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San Diego Fourth of July Guide 2017

Celebrate Independence Day all weekend long with fireworks, festivals, parades, drink specials, and more
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By Erica Nichols


The Blind Burro

Independence Day and Taco Tuesday come together at The Blind Burro. Specials include 2 for $6 tacos and $17 bottomless margaritas from 4-11 p.m.

Price: À la carte

Date: July 4

Location: 639 J Street, East Village

Phone: (619) 795-7880

Coasterra Harbor Float

This 21+ event is celebrating on the bay with a taco station, house-made salsas and guacamole, and a raw seafood bar. Plus, $7 libations available with a full cash bar.

Price: $29.95

Date: July 4

Location: 880 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island

Phone: (619) 814-1300

Cusp Dining & Drinks

Treat yourself to an 11th floor dinner to watch the La Jolla Cove Fireworks show. With a dinner reservation, Cusp Dining is also serving a complimentary toast during the fireworks display.

Price: À la carte

Date: July 4

Location: 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla

Phone: (858) 551-3620

Grant Grill

Celebrate Independence Day the Presidential way by treating yourself to dinner at the Grant Grill. Enjoy a cocktail in the lobby before watching the Big Bay Boom fireworks just a few blocks away.

Price: À la carte

Date: July 4

Location: 326 Broadway, Downtown

Phone: (619) 744-2077

Harrah’s Resort Southern California

The resort’s café will be celebrating with a special All-American menu that includes a pulled pork sandwich with pineapple salsa, apple pie, and more.

Price: $15.99 (beverages priced individually)

Date: July 4

Location: 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Funner, CA

Phone: (760) 751-3100

Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel

The bayside property is hosting a 4th of July Party by the Bay with a beer garden and BBQ. The prime location also means a front-row seat for the Big Bay Boom fireworks show over the San Diego Bay at 9 p.m.

Price: Food and drinks à la carte

Date: July 4

Location: One Park Boulevard, Marina District

Phone: (619) 564-3333

Hornblower Cruise

Enjoy a glass of champagne, buffet dinner, and DJ entertainment aboard the Hornblower Cruise. The sky deck allows for a clear fireworks vantage point.

Price: $169.95 for adults, $127.46 for children (4-12). Service charge, landing fee, and tax additional.

Date: July 4

Location: 1800 North Harbor Drive, Downtown

Phone: (888) 467-6256

Manchester Grand Hyatt

Visit Top of the Hyatt for prime viewing of the Big Bay Boom Fireworks show. Unlimited beer, wine, and champagne (for ages 21 and up) will be served alongside a BBQ buffet.

Price: À la carte

Date: July 4

Location: 1 Market Place, Downtown

Phone: (619) 232-1234

Mister A’s

The restaurant’s 12th floor patio ensures a great vantage point for downtown’s 4th of July fireworks. Chef Stephane Voitzwinkler has crafted a prixe fixe four-course menu focused on seasonal ingredients.

Price: $79.50

Date: July 4

Location: 2550 Fifth Avenue, Bankers Hill

Phone: (619) 239-1377

Morton’s Steakhouse

From the 1st to the 7th, the steakhouse is offering a 3-course prix-fixe special for the holiday. The menu includes lobster bisque, 6 oz. filet, and chicken bianco, among other entree and dessert dishes.

Price: $40

Date: July 1 -July 7

Location: 285 J Street, Gaslamp Quarter

Phone: (619) 696-3369

The Nolen

The 14th floor restaurant downtown offers a fantastic view of San Diego along with a seasonal menu. Enjoy refreshing drinks while watching the fireworks show over the bay.

Price: À la carte

Date: July 4

Location: 453 6th Avenue, Downtown

Phone: (619) 796-6536

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

For the first week of July enjoy a surf and turf dinner for two special. This menu includes a bottle of wine, your choice of a surf like Tuna Poke, and a turf—think Black and Bleu Beef Tenderloin Tips.

Price: $60

Date: July 1 – July 7

Location: 400 J Street, Gaslamp Quarter

Phone: (619) 858-2277

Omni La Costa Resort & Spa Food Truck Festival

Make the rounds to local food trucks in the Plaza at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. With cuisine including New Orleans style, BBQ, and lobster, there’s something for everyone.

Price: $10-$30

Date: July 4

Location: 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad

Phone: (760) 438-91111

Sea180 Coastal Tavern

Choose from two different 4th of July cuisine packages at SEA180 Coastal Tavern. Grab some quintessential BBQ, drink tickets, and a rooftop view of the fireworks show.

Price: $50-$70

Date: July 4

Location: 800 Seacoast Drive, Imperial Beach

Phone: (619) 631-4949 ext. 2

Twenty/20 Terrace

Indulge in an upscale American BBQ buffet dinner that includes smoked pork ribs, a children’s menu, and a dessert bar. Guests can also enjoy live music while taking in sunset views.

Price: $65 for adults, $30 for children ages 4-12, Complimentary for children three and under.

Date: July 4

Location: 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad

Phone: (760) 827-2500


Backyard Kitchen & Tap

Backyard is enjoying July 4th the PB way with their “Star Spangled Hammered” weekend lineup. Brunch, DJs, and $5 Pacifico will keep the celebration going at this bar by the beach.

Price: À la carte

Date: July 3 – July 4

Location: 832 Garnet Avenue, Pacific Beach

Phone: (858) 859-2593

Barley Mash

Celebrate in the Gaslamp with barleymash’s live music celebration Sunday through Tuesday. Start Tuesday off with a brunch that includes a Bloody Mary bar and double-battered chicken fried steak.

Price: À la carte

Date: July 1 – 4

Location: 600 5th avenue, Gaslamp Quarter

Phone: (619) 255-7373

Firehouse American Eatery

Celebrate with $4 PBR and Budweiser and $16 bottles of bubbly atop the beachside rooftop. $10 BBQ hot dogs are also available along with a red, white, and blue festive popsicle garnish in the beverages.

Price: À la carte

Date: July 4

Location: 722 Grand Avenue, Pacific Beach

Phone: (858) 274-3100

Level Four Pool Deck + Lounge

Join Hotel Palomar downtown for DJs, games, tacos, and drinks. Start early on Friday with a pool party hosted by Belvedere, who will be mixing drink specials.

Price: À la carte

Date: June 30 – July 1

Location: 1047 5th Avenue, Gaslamp Quarter

Phone: (619) 515-3000

Pacific Beach Alehouse

Take in the ocean breeze while celebrating at Alehouse’s “Red, White and Brew” weekend. Don’t forget the $3 Jell-O shots and $5 Pacifico all weekend long.

Price: À la carte

Date: June 29-July 4

Location: 721 Grand Avenue, Pacific Beach

Phone: (858) 581-2337


Hotel Del Coronado Beach Bash

The historic beachfront hotel is kicking off Independence Day early on Saturday with an evening celebration. Enjoy listening to live music while digging into s’mores around a fire pit for the big fireworks show.

Price: $25

Date: July 1

Location: 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado

Phone: (619) 522-8490

Lakehouse Hotel & Resort

This 4th of July festival is celebrating at Lake San Marcos with face painting, bounce house, a patriotic dog contest, and a boat parade. BBQ and full bar are available for purchase by Decoy Dockside Dining.

Price: $10 for adults, $5 for kids – (food priced à la carte)

Date: July 4

Location: 1025 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos

Phone: (877) 526-2671

The Loma Club

The Loma Club in Liberty Station is spending the holiday playing games in the backyard, eating BBQ, and offering drink specials including $4 domestic beer. Mark Fisher will be providing live music during the festivities.

Price: À la carte

Date: July 4

Location: 2960 Truxtun Road, Liberty Station

Phone: (619) 222-4653

Paradise Point Resort & Spa

This bayside resort is celebrating with bonfires stocked with s’mores kits, live music at Barefoot Bar & Grill, and a great seat for SeaWorld’s Star-Spangled fireworks show.

Price: Food and beverage priced individually

Date: July 4

Location: 1404 Vacation Road, Mission Bay

Phone: (858) 274-4630

Pendry Hotel

The hotel’s holiday-centric package includes a one-night stay, with a complimentary bottle of champagne, breakfast for two, and a welcome gift equipped with the essentials to find firework locations.

Price: Starting from $375

Date: June 30 – July 4

Location: 550 J Street, Gaslamp Quarter

Phone: (619) 738-7000

Seaport Village

Experience the 4th at Seaport Village for a prime viewing of the Big Bay Boom fireworks. Enjoy live music, restaurants, and shopping. Plus, Alamo Flags will be giving away 1,000 free flags starting July 1.

Price: Free (Food, beverage, and shop items priced individually)

Date: July 4

Location: 849 West Harbor Drive, Downtown

Phone: (619) 235-4014

Viejas Casino & Resort

The Independence Day “Freedom Fest” will be held on Sunday for guests ages 21 and over. Live music from The Mighty Untouchables, life-size patio games, and an American cuisine meal (available for purchase) are just a few of the festivities offered.

Price: Free (food and beverage à la carte)

Date: July 2

Location: 5000 Wills Road, Alpine

Phone: (619) 445-5400

WeWork San Diego

WeWork’s “Red, White, & Blue B Street Block Party” will celebrate with drinks, live entertainment by Ottopilot, and BBQ from Mastiff Sausage Company on their private outdoor terrace.

Price: A la Carte

Date: June 30

Location: 600 B Street, Downtown

Phone: (877) 796-2435

San Diego Fourth of July Guide 2017

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