Where to watch fireworks in North County this weekend.

Posted on 02. Jul, 2010 by in Fun

North County Fourth of July Events


Legoland California: The park will offer special activities and extended hours from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 4. Jr. Crew will perform rhythmic drumming, tapping and dancing routines. Jugglers, a steel-drum band and Uncle Sam on stilts also will appear. Park guests can help build an American flag out of 7,200 red, white and blue bricks. Kids of all ages can participate in picnic games including water-balloon tosses, burlap sack races and paper airplane races. Fireworks will begin at 8:30 p.m. Information: (760) 918-LEGO or www.legoland.com.


San Diego County Fair: A Patriotic Costume Contest on the Ralphs Infield Stage will take place July 4, as well as evening entertainment including the Hometown Heroes Parade at 7 p.m. in the grandstand. All active duty military, firefighters, EMTs and law enforcement officers will receive a free Hometown Heroes T-shirt by presenting identification at the San Diego Pavilion from 10 a.m. to 6p.m. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., the Navy band will perform, and there will be a Top Gun flyover, fireworks and a performance by country star Lee Greenwood. Information: www.sdfair.com or (858) 793-5555.


Cottonwood Park: Chairs and blankets are welcome at a community celebration from 8 to 10:30 a.m. July 4 at the park at Encinitas Boulevard and Vulcan Avenue. A pancake breakfast will be served from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Registration for a decorated-bike contest begins at 9 a.m. Children’s activities will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. There will be a program at 9:30 a.m. by Camp Pendleton Young Marines, chaplain Daniel Stephens and keynote speaker Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, R-Rancho Santa Fe. The events are sponsored by community organizations. Information: (760) 944-5784.

Red, White and Blue Parade: Children and parents can dress in patriotic finery and parade through Quail Botanical Gardens, beginning at the visitor center at 10 a.m. July 4. Decorated strollers and wagons are welcome, but no bicycles are allowed. The gardens are at 230 Quail Gardens Drive. Registration is not necessary. The event is free with admission: adults $8; seniors, students and active military $5; children 3 through 12, $3. Information: (760) 436-3036, ext. 206, or visit www.qbgardens.org.


Ducky derby: Two thousand rubber ducks will race across Grand Tradition’s pond at Fallbrook Beautification Alliance’s first Great Rubber Duckie Derby at 4 p.m. July 4. Other attractions will include food, beer and wine, sack races, horseshoes, a duck-costume pageant, a climbing wall and live entertainment. A fireworks display will begin at 8:30 p.m. Admission: $15 adults; $8 children. Proceeds will be used to refurbish Beech Street Park, expand the downtown flower pot project and plant and maintain the Mission Road median. Information: (760) 723-8635.


Freedom Days Parade: The parade starts at 10 a.m. July 2, featuring the 1st Marine Division USMC Band and other bands, along with floats, walking groups and cars reflecting this year’s theme, Let Freedom Ring. The grand marshal for the parade will be Hal Jepsen, surf and skate film maker. The parade will make its way north on Coast Highway from Wisconsin Avenue to Civic Center Drive. Information: (760) 967-2005 or www.msoceanside.com.

Ofest street fair and fireworks: The street fair will be along Pacific Street and Mission Avenue from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 3-4. Booths will offer crafts, food and services. KPRI Radio 102 FM will host more than a dozen local and national blues and rock bands from noon to 10 p.m. both days at Oceanside Pier Amphitheater. A fireworks display will be at 9 p.m. July 4 near the pier. Information: (760) 967-2005 or www.msoceanside.com.

Decorated Dinghy Parade: Participants can decorate their small boats in patriotic themes and cruise Oceanside Harbor starting at 2 p.m. July 4. As they pass the Oceanside Yacht Club, they will be judged. The event is sponsored by the club. Information: (760) 722-5751.


Old-fashioned Fourth of July: Poway’s 11th annual Old-fashioned Fourth of July will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 4 in Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Road, Poway. There will be a picnic, ice cream social, food vendors, historical displays, blacksmithing, train robbery re-enactments, arts and crafts, patriotic music, face painting and children’s activities. There will be no fireworks this year because of renovation at Poway High School. Information: (858) 668-4576.


Spirit of the Fourth: Festivities kick off at 9 a.m. July 4 with a pancake breakfast at Webb Park. There will be live entertainment and activities for kids. The day includes a memorial service at 10:40 a.m. in the park. An array of live bands will perform before and after the service. The parade will begin at 3:30 p.m. at Lomica and Acena drives and travel down Acena Drive to Rancho Bernardo Drive, then onto Bernardo Center Drive, ending at Lomica Drive. A fireworks display will be at Bernardo Heights Middle School, 12990 Paseo Lucido. Gates open at 6p.m.; fireworks launch at 9 p.m. synchronized to KYXY FM. Information: (858) 775-9222.


Parade and picnic: The 24th annual parade will begin at 1 p.m. July 4 at the Rancho Santa Fe Association office, 17022 Avenida de Acacias. A picnic and concert will follow.


Fireworks and more: The city will host a celebration at 5:30 p.m. July 4 at Bradley Park, corner of Rancho Santa Fe Road and Linda Vista Drive. Live entertainment, concessions booths, games and a co-ed sports festival will take place. Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. The event is supported by community residents and businesses. Information: (760) 744-9000.


Fourth of July celebration: Music, games for children and food will be available from 5 to 9 p.m. July 4 at the Valley Center High School football stadium, 31322 Cole Grade Road. Fireworks start at 9 p.m.. This event is presented by Michael Crews Development and Helping Others More Efficiently (HOME). Free. Information: (760) 749-1919


Independence Day Celebration: Family activities, food vendors and music will begin at 11 a.m. July 4 at Brengle Terrace Park in and around Moonlight Amphitheatre. Fireworks will start at 9 p.m. over the softball field and can be seen from throughout the park. Information: (760) 726-1340, ext. 1574.

Light Up the Night: The city Parks and Community Services Department will host a Light Up the Night fundraising dinner from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Brengle Terrace Park. Dinner packages include reserved parking adjacent to the amphitheater, premium seating in the amphitheater, a gourmet barbecue dinner, beverages, entertainment and the fireworks display. Dinner packages are $55 per person or $400 for a table of eight. Reservations and information: (760) 726-1340, ext. 1141.

2 Responses to “Where to watch fireworks in North County this weekend.”

  1. Tina G 2 July 2010 at 9:08 am #

    Thank you for all this info! Now we just have to decide which one to do!

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