and fireworks.
In Carlsbad, Legoland California will hold its annual “Red, White and Boom!” Fourth of July celebration with games, entertainment and fireworks.
A Fourth of July parade in Julian will salute veterans and the gold miners who founded the town. The parade, which begins at 10 a.m., will feature vintage World War II aircraft, marching bands, floats, horses, fire engines, mock Western gun battles, veterans and an appearance by Miss Julian.
El Cajon will hold its annual Fourth of July picnic and fireworks show at Kennedy Park. There will also be a carnival and fireworks in National City to mark Independence Day.
At night, tens of thousands are expected to line Mission Bay for two separate fireworks shows being put on by SeaWorld and the Mission Bay Yacht Club.
Fireworks will be launched from the end of the Ocean Beach Pier.
A fireworks show, which almost didn’t happen, will be held at the La Jolla Cove. The fireworks display was nearly shut down by a lawsuit over environmental concerns.
Fireworks shows in Oceanside and Chula Vista were canceled again this year due to limited funding.
For those wanting to head out to Riverside County, the skies will light up over western Riverside County tonight, with nearly a dozen Independence Day fireworks celebrations planned.
Only the cities of Blythe, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs and Indio allow residents to set off fireworks, so most people will be flocking to public shows.
In Temecula, a “Star Spangled Fourth of July Parade” is planned at 1 p.m. in Old Town, with equestrian units, marching bands, floats and war veterans heading down Old Front Street. The city’s fireworks extravaganza is scheduled at 9 p.m. in the Ronald Reagan Sports Park.
There will be a celebration and fireworks show in San Jacinto, with a parade starting near Commonwealth and heading up San Jacinto Ave. to the Estudillo Mansion where there will be food, booths and fireworks. Festivities begin at 5pm.
One of the biggest will be at Mount Rubidoux Park in Riverside, where an aerial fireworks extravaganza is planned at 9 p.m. The pyrotechnics bonanza is visible from miles around.
In Beaumont, the city’s annual “4th of July Pyro Spectacular” in Stewart Park will include a mini music fest featuring Papa Doo Run Run and The Basix.
In Lake Elsinore, a fireworks show is planned at The Diamond after the Lake Elsinore Storm minor league baseball team squares off with the Visalia Rawhide.
Other shows are scheduled at 9 p.m. in the following locations:
— Moreno Valley Morrison Park – Morrison St. / Cottonwood Ave.
— Palm Desert College of the Desert – Monterey Ave./Fred Waring Dr.
— Palm Springs Palm Springs Stadium – 1901 E. Baristo Rd.
— San Jacinto Valley Wide Recreation – 901 W. Esplanade Ave. Festivities begin at 9 am in the park with live music at 11 am and 6 pm, belly dancers at 2 pm.
— Santana Park, 598 Santana Way, Corona;
— Morrison Park, Morrison Street and Cottonwood Avenue in Moreno Valley;
— La Sierra Park, 5215 La Sierra Ave., Riverside;
— Riverside Sports Complex, Blaine Street and Rustin Avenue, Riverside;
— Francisco Estudillo Heritage Park, Dillon Avenue and Ash Street, San Jacinto.
All events are free, except for the shows at The Diamond, the Riverside Sports Complexs, and the Fallbrook show.