COAST CITIES — If you are looking for celebrations and fireworks this July 4, there are several choices.The city of San Marcos will again host its annual July 4 celebration at Bradley Park at the corner of Linda Vista Drive and Rancho Santa Fe Road. The evening’s free entertainment featuring San Diego Bayside Band will begin at 6 p.m. Children’s activities include face painting, party jumps and more. Food concessions will include hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue, desserts, snow cones, non-alcoholic beverages and more.
The San Diego County Fair in Del Mar, on Jimmy Durante Boulevard, will also offer its traditional fireworks display at 9 p.m. July 4 on the final day of the fair.
California Center for the Arts, Escondido will host the 13th annual Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks July 4 beginning at 4 p.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m. in Grape Day Park and the Center for the Arts’ Great Green, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. For more information, call (800) 988-4253 or visit artcenter.org.
In downtown San Diego, the Maritime Museum suggests the observation deck of the museum’s historic 1898 steam ferry Berkeley for a view of the fireworks show over San Diego Bay. Fireworks viewing are included with museum admission and guests are welcome to watch fireworks from several ships as well as the new mooring platform located directly behind the Berkeley. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Tickets purchased on a walk up basis will be $35 for adults and $23 for children 12 and under. Children 5 and under are free.
For those looking for a more unusual experience, the museum is offering a fireworks cruise on board the schooner Californian. The cruise will leave the museum at 6:30 p.m. and return after the fireworks show is over. Passengers on board will experience the power of Californian’s six-pound deck guns as she joins the fireworks presentation with a rousing broadside. A full bar will be on board for those 21 and over. Tickets for the fireworks cruise are $85 each. Guests can also ride on the 1914 Pilot boat from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. for just $35 and enjoy the fireworks from the water.
For more information and reservations, call (619) 234-9153, ext. 101 or check sdmaritime.org.