North County Firework Celebrations

Del Mar Beach Day celebration: forauthorized military and their families, July 4 at Del Mar Beach on base.Fireworks at 9 p.m. Military ID card required. Visit

CARLSBADLegoland’s “Red, White and BOOM!”: IndependenceDay festivities from 1 to 9 p.m. at Legoland, 1 Legoland Drive, with picnicgames such as water balloon toss, sack races, Lego hamburger relay and buildingchallenge along with performances and patriotic costume parade. Come dressed inred, white and blue. Fireworks at 8:30 p.m. Activities included with admissionto the park. Visit

Fireworks: Park HyattAviara, 7100 Aviara Resort Drive, hosts a firework show at 9 p.m. July 4 aspart of its Light up your Fourth of July weekend festivities. The fireworks canalso be seen from surrounding areas. Visit

Celebration at San Diego Fairgrounds: Patriotic celebration all day topped off withfireworks at 9 p.m., which can be viewed throughout the grounds. Parking is$12; admission is $10 for ages 6 and older. Visitors must purchase tickets andparking online in advance. Visit

Fireworks: 9 p.m. at Grape Day Park, 321 N. Broadway, and can beseen from central Escondido. Visit

Parade: noon to 1 p.m. July 4 on Main Street. Pre-parade activitiesinclude two flyovers by vintage aircraft starting at 10 a.m. along withentertainment such as a Marine Band, George Washington and patriotic musicalpresentations. After parade at the American Legion, there will be a barbecue,live music, dancing and quilt show. All shops will be open after the parade.(No fireworks.) Visit

City’s 133rd annual Fireworks Show: 9 p.m. July3 at El Corazon. The recommended viewing area is on Rancho Del Oro Drive, whichwill be closed at 5 p.m. from Oceanside Boulevard north to Mesa Drive. Livemusic and food beginning at 6 p.m. on Rancho del Oro Drive. Health guidelineswill be followed. Visit or call (760) 435-5041.

Yankee Doodle Dinghy Parade: Boatparade starts at 1 p.m. July 4 in the Oceanside Harbor at the Oceanside YachtClub and continues on to the south end of the harbor. Decorate a patrioticdinghy 12 feet and under and enter the parade. No entry fee; trophies eill beawarded. Register at skippers meeting at 10 a.m. July 4 or before July 4 at theyacht club, 1950 Harbor Drive North. Call (760) 722-5751 or

Fireworks: Two Independence Dayfireworks displays will run simultaneously starting at 9 p.m. July 4 from PowayHigh School, 15500 Espola Road, and the Sportsplex in the Poway Business Park,12349 McIvers Court. Viewing from Poway High School returns this year, withgames, activities and a DJ. Gates open at 6 p.m. Entry costs $5 per person atthe gate; free for children 11 and younger.

“Old Fashioned Fourth of JulyCelebration”: The annual event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Old Poway Park,14134 Midland Road, with patriotic entertainment, western re-enactors, freechildren’s crafts, train displays and old-fashioned games. Treats and trainrides will be sold. VFW Post 7907 and the Poway Veterans Park Committee host aceremony honoring service members at Veterans Park (adjacent to Old Poway Park)beginning at 11 a.m. The park’s civil war-era cannon will be fired. Freeshuttles at Poway City Hall Parking Lot, 13325 Civic Center Drive, and PowayAdult School Parking lot, 13626 Twin Peaks Road. Lake Poway is open to thepublic on July 4 and will stay open as a viewing area for the fireworks at thehigh school. Parking is $10 for nonresidents; free for residents and militarywith ID. Visit

RAMONAFestivities and fireworks: Thisyear’s Fourth of July activities, celebrating Independence Day and Strength inCommunity, start at 4 p.m. July 4 in the back field behind Olive Peirce MiddleSchool, 1521 Hanson Lane, and culminate in fireworks at 9 p.m. set to musicfrom Star 94.1FM/iHeartRadio. Food vendors include Kona Ice, Senor Woofle, TheCorn Lady and EZ Kettle Corn. Fireworks donations are appreciated Visit

RANCHO BERNARDOParade and carnival: Pre-Fourth ofJuly parade and carnival games start at 10 a.m. July 3 at Rancho BernardoCommunity Park, 18448 W Bernardo Drive. The parade is from 10 to 11 a.m.,followed by food trucks and carnival booths until 2 pm. Visit

Fireworks: Spirit ofthe Fourth Fireworks display starts at 9 p.m. at the Rancho Bernardo HighSchool complex, 13010 Paseo Lucido. Park in the High School Student Parking Lotsouth of the Bronco Stadium accessible from Avenida Venusto. Park in everyother parking space, allowing for social distancing and room for chairs in theopen space between vehicles. Viewers must remain in the parking lot areas. Noaccess to the campus proper or the athletic fields. Picnicking allowed; noalcohol. When the parking lots reach capacity, viewers must park on adjacentcity streets. The “US” Band will provide entertainment near the Performing ArtsCenter beginning about 6 p.m. Monetary donations needed to offset eventexpenses.

Independence DayCeremony: The Rancho Bernardo Veterans Memorial Association will host itsannual Independence Day Ceremony from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. July 4 at the RanchoBernardo Veterans Memorial, Webb Park, 11666 Avena Place. Keynote speaker isformer U.S. Army Capt. Ronald Samuel “Sam” Magtanong, an Iraq War veteran.Co-hosting organizations inc

Fourth of July at Lake San Marcos: 9:30a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 4 starting with Honor Guard and posting of the colors.The “Freedom Singers” will lead in singing some patriotic music. Veterans willbe recognized. There will be several speakers including San Marcos MayorRebecca Jones at 11 a.m. Highlights include a Patriotic Dog Contest, hamburgersand hot dogs, kids games, bounce house and club booths along with a PatrioticBoat Parade at 4:30 p.m. on the lake. Visit

Fireworks: 9 p.m.July 4 at Bradley Park, 1587 Linda Vista Drive, but folks are encouraged toview the fireworks from their backyards instead of gathering at the park.

Western Days Country Fair and Parade: Themed“Better Together,” the event kicks off with the Guns & Hoses Chili Cook-offfrom 5 to 7 p.m. July 2 at the Lilac Fire Station, 28234 Lilac Road. Countryfair entertainment, food, vendors and beer garden from 5 to 10 p.m. July 2 atthe Valley Center Community Center, 28246 Lilac Road.
Independence Day Parade is from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. July 3, running from ColeGrade Road to Lilac Road; roads close at 8:30 a.m. The fair continues from 10a.m. to 10 p.m. at the community center. Visit

Car show: 8 a.m. to 1p.m. July 4 with music, food and entertainment at Bates Nut Farm,15954 WoodsValley Road. Open to all cars, trucks and motorcycles. Free for spectators.Vehicle preregistration is $25 at

VISTACelebration with fireworks: 9 p.m.July 4 at Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive. Live entertainment andpre-fireworks barbecue dinner at the Moonlight Amphitheatre. Brengle TerracePark will open at 5 p.m. to ticket holders. Entry into the MoonlightAmphitheatre is $5 per person. Barbecue dinner is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for$45 per person; must be purchased by June 28. Vehicle entry tickets will not besold at the event and walk-in traffic to Brengle Terrace Park will not bepermitted. Fireworks can be viewed from surrounding neighborhoods. Tickets forpark admission are $15 per vehicle; $30 recreational vehicles or at VisTix, 200 Civic Center Drive.



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David Zumaya