Independence Day is around the corner and across San Diego County, the skies will glow with patriotic, public displays of fireworks.
Here’s our list — and a map — of where to see those spectacular sparks come Mon., July 4. 🎆
Yes, the Big Bay Boom is as flashy as it sounds. | Photo via @alexdrumming
The Big Bay Boom | 9 p.m. | San Diego Bay (viewing locations vary) | Free | The iconic fireworks show across four barges over San Diego Bay is a summertime staple — and the largest fireworks show in California. Prime waterfront viewing spots include Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North + South Embarcadero, and the Coronado Ferry Landing. 🌊
Pro tips: The viewing locations fill up quickly, so get there early + bring chairs. Also, consider using public transit because parking is always at a premium for this large-scale event.
The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System will add extratrolley service for Big Bay Boom across all three lines; these stations are near viewing locations: County Center/Little Italy, Santa Fe Depot, America Plaza, Seaport Village, Convention Center + Gaslamp Quarter. Oh, and friends ride free with a fare-paying rider. 🚊
There are lots of ways to watch fireworks across San Diego County this year. | Photo via Google Maps
Santee Salutes | 2-10 p.m. | Town Center Community Park East | Free | This family-friendly community festival ends with a patriotic fireworks display.
Over in the East County, the Santee Salutes fireworks are a laid-back option. | Photo via SDtoday
Lake Murray Fireworks + Music Fest | 11 a.m.-9 p.m. | Lake Murray Park | Free | Another East County spot for a patriotic community celebration — with fireworks starting at 9 p.m.
Reminder: The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department says consumer fireworks areillegal in the City + County of San Diego, including sparklers, firecrackers, cherry bombs, bottle rockets, and even poppers. So, leave the shows to the pros.
OB Farmers Market | Wednesdays | 4-8 p.m. | 4900 block of Newport Avenue, between Bacon + Cable streets | Free | This eclectic, beachside market has been running for 30 years and is a prime spot to grab produce, honey, kombucha, flowers + more. 💐
Wine Series: Cheers to Baja | Wed., June 29 | 7-10 p.m. | Casa de Flor SD, 3334 Fifth Ave. | $55 | The downtown San Diego venue highlights Lomita Winery — a favorite out of Valle de Guadalupe — alongside snacks + mingling. 🍷
“Abba-Mania” | Wed., June 29 | 7:30 p.m. | The Moonlight Amphitheatre | $17+ | A rock musical featuring 21 of the Swedish band’s biggest hits. 🕺
Lemon Grove Farmers Market | Thursdays | 3:30-6:30 p.m. | 2885 Lemon Grove Ave. | Free | An East County gathering highlighting locally-grown produce. 🍋
“The Greatest Showman: Sing-Along” | Thurs., June 30 | 4:15 p.m. | Rooftop Cinema Club Embarcadero | $22.50+ | Rewrite the stars — or, at least watch under the stars — at this sing-along screening of the Hugh Jackman musical. 🎪
Little Miss Brewing Trivia Night | Thursdays | 7:30 p.m. | Little Miss Brewing in La Mesa, Lakeside, Normal Heights, Escondido or Poway | $10 | Make a team, answer questions, and test your knowledge of the 1980s. 🎱
It’s been so hot lately, but the National Weather Service San Diego says a “gradual cooling trend” starts today, with a
decrease in temps at least through Mon., July 4. It won’t last long, though: NWS predicts another warm-up is expected toward the middle of next week. 🌡️ (National Weather Service San Diego)
Sunrise + Sunset
Rise: 5:43 a.m.
Set: 8 p.m.
Low: 4:52 a.m. + 3:41 p.m.
High: 11:28 a.m. + 10 p.m.
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a $7.36 billion2022-2023 budget yesterday. The budget focuses money toward addressing mental health in the region, homelessness, equity, racial justice, climate change, public safety, land use + social services. 💵
The following county services will be closed on Mon., July 4, for the Independence Day holiday: all public county offices, family resource centers, libraries + animal shelters. Most county and state-run COVID-19 vaccination and testing sites will also be closed, resuming normal hours on Tues., July 5. 🗓️
UC San Diego is now home to three new Asian restaurants: Fan-Fan (Hunan and Asian-fusion cuisine), Shōwa Ramen (shoyu, tonkotsu, spicy miso ramen), and Curry Up Now (Indian street food). The offerings aim to diversify the food scene on campus + represent many of the urban neighborhoods of San Diego. 🍜 (UC San Diego News Center)
Advanced tickets are on sale for Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Beyond Amazing, The Exhibition” making its world premiere at the Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park on Fri., July 1. The installation celebrates the 60-year history of the web-slinging superhero via a collection of artifacts — from original comic art to film production elements. 🕷️
The San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas will host its
first-ever showcase of houseplants — “World of Houseplants” — in its 8,000-sqft Dickinson Family Education Conversatory from
Sat., July 16-Mon., Sept. 5. The show (included with admission) will feature plant sales, potting materials, classes, tips on caring for your houseplants + more. 🪴
Madi, an all-day brunch spot with grab-and-go coffee from Heartwork Coffee, will open by late July on Adams Avenue in Normal Heights. The sister restaurant of Madison on Park will open daily from
8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and its menu will boast brunch faves like breakfast burritos + pancakes (a special family recipe). 🥞 (Eater San Diego)
Snapdragon Stadium in Mission Valley is hosting a job information fairtoday from 5-8 p.m. at the Experience Center at 8954 Rio San Diego Ave., Ste. 112. Learn about potential positions in departments like guest services, parking, operations, security, event staff, food + beverage, field and grounds, box office, and AV production. 🏟️
San Diego’s beloved “Chopper the Biker Dog” — the therapy dog who famously rode around the city on the back of a motorcycle — died yesterday in his sleep, according to his owner. Chopper was known for visiting wounded warriors and law enforcement, and was celebrated in local parades and on social media. 🐶 (NBC 7)
EDCO’s waste collection rates in Solana Beach will slightly increasestarting this Friday due to the current “inflationary environment.” Single-family residential customers will see collection rates rise from $26.48 to $27.59 per month, with organic recycling services included in the pricing. Commercial customers will see an increase around $5. 🗑️ (The Coast News Group)
Brain Corp — a locally-based company specializing in software to power autonomous robots used for simple tasks like cleaning floors + scanning inventory — has seen a surge in business during the pandemic. The company says the labor shortage, coupled with a demand for higher sanitation, has driven the brand’s success. 🤖 (San Diego Business Journal)
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SeaWorld San Diego + SeaWorld Rescue specialists posted this video of the mom-to-be waddling back into the water at Carlsbad State Beach as onlookers cheered. 🌊
OK, so some parts of the country are known for stray livestock, but in San Diego County, it seems that curious sea lions are kind of our thing. If you ever see a stranded animal in distress, report it to the SeaWorld Rescue team by calling 1(800) 541-SEAL (7325) or via email at [email protected].
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