San Diego County Fair

Fourth of July

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.

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Hometown Heroes Parade

Hometown Heroes are San Diegans who make a difference in the lives of others. First responders, nurses, teachers, and volunteers are all great candidates!100 nominees will be chosen for special recognition including free admission to the Fair for four on July 4, an invitation to participate in the Hometown Heroes parade, and reserved seating in the Grandstand.

Additionally, the evening's festivities will include a special tribute to the victims of 9/11, details coming soon.

Grandstand Schedule

6:45PM World Memorial Tribute to 9/11

7:00PM Hometown Heroes Parade

7:30PM Navy Band

9:00PM Fireworks

9:30PM America performs on the Grandstand Stage

Open til midnight

After the fireworks, those who took the COASTER to the Fair should immediately make their way to the West Gate to catch NCTD buses back to each COASTER station, north and south of Solana Beach.

We invite everyone else to stick around and have some fun! All the shopping and exhibit buildings will be open until midnight, as will the Fun Zone.

Transportation and parking

Take the COASTER: The COASTER train will run on July 4. Take the train to the Fair, and after the fireworks, North County Transit District will have buses to return you to every COASTER station, north and south of the Fairgrounds. See the public transportation page for additional information.

Park at one of our free off-site lots and take the free shuttle to the Fairgrounds. We have three free off-site lots:
   • MiraCosta College's San Elijo campus (best for those coming south on Interstate 5 from North County)
   • Horsepark Equestrian Center (a good choice for those approaching the Fair on Del Dios Highway)
   • Torrey Pines High School (best for those coming from the southern part of the county)
See the parking page for more information.

We have several great contests throughout the day. No pre-registration is required; click the links to find out how to participate! Our special Fourth of July contests will be announced soon.

Check back soon for more 2014 Fab Fair information!