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.
During The Day
Enjoy exhibits, entertainment, contests and much more. Don your red, white and blue for the Most Patriotic Costume Contest! Visit the World Memorial Exhibit located at the south end of the Del Mar Arena. Download the July 4 daily schedule to get a list of scheduled events for the day. (Please note that this is a large file and may take some time to download. The schedule was current as of mid-May. An updated schedule will be posted in early July.)
Hometown Heroes Parade
Hometown Heroes are people who make a difference in the lives of others, such as first responders, nurses, teachers, and volunteers. One hundred people will be chosen for special recognition and will receive 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.
6:45PM – World Memorial, a tribute to 9/11. We are honored to have as our guest speaker Joe Torillo (pictured at right), a 25-year veteran with the New York City Fire Department. When the World Trade Center was attacked on Sept. 11, 2011, Torrillo suffered a fractured skull and multiple injuries, but he still tried to rescue attack victims. He now travels the world as a public speaker, with the goal of resurrecting patriotism across our land.
7:00PM – Hometown Heroes Parade from Family Funville to the Grandstand.
7:30PM – Navy Band Southwest performs on the Heineken Grandstand Stage.
9:00PM – Fireworks (visible throughout the Fairgrounds)
9:30PM – America performs on the Heineken Grandstand Stage
Open until midnight; lots to do
After the fireworks, those who took the COASTER to the Fair should immediately make their way to the West Gate to catch the shuttle to the train station.
We invite everyone else to stick around, let the traffic clear, and have some fun! All the shopping and exhibit buildings will be open until midnight, as will the Fun Zone.
We also will have entertainment on most of the stages after the fireworks, including: On the Heineken Grandstand Stage: America On the Coors Light Rock On Stage: Dirt, an Alice in Chains tribute band (21 and older) On the Ford Dealers Paddock Stage: Electronic Friday, with Royal Zeven and DJ Mancat On the O'Brien Stage: Tom Griesgraber on the Chapman Stick (mellow instrumental music) On the Plaza Stage: WILDCAT In the Turf Club: Friday Night Funnies comedy show (21 and older) On the San Diego Showcase Stage: Mark Yuzuik, master hypnotist
. Download the July 4 daily schedule to get a list of scheduled events for the day.
Transportation and parking
The COASTER train will run on July 4. We have a great package deal called the Fair Tripper, which includes Fair admission and the round-trip fare on all the North County Transit District trains and buses. 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.