Enjoy the sunsets and fireworks this month as we guide you and your group through San Diego! San Diego County residents can take advantage of some of our tours and attractions for FREE when accompanied by a full fare adult paid guest with Hometown Pass!
Parade, crafts and activities of early San Diego recreate an old fashioned Independence Day celebrated on the frontier. (No fireworks)
Ocean Beach July 4th Fireworks
Ocean Beach Pier at the end of Newport Ave.
Spend the day at this lovely beach or nearby Ocean Beach dog beach.
Big Bay Boom July 4th Celebration
Multiple locations along San Diego Bay
The Big Bay Boom July 4th Fireworks Show is back, promising another spectacular display over San Diego Bay. Fireworks will be discharged simultaneously from barges placed strategically around the Bay off Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero North, Seaport Village, Embarcadero South Marina Park and Coronado Ferry Landing. The impeccably choreographed display will last approximately 17 minutes.
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
San Diego County Fair
Del Mar Fair Grounds
Start off the day at the Fair with a patriotic opening ceremony at 9:00 am, and then enjoy the Hometown Heroes Parade at 7:00 pm, and a concert provided by the Navy Band Southwest followed by a spectacular fireworks display.
Festival of Bells
10818 San Diego Mission Road
This weekend event celebrates the anniversary of Mission San Diego de Alcalá, the Mother of California’s 21 Missions, which was founded by Blessed Father Junipero Serra on July 16, 1769. Each year in mid-July, parishioners, volunteers and visitors all gather for one weekend to celebrate the beginning of Christianity in the western United States with food, entertainment, dancing and traditional activities like the Blessing of the Bells and the Blessing of the Animals. All five Mission bells are rung during the weekend festivities, including an original bell dating back to 1802. The Festival of the Bells is a great family event and is a great opportunity for everyone to visit and learn more about this historical landmark.
Old Town State Historic Park
Every Saturday. Stagecoach Days invites visitors to enjoy afternoons in Old Town filled with activities that reflect life in early San Diego and celebrate the West on the move. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is celebrating travel and transportation in the era of real horsepower during Stagecoach Days.
Esri User Conference
San Diego Convention Center
Learn new, innovative solutions and tried-and-true best practices when you connect and collaborate with over 16,000 of your peers in the global GIS user community at Esri UC. This year’s agenda offers you thousands of hours of hands-on training, moderated sessions, technical workshops and demonstrations, user presentations, inspirational speakers, and more!
Sun and Sea Festival aka The Original Imperial Beach Sandcastle Competition
Portwood Pier, Imperial Beach
The event will include Kids N’ Kastles competition for children ages 12 and under (no adult sand castle competition). Join in the arts and crafts; enjoy some food from the farmer’s market and international food fair, and a fun day for all! Sandcastle Ball and exhibition will be the day before.
Over the Line Tourney
Fiesta Island, Mission Bay Drive
Over the Line (OTL) is a bat and ball game played with 2 teams of 3 players each.
San Diego LGBT Pride Parade
University Ave. / Normal St. / University Ave. / 6th Ave. / Balboa Dr. / Quince St. / Balboa Dr.
Rainbow banners wave as a symbol of diversity at this most diversified parade. A crowd of spectators cheer on caravans of lavish floats and hundreds of colorful contingents. It’s like no other parade! Shuttle service is available. This event is in conjunction with the “LGBT PrideFestival”.
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
San Diego LGBT Pride Festival
Balboa Park - Marston Point on the west side of the park near 6th Ave. & Laurel St.
In a rainbow of color, visitors can enjoy multiple stages of fantastic entertainment, food & drink. There’s a Garden with Pride Zone, Gaming Zone, Youth Zone, Kids Zone, and more.
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
24th Annual Taste of Gaslamp
Join us for the 24th Annual Taste of Gaslamp presented by Karl Strauss, San Diego’s original culinary tour! On Saturday, June 16, 2018, the Gaslamp Quarter will be showcasing the excellent dining options available in our vibrant district.
Convention Center, West Harbor Drive
Preview Night on Wednesday July 18, 6:00pm – 9:00pm. This is one of the most popular San Diego events and these tickets are already sold out. But join in the fun anyway in the area. Wednesday – Saturday: 9:30am–7:00pm & Sunday 9:30am-5:00pm.
7:30am – Dusk. Over the Line (OTL) is a bat and ball game played with 2 teams of 3 players each.
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Annual Joggin' For Frogmen 5K & Tadpole Trot
Liberty Station (NTC Park & surrounding area)
Come and join this 5K run/walk at Liberty Station in honor of Navy SEALS (Frogmen) and all military heroes who have sacrificed their lives while protecting our country; including the 31 heroes who were killed in a helicopter crash in Afganistan. A Tadpole Trot for kids accompanies the event.