Above: Promotional graphic for the San Diego County Fair.
What better place is there to spend Independence Day than at The San Diego County Fair? Highlighting the day will be the traditional fireworks display, which will happen at approximately 9:00PM. The fireworks display is visible throughout the Fairgrounds, so as long as you're outside, there's no better place to watch!
We'll start the day with a patriotic Opening Ceremony about 9:30AM at the O'Brien Gate. When the gates open about 10:00AM, there'll be plenty to do. Plan your day with the July 4 schedule.
Hometown Heroes Parade
Hometown Heroes are San Diegans who make a difference in the lives of others. First responders, nurses, teachers, volunteers, etc are all great candidates! Nominate your hero to be honored at the 2013 San Diego County Fair. 100 nominees will be chosen for special recognition including free admission to the Fair for 4 on July 4th, an invitation to participate in the Hometown Heroes parade, and reserved seating in the Grandstand for the Navy Band, Fireworks and concert by the "Happy Together Tour."
Additionally, the evening's festivities will include a special tribute to the victims of 9/11. Joe Torrillo, a former New York Firefighter and 9/11 survivor will speak along with Reggie Cervantes, a first responder to the 9/11 events.
We have several great contests throughout the day. No pre-registration is required; click the links to find out how to participate! Our special Fourth of July contests are: Homemade BBQ Sauce and Most Patriotic Costume Contest.
6:45PM: Parade gathers in the San Diego Pavilion
7:00PM: Hometown Heroes Parade
7:10PM: Tribute to 9/11 Heroes
9:30PM: Happy Together Tour
Open til midnight
After the fireworks, those who took the COASTER to the Fair should immediately make their way to the West Gate to catch NCTD buses back to each COASTER station, north and south of Solana Beach.
We invite everyone else to stick around and have some fun! All the shopping and exhibit buildings will be open until midnight, as will the Fun Zone.
Transportation and parking
Take the COASTER: The COASTER train will run on Wednesday, July 4. Take the train to the Fair, and after the fireworks, North County Transit District will have buses to return you to every COASTER and Ferris wheelCOASTER station, north and south of the Fairgrounds. See the Public Transportation page for additional information.
Park at one of our free off-site lots and take the free shuttle to the Fairgrounds. We have three free off-site lots:
• MiraCosta College's San Elijo campus (best for those coming south on Interstate 5 from North County)
• Horsepark Equestrian Center (a good choice for those approaching the Fair on Del Dios Highway)
• Torrey Pines High School (best for those coming from the southern part of the county)
See the Parking page for more information.
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar Google Map