Where To Celebrate the 4th of July

San Diego is the spot to celebrate 4th of July! With sunny skies, coastal views and ample spots to watch the fireworks, there couldn’t be a more ideal location to raise a glass and toast to Independence Day. Check out the below locations to decide where you and your friends and family should celebrate and commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776!

Pechanga Resort Casino

With the 4th of July falling in the middle of the week, your prep time for barbeques or family feasts could run short. Another idea allowing everyone to celebrate and savor their favorite 4th foods is bringing them to the holiday buffet at Pechanga Resort Casino. The 460- seat Pechanga Buffet features fresh-from-the-sea selections, an all-American station, meats from the grill including New York steak and barbeque rotisserie chicken, oodles of noodle dishes, favorites from the far east, soups, salads and an extensive dessert station with a make-your-own-sundae bar. Brunch enthusiasts should come hungry between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dinner at the Pechanga Buffet gets underway from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Adults are $36.99 all day. Children ages three to 11 are $15.99 all day. Children under three are free.  Guests signed up as members of the Pechanga Club should show the card at the Pechanga Buffet to receive an immediate discount.

Pechanga Resort Casino hosts a fireworks display on Saturday, July 7 in honor of Independence Day. Fireworks begin at approximately 9 p.m. Guests will enjoy a nearly front row seat on the new grassy event lawn adjacent to The Cove pool complex. Fireworks viewing from the grassy lawn is free and refreshments will be sold.

Tajima Firecracker Cocktail (courtesy photo)

Viewpoint Brewing Co.

Viewpoint Brewing Co. will be hosting the Fourth of July with a pig roast, American BBQ, plenty of their signature brews, and a spot to watch the fireworks.

Price: Tickets are $75 for adults and $25 for kids and include unlimited barbeque, a spot to watch the fireworks, and valet.

Location: Viewpoint Brewing Co.

Address: 2201 San Dieguito Drive, Del Mar, CA 92014

Date: Wed, July 4, 2018 4pm-11pm


The Oceanaire Seafood Room

The sleek and sophisticated seafood room will be offering a three-course prix fixe dinner for two priced at $70 per couple. Some menu highlights include Spicy “Firecracker” Shrimp, Black & Bleu Beef Tenderloin Tips, Grilled Seasonal Salmon Fillet, and White Chocolate Cheesecake, all paired with fine wines. For those who want to up the ante, The Oceanaire will also be offering $1 oysters all day long.

Price: $70/couple

Location: The Oceanaire

Address: 400 J St, San Diego, CA 92101

Date: July 1-8, 2018

Mister A’s

The elegant and timeless dining destination will feature an amuse-bouche and four-course dinner priced at $85 per person. Mister A’s will offer an A La Carte seating from 5-6 PM with a two hour dining limit, as well as a Prix Fixe Menu dining experience, where diners can stay and enjoy a panoramic view of the fireworks over the San Diego Bay. Menu highlights include Lobster & Shrimp Boudin with Leek Fondue, Catelli Farm Veal Porchetta with Roasted Garlic Thyme Jus and Creamy Polenta, Hand Cut Prime Filet Tartare, Grilled Black Tiger Shrimp and indulgent desserts like Warm Peach Oatmeal Crisp with Bourbon Oatmeal Crunch Ice Cream and Chocolate Tarte with Caramel Sauce and Chocolate Mousse.

Price: $85 per person

Location: Mister A’s

Address: 2550th Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA

Date: Wed, July 4, 2018 5pm-6pm

The Crack Shack

The fast-casual, fried chicken focused eatery is hatching a new menu item for the Fourth of July. The Crack Shack will be serving fried pickles with tartar sauce and lemon during Happy Hour from 3-6 PM on July 4th. This small bite pairs perfectly with The Crack Shack’s classic craft cocktails.

Price: $1.75

Location: Crack Shack Little Italy, Crack Shack Encinitas

Addresses: 2266 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101 & 407 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas, CA 92024

Date: Wed, July 4, 2018 3pm-6pm

Flower Child

The healthy, fast-casual concept will be offering an exclusive 4th of July Plate only available on July 4th. Priced at $14 per plate, the plate will include Dry Rubbed BBQ Steak, Gluten Free Mac & Cheese, Crunchy Kale Slaw, watermelon, and a beverage. Diners can enjoy the plate at the restaurant, or take it to-go for the perfect 4th of July picnic.

Price: $14 per plate

Location: Flower Child

Address: 2690 Via de la Valle, Del Mar CA 92014

Date: Wed, July 4, 2018 (all day event)

Hello Betty Fish House

While enjoying the restaurant’s laid-back ambiance and picturesque scenery, guests of Hello Betty Fish House can whet their appetite on a seafood-focused menu checkered with Baja-inspired Southern California favorites. Special for Independence Day, Hello Betty will be tapping Budweiser’s Freedom Red Lager, the newest in the brewery’s Reserve Collection lineup. Freedom Red Lager was specially brewed by Budweiser’s own veterans and builds on the brand’s long-standing support of American veterans with a portion of proceeds sold this summer benefiting Folds of Honor — a nonprofit organization providing educational scholarships to military families.

Address: 211 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92054

Date: Tapping June 29 and pouring while supplies last

 Woodstock’s Pizza

This Fourth of July, Woodstock’s Pizza is keeping up with their annual sweet tooth smackdown with their Red, White, and Blue Cinnabread! This warm dessert pie is smothered in brown sugar, cinnamon and gooey icing with blueberries and strawberries on top. Skip the hassle and let Woodstock’s do the grilling this year with their BBQ Bird Pizza, a surefire hit for friends and family with BBQ chicken, freshly sliced red onions, crispy bacon, and a tasty barbecue sauce. Sweeten the deal with Woodstock’s Wednesday Happy Hour from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. with 50% off pitchers of frosty brews!

Pricing: $4.90 | regular Cinnabread

Date: Wednesday, July 4th

Location: SDSU – 6145 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego/ Pacific Beach – 1221 Garnet Ave, San Diego

Osetra Seafood & Steaks

Sophisticated Gaslamp dining destination Osetra Seafood & Steaks has crafted an unforgettable dessert that will leave you seeing fireworks! In addition to their unforgettable à la carte dishes and unrivaled wine selection, Osetra has crafted a patriotic dessert worthy of the occasion with their Flaming Lava Cake, a chocolate lava cake filled with decadent melted chocolate and accompanied by vanilla gelato. This Fourth of July, the cake will be set ablaze as it reaches your table, topped with red and blue berries for American flair!

Pricing: $12.00 | Flaming Lava Cake
Location: 904 5th Avenue, San Diego
Date: Wednesday, July 4th

Greystone Prime Steakhouse & Seafood

Nothing screams “America” quite like a juicy steak! Celebrate our country with an upscale dining experience at Greystone Prime Steakhouse & Seafood, a landmark of the Gaslamp Quarter for nearly 20 years. In addition to their legendary menu, Greystone will be offering $4 Firework Shots to start your Fourth of July festivities! Sweeten the deal with an indulgent Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake dessert with local berries and a special beer flight of Red Trolley, St. Archer White, and Blue Moon for the day!

Pricing: à la carte
Location: 658 5th Avenue, San Diego
Date: Wednesday, July 4th

The Smoking Gun

Get the celebration started early, as The Smoking Gun will be opening at 11:00 a.m. for brunch on the 4th of July! Nosh on barbecue-style Brisket Hash N Eggs, with bell peppers, poblano chiles, Brandt Farms Smoked Brisket, eggs and a bbq au jus, and sip on the American Trigger Finger specialty cocktail, a mix of vodka, passionfruit, ancho reyes, lime, float of Campari and pink Himalayan salt.

Date: July 4th

Time: opening at 11:00 a.m.

Price: varies

Address: 555 Market Street, San Diego CA 92101

Spill the Beans

This Gaslamp District spot, known for having the best bagels in San Diego, will be offering red, white and blue Patriotic Bagels on the 4th of July. Go ahead and treat yourself by also indulging in a piece of red, white and blue layered dessert cake, with fresh strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream.

Date: July 4th

Time: all day

Price: varies

Address: 555 Market Street, San Diego CA 92101

Nautilus Tavern

This La Jolla neighborhood bar and grill will be grilling up mouthwatering burgers and ribs, served with potato salad and barbecue baked beans, on the back patio all day during the 4th of July! In house specials on drinks and shots will also be available, and Chef Shelly Velez will be selling her tasty, signature bbq sauce (for only $6) for you to use at your next at-home barbecue.

Date: July 4th

Time: all day

Price: varies

Address: 6830 La Jolla Boulevard, La Jolla CA 92037

The Duck Dive

Located just steps from the sand, Pacific Beach’s premier lounge and eatery wants to say ‘Thank you for your service’ by offering a 20% discount on tabs with a military ID. Come enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner, or sip on a refreshing cocktail like the Cucumber Lemonade, with cucumber-infused Absolut Elyx, lemon, fresh mint and agave.

Date: July 4th

Time: all day

Price: varies

Address: 4650 Mission Boulevard, San Diego CA 92109

Pacific Beach Fish Shop

San Diego’s go-to spot for casual dining and the freshest fish in the area will be offering two special dishes for the 4th of July. Celebrate with Firecracker Shrimp Tacos, topped with cabbage, mixed cheese, pico de gallo and a chipotle aioli drizzle, and an order of Seafood Jalapeno Poppers, both of which will be available all week long!

Date: the week of July 4th

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Price: Firecracker Tacos – $6.00, Seafood Jalapeno Poppers – $6.50

Address: 1775 Garnet Avenue, San Diego CA 92109

Mavericks Beach Club

Kick off your 4th of July celebration at PB’s newest beach bar with party favors, décor, a photo wall and Bomb-Pops by the plenty! There will be a DJ spinning beats all day and a special buffet menu with burgers, brats, chili and watermelon, among other tasty cookout treats.

Date: July 4th

Time: all day

Price: varies

Address: 860 Garnet Avenue, San Diego CA 92109

Miss B’s Coconut Club

Have a shucking good time at Miss B’s for the 4th of July with their $1 oyster bar, which will be set up outside of Mission Beach’s staple Caribbean-style restaurant. They will also feature $5 Absolut Peppar Oyster Shooters from 5 p.m. until they sell out. And don’t forget to wash it down and stay cool with their Coldada America cocktail special. This red, white and blue frozen adult beverage is even topped with a Patriotic Firecracker Pop! Doesn’t get “cooler” than that!

Date: July 4th

Time: 5 p.m. – sell out

Price: varies

Address: 7154, 3704 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

Park 101

With a perfect view of the Carlsbad fireworks display from the Tamarack Deck, Park 101 will be the place to hang out this 4th of July. Enjoy the open-air atmosphere, along with food and drink specials available throughout the day!

Date: July 4th

Time: all day

Price: varies

Address: 3040 Carlsbad Boulevard, Carlsbad CA 92008

Pacific Beach AleHouse

Sparkle this 4th of July at Pacific Beach AleHouse and enjoy $10 Rocket Pop-tails paired with the location’s stunning ocean views, or get hoppy with their house-brewed American Lager for only $5. Whether you come for the energetic atmosphere or patriotic vibes, you’re sure to have an unforgettable 4th of July at this Pacific Beach gem.

Location: 721 Grand Avenue, Pacific Beach

Phone: (858) 581-2337

Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp

Head to the lively Gaslamp District this 4th of July for Union Kitchen & Tap’s line-up of festivities suited to the occasion. Curb your appetite with celebratory food and drink specials before diving into the mix of fun-filled shenanigans taking place before and after your favorite San Diego fireworks show. Sip bottomless mimosas from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and finish the night off right with a live DJ from 10 p.m. to close!

Location: 333 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp District

Phone: (619) 795-9463

Backyard Kitchen & Tap

Join Backyard Kitchen & Tap’s patriotic celebration and enjoy a slew of specials! Head to Backyard on the 3rd to get a head start on the revelry, and delight in a build-your-own taco bar from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., $5 Pacifico, Modelo and Corona, and $8 Don Julio shots. Get your dance on with DJ’s spinning from 4 p.m. to close to finish the night right. Keep the party going on the 4th with brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., including drink specials such as $7 Tito’s Bloody Marys and $4 Budweiser drafts. Be sure to stick around for their specialty BKYD BBQ from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and more DJ action from 1 p.m. to close!

Location: 832 Garnet Avenue, Pacific Beach

Phone: (858) 859-2593


Jump right into Independence Day festivities at Waterbar in Pacific Beach, and delight in ocean-front dining matched with specials suited to the occasion. Kick off the celebration on July 3rd with Waterbar’s July 4th Warm-Up, and savor three Street Tacos filled with chicken, fish or beef barbacoa for only $7.95, or $3 each, and wash it all down with $7 Don Julio Blanco Margaritas, $4 Budweiser drafts, and $5 Pacifico and Modelo drafts. Head into July 4th fully warmed up, and start the day off with live music from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. paired with food specials, Jack Daniel’s and Tito’s Slushies, and Firecracker Pop-tails. Be sure to don your finest July 4th garb for the chance to win a Jack Daniels Surfboard, which will be bestowed to the person with the most patriotic outfit!

Location: 4325 Ocean Boulevard, Pacific Beach

Phone: (858) 888-4343

Union Kitchen & Tap Encinitas

Be sure to hit up Union Kitchen & Tap in Encinitas on July 3rd for taco and tequila specials, $4 Bud bottles and $5 PBR tall boys, and stick around for their “Aint That America” party, which will feature all-American tunes and patriotic vibes. Let the party continue on July 4th with brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., including bottomless mimosas, followed by live music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: 1108 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas

Phone: (760) 230-2337

Bub’s @ the Beach

Spend the 4th at Bub’s and enjoy fingerlickin’ wing specials sure to heat up your Independence Day celebration! From 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., dive into a basket of wings tossed in one of their specialty sauces, such as Thai Red Curry, Caribbean Jerk, Spicy Teriyaki and plenty more, for half-off! Wash it down with $4 Jameson, Fireball, Bud, Bud Light and Goose IPA. Looking for a 4th of July themed cocktail? Check out their ‘Merica Mule, made with American Honey whiskey, fresh lime, bitters, and ginger beer, available for the entire month of July.

Location: 1030 Garnet Avenue, Pacific Beach

Phone: (858) 270-7269

Papa John’s Celebrates 4th of July with Large Pizzas for $7.04!

Summer has officially started and the biggest holiday of the season is just around the corner – 4th of July! Papa John’s is joining in on the festivities by offering guests a Large 1-Topping Pizza for $7.04 when they use promo code JULY4 online! Guests can kick back with family and friends and celebrate with Papa John’s classic 1-topping pizzas such as pepperoni, sausage, or any topping of their choice. Complete the meal with Papa John’s popular sides such as the Garlic Knots made with fresh dough and garlic parmesan seasoning and served with pizza sauce; and the Buffalo Wings baked and tossed in tangy buffalo sauce. Available at all San Diego locations, this promotional offer is only valid on July 4 when you order online at www.papajohns.com with promo code: JULY4

Celebrate both the 4th of July and Comic-Con with Tajima’s July specials; a traditional Naruto Ramen with Naruto fishcake and an added spicy red bomb, which serves as a nod to Japanese anime. Stop in to Tajima’s Mercury location for the July FIRECRACKER! cocktail made with shochu, plum wine and a sweet explosion of popping candy crystals. The ramen bowl will be $11 and the specialty cocktail is $12 all throughout July!

Hiatus Lounge – poolside retreat open to the public 

Want to skip the crowded beaches? Head to Hiatus Lounge at Hotel La Jolla and relax poolside. The outdoor oasis will be open 4th of July offering happy hour all day. Lounge poolside, or grab one of the plush seats throughout and order bites from Cusp’s kitchen starting at $5. Glasses of draft beer and house wine will also be $5.

7955 La Jolla Village Drive – at Hotel La Jolla – diners receive complimentary parking. CuspRestaurant.com

Verandina – grab & go bites and fireworks dinner

Enjoy the 4th two ways at Verandina. For those heading to the beach or park during the day, stop by their patio and lower bar for grilled specials to-go, like sausage paninis, burgers, hot dogs and slices of pizza. If something more grandiose is desired, make a reservation for dinner and a show in their ocean view dining room. The tables upstairs will offer prime viewing during the fireworks viewing, which are reserved for dinner guests. The upper bar will also be open for toasting to the occasion.

710 Seacoast, Imperial Beach – VerandinaRestaurant.com