Things to Do This Weekend | San Diego Fourth of July Weekend Events

San Diego Fourth of July Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best San Diego things to do this Fourth of July weekend.

Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration at the OB Pier
July 4. Head to the beach early to save your spot on the sand for this annual fireworks celebration. Launched off the end of the pier, this fireworks show is a favorite among San Diegans. Stick around after the show for the infamous marshmellow fight. 9 p.m. Ocean Beach.

sd-fair-fourthSan Diego County Fair
July 4. Celebrate Independence Day at the all-American San Diego County Fair with a patriotic opening ceremony at the O’Brien Gate, a “Hometown Heroes” parade showcasing San Diegans who make a difference in the lives of others, a tribute to 9/11 heroes and all the fun regularly found at the fair. The fireworks are visible from most locations throughout the Fairgrounds. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. 858.755.1161.

alchemy-fourthAlchemy Cultural Fare & Cocktails
July 4.
Wear your red, white and blue to South Park where Alchemy will be roasting a whole pig and serving up brisket with all the fixings along side craft beer from Societe Brewing Company. Guests can take part in a bicycle decorating contest and parade, bobbing for apples, pin the tail on the donkey and sidewalk chalk all while rocking out to some all-American live music. It is also BYOV Thursday, bring your own vinyl of a classic American recording and receive a free beer. BBQ plates are $12. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Alchemy, 1503 30th Street, South Park. 619.255.0616. 

hornblower-4thHornblower Cruises
July 4.
One of the best vantage points for July Fourth fireworks is to actually be on the bay. Hownblower has you covered with two different three-hour cruises to celebrate the holiday. Enjoy a boarding glass of champagne, elaborate buffet dinner, DJ entertainment, panoramic views and the annual Big Bay Boom fireworks show. 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. San Diego Ticket Booth, 1066 N. Harbor, San Diego and San Diego Grape St. Pier 1800 N. Harbor, San Diego. 888.467.6256.

marina-kitchenMarina Kitchen
July 4.
Celebrate the Fourth with a down-home picnic featuring a four-course buffet of holiday favorites, including cole slaw, Niman Ranch BBQ baby back ribs, Jidori fried chicken, corn on the cob, a selection of mini pies and more. All guests who dine-in at Marina Kitchen will also have access to the Marriott’s Coronado Terrace, which offers a spectacular view of the fireworks display. 5-10 p.m. $36/adult, $12/children. 333 West Harbor Dr., San Diego. 619.234.1500 x6300.

Star Spangled Pops
July 4-6. This rousing Independence Day celebration includes all-American hits from Main Street to the Great White Way, complete with John Philip Sousa marches, a tribute to the military and a spectacular fireworks display to light up the sky. Thursday night’s concert will proceed without intermission in order to conclude the program in conjunction with the Big Bay fireworks display. 7:30 p.m. San Diego Symphony Summer Pops, Embarcadero Marina Park South, Embarcadero. 619.235.0804.

Fleetwood-Mac-viejasFleetwood Mac
July 5. One of rock’s most enduring, beloved and successful bands, Fleetwood Mac recently released “Extended Play,” a new four-song EP. The 2013 tour marks the 35th anniversary of the release of the classic album “Rumors,” since which the group has gone on to win multiple Grammy Award and be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Viejas Arena at SDSU, 5500 Campanile Dr., San Diego. 619.594.5200.

Hats Off to Opening Day Brunch
July 7. Kick off racing season with brunch, signature cocktails and beats by DJ Noel as you shop Opening Day fashions from Yuwei Designs and Greenpacha. Guests will also be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a grand prize of a gift card to Roppongi, general admission to Fashion Week San Diego and accessories by Yuwei Designs and Greenpacha. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Roppongi Restaurant and Sushi Bar, 875 Prospect St., La Jolla. 858.551.5252.

art-a-la-carteArt a la Carte
July 7. Celebrated art critic, collector and art dealer Alexander Salazar is bringing his internationally acclaimed art collection to Art a la Carte. This free, all-ages art walk is a chance to see the art, meet Alexander and enjoy happy hour specials all night at Aventine’s four restaurants. Featured artwork will include Jarod Farver’s vibrant color combinations, Lindsey Nobel’s vivid drawings and photography, and the dreamlike concepts of Qais Al Sindy. 5-8 p.m. I-5 at La Jolla Village Drive, UTC.

Jim Gaffigan
July 6. Jim Gaffigan’s clever, quiet style resonates with a wide range of audiences, which has helped him achieve major milestones in stand-up, acting and writing. He’s become a mainstay on the big screen with memorable roles in “Going the Distance,” “Away We Go” and “It’s Kind of a Funny Story.” His 2012 special, “Mr. Universe”, is available online through his website and he recently released another book, “Dad is Fat.” Humphreys Concerts By The Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619.224.3577.