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Where Is Your Favorite Place In San Diego To Celebrate July 4th?

4th of July Fireworks light up the sky over San Diego Bay.
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Above: 4th of July Fireworks light up the sky over San Diego Bay.

Cities and Communities throughout San Diego County can celebrate Independence Day 2011 with fireworks, festivals, entertainment and fun. Following are some of the Independence Day celebrations around San Diego County:

SAN DIEGO

Port Of San Diego: Big Bay Boom San Diego Bay is the place to be on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 9 p.m. when the 11th Annual Port of San Diego Big Bay Boom fills the sky with a spectacular pyrotechnic light show. Four barges will be placed strategically in San Diego Bay off the shorelines of Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the North Embarcadero area and between Seaport Village and the Coronado Ferry Landing. The fireworks will be visible from all of the Port's parks around the northern and central San Diego Bay area. These include Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Spanish Landing, Embarcadero Marina Parks North and South, Cesar Chavez Park, Coronado Tidelands Park and the Imperial Beach Pier.

San Diego Symphony's Star Spangled Pops: July 1, 2 & 3 -Spend the weekend at the Summer Pops featuring principal pops conductor Marvin Hamlisch. It'll be a patriotic performance packed with Broadway hits, rousing marches, a salute to our military and a spectacular fireworks display over the bay! Special guests include American Idol’s David Hernandez (Season 7) and LaKisha Jones (Season 6). To purchase your Summer Pops 2011 series, use the Online Subscription Order Form or call the Ticket Office at 619.235.0804.

Sea World San Diego's "Fireworks: Into the Blue": SeaWorld will present a special fireworks display to celebrate Independence Day on July 4th. Set to lively, patriotic music, Shamu's SkySplash USA will light up the night starting at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Coronado Independence Day Celebrations: Coronado's Fourth of July Celebration has festivities for the whole family. The 63rd Annual Independence Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m down Orange Avenue with a 2011 theme, “An American Pageant”. Other July 4th events include a fun run/walk, rough water swim, and a spectacular fireworks finale over the bay, set to music. The fireworks display will begin at 9 p.m.

La Jolla Cove Fireworks: La Jolla fireworks festivities kicks off about 5 p.m with a summer concert at Ellen Browning Scripps Park. Then at 9 p.m, enjoy the annual Fourth of July fireworks show over La Jolla Cove. (858) 454-1444.

Mira Mesa Recreation Center/ Mira Mesa Community Park: During the day on July 4th, food, rides, games and an annual parade at 11:30 a.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. and will be synchronized to KYXY Radio's patriotic music. (858) 538-8122.

Rancho Bernardo "Spirit of the Fourth": A full day of patriotic activities are planned. Fireworks set to begin at 9 p.m. and will be synchronized to KYXY Radio's patriotic music.

Ocean Beach Pier: 30th Annual fireworks celebration off the pier at 9 p.m and will be synchronized to KYXY Radio's patriotic music.

NORTH COUNTY

The San Diego County Fair 4th Of July Celebration: We'll start the day with a patriotic Opening Ceremony about 9:30AM at the O'Brien Gate. When the gates open about 10a.m. there will be plenty to do, including a great lineup of evening entertainment, including REO Speedwagon in a free-with-Fair-admission performance on our Heineken Grandstand Stage immediately following the fireworks display .The fireworks will begin at 9 p.m.

Ken Grody 4th Of July Beach Bash: Del Mar Beach is the place to be on Monday, July 4th!! The 2011 Beach Bash, presented by MCCS, will feature: live bands, exciting kids' activities, volleyball tournaments, heroes videos, fireworks show and the drawings for Ken Grody Ford Cash prizes! Hit the sand and surf early and plan to stay late! AUTHORIZED PATRONS & GUESTS, BE PREPARED TO SHOW ID!

Escondido Grape Day Park Independence Day Celebration: Pack a picnic, grab a blanket and head to Grape Day Park on July 4 for a fun-filled, star-spangled celebration! Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. and will be synchronized to KYXY Radio's patriotic music. 800-988-4253

San Marcos 4th of July Celebration at Bradley Park: The festivities will kick off with live music at 6 p. followed by fireworks at 9 p.m.

Vista's Brengle Terrace Park 4th of July Celebration: The 43rd annual Red, White & Boom Independence Day Celebration will light up the sky on Saturday, July 4 in the Moonlight Amphitheatre. The annual Independence Day Celebration held in Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, is free to the public with fireworks scheduled to begin at 9 p.m

LEGOLAND California's Red, White and BOOM! Celebration: The theme of the day is fun, family and fireworks. Family favorite Uncle Sam will be roaming the Park on stilts as guests enjoy old fashioned lawn games including potato sack races and “LEGO® Limbo” on the Miniland Lawn and one of the largest fireworks demonstrations in North County. The celebration lasts from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with live music performances at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on the Miniland Lawn and fireworks at 8:30 p.m. All Red, White and Boom! activities are included in the cost of admission to LEGOLAND California.

Poway's 4th of July Fireworks Celebration: The celebration begins at 7 p.m. with entertainment and games. The fireworks are set to begin at 9 p.m.

EAST COUNTY

El Cajon Fireworks: Kennedy Park, 1675 East Madison Avenue. This event features a picnic at noon followed by fireworks at 9 p.m. synchronized to KYXY Radio's patriotic music.

Julian 4th of July Parade (no fireworks due to fire risk): The Julian Fourth of July parade steps out on Main Street at 12 noon on Monday, July 4th. The parade, an annual event for many years, has been dubbed by many as the "best little town parade in America.”

Santee Salutes July 4th: The festival begins at 3:30 p.m. Other activities include carnival rides, games, and live entertainment. Fireworks at 9 p.m.

Spring Valley Swap Meet:Fireworks at 9 p.m.

SOUTH BAY

Chula Vista: No fireworks due to budget restraints

National City, Kimball Park: The annual carnival includes rides, games food booths. Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m.

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