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A number of Independence Day events are planned throughout San Diego County over the next two days. Photo by Larry Gibson
A number of Independence Day events are planned throughout San Diego County over the next two days. Photo by Larry Gibson
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Independence Day festivities planned across San Diego County

REGION — Communities across San Diego County will mark the United States’ 247th birthday with fireworks and a star-spangled string of other events today and Tuesday.

Here’s a rundown of the holiday happenings:


— In Oceanside, at the SoCal Soccer Complex at El Corazon, 3300 El Corazon Drive. Activities start at 5 p.m., and live music — including country artist Brett Payne and Oceanside singer Savannah Kay — starts at 7 p.m. A fireworks show is scheduled for 9 p.m.;

— There will be a free fireworks show at 9 p.m. hosted by the Mission Bay Yacht Club. Public viewing areas are the shoreline around Sail Bay, Sunset Point Park, Santa Clara Point to Fanuel Street Park and along Riviera Drive.


— The popular Big Bay Boom is set for 9 p.m. on the San Diego Bay. Viewing points are Shelter Island, Spanish Landing Park, Harbor Island, Embarcadero Parks North and South, Seaport Village, Cesar Chavez Park and Coronado Ferry Landing;

— Chula Vista’s 4th Fest fireworks show starts at 9 p.m. at the Olympic Training Center. 2800 Olympic Parkway;

— Coronado’s July 4 celebration starts with a 10 a.m. parade down Orange Avenue, a 4 p.m. concert in Spreckels Park and then the fireworks show on Glorietta Bay at 9 p.m.;

— El Cajon’s celebration starts at 2 p.m. at Kennedy Park with children’s train rides, games, food vendors, live music and other activities and ends with a fireworks show at 9 p.m., and there should be plenty of room to relax on the grass. 1675 E. Madison Ave.;

— The Independence Day and Fireworks Festival in Escondido starts at 4 p.m. at the California Center for the Arts, featuring games, food vendors and live music (including country star Lorrie Morgan and Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band). The fireworks display is at 9 p.m. at 340 N. Escondido Blvd.;

— La Jolla will be the site of the first-ever drone show starting at 8:45 p.m. at Kellogg Park. 8200 Camino del Oro;

— Lake Murray’s July 4 event starts at 11 a.m. at the Lake Murray Playground and features live music, food and activities. The fireworks show is set for 9 p.m. at 7001 Murray Park Drive;

— Legoland California in Carlsbad is hosting the all-day Red, White & BOOM on July 4 with a picnic, games and building activities, followed by an evening fireworks show at One Legoland Drive;

— Imperial Beach Pier will be the site of a 9 p.m. fireworks show at 2 Elder Ave.;

— The Maritime Museum will host a 9 p.m. fireworks show at 1492 N. Harbor Drive;

— The National City Carnival & Fireworks at Kimball Park features rides, games and food. The fireworks show is at 9 p.m., following the Miss National City Educational Pageant at 12th and D Streets;

— Ocean Beach will be the site of a drone show complemented by experimental light-based installations and projection mapping. The show can be seen at 9:05 p.m. north of the pier, 1850 Ocean Front St.;

— Poway is hosting an all-day “Old Fashioned Fourth of July & Fireworks” event at Old Poway Park, featuring entertainment, Western reenactments, free crafts, model train displays and old-fashioned games. Food and train rides will be available for a nominal fee. The fireworks show starts at 9 p.m. over the Poway Sportsplex (there’s a $5 entrance fee), with more activities and a DJ. 14134 Midland Road;

— Ramona’s July 4 Family Picnic & Fireworks Show will be at Olive Perice Middle School (the grounds open at 4 p.m., with fireworks at 9 p.m.). 1521 Hansen Lane;

— The Rancho Bernardo neighborhood will host “The Spirit of the 4th” with a community fair at Webb Park (on Avena Place on Bernardo Center Drive) and culminating with a 9 p.m. “Sky Concert”  fireworks show on the athletic field of Bernardo Heights Middle School (12990 Paseo Lucido). A $10 donation is requested for entry;

— San Marcos’ Independence Day starts at 5 p.m., with carnival games, live entertainment, jumpers, food for sale and a fireworks show at 9 p.m. Bradley Park, 1587 Linda Vista Drive;

— Santee Salutes 4th of July Celebration will begin at 2 p.m. at Town Center Community Park, featuring live music, a patriotic ceremony, a food garden and a kid’s fun zone; fireworks will start at 9 p.m. 550 Park Center Drive;

— Sea World’s fireworks show starts at 9:30 p.m. at 500 SeaWorld Drive;

— The San Diego County Fair will conclude with a fireworks show at 9 p.m. at the Corona Grandstand Stage on the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Drive; and

— Vista’s 55th annual Independence Day Celebration features music from the Cassie B. Project at 7:35 p.m. in the Moonlight Amphitheater, with a fireworks show at 9 p.m. Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive.

The day after, Surfrider Foundation will hold a Fourth of July beach cleanup day.  More details are available at f03d13f3180e%7Cfe1bcc72-19e5-4e2b-8d0f-f8e445be016d.

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