New to the offerings in 2013 will be a first-ever evening Fourth of July event at Cabrillo National Monument called “Above the Fireworks.” Park officials are inviting families and neighbors to come for the sunset and stay for the gorgeous panorama of fireworks around the bay and park grounds from Cabrillo’s majestic perch.
The ticketed event is being coordinated by the park’s nonprofit partners The Cabrillo National Monument Conservancy and the Cabrillo National Monument Foundation, and takes place between 6:30 and 10:30 p.m. at the monument, located on Point Loma at the south end of Catalina Boulevard.
The cost is $35 per passenger vehicle.
For tickets and information, visit the Cabrillo National Monument bookstore, or the following websites: friendsofcabrillo.eventbrite.com/ or www.cnmf.org
There are plenty of other fireworks shows nearby, as well.
• The Ocean Beach community fireworks display is set to go off from the Ocean Beach Pier at 9 p.m. and last roughly 20 or 25 minutes.
• The annual “Big Bay Boom,” which involves fireworks launched from barges placed near Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embacadero area and Seaport Village, takes place at 9 p.m.
• SeaWorld San Diego will host its extended display set to patriotic music at 9:30 p.m.
• La Jolla Cove: 9 p.m.
Other Independence Day-related activities:
• Old Town San Diego: 10 a.m. to
4 p.m., an 1800s-themed celebration that includes a parade, crafts and activities of early San Diego, historical costumes and dancing, hat-making contest, dramatic readings and wagon rides. Free. For more information, call
(619) 220-5422, or visit www.parks.ca.gov/oldtownsandiego.