13 Things to Do In San Diego For 4th Of July Weekend

4th of July weekend is feeling extra-special given the year we just had, and it’s time to celebrate! San Diego has a packed lineup of ways to make the most of your 4th of July weekend:

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Hit the Beach!

4th of July falling on  a weekend means the beaches will be busy and fun!

Get Your Spoons Ready For The Sweetest Month Of The Year – National Ice Cream Month!

Kick-off National Ice Cream Month!

July is National Ice Cream Month, and Mr. Trustees Creamery has a lineup of special edition flavors to celebrate!

Support our Military Community at the SD Loyal SC Soccer Match

San Diego Loyal SC (SD Loyal) soccer club, and supporting partner Compass Real Estate, announced the launch of its newest initiative, Mission Gratitude.

The new initiative provides support and opportunities for a sense of community and camaraderie for active duty, veteran and retired military members and their families all season long.

The program kicks off on July 3 at Torero Stadium when SD Loyal takes on rival Sacramento Republic FC which will be nationally televised on ESPN2. The first 3,000 fans that arrive at the stadium will receive SD Loyal branded military dog tags, all active military and veteran service members will receive tickets at a 50 percent discount and a halftime ceremony will be dedicated to swearing in new Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force recruits.

Meet Olympians and Paralympians (and get great BBQ!)

Nothing feels more patriotic than supporting our Olympic athletes! Ahead of the Tokyo Summer Olympics, Smokin J’s BBQ will host ‘Meet Team USA’ to spotlight San Diego-based US Paralympians and Olympians on Friday, July 2nd from 5-7PM.

Local Olympians and Paralympians, such as Smokin J’s co-owner and four-time Paralympian, Joshua George, four-time Paralympian, Lex Gillette, new coming Paralympian, Beatriz Hatz, among others will be in attendance. Members from the US Olympic and Paralympic Track and Field team, Paralympic Tennis team, men’s Olympic Rugby team, and more will also be present.

The Gaslamp Quarter Lights Up The Night With A Fourth Of July Inspired Laser Show & Silent Disco Party!

Head to The Gaslamp For A 4th Of July Inspired Laser Show & Disco Party!

On July 3rd, the Gaslamp Quarter will host an unforgettable night with a dynamic 4th of July custom Laser Show and a multi-block Silent Disco party! Deck yourself out in red, white, and blue, grab your crew and head on down as we light up the night! This Laser show is not to be missed as we wow you with state-of-the-art digital graphics and awe-inspiring effects.


Take a Quick Road Trip to Julian for the Parade

For more than twenty years, Julian residents, their friends and parade lovers from all over have lined up at on the town’s main street to wave their flags, cheer the marching bands, salute the Marine Color Guard, and carry a giant American Flag down the thoroughfare.


Head to the County Fair in Del Mar

This year’s fair is a lower-key ‘Home Grown Fun’ theme with much smaller crowds – and people are loving it! It all wraps up with a fireworks celebration for the 4th of July.


Take In the Parade and Navy Leap Frog Skydivers at Coronado

The Coronado community has a rich military background that is very patriotic, and the Coronado 4th of July celebration is always a great one!

Liberty Station's 4th Of July Events

Check Out All of The Action at Liberty Station

With 48 acres of grassy parkland for picnics, lounging and a friendly game of pickup soccer and over 30 restaurants and outdoor offerings, Liberty Station has 4th of July-centric activities the whole family will enjoy!

Beers ‘n Bluegrass

Where: Liberty Public Market
When: Sunday, July 4 from 1 – 3PM.
Hang out on the patio with craft beers from Bottlecraft and delicious food from market vendors featuring live performances by band PLOW!

Basin Street Brass

Where: The plaza adjacent to Barracks 14 and the painted columns facing the Liberty Public Market patio.
When: Monday, July 5 from 2 – 5PM.
Free live brass quintet music performance playing patriotic and jazz songs.

Watch The Big Bay Boom from One of These Hot Spots…

InterContinental San Diego Gears Up For 4th Of July

…While Eating BBQ on the Bayview Terrace of the InterContinental

For a more casual Big Bay Boom viewing experience, the InterContinental will also be hosting an all-you-can-eat barbeque feast on their Bayview Terrace, which also allows for prime viewing of the Big Bay Boom. The event, which runs from 5PM to 9:30PM, is family friendly, with tickets for children 11 and under available for $65, and adult tickets available for $95.

Tickets include a table reservation, all-you-can eat barbecue buffet, traditional sides and desserts, and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as a live music from soul artist, Rebecca Jade, from 6PM to 9PM. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite here, and craft beer, Southern-California wine, and premium spirits are also available for purchase.

Over the Top at Top of The Hyatt

For an experience that is truly over the top, join Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego in Top of the Hyatt from 6PM – 10PM to celebrate 4th of July from 40 stories above San Diego Bay. Tickets include unparalleled views of the Big Bay Boom Fireworks Show plus unlimited beer, wine and premium liquor from the bar and cuisine from the themed dinner buffet. The celebration continues inside after the show!


From the Deck of the Midway!

Only in San Diego!

Support Your Favorite Bars and Restaurants

They’ve had a rough year, but they are doing their best to bounce back, and they have great specials and parties happening for 4th of July. Eat and drink out and show them the love!

Happy 4th of July, San Diego – we’ll see you out there!

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