San Diego Hotels & Vacation Rentals for 4th of July

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Excitement and Fun on a San Diego Independence Day Weekend

San Diego hotels for 4th of July fill up fast, and with good reason. The city is a temperate, beloved beach destination at any time of year, and Independence Day weekend sees it come even more alive with parades, fireworks, and a variety of other great events. Whether you're in town for a beach vacation or specifically to watch dazzling fireworks displays light up the night sky, San Diego vacation rentals for 4th of July make it easy to take in a thrilling array of entertainment.

4th of July in San Diego: Top Accommodations

House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Mission Beach, San Diego, California, United States
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4.6
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Village of La Jolla, San Diego, California, United States
from $115
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4.9
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Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, California, United States
from $60
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4.0
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Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Mission Beach, San Diego, California, United States
from $132
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4.1
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House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Mission Beach, San Diego, California, United States
from $195
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4.1
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House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Hillcrest, San Diego, California, United States
from $210
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5.0
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Apartment ∙ 3 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Beach Barber Tract, San Diego, California, United States
from $224
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5.0
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House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Downtown, San Diego, California, United States
from $131
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5.0
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Apartment ∙ 2 guests
North Park, San Diego, California, United States
from $101
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5.0
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Where to See 4th of July Fireworks in San Diego

The annual Big Bay Boom fireworks show is the main event come Independence Day. Strategically situated around the northern section of San Diego Bay, the lights can be seen from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, and the Embarcadero area, as well as Seaport Village. The musical score is broadcast on the radio station The Mighty 1090AM, and on MaxFM, the frequency of which is 105.7. Many San Diego hotels for 4th of July will have views of the various fireworks around the city, but here are a few other great spots from which to catch the shows:

  • 1. Shelter Island

    An intimate beach paradise, Shelter Island is an atmospheric spot for taking in the fireworks. Arrive early with your friends and family to claim a seat in time for the 9 PM start. Bring along a basket of picnic items and some lawn chairs or blankets. A free shuttle service can get you to and from the viewing location, so you don't have to deal with parking.

  • 2. Imperial Beach Pier

    Catch the show from the bars and restaurants that line Imperial Beach Pier in the South Bay area. Alternatively, the beach itself offers a comfortable spot on which to set up a blanket and have a picnic.

  • 3. Hornblower

    Outwit the crowds and embark on a cruise aboard the San Diego Hornblower, for front row fireworks seats without the hassle. Enjoy a three-hour cruise and gourmet buffet dinner, plus wine and cocktails. As the evening progresses, dancing and live music start up after the fireworks show.

Best Places to Stay for 4th of July in San Diego

Apartment ∙ 3 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
North Park, San Diego, California, United States
from $91
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4.9
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Beach Barber Tract, San Diego, California, United States
from $147
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4.5
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House ∙ 2 guests
Pacific Beach, San Diego, California, United States
from $126
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4.8
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San Diego 4th of July Family Activities

Take the Old Town Trolley on the 4th July to the top sightseeing attractions in the city. The hop on, hop off service speeds you to all of San Diego's most entertaining attractions. Here are some other great activities for families heading to San Diego hotels for 4th of July:

  • 1. Old Town State Historic Park

    Celebrate Independence Day the old fashioned way at the Old Town State Historic Park on the border of the city. The origin of California is a fitting location for Independence Day celebrations. Pioneer festivities, like a historic parade and crafts-making sessions, bring the event to life. Where else can you compete in a cherry pit spitting contest for handmade ribbons?

  • 2. Independence Day Parade

    This festive annual event in Coronado usually begins around 10 AM, and auxiliary events, like a fun run, last all day.

  • 3. USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum

    Catch the fireworks from the flight deck of an aircraft carrier when you grab an advance ticket to the extremely popular Independence Day event at the Midway Museum. Besides the fireworks, your family can enjoy games, rides, competitions, and a multitude of dining options.

Recommended Accommodations for 4th of July in San Diego

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Beach Barber Tract, San Diego, California, United States
from $132
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4.2
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Pacific Beach, San Diego, California, United States
from $120
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4.9
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Apartment ∙ 2 guests
Normal Heights, San Diego, California, United States
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Where to Find the Best 4th of July BBQ Food in San Diego

Independence Day wouldn't be complete without a good barbecue. Luckily, some of San Diego's restaurants supply truly decadent barbecue offerings and American classics in honor of the big day.

  • 1. Carnitas' Snack Shack

    The scent of grilling will lead the way to the restaurant's Embarcadero location and its superb San Diego block party. Enjoy beers from a local brewery and craft cocktails along with live music and a corn hole toss. You'll also be perfectly placed to see the fireworks over the Bay.

  • 2. Marina Kitchen

    In the past, the 4th of July menu has included Jidori fried chicken and 12-hour beef brisket, plus gourmet hamburgers, hot dogs and corn on the cob. All-American options extend to desserts, too. Indulge in milk and chocolate chip cookies as you look out over the bobbing boats that line San Diego's shores.

  • 3. Iron Pig Alehouse

    With a chef hailing from Texas, this San Diego barbecue restaurant is popular for its slow-cooked, smoked meats, particularly its incredible pork ribs, all year round. They also have a great selection of craft beers on tap.

Top Offers for 4th of July in San Diego

Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, United States
from $313
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4.9
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House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
North Clairemont, San Diego, California, United States
from $69
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5.0
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Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Pacific Beach, San Diego, California, United States
from $225
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4.7
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