Fireworks Events in San Diego


San Diego

  • Annual Big Bay Boom July 4 Fireworks Show
    Location: Multiple Locations along San Diego Bay
    Time: 9:00 pm
    Take in the largest display in the county, with fireworks launched from barges placed near Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero area and Seaport Village. Just find a place along the bay or one one of the piers in Imperial Beach, Ocean Beach and Pacific Beach and you will not be disappointed. Music from 105.7 “The Walrus” FM radio.
  • SeaWorld San Diego
     SeaWorld San Diego
    Time: Fireworks at 9:30 pm Extended fireworks show, Into the Blue, set to patriotic music. The park will stay open late until 11:00 pm.


  • 4th of July Celebration in Coronado
     Various Locations on Coronado
    Time: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
    Celebrate the 4th of July in the Crown City with a parade down Orange Avenue at 10:00 am, a concert in Spreckels Park at 4:00 pm and fireworks over Glorietta Bay at 9:00 pm.

North County Coastal

  • San Diego County Fair 4th of July Celebration
     Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar
     Starts at 9:30 am, Fireworks at 9:00 pm
    Start off the day at the Fair with a patriotic opening ceremony at 9:30, then enjoy the Hometown Heroes Parade, a concert with the hilarious Weird Al Yonkovic and fireworks with music provided by the Navy Band Southwest.
  • La Jolla Cove 4th of July
     Ellen Browning Scripps Park, 1180 Coast Boulevard, La Jolla
    Time: 9:00 pm
    After a day on the beautiful beaches of La Jolla, take in a spectacular set of fireworks with a picturesque background.
  • Red, White and BOOM!
     LEGOLAND California, One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad
    Time: Fireworks at 8:30 pm
    Take the whole family and spend the day enjoying over 60 rides, shows and attractions along with some all-American picnic games like burlap races and water-balloon tosses and then top it off with an awe-inspiring fireworks display set to patriotic music.


North County Inland

  • Independence Day Celebration
    Grape Day Park, 321 North Broadway, Escondido
    Time: 4:00 – 9:00 pm
    Pack a picnic, and grab a blanket to enjoy a day full of music, magicians, baton twirlers, kid-friendly activities, contests and fireworks.
  • Grand Tradition July 4th
     Grand Tradition, 1602 South Mission Road, Fallbrook
    Time: Starts at 4:00 pm, Fireworks at 8:45 pm
    Enjoy a day of live entertainment, dancing, kid friendly activities, Quack-Up Suck Race, Rubber Raft Regatta, food and drink, and fireworks! Tickets are $38 for adults ($43 day of) and $12 for kids 6-12. Tickets include admission and tickets which can be used for food, beverages and activities.
  • Mira Mesa Fourth of July Celebration
     Mira Mesa Community Park, Mira Mesa Boulevard and New Salem Street, Mira Mesa
    Time: Fireworks at 9:00 pm
    Come early for the parade and family friendly activities and stay late for the fireworks.
  • 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks
     Poway High School Stadium, 15500 Espola Road, Poway
    Time: 7:00 – 10:00 pm
    Following the Poway Old-Fashioned Fourth of July celebration at Old Poway Park (10:00 am – 4:00 pm), head to Poway High School for music, more food, glow sticks and fireworks.
  • San Marcos 4th of July Celebration
     Bradley Park, Rancho Sante Fe Road and Linda Vista Drive, San Marcos
    Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
    Carnival games, jumpers, food and fireworks!
  • Red White and Boom! Celebration
     Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista
    Time: 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Celebrate Independence Day Vista Style with live music, the Light up the Night Dinner ($40 for kids 10 and under and $60 for adults) and fireworks. Admission is $5 (kids 5 and under are free). Parking is $5 at Vista High School with shuttles from 1:00 – 11:00 pm and $15 at Brengle Terrace Park.

East County

  • El Cajon 4th of July Celebration
     Kennedy Park, 1675 East Madison Avenue
    Time: 12:00 – 9:00 pm
    Enjoy a picnic in sunny San Diego East County and stay for a spectacular fireworks show.
  • Ramona’s Annual Fourth of July Celebration
     Olive Pierce Middle School, 1521 Hanson Lane, Ramona
    Time: 5:00 – 9:00 pm
    Join the Romana Kiwanis and Rotary clubs for food, fun and fireworks.
  • Santee Salutes
     Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Drive, Santee
    Time: 3:30 – 9:30 pm
    Rock out with 80z All Stars playing hits from the 80s, a patriotic ceremony by the HMH-462 Color Guard, inflatable zone, food trucks and fireworks. Parking is $5 for regular and $15 for preferred. Free parking is available at the nearby Costco and Rio Seco School.

South Bay

  • National City Carnival
     Kimball Park
    Time: Friday, June 29 – Wednesday, July 4, Fireworks at 9:00 pm
    The Carnival excitement starts on Friday with games rides food and drinks. The party continues until the 4th of July with fireworks to cap off a long weekend of fun!

Great Ways to Enjoy the Fireworks


Venice Beach California

One of my favorite places to go for a variety of reasons is Venice beach. The beach is quite beautiful and you may actually see a dolphin or six while soaking up the sun or boogie boarding. The other thing I love about Venice is the biking path that runs for many miles along the Pacific Coast. If you like to ride your bike or roller skate, either is a fun way to see the great sites at Venice Beach.

There is a area at Venice beach where everyone gets together and skates. Loud music and lots of fun people to hang out with! People watching is the other reason to go. There are a wide variety of interesting people to check out!

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Check out the Venice beach webcam and try to find me skating!


Shopping along the boardwalk is also a fun thing to do. There are restaurants and places to get some food, ice cream and so much more. If you love the beach and doing any of the things I’ve mentioned, go to Venice beach. You’ll have a ball!

Upcoming Events

The Brigantine Seafood Restaurant


Here is another of my favorite restaurants in Southern California. When you walk into the dining room, you really feel like you’re on a ship. The food is fabulous and I would highly recommend trying this restaurant. There are SIX locations in the San Diego area. Click the location you are interested in and learn more about this great restaurant.

Hours Open

lunch mon – sat 11:30 – 2:30pm
dinner mon – thurs 5 – 8:30pm
fri & sat 5 – 9pm
sun 4:30 – 8:30pm
first catch sun 4:30 – 6:30pm
mon 5 – close
tues – sat 5 – 6:30pm
lounge mon – sat 11:30 – close
sun 3:30 – close
happy hour tues – fri 3:30 – 7pm
sat 11:30 – 7pm
sun 3:30 – 7pm
mon 11:30am – close

Check out their dinner menu YUM >>>


2013 Coronado Flower Show


This is a fun event all about flowers! What a great way to spend the day. Check it out!

The Coronado Flower Show is held annually on the third weekend of April in Spreckels Park in the center of Coronado’s Village. This is the largest flower show, held under tents, in the nation. Exhibits are placed inside tents surrounding a central gazebo, which becomes the stage for continuous entertainment, announcements and trophy presentations

Open to the public. Admission is $5.

FREE entry for children under 12 and for Coronado Floral Association members.



The Coronado Flower Show takes up nearly an entire city block. Located in the center of the City of Coronado across from the Coronado Library on Orange Ave between 6th and 7th Avenues.



The Flower Show Schedule serves to promulgate the standard of performance expected from all exhibitors, members, judges and co-sponsors, it is the law of the Show.



A Beer Garden is now a permanent feature, serving beer and wine. Take a break from the show, relax and listen to the entertainment from the bandstand.

Beer Garden Hours:
Saturday, 1 to 5 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm

Please join us and help celebrate our 88th anniversary at our 2013 Flower Show during the third weekend of April.

91.1X San Diego’s BEST Radio Station

Here is some information about 91.1X:

It was late 1982 in San Diego. There were three “rock” stations in town: KGB, KPRI and 91X. All were playing the same tunes (Boston, Led Zeppelin, Journey, etc) and the ratings consistently showed 91X in 3rd place of the three. Something had to change… something new and radical.

Up north in Los Angeles, there was a very successful radio station, KROQ, that called itself “The Rock of The 80’s”, a format created by Rick Carroll. It was decided that Rick should come to San Diego and change the 91X format to “Rock of the 80’s”

January 11th, 1983. At 6:00 pm, “Stairway to Heaven” played. There was a pre-taped message from John Lynch, the general manager, to introduce the “new format”. We were now 91X: The Rock of The 80’s! Mad Max, who had been Todd Ralston in the prior format, was the first DJ to play the new format.

Max had been given a big box of records (vinyl) and was told “this is your new format”. Part of the new format was not only the type of music played but an irreverence on the part of the DJs. The first song played on the new 91X was “Sex (I’m A…)” by Berlin, bringing a radical playlist of songs mostly unfamiliar at the time to San Diego. The station quickly become known for being a true “alternative” to traditional rock radio music and lifestyle, gaining fans and establishing a heritage that has carried three decades.

It was only a matter of months before the ratings turned around and 91X led in the 3 horse race between the rock stations. There were a number of billboards around town with the new logo and band names which represented the new format; The Clash, B52’s, The Pretenders, etc. The switch had been flipped, and radio in San Diego would never be the same…

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Trupiano’s Italian Bistro

I’m half Italian so I know Italian food. My family has always been ALL about eating, family and good times. So this place took me back to my childhood. The food was excellent and the server was great. I was kind of surprised at how large the menu was (how much can you offer but Pizza & Pasta?) but I decided to have the salad and Margarita pizza and some wine (of course). The crust was perfect and the cheese was so gooey and just the right amount of basil. It was so yummy! We shared a dessert of Tiramisu which was light and very satisfying. I highly recommend this restaurant.


What I like best about California…

California Beach

This goes without saying. California has the best beaches. Some aren’t so clean, but most are beautiful. On a warm sunny day, there is no better place to be in the world.


California Beauties

I’ve seen the general public in quite a few places. And I must say that California has the best of the best when it comes to looks. You see beautiful people everywhere, especially when you go to places like beaches, Beverly Hills or even smaller cities like Pasadena or La Jolla. Guys and girls just have good genes here. I also like that in California, most people are friendly and enjoy a smile or a nice gesture like “have a good day”.

You can be here

California Countryside

or here

California Desert

or here all within 2 to 3 hours

California Mountains

Where else can you do that? I mean that has to be the coolest thing ever. One time I was in Big Bear in the snow and within 2 hours I was sitting on the beach in my bikini. I love the weather here. You have the snow, the heat of the desert and the humidity of the beach.

How about you? Have you been to California? If you live here, what do you like best about it? If you want to visit, what would you like to see? You can voice your opinion here. I’d love to read your comments.

Glen Ivy – Hot Springs

This hidden treasure is tucked away in the Corona hills, about 45 minutes from L.A. and an hour from San Diego. I feel you need a whole day to experience everything at Glen Ivy.

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They have mineral baths, several lounge pools, The Grotto, the mud, and a very nice cafe where you can get a yummy sandwich and a glass of champagne!

Click here for treatment menu

Here is the pricing for admission and hours:

Taking the Waters
Monday – Thursday: $46
Friday – Sunday & Holidays: $64

Taking the Waters with Purchase of Spa Treatment(s) 50 Minutes or Longer*

Monday – Thursday: $39
Friday – Sunday & Holidays: $52

*May not be combined with any other discounts, specials, packages, or offers.

Please Note: Appointment-only guests are required to pay for Taking the Waters at Glen Ivy Hot Springs.

Holidays observed: New Year’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, & Labor Day.

Celebrating your birthday at the Hot Springs?  Learn more about our birthday gift to you on our Celebrate at Glen Ivy page.

Valid identification required at check in for proof of actual birth date.


  • Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and debit cards accepted.
  • ATM on site.
  • Put a card on file when you visit the Hot Springs – ask the front desk for more details.
  • We do NOT accept Personal checks, Discover, and Spa Finder gift certificates

Hot Springs Spa Hours

Open Daily: 9 am – 5 pm through March 31st.

April 1st through 14th: 9 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday & 9 am – 6 pm Saturday – Sunday

Starting April 15th:  9 am – 6 pm

Please note that the Hot Springs and Central Reservations may on rare occasion close early for weather or other appropriate considerations and we thank you for your understanding and support.

Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and Easter Sunday.

Now this is the way to spend a relaxing day. Surprisingly enough, men go too. I even got my husband to go and he loved it!


Dogtopia Pet Hotel

DogtopiaIf you love your dog and want him/her well taken care of while you are away from home, Dogtopia has it all. We leave our precious little Cali there and she is very particular about everything (I call her the nervous poodle at times). We left her at Dogtopia for an overnight stay and she did great. The people there are super nice, it’s a clean, safe environment and you can check on your pup via Doggie Cam! It was nice being able to view what Cali was doing during the time we were gone. We plan on using Dogtopia again and again. They have many locations throughout the United States. So give this place a look next time you’re going out of town.

<<<Check out the webcam at Dogtopia >>> 

♥Palm Springs♥

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There are many wonderful hotels to stay at in Palm Springs. Here is a link to some of the best hotels! Click here >> Palm Springs Hotels

We had dinner the first night at The Falls. The food is delicious and the servers are very attentive. Try one of the martini’s. They put dry ice to make it all smoky & bubbly. So much fun!
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The second night we ate at Las Casuelas. We didn’t realize that Thursday nights they have a street fair, so we had to wait a while for our table. But the food was very good. I have a long time friend that plays in the band there. They play a wide variety of tunes. There is always someone dancing and fun going on by the band.

ShermansI have to mention Sherman’s Deli. We had breakfast there both mornings. They have a huge menu, so there will definitely be something on it for everyone. The shopping in Palms Springs is fun since the clothing there is different. Boutiques are all the way down the boulevard. Be sure to visit before the temperature goes up in the low desert.

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Let me know what you like about Palm Springs..

Rosa’s Tortilla Factory

Rosa' Tacos Mouth Watering

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How about now?

If you want excellent Mexican food and are in the Temecula area, I HIGHLY recommend Rosa’s Tortilla Factory. There is only ONE Rosa’s in the area, it’s the one that is outside of Old Towne Temecula.

The make their fresh tortilla’s constantly, all day long since they have a steady stream of customers at this location. My favorite are the bean and cheese burrito’s with the fresh salsa. The ONLY complaint I have about Rosa’s is that they don’t have a full bar. You can get beer and machine made margarita’s. But what they don’t have in drink, they make up in the fabulous food. I’m making myself hungry for Rosa’s Tortilla Factory right now. AND the prices at Rosa’s are VERY reasonable!! Check out the link and please comment!

Safari Park Zip Line

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The San Diego Wild Animal Park offers a fun day as I found out last December. Not only can you check out all kinds of animals but they had something there that I had been wanting to try for a long time. A zip line! First you have to have some training on how to hold yourself up and how to come in for a landing. They even give you a short test flight. But the real zip part of it was quite an adventure. You have to get in a truck with your gear and they take you very high up on a hill. So high up you feel like you are flying already! When we reached the top, the valley below actually looked like Africa. You walk onto a VERY high platform and step onto a box. The people there were very nice and helped out a great deal. Once you are all hooked up and ready for flight, you will have butterflies in your stomach. It was intimidating to be that high up. They will unlatch you and off you go! At first I was scared and nervous but once I started looking down at the Rhinoceros, Giraffes and so many other animals, it was very surreal. If you aren’t afraid of heights and can do a few simple moves, I highly recommend doing this. It cost $40.00 to get into the park and then $70.00 for the flight. Try it out and then leave me some comments. I’d love to hear about your adventure!