Where to Celebrate 4th of July in San Diego

See the Big Bay Boom fireworks from aboard a Hornblower yacht.

Celebrate 4th of July in San Diego with pool parties, live music, firework viewings and more.

July 3-4. Delight in oceanfront dining matched with specials suited to the occasion. Kick off the celebration on July 3 with Waterbar’s July 4th Warm-Up, and savor three street tacos filled with chicken, fish or beef barbacoa for only $7.95 or $3 each. Wash it all down with $7 Don Julio Blanco margaritas, $4 Budweiser drafts and $5 Pacifico and Modelo drafts. Head into the 4th fully warmed up and start the day off with live music from noon-3 p.m. paired with food specials, Jack Daniel’s and Tito’s slushies and Firecracker pop-tails. Be sure to don your finest patriotic garb for the chance to win a Jack Daniels surfboard, which will be bestowed to the person with the most patriotic outfit. 4325 Ocean Blvd., Pacific Beach, 858.888.4343. waterbarsd.com


Carnitas’ Snack Shack Embarcadero Cookout
July 4. Join the fun at this waterfront cookout with traditional burgers and hotdogs served up on a mobile outdoor grill along with a mobile outdoor bar cart. Throughout the afternoon, there will be family friendly games like corn hole, while a live DJ pumps up the vibes from 2-6 p.m. At the end of the night, cool down with some tasty soft serve ice cream and a live band from 6-8:45 p.m. This will be the perfect place to witness the Big Bay Boom firework show at 9 p.m. Cookout starts at 11 a.m. 1004 N. Harbor Dr., Embarcadero, 619.696.7675. carnitassnackshack.com


Fireworks Dinner Cruise
July 4. What better vantage point to watch the fireworks than from the sky deck of a Hornblower yacht? Choose from two cruise options to celebrate Fourth of July with a boarding glass of champagne, elaborate buffet dinner, DJ entertainment, panoramic views and the annual Big Bay Boom fireworks show. Enjoy a variety of buffet options featuring a New York strip carving station, baby back ribs and all your favorite summer dishes with a decadent dessert buffet. Boarding 6 p.m., cruising 6:30-9:30 p.m. or boarding 6:30 p.m., cruising 7-10 p.m. $172.95 GA, $235 VIP. Pier 1, Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., Embarcadero, 619.686.8715. hornblower.com   


Mavericks Beach Club
July 4. Kick off your 4th of July celebration at PB’s newest beach bar with party favors, decor, a photo wall and Bomb-Pops by the plenty. There will be a DJ spinning beats all day and a special buffet menu with burgers, brats, chili and watermelon, among other tasty cookout treats. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. 860 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach, 858.999.0348. maverickssd.com


Mister A’s
July 4. This elegant and timeless dining destination has created a prix-fixe menu just for the Fourth of July where diners can stay and enjoy a panoramic view of the fireworks over the San Diego Bay. Menu highlights include lobster and shrimp boudin with leek fondue; Catelli Farm veal porchetta with roasted garlic thyme jus and creamy polenta; and hand-cut prime filet tartare. End your meal on a sweet note with indulgent desserts like warm peach oatmeal crisp with bourbon oatmeal crunch ice cream or a chocolate tarte with caramel sauce and chocolate mousse. Reservations recommended. 6:30 p.m.-close. $85. 2550 Fifth Ave., 12th floor, Bankers Hill, 619.239.1377. asrestaurant.com


Sit poolside this 4th of July at The Lafayette Hotel’s Red, White and Brew Party.

Red, White and Brew Pool Party
July 4. Spend this Independence Day poolside at The Lafayette Hotel. Listen to live music by Chug Boat (1-3:30 p.m.) while you sip on some of Coronado Brewing Company’s best brews. Tickets include two drinks (one non-alcoholic drink for kids) and a TJ-style hot dog. Noon-5 p.m. $40 adults, $15 children ages 13 and under. 2223 El Cajon Blvd., University Heights, 619.296.2101. Tickets


Viewpoint Brewing Co.
July 4. Head to Viewpoint Brewing Co. this holiday for a pig roast with unlimited barbecue, plenty of their signature brews and a spot to watch the fireworks. As usual, their communal tables are first come, first serve and limited valet spots will be available, included in the ticket price. 4-11 p.m. $75 adults, $25 kids. 2201 San Dieguito Dr., Del Mar. Tickets   

The Lafayette Hotel photo by Jorg Photo. 

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