July 4th means barbecues with family and friends, but it also means fireworks. Here are ideas where you can take the family for an evening of fun!
Big Bay Boom July 4 Fireworks Show, downtown: (619) 686-6200. Fireworks, from barges placed near Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero area and Seaport Village, at 9 p.m. to music from 105.7 "The Walrus" FM radio.
Watch last year's fireworks over San Diego Bay
Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 N. Harbor Drive, downtown: (619) 234-9153. Fireworks, picnic dinner and live music aboard the Berkeley ferry; adults $40; children ages 5-10, $20; children ages 4 and under free; and up, $65. Check-in: 5 p.m.
SummerPops: "Star Spangled Pops", the Embarcadero Marina Park South, downtown: (619) 235-0804. Concerts with Marvin Hamlisch. $17-$76. Gates open 6 p.m., concerts at 7:30 p.m.
USS Midway Museum's "Apple Pie 4th of July" celebration; 910 North Harbor Drive, downtown. Doors open at 6 p.m. Visitors can bring aboard picnics, then watch the fireworks. Live music performance by N.R.G Energy. Limited tickets available; adults $15; children 17 and under $10.
Coronado Fourth of July Celebration, Spreckels Park; Glorietta Bay: (619) 328-2461. Daylong festivities include a 15k run, 5k run/walk and rough-water swim. Live music TBA. July 3 parade at 10 a.m.; fireworks on July 4 at 9 p.m.
SeaWorld San Diego's "Fireworks: Into the Blue"; 500 SeaWorld Drive, Mission Bay: (800) 25-SHAMU. Extended fireworks set to patriotic music at about 9:50 p.m.
San Diego County Fair, Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.: (858) 755-1161. 7:30 p.m. Navy Band Southwest; 9 p.m. fireworks, followed by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts concert. Free with fair admission.
Legoland's "Red, White and Boom!," 1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad: (760) 918-5346. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Entertainment by the Jumpitz. Fireworks at 8:30 p.m. All activities included with admission.
Old Poway Park's "Old Fashioned 4th of July," 14134 Midland Road, Poway: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Live music and family-friendly activities available with fireworks celebration taking place at Poway High School.