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Where to See July 4th Fireworks in San Diego

4th of July in San Diego

When it comes to Independence Day, San Diego goes big. So big, in fact, that the city is home to one of the largest firework displays on the West Coast (if not the largest). It’s a time-honored tradition that never fails to deliver a good time. So where can you go to catch the show?

Luckily, T+L has you covered. From a rooftop speakeasy in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter to a cruise around San Diego Bay to the terrace of one of the city’s most celebrated hotels, read on for the best tricks, tips, and spots to make the most of your holiday this year.

Downtown

There are only three words to describe July Fourth in downtown San Diego: Big Bay Boom. Starting at 9 p.m. and launched from barges located around the bay, not only is this the largest fireworks show in town, but the display is so big and so loud, it can be seen and heard from pretty much any part of downtown.

If you want to be in the thick of the action, your best bet is to heed Horace Greeley’s advice and “head west.” You can’t go wrong in Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, Harbor Island, and Shelter Island—all great locations to see the fireworks. Get there early and post up at the beach with all your essentials. These areas tend to fill up fast and it will be more rewarding if you come prepared with beach blankets and beverages in tow.

As in years past, a free shuttle service will be available to and from Harbor Island and Shelter Island. Mission Bay is a perennially popular party spot, made all the more fun if you have access to a boat.

Speaking of boats, harbor cruises are a really fun and exciting way to spend the holiday. Check out Hornblower Cruise Line’s special 4th of July Fireworks Dinner Cruise. Included with the price of admission is a dinner buffet and some killer views of beautiful downtown San Diego.

If you’re hoping to stick around the city, The Nolen’s rooftop bar and lounge in the heart of the historic Gaslamp Quarter is your best bet. Likewise, the views from Mister A’s rooftop will go un-paralleled, as will the experience of dining at one of the city’s most distinguished locales.

For those looking to mix in a bit of history on this already historic occasion, Old Town will be hosting a free, old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration where guests can relive the excitement of an 1800s Independence Day party. The all-day event starts at 10 a.m. and includes activities and games for all ages. Guests are encouraged to participate in the parade around the plaza reminiscent of the July 4 parades of early San Diego with music, animals, banners, and people in historical costumes.

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La Jolla Shores

Working your way up the coast, La Valencia Hotel—also known as La Jolla’s Pink Lady—will come alive with music and entertainment for this year’s Fourth. Perched above the cliffs of La Jolla Cove, this timeless hotel offers extraordinary views of the Pacific Ocean and overlooking Ellen Browning Scripps Park guests and diners can enjoy drinks on the terrace of the hotel which affords both the views and a sense of respite from the crowds below.

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Del Mar

If you’re looking to celebrate in style, guests of the Fairmont Grand Del Mar will be able to partake in their own private fireworks show. As in previous years, the party will take place on the resort’s Aria Lawn and feature a sunset barbecue buffet including all-American favorites, live music, and some of the best fireworks in town. Non-resort guests can enjoy a Fourth of July brunch from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., or dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Amaya.

For more information about where or how you can celebrate this fourth of July, check out SanDiego.org.

7 Tips For Selling Your Home When You Have Children

Selling a San Diego home is a complex process. When you add children to the mix, there are a few special considerations that you will want to take. Read on for our 7 Tips For Selling Your Home When You Have Children!

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Make Sure Your Kids Know You're Selling Your Home
This may be surprising, but many parents do not inform their children about selling the home. Make sure you clearly explain the situation and the process. Many children don't realize that they get to bring all their toys and possessions with them to their new home and that their family is going too. And if you're moving locally, they could keep the same friends and even go to the same school! Removing your child from a familiar and comfortable sanctuary can be hard on them, but by taking the time to prepare your child for the change, you can often make the process easier.

Prepare Your Home For the Market!
Whether you have children or not, preparing your home for market is an important step in the sale process. First impressions are lasting so it's a good idea to paint over the crayon scribbles that never went away, install new carpet, fix the broken drawer that's been on your to-do list, replace any burnt out lights, and get those fingerprints off the windows with a professional cleaning!

Stage Your Home
Make sure to clear and tidy up playrooms and children's rooms. You want a potential buyer to imagine themselves living in your home...even if they don't have kids of their own! It's a good idea to hire a professional stager to give your home that on-trend look buyers are looking for, even if they just stage the common areas.

Secure a Storage Unit
Families with children tend to have a lot of stuff! Between the sports equipment, the toys, the books, and the art supplies, it's a good idea to secure a storage space. The less cluttered your home, the better it will show. But be sure and let each of your children keep a few of their favorite toys or books so they don't feel deprived. This will go a long way towards keeping them on board with the whole home selling process.

Choose Optimal Times For Open Houses
If you choose to have open houses, you will want to make sure the whole family is out of the house! Give yourself enough time before the start of the open house to tidy up and get everyone packed and ready to go. Open houses are a great opportunity for a family outing - go to the beach, watch a movie, go on a hike, or visit one of San Diego's great museums.

Prepare Your Home For Showings
Between showings, make sure your home stays clean. Enlist the help of your children during this process. Make it into a game to earn points for making their beds before school, putting their toys away nearly, and helping Mom and Dad with the rest of the house.

Have a Game Plan
The most important tip for families during the home selling process is to have a game plan. Have regular family meetings to make sure everyone knows the schedule and understands what's going on with the house. Children like to be included in the affairs of the family so keep them involved from listing to sale!

Selling a home usually means that a new chapter is just beginning. Take time to embrace the change with your family and prepare for the years of new memories you will make in your new home!

Everything in San Diego You Must Do This Fall!

Check out our guide to what you absolutely must do and see this fall in San Diego!

September 16-18: 

KABOO, a curated three-day music event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds that combines rock-n-roll music and tastemaking  in a modern wonderland on the warm shores of the pacific. For more information on this, click here!

 

September 17-18: 

Celebrate Fleets weeks 19th anniversary! Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival is Fleet Week San Diego’s marquee event. The event features fast-paced, thrilling auto racing and exhibitions for car enthusiasts of all ages! For more information on this event click here!

 

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September 23:

Join beer enthusiast for the 22nd anniversary with the biggest and best festival yet! The indoor/outdoor event will feature live music and nearly 60 different breweries serving up 120 varieties of tasty brews! More information on this fun event can be found here.

 

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September 23-25:

The Fall Home/Garden show is an indoor-outdoor event that will showcase the newest products and hottest trends for both inside and outside the home. More information on this event can be found at this website.

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September 24-25:

As part of Julian’s Apple Days Celebration, a two-day Apple Days Festival will be held at Menghini Winery featuring apple displays, music and dancing, an antique tractor display, children’s games and activities, gold panning demonstrations, a beer and wine garden, food and merchandise vendors, contests, and, of course, apple pie! More information on this event can be found here!

 

September 25: 

The Motorcycle Cannonball from Atlantic City to Carlsbad is the Race of the Century featuring 100-year-old motorcycles racing 3,400 miles across America. The race will end at Carlsbad's historic Sante Fe Train station in Carlsbad Village. Click here for more information!

 

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September 25-October 2:

Held twice annually, San Diego Restaurant Week spotlights San Diego's best restaurants offering fixed price, three-course dinners and two-course lunches.Just browse the list of restaurants and menus, make your reservations and enjoy! There are no tickets or passes required. More information on this delicious event can be found here!

September 26:

Enjoy delicious cuisines from all over the San Diego Gaslamp District! The 2016 Flavors of the Gaslamp will be hosted by San Diego's own six-time Pro Bowl Cornerback Eric Allen, University of Texas and NFL Hall of Fame legend, Earl Campbell and NMSS Ambassador and Former SDSU Running Back, Tyler Campbell. For more information on this event click here!

 

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September 28 - October 2:

Immerse yourself in five days of movies, movies, and movies at the San Diego International Film Festival.  Hear from filmmakers, actors and industry leaders. And don’t forget the parties too! For more information, visit here.

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September 30 - October 3

San Diego County's largest haunted experience, the Scream Zone is considered among the goriest, scariest, and screaming-est fright fests to be found in the dark corners of Southern California. More information on this event can be found here!

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October 1-2 

CRSSD Festival is a two-day electronic music festival at the 12 acre San Diego Waterfront Park featuring three stages and 36+ performers. More information on this event can be found here!

 

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October 1

Jump in your DeLorean and gun it to 88! We're going Back to the '80s with the World's Greatest '80s Tribute Band - The Molly Ringwalds on 10/1 at House of Blues San Diego. So grab your scrunchies and legwarmers and get ready to rock. Costumes encouraged. Click  here for more information!

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October 1-31

Over 50 years of fall traditions and memories have been created at the Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch. Family and friends enjoy the tractor hayrides, straw maze, petting corral and Snows Pony Rides. Click here for more information!

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October 21 - 22

Enjoy close encounters with Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists and search the galleries for unusual underwater creatures rarely seen at Birch Aquarium. Discover a sea of glowing beasts(big and small), get sticky with slime,and enjoy shipwrecked stories, all while BOO-gieing down to live music and having a monstrous good time. More information on this spooky event can be found here!

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October 13-16

Fun!… Glamorous!… Intimate! These are all words that describe a unique cultural experience not to be missed at the La Costa Film Festival in Carlsbad, California. It didn’t happen by accident, but was surely predestined for this area blessed with natural beauty and an innate appreciation for the arts. The Festival also draws upon the mystique and storied Hollywood connections of the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, who has served as the Festival’s host from the beginning. The Festival is an irresistible combination of quality films and exciting special events embraced in a setting that epitomizes a world-class destination. Click here to buy tickets!

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October 28-29 

Named the "Top 3 Halloween Celebration" by UBER, Thrillist and SD Union Tribune, San Diego Zombie Crawl is the most thrilling and visitor-friendly way to experience the award-winning nightlife, dining and Halloween festivities the Gaslamp Quarter is famous for. Click here for more information!

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October 29

Celebrating it's 12th year, the 2016 Boulevard BOO! With over 70 entries of live entertainment marching on one mile of El Cajon Boulevard the parade will entertain you with spooky ghouls, goblins, ghosts and witches to fill you with the Halloween spirit.

November 4 - 13

San Diego Beer Week is a ten-day celebration inspiring people to drink local, craft beer and promoting San Diego's thriving brewing culture with multiple events happening across the county. More information on this event can be found here.

November 6

The world’s largest investment of breast cancer research next to the U.S. government. Right now, $42 million is at work to find the cures! These services are needed daily until we find the cure for breast cancer. We Live Here. We Race Here. We Save Lives Here.

 

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November 6 

Art fair, arts and crafts, antiques, unique clothing, restaurants, food and more. On Carlsbad Village Drive west of Interstate 5 to the ocean. Don't miss this festival, another of the best San Diego events. Click here for more information!

 

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November 13

Runners and skaters welcome to run along the Strand from Coronado to Imperial Beach. Tag teams welcome. Starts in Coronado at Orange Avenue and Glorietta Blvd and finishes at the Imperial Beach Pier. Alternatively, the 5K Run/Walk starts and finishes at the Imperial Beach Plaza at 7:00 AM. More information can be found here!

 

La Jolla Cove Swim Club

November 19 

The La Jolla Cove Swim Club in this non-competitive swim at La Jolla Cove! Click here for more information.

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November 20

Enjoy the music of popular local bands on The Karl Strauss Beer Garden Stage and The Lumberyard Courtyard Stage, plus dance, music and other entertainment on the Community Stage. Take your young ones to the Kids Zone for a variety of fun activities.  And walk your furry friends into Dog Zone for some treats and special attention. More information can be found here.

Thanksgiving Day Run

November 24 

Wear your thanksgiving costume for this turkey trot 5K run/walk or kids 1 mile fun run. Both open and locals only events. Event route includes Oceanside Civic Center, Oceanside Harbor and Oceanside Pier in Oceanside Cal. Find more information here! 

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November 24- Early January

Enjoy outdoor ice skating at Coronado beach, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.Hot chocolate and holiday drinks make this a festive San Diego holiday activity. For more information and schedule click here! 

 

 

 

 
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