July is my favorite summer month in San Diego and here is why:
All events take place on July 4 unless otherwise noted.
Alpine 4th of July Parade and Carnival
9am-2pm / Alpine Comm. Center, www.alpinekiwanis.org
Camp Pendleton Ken Grody Ford 4th of July Beach Bash
8am-10pm / DM Beach Resort, www.mccscp.com/beachbash
Carlsbad Red, White and BOOM! w/Fireworks
10am-9pm / LEGOLAND California, www.legoland.com
Chula Vista 4th Fest Fireworks
9pm / CV Elite Athlete Center, www.chulavistaca.gov
Coronado Independence Day Parade & Festivities
7am-9:30pm / Various, www.coronadochamber.com
Del Beach Bash & Fireworks
7-10pm / Hotel del Coronado, www.hoteldel.com
San Diego County Fair 4th of July Celebration
10am-11pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds, www.sdfair.com
Fourth of July Sunset BBQ & Fireworks Show
6:45-9:30pm / Fairmont Grand Del Mar, www.fairmont.com
El Cajon 4th of July Picnic & Fireworks
2-9:30pm / Kennedy Park, www.ci.el-cajon.ca.us
Escondido Independence Day Festival & Fireworks
4-9:30pm / Grape Day Park/Art Center, www.artcenter.org
Imperial Beach Independence Day Fireworks
4-9pm / Imperial Beach Pier, www.imperialbeachca.gov
Julian 4th of July Parade & Celebration
10am-5pm / Downtown Julian, www.julianparade.com
Mira Mesa Parade, Family Fun Day in the Park-Fireworks
7am-9:30pm / Mira Mesa Park, miramesatowncouncil.org
National City 4th of July Festivities - June 29-July 4
Kimball Park, www.ci.national-city.ca.us
Ocean Beach 4th of July Fireworks
9pm / Ocean Beach Pier, www.oceanbeachsandiego.com
Independence Parade - June 30
10am-12:30pm / S Coast Hwy, mainstreetoceanside.com
Celebration & Fireworks Show - July 3
6-10pm / Rancho Del Oro Road, www.ci.oceanside.ca.us
Ramona Rotary Community Fireworks & Family Picnic
5:30-9:30pm / Olive Peirce Middle, www.ramonarotary.org
Ranch Bernardo Spirit of the Fourth
Community Fair: 9am / Webb Park
Parade: 3:30pm / Downtown Rancho Bernardo
Festivities & Fireworks: 6-9:30pm / Bernardo Heights Middle
(858) 945-1616 / www.spiritofthefourth.org
Rancho Santa Fe 4th of July Parade & Picnic
1-3pm / 16948 Avenida De Acacias, www.rsfassociation.org
San Carlos Fireworks and Music Fest
11am-9:30pm / Lake Murray Playground
San Diego Symphony: Star Spangled Pops - June 29-July 1
7:30pm / Embarcadero Marina Park South
Big Bay Boom
9pm / San Diego Bay, www.bigbayboom.com
Old Town 4th of July
11am-4pm / Old Town SD State Park, www.parks.ca.gov
SeaWorld 4th of July Fireworks
9:40pm / SeaWorld, www.seaworldparks.com
San Marcos Celebrate Freedom, A Fireworks Extravaganza
6-9:30pm / Bradley Park, www.san-marcos.net
San Ysidro Independence Day at the Border - July 1
3-9pm / Larsen Field, www.facebook.com/syccNbid
Santee Santee Salutes w/Fireworks
2:30-10pm / Town Center Comm. Park E, www.ci.santee.ca.us
4th of July Run & Ride
6-10am / Red Cedar Dr. & Aviary Dr., www.srop.org
4th of July Parade
10am-1pm / Red Cedar Pl.-Hoyt Park, www.scrippsranch.org
Vista Independence Day Celebration w/Fireworks
5-10pm / Brengle Terrace Park, www.cityofvista.com
Old Fashioned Fourth of July 10am-4pm / Old Poway Park
4th of July Veterans Ceremony 11am / Veterans Park
Fourth of July Fireworks 6-10pm / Poway High School
(858) 668-4576 / www.poway.org
Other Events In July
“How Sweet it Is” Whether it’s sampling chocolate bubbling from a fountain, soaking up the glittery ocean views from atop the Ferris wheel, discovering how nature’s sweet fruits grow and ripen, or enjoying the Fair’s golden-ticket entertainment, your toughest decision will be choosing what to indulge in first!
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: 858-755-1161 / www.sdfair.com
The CADO June 16-Aug. 30
An immersive pop-up experience devoted to California Avocados will feature seven imaginative rooms of large-scale interactive art installations.
Time/Place: Liberty Station, South Promenade
San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival June 29-July 1
The soothing sounds of smooth jazz, a variety of delicious cuisine, and an amazing atmosphere that creates an unparalleled experience.
Time/Place: Embarcadero Marina Park North
Contact: 562-424-0013 / www.sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com
Summer Family Mural Project July 6
Join us during “Food Truck Fridays” in Balboa Park! Help paint a large mural in front of the Timken, then go inside for an art treasure hunt.
Time/Place: 5-7pm / Timken Museum of Art, Balboa Park
Contact: 619-239-5548 x109 / www.timkenmuseum.org
Fallbrook Summer Carnival July 6-8
Food, Carnival, Beer & Wine and Live Music!
Time/Place: Community Parking Lot, Alvarado Street
Contact: 760-723-8384 / www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org
SheFest July 7
A woman-centered event that celebrates and supports the talents and contributions of women while fostering meaningful connections within the LGBT and larger San Diego community.
Time/Place: 11am-3pm / North Park Community Park
Contact: 619-297-7683 / www.sdpride.org/shefest
Lake Poway Family Campout July 7-8 & 21-22
Activities include: guided evening hikes, campfire with s’mores, and Extreme Rahim returns with his family pleasing magic/comedy show. Remember to bring your own camping equipment, dinner supplies to barbeque, and grill/charcoal. Kiwanis club will be offering a pancake breakfast.
Time/Place: 5pm-9am / Lake Poway
Contact: 858-688-4772 / www.poway.org
California State Games July 12-15
Includes 10,000 competing in 23 sports. Opening Ceremonies includes an athlete parade, torch lighting and fireworks.
Time/Place: SDCCU Stadium
Contact: 619-223-2033 / www.calstategames.org
Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival July 13-14
World-class sandcastle sculptors creating some of the best sand creations on the West Coast as well as a community parade and pancake breakfast, live music, children’s craft activities, a Kids ‘n Kastles competition, Farmer’s Market and International Food Fair.
Time/Place: Fri 8am-Dusk, Sat 7am-5pm / Pier Plaza
San Diego Pride Festival July 13-15
Celebrate diversity under San Diego’s amazing sky and dance the day and night away! There will be 4 phenomenal stages, spanning 2 days, with over 100 entertainers and thousands of your closest friends.
Time/Place: 12-10pm / Marston Point, Balboa Park
Contact: 619-297-7683 / www.sdpride.org
Del Mar Racing Season July 13-Sept. 3
The Del Mar Racetrack is a world-class Thoroughbred racing destination welcoming the industry’s top athletes and California’s most spirited partygoers.
Time/Place: Del Mar Thoroughbred Club: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Contact: 858-755-1141 / www.dmtc.com
Mission San Diego de Alcala Festival of the Bells July 14-15
The festivities include food, live entertainment, dancing, and traditional activities like the Blessing of the Bells and the Blessing of the Animals.
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / 10818 San Diego Mission Road
Contact: 619-283-7319 / www.missionsandiego.org
Over The Line Tourney July 14-15 & 21-22
San Diego’s beach softball Over the Line Tournament is played by men and women into their 80’s and is one of the last pure Southern California traditions.
Time/Place: 7:30am-6pm / Fiesta Island, Mission Bay Park
Comic-Con International July 19-22
The largest comics and pop culture event in the United States, attracting thousands of artists, celebrities and fans of comic books, movie memorabilia and all things related to pop culture.
Time/Place: San Diego Convention Center
Insect and Ladybug Festival July 21-22
Children can practice bug collecting, hands-on insect arts and crafts, and even taste cooked mealworm larva. Entomologists and other bug experts will be available for questions.
Time/Place: 9am-5pm / San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
Contact: 760-536-3036 / www.sdbgarden.org
Supergirl Surf Pro July 27-19
The weekend will be jam-packed with world-class competition that will have you on your toes and a festival village loaded with female-inspired vendors, activities and entertainment.
Time/Place: 8am-6pm / Oceanside Pier
California Clambake July 28
With a sunset backdrop, live entertainment and interactive beach games, guests donned in white attire will cozy up on communal tables and enjoy a shellfish feast featuring menus from renowned Guest Chef Javier Plascencia.
Time/Place: 5:30-8pm / Hotel del Coronado
Contact: 619-522-8490 / www.hoteldel.com
Imperial Beach Surf Dog Competition July 28
Check out the action where more than 60 dogs are expected to participate in this family friendly event, which raises funds for the San Diego Humane Society.
Time/Place: 8am-3pm / Next to the Imperial Beach Pier
Contact: 949-297-6536 / www.surfdogevents.com/imperial-beach
Concert At The Lakes July 28
A benefit for the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Foundation & Santee Lakes Foundation. “Disco is Reborn for One Night Only at Santee Lakes”
Time/Place: 4-10pm / Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve, Lake 1
Contact: 619-596-7188 / www.concertatthelakes.com
Solana Beach Triathlon, Duathlon, Aquabike July 29
The surf-entry ocean swim is supported by lifeguards and swim buddies. The bike and run courses cruise down the world famous Pacific Coast Highway. Finally, a tunnel of high-fives awaits you at the finish line - a gauntlet of excitement.
Time/Place: 6:50am / Fletcher Cove