Where to celebrate the 4th of July

Treat yourself to an Independence Day in style by feasting at any of these San Diego restaurants. Packed with food that will leave you seeing fireworks, these can’t-miss spots make for a fun and flavorful 4th of July celebration!   Bars, Restaurants and Hotels Celebrating the 4th of July: Celebrate this 4th of July surrounded by coastal ambiance at Pacific Beach AleHouse’s Red, White and Brew 4th of July weekend. Enjoy $3 Jell-O shots and $5 Pacifico all weekend, along with nightly DJ’s starting at 10 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday.June 29–July 4; 721 Grand Avenue, Pacific Beach Head over to Backyard Kitchen & Tap’s Star Spangled Hammered 4th of July weekend lineup for inherent beach vibes and festivities suited to the occasion. Kickoff the Independence Day fun at Backyard’s brunch on July 3-4, both days from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with $5 Pacifico all day. Boasting a lineup of four DJ’s from 4:30 to close on both days, Backyard knows how to celebrate!July 3–4; 832 Garnet Avenue, Pacific Beach Lakehouse Hotel & Resort in San Marcos is hosting a 4th of July Celebration for the whole family! Activities include:

  • Kids Zone: 12-5 p.m. + Face Painting, bounce house, contest and more
  • Patriotic Dog Contest: 2 p.m.
  • Boat Parade: 4:30 p.m. Annual Lake San Marcos Yacht Club Boat Parade
  • Music: 3-4 p.m. Hullabaloo Band, 6-8:30 p.m. The Fabulous Woodies
  • BBQ & Full Bar: Available for purchase by Decoy Dockside Dining
  • Patriotic light show projected on the water

Ditch the crowded beach and head inland for a drink at True North Tavern. Live DJs take over the tavern on Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and again from 10:00 p.m. to close. On Monday, get your stealth on with a Ginja Ninja Ginger Beer while you drop some knowledge during Trivia starting at 7:30 p.m. Celebrate your win on the dance floor while a DJ spins from 10:00 p.m. to close. On Tuesday, take advantage of the drink specials all day prior to watching the fireworks at night. Celebrate the 4th in traditional SoCal style at Tavern at the Beach. They’ll be partying all weekend long with a live DJ and dancing nightly. The festivities begin Friday night with happy hour from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and half off all drinks. Bring the gang in for brunch Saturday through Tuesday to help you recover from the evening before. Take advantage of the $15 champagne bottles with a mimosa bar and $8 Juicy Booty & Big Booty Mary’s. Chow down on a fiery Jalapeño Bacon Burger before taking-in the fireworks overhead. Come in for the weekend and stay through the 4th! barleymash in the Gaslamp is gearing up to celebrate Independence Day. Party with Red, White & Barley while you devour some Bacon Bleu Cheese Iron Fries. Enjoy a lineup of live music Sunday through Tuesday. Sip on local brews and chow down on an All American burger. Start your 4th of July morning off strong with a barleymash brunch on Tuesday beginning at 10:30 a.m. Take advantage of theSkye Vodka Bloody Mary Bar and savor the down-home, Double-Battered Chicken Fried Steak. With the 4th falling on a Tuesday, celebrate at barleymash All. Weekend. Long. Celebrate 4th of July at Union Kitchen & Tap in Encinitas for a laidback atmosphere infused with local beach vibes. Spend your Independence Day indulging in new brunch items as well as lunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stick around for Union’s BBQ special from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and $5 local craft beers all day! Skip the the beach and spend your long 4th of July weekend at WESTROOT. On Sunday, WESTROOT brings a Backyard BBQ with fall-off-the-bone chicken and ribs. Monday means Happy Hour from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and a $12 Burger and Beer special after 5:00 p.m. Finally, celebrate 4th of July with a traditional Taco Tuesday after 5:00 p.m. Finish your taco and beer just in time to watch the fireworks.  It’s that time of year again… fireworks, freedom, and free shots! Werewolf will be kicking off the celebrations starting Saturday with $3 Budweiser drafts and free shots from 9p.m. to 12a.m. all weekend long! Make sure to stop by from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. as well for some hangover-curing brunch specials on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday.  The Waterfront is the place to be for all things red, white and blue! Beat the heat with free red, white and blue Bomb Popsicles from Friday to Tuesday! Need something stronger? The Waterfront has special $5 Pabst Tallboys and $2.50 Pabst bottles all weekend long. Start the partying early with DJ Raji on Friday at 9 p.m. Refuel Saturday and Sunday morning with brunch and $10 Champagne from 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Come hungry Monday for Sloppy Joes happy hour and a second appearance from DJ Raji starting at 9 p.m. End the holiday with a bang Tuesday with a fresh off the grill hotdog, greasy potato chips, and free Pabst schwag – all at The Waterfront.  For those celebrating the 4th in East County, Lakeside’s Eastbound is the place to be! You’re sure to never go thirsty with $3 Budweiser drafts from Friday-Tuesday. Join them Saturday and Sunday morning for delicious brunch from 8am-1pm. Come back with your crew Saturday at 9pm for drinks and dancing with a live DJ! Show off your knowledge Sunday with Trivia night starting at 6:30pm. Eastbound will be poppin’ all day Tuesday and will feature the crowd favorite, American Tacos (also known as “hotdogs”). Nothing says “4th of July” like some beach-themed fun! Harbor Town Pub is bringing the beach indoors with $3 Hawaiian Punches and $1 off Mai Tai’s. Friday at 9pm, leave your sunscreen behind and come party beach-style! Celebrate the 4th with some delicious tacos from 3pm-9pm, and dance the night away with live music from Mark Fisher starting at 9pm! Beer pong and Otter Pops – what more could you want? Show off your beer pong skills this Friday-Tuesday at Banzai! Participants will be rewarded with Banzai t-shirts and saki bombs. Warm up with $3 Bud light and $10 Bud light draft specials, along with free otter pops! Beach attire is not only welcomed, but applauded.   It’s America’s birthday so let’s party! Head to these locations for drinks, dancing, and deals that will keep you celebrating all weekend long!  Fireworks:


BIG BAY BOOM  – 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, at multiple locations along San Diego Bay.


OCEAN BEACH – 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, at the Ocean Beach Pier, Newport Avenue.


CORONADO – 9 p.m., Tuesday, July 4, over Glorietta Bay


EL CAJON – 9 p.m., Tuesday, July 4, Kennedy Park


ESCONDIDO – 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, at California Center for the Arts


MIRA MESA – 9 p.m., Tuesday, July 4, at Mira Mesa Community Park


RANCHO BERNARDO – 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, at Bernardo Heights Middle School


SAN MARCOS – 9 p.m., Tuesday, July 4, at Bradley Park, at Rancho Santa Fe Road and Linda Vista Drive


VISTA – 9 p.m., Tuesday, July 4, at Moonlight Amphitheatre at Brengle Terrace Park


OCEANSIDE FIREWORKS SHOW – 9 p.m., Monday, July 3, at Oceanside Boulevard and Rancho del Oro Road


SAN DIEGO COUNTY FAIR – 9 p.m., Tuesday, July 4, at Del Mar Fairgrounds


LA JOLLA COVE – 9 p.m., Tuesday, July 4, at Ellen Browning Scripps Park, 1180 Coast Blvd., La Jolla.


CHULA VISTA FOURTH FEST – 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, at Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center


IMPERIAL BEACH – 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, at the Imperial Beach Pier


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