Escondido, San Marcos and the world celebrate the Fourth of July on the 4th of July; that’s a Monday. It’s Birthday No. 240 for the good ole U.S. of A.
Here is the official word on how Escondido and San Marcos are celebrating the annual holiday.
Escondido: 53rd Annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks
Escondido’s annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks has become a North County tradition, and for good reason, officials say.
Each year, 25,000 festival-goers converge on the California Center for the Arts, Escondido at Grape Day Park for the holiday festivities. The event is back for its 53rd year on Monday, July 4, 2016 with rockin’ live music, tasty treats, and games for all.
The day will commence with a special presentation by Escondido’s American Legion Post 149, VFW Post 1513, and DAV Chapter 70. This program honoring our nation’s veterans has begun the day’s festivities for many years. Once again, the Center’s National Anthem Singing Competition will discover a local singer whose rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” will be kicking off the day’s events.
Taking the stage after the American Legion is rockin’ live Latin music by the Manny Cepeda Orchestra Quartet. Next up is Hawaiian music by Ke’Ahi, and a hula performance by Halau Hula O Makalani Na Pilialoha.
Lastly, The Jonathan Lee Band will offer a unique mixture of country and classic rock. After key words from the Center’s Executive Director Jerry VanLeeuwen and Escondido Mayor Sam Abed, the crowd will be treated to the music of Camp Pendleton’s finest musicians, the 1st Marine Division Band, who will lead into a dazzling fireworks display.
Throughout the festival, a wealth of other activities will be going on around the Center’s campus. The event’s Fun & Games area will be located behind the Center’s Museum. Free arts and crafts, face painting, and more—coordinated by the Center’s Education Department—will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Additionally, Escondido Recreation will be holding a number of contests in the same area. Their Watermelon Eating Contest, always a crowd favorite, is open to children, teens, and adults, and will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Festival-goers can also visit the Escondido History Center, which will be free and open to the public from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.. The YMCA Baton Twirlers, will take to the Depot Stage closer to dark (7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.) to showcase their amazing talents and flaming batons. As always, a number of food vendors will be offering tasty treats for purchase throughout the day.
As a special treat this year, the Center’s Museum will be open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with FREE admission to our two current exhibitions: My Hero: Contemporary Art & Superhero Action and Unlocking Wonderland: The Exhibit. As part of this exciting exhibition, the Center will be hosting meet-and-greets with Alice, the Mad Hatter, Captain America, and Wonder Woman in our Fun & Games area from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Visit artcenter.org for the full event schedule and details.
Meanwhile, over at the San Marcos Annual Fourth of July Celebration
San Marcos will present its annual Fourth of July Celebration and fireworks show at Bradley Park, 1587 Linda Vista Drive. This year’s theme is “Celebrate Freedom” and festivities begin at 6 pm with entertainment featuring Beta Maxx. A professional fireworks show will launch at 9 pm.
“For the past 35 years, San Marcos has been home to one of the most spirited Fourth of July celebrations in North County San Diego, said Community Services Director Buck Martin. “This event is entirely dependent on private donations and features entertainment for the whole family.”
Attendees can look forward to carnival games, jumpers and on-site food sales. Guests are encouraged to arrive early and bring chairs or blankets for lawn seating.
This free event is provided each year by generous donations from community leaders, businesses and San Marcos residents. Community members and businesses are encouraged to make a tax-deductible contribution toward the event and to ensure a spectacular fireworks display.
That’s not all, folks. What follows is a comprehensive — and we do mean comprehensive — list of July 4 North County firework displays assembled by the Santa Fe Hills — San Marcos communities. For more, visit http://www.santafehillssanmarcos.com.
San Marcos Fireworks
Bradley Park Fireworks
Address: Bradley Park, 465 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road, San Marcos, CA 92078 (map)
Time: 6:00 to 9:30 PM (Fireworks start at 9pm)
Event Info: Bring chairs or blankets for lawn seating. The event features food, carnival games, music, sports, jumpers and food sales. Live entertainment by Beta Maxx. Funded entirely by donations from the businesses and citizens of San Marcos.
More Information – Great View of Fireworks from Santa Fe Hills!
LEGOLAND Red, White and BOOM!
Legoland Park Fireworks
Address: 1 Legoland Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008 (map)
Time: Fireworks at 8:30 PM
Event Info: Don’t miss Fireworks set to a patriotic musical tribute with great viewing in designated locations throughout the Park. Throughout the day, kids of all ages can enjoy performances, meet their favorite LEGO® Friends and Characters, and participate in all-American family picnic games, like water-balloon tosses, burlap sack races, the Family Build Challenge and LEGO Hamburger relay.
The celebration lasts from 1:00pm to 9:00pm with fireworks at 8:30pm. All Red, White and BOOM! activities are included in the cost of admission to LEGOLAND California.
Moonlight Amphitheatre / Brengle Terrace Park Fireworks
Address: 1200 Vale Terrace Dr Vista, CA 92084 (map)
Time: 7:15 to 9:00 PM. Fireworks start at 9pm.
Event Info: The City of Vista’s Annual Independence Day Celebration returns with plenty of food, family fun and fireworks!
Oceanside Fireworks Show at El Corazon
Address: El Corazon Park, 3302 Senior Center Dr, Oceanside, CA 92056 (map)
Time: Sunday, July 3 – 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Event Info: Sunday, July 3, 2016, at El Corazon site at Rancho Del Oro Road. Music, food trucks, and fireworks show that starts at 9:00 pm. Recommended Viewing Location: Rancho Del Oro Road between Mesa Drive and Oceanside Blvd. FREE Parking is at El Camino High School and the Business Park – bring a beach chair, and walk to viewing location (closed portion of Rancho Del Oro Rd).
Early Independence Parade (June 27) • Fireworks Information
Grape Day Park Fireworks
Address: Grape Day Park & The Center, 321 N Broadway Escondido, CA 92025 (map)
Time: Starts at 4:00 PM, Fireworks at 9:00 PM
Event Info: Join 20,000 patriotic festival-goers for Escondido’s 53rd Annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks. This free community event features rockin’ live music by the Manny Cepeda Orchestra Quartet, Ke’Ahi & Halau Hula O Makalani Na Pilialoha, and the Jonathan Lee Band, fabulous food vendors, and a wealth of children’s activities and games for everyone to enjoy. The day’s festivities will conclude with a special performance by Camp Pendleton’s 1st Marine Division Band and, of course, a dazzling fireworks display! You won’t want to miss this annual North County tradition!
Camp Pendleton Fireworks
Camp Pendleton Beach Bash
Address: Del Mar Beach Resort on Camp Pendleton North, CA 92055
Time: 6am – 11pm
Event Info: The 2016 Ken Grody Ford Beach Bash will feature DJ Mike, exciting kids’ activities, Tribute to Heroes video, fireworks show, food trucks, Margaritaville and the MCX Del Mar Exchange. Enter a drawing for the Ken Grody Ford Cash Prizes and 2016 Ford Focus STi. Hit the sand and surf early and plan to stay late! Check out the schedule of events for a detailed list of activities along with the concessions and FAQs for a day of patriotic fun.
Del Mar Fireworks
Del Mar Fairgrounds Fireworks
Address: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, CA 92014 (map)
Time: Starts at 10 AM, Fireworks at 9:00 PM
Event Info: What better place is there to spend Independence Day than at the San Diego County Fair? Highlighting the day will be the traditional fireworks display, which will happen at approximately 9:00PM. The fireworks display is visible throughout the Fairgrounds, so as long as you’re outside, there’s no better place to watch! We’ll start the day with a patriotic Opening Ceremony about 9:30AM at the O’Brien Gate. When the gates open about 10:00AM, there’ll be plenty to do.
Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens
Address: 220 Grand Tradition Way Fallbrook, CA 92028
Event Info: Grand Tradition will be hosting its annual 4th of July Celebration in Grand-style! Join us in celebrating this all-American family tradition with an evening of family games and activities, savory food and drink selections, live bands, military salute, and of course an explosive firework finale. Proceeds from the event directly benefit the community of Fallbrook. Grand Tradition is proud to be a major benefactor of the Fallbrook Beautification Alliance and support their efforts keeping the community beautiful.
Address: Poway High School, 15500 Espola Rd, Poway, CA 92064
Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM. Fireworks at 9 pm.
Event Info: Enjoy spectacular fireworks as they light up the sky over Lake Poway High School Stadium. Games, activities, and a DJ spinning the tunes round out the fun. Gates open at 6:00 pm. Fireworks begin at 9:00 pm. Please arrive early to allow plenty of time for parking.
Rancho Bernardo Fireworks
Address: Bernardo Heights Middle School, 12990 Paseo Lucido, San Diego, CA 92128
Time: Opens at 6:30pm, Fireworks at 9pm
Event Information: The evening opens at 6:30 p.m. at the Athletic Field of Bernardo Heights Middle School at 12990 Paseo Lucido, with an array of entertainment. Public Address System courtesy of the Rancho Bernardo Veterans Memorial Association.
Rancho Bernardo’s lavish fireworks display, “Sky Concert” produced by PYRO Spectaculars, begins at 9 p.m. The fireworks display ends with a Grand Finale display of nearly 400 high altitude shells. This event should not be missed.
Seating is on the grass and it is suggested that those attending bring blankets or lawn chairs. There is reserved seating and parking for Freedom Club members. Parking is free in the student parking lot off Avenida Venusto. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at the event.
All Day Events • Fireworks Information
Scripps Ranch Fireworks (No fireworks this year)
Address: Olive Peirce Middle School, 1521 Hanson Ln, Ramona, CA 92065
Time: Event opens at 5:30 p.m. and fireworks start at 9 p.m.
Event Info: The celebration will be held on the field behind Olive Peirce Middle School.