SAN DIEGO — As the United States prepares to celebrate its 246th birthday on Monday, events across San Diego County may have citizens waving red, white and blue all weekend.
Saturday will kick off Independence Weekend with the 2022 Crown City Classic 5k and 12k races from Coronado at Coronado Tidelands Park, 2000 Mullinex Drive. Enjoy live music on the main stage as well as Taiko drummers along the route.
On Sunday, Oceanside will host a fireworks display at the SoCal Soccer Complex at El Corazon, 3300 El Corazon Drive, to celebrate Oceanside’s 134th anniversary of the city’s incorporation. The fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. There will be food available on site beginning at 5:30 p.m. This year’s event will feature live entertainment, a family entertainment area with inflatables, a picnic area and food vendors.
Coronado will continue the Independence Day events with a concert at Spreckels Park, 601 Orange Ave., at 6 p.m., an “Island” World Bike Tour at 6 p.m., and an all-class reunion at 6:30 p.m. 601 Orange Ave.
At 9 p.m., the Mission Bay Yacht Club will host the July 3 fireworks, returning after a 10-year hiatus. Mission Bay Yacht Club, 1215 El Carmel Place.
The Gaslamp Quarter will host its July 3 laser show along Fifth Avenue downtown. Budweiser Clydesdale horses will appear starting at 4 p.m.
On Monday, almost every town in the county will hold festivities to celebrate July 4th. Here is a non-exhaustive list:
— Vista will get the party started with its Independence Day celebration at Brengle Terrace Park. Park opens at 7:00 a.m., Moonlight Amphitheater opens at 5:00 p.m.
— Coronado’s Independence Day celebration will begin with a parade at 10 a.m., an aerial display by the Navy Leap Frogs at 2 p.m., several concerts at multiple locations at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., and fireworks at 9 p.m. on Glorietta Bay, near Stingray Point. Coronado Golf Course, 2000 Visalia Row;
— Julian will host his 27th annual 4th of July Parade on Main Street at noon;
— The Lake Murray Fireworks and Musicfest event will run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Lake Murray Community Park, 7001 Murray Park Drive;
– Santee will host the Santee Salutes event on July 4 from 2-10 p.m. The event includes a children’s entertainment area, a 3:45 p.m. San Diego Salute Training Flight Team flyover, food vendors, a patriotic ceremony at 6 p.m., an “80z All Star” concert at 6:30 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m.
— The Ramona 4th of July Family Picnic and Fireworks will begin at 4 p.m. at Olive Peirce Middle School with food vendors, a DJ, face painting and fireworks at 9 p.m.;
— Escondido will host its 57th Annual Independence Day Festival and Fireworks at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido beginning at 5 p.m. Aircraft Wing Band, ending with fireworks at 9 p.m. 321 N. Broadway;
— Rancho Bernardo’s “Spirit of the Fourth” event will begin at 6:00 p.m. on the sports field at Bernardo Heights Middle School with live entertainment from Barbara Green, Slip Ridge and Shark Jones. Fireworks start at 9:00 p.m. 12990 Paseo Lucido;
— Poway will host an old-fashioned 4th of July and fireworks display, with doors opening at 6 p.m. The event features games, activities and a DJ playing music. Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. over Poway High School and Poway Sportsplex. 15500 Espola Road;
— Naval Station Point Loma will invite military ID holders to view fireworks at the Freedom Festival, 3-9 p.m., at Naval Station Point Loma, Harbor Annex Drive. This event is open to military families, retirees, reservists and DoD employees. Point Loma Naval Base Annex, Nimitz Boulevard and Harbor Drive;
— The National City Lions Club will conclude a carnival weekend at Kimball Park at 12th and D streets. The carnival includes rides, games and food with a fireworks display at 9 p.m.;
— San Marcos will host a July 4 celebration with carnival games and food vendors beginning at 6 p.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Bradley Park, 1587 Linda Vista Drive;
— Chula Vista will host its 4th Fest at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center. Doors open at 7 p.m., fireworks on a custom soundtrack heard only on 100.7 BIG begin at 9 p.m. 2800 Olympic Parkway. Another recommended viewing location is at Mountain Hawk Park, 1475 Lake Crest Drive;
– Imperial Beach will host a drone light show from the pier for its Independence Day 2022 at 9 p.m. Marine Band San Diego will perform at Pier Plaza Stage at 7:30 p.m. Pier Plaza, 940 Seacoast Drive;
— Carlsbad’s Legoland California will host the Red, White & BOOM! fireworks over a patriotic musical tribute at 8:30 p.m. One Legoland Drive;
— SeaWorld San Diego will host the fourth and final night of fireworks at the theme park at 8:50 p.m. The show will take place above Mission Bay. 500 Sea World Drive;
— El Cajon will host fireworks at Kennedy Park at 9:00 p.m.;
— The San Diego County Fair will conclude with a fireworks display at 9:00 p.m.; and
– The famous Big Bay Boom will kick off in North San Diego Bay, as fireworks will be launched from four barges. The spectacle can be viewed from Shelter and Harbor Islands, the Marina, North Embarcardero, and Coronado Ferry Landing, among others. The show can be watched live on Fox 5 in San Diego or KTLA 5 in Los Angeles, with music radio simulcasting at 101.5 KGB.
“The Port of San Diego is proud to sponsor the Big Bay Boom,” said Port of San Diego President Dan Malcolm. “This is one of the Port’s major annual holiday events and one that residents and visitors to the area look forward to every year. It’s also a tremendous economic boost for businesses that operate in and around San Diego Bay.”
Worried about coming to all these festivities? Don’t worry, because the North County Transit District is adding special event service with additional SPRINTER trips on Sundays and increased service on BREEZE and COASTER on Mondays as well.
The Metro Transit System will also increase service around the Padres game at PETCO Park and, later in the day, the Big Bay Boom 4th of July fireworks. Buses and trolleys will operate on a Sunday service schedule for most of the day, but MTS will increase trolley service to accommodate crowds before and after the fireworks show.
As much as many of us love fireworks, most furry friends decidedly don’t. County Animal Services Director Kelly Campbell suggests some tips for keeping Fido safe.
“We suggest that if your dog has a problem with loud noises or you are unsure how your dog will react, he should be kept inside your home in the most soundproof room available for the dog. keep it safe and as calm as possible,” Campbell said. “As a backup plan, in case he still manages to get away, we recommend microchipping your pet.”
Other tips include not taking pets to fireworks shows, removing dangerous objects that they might nervously chew on, seeing if your veterinarian is on medication for anxiety, and never leave an animal in the car.
In 2021, the San Diego Humane Society took in 270 stray dogs, cats and other small animals who got lost between July 4 and July 7 and only 28% of those animals were recovered by their owners – 42% for dogs, 5% for cats. , 0% for other small animals.
If you find a lost pet in the unincorporated area of the county after the fireworks, call the County Animal Services 24-hour emergency dispatch number at 619-236-2341 so that the animal can be cared for at the shelter. If you lose your pet, check the online department’s lost and found page.
If you see your dog is at County Animal Services, you can pick up your pet starting at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
After all the fireworks, barbecues, and parties, there’s usually a mess to clean up, so Surfrider Foundation of San Diego County will host the “Morning After Mess” beach cleanup at seven locations around the county, including Ocean Beach Pier, OB Dog Beach, Mission Beach, Fiesta Island, Pacific Beach, Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas and near Oceanside Pier. More information can be found at https://sandiego.surfrider.org/morning-after-mess-july-5th-beach-cleanup-series/.