Booming and bright: Fourth of July fireworks celebrations take their mark
On the beach, at the fair, aboard a ship - there are plenty of places to get your pyrotechnic fix on July 4. And thanks to the calendar gods, those super-flashy displays happen on Saturday this year (unless otherwise noted). Check ‘em out:
Rancho Santa Fe Parade and Picnic
- RSF Community Center and Golf Club is hosting a Fourth of July Parade & Picnic. Community members make floats and show off their classic cars, and children ride decorated bikes through village streets. The event also features a concert by the Coastal Communities Concert Band.
- Parade forms at 12:15 p.m.; picnic and concert begin at 1:30 p.m.
- More information: (858) 342-3050
Big Bay Boom 2009:
9 p.m. Fireworks will be set off simultaneously from four barges placed around San Diego Bay - off Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero and Seaport Village.
9 p.m. Fireworks are best seen from La Jolla Cove, Scripps Park and La Jolla Shores.
Legoland California’s Red, White Boom Celebration:
8:30 p.m. Fireworks follow an all-day celebration, which features a patriotic building competition and a performance by The Jumpitz. Regular admission applies for park guests. After 7 p.m., nonpark guests can view fireworks from the parking lot for $2. (Parking lot will close at 8:15 p.m.) Admission to the park: $53-$63. (760) 918-5346,
Mission Bay Yacht Club:
9 p.m. Boats will parade around the bay before the fireworks. (858) 488-0501,
Paradise Point Resort Spa:
9 p.m. July 3. Fireworks follow a barbecue that begins at 6 p.m. July 3. Barbecue: $25-56. (858) 274-4630,
San Diego County Fair (Del Mar Fairgrounds):
9 p.m. Fireworks will follow a Hometown Heroes parade, patriotic contests and a performance by Navy Band Southwest. Smokey Robinson will perform after the fireworks display. The show is free with fair admission: $7-$13. Parking: $10. (858) 755-1161,
San Diego Maritime Museum Fourth of July Celebration:
9 p.m. A barbecue, which includes entertainment, will be held aboard the Berkeley at 6:30 p.m.: $25-$50. A fireworks sail party will be held on the Californian at 6:15 p.m.: $65. (619) 234-9153,
9:30 p.m. Viewing is also available along Crown Point. Admission to the park: $55-$65. Parking: $12. (800) 257-4268,