San Diegans celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, parades and more

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SAN DIEGO — Parades, fireworks and community barbecues are on tap Friday as San Diegans celebrate the nation’s 238th birthday.

Parades are scheduled in Coronado, Mira Mesa, Old Town State Historic Park and Scripps Ranch.

The biggest of the pyrotechnics displays Friday will be over San Diego Bay, where the annual Big Bay Boom will take place about 9 p.m. The best places to watch are the Coronado Ferry Landing, Harbor Island, Seaport Village, Shelter Island and points along the downtown waterfront.

fireworksThe show will be broadcast live on Fox5 San Diego and KTLA in Los Angeles, with musical accompaniment from The Walrus 105.7 FM.

“Thanks to the folks at Fox 5 and KTLA, we are able to reach a huge audience with our message of celebration for our nation’s birth,” said the show’s executive producer, Sandy Purdon. “And we will be able to honor and financially support again our military families and wounded warriors who get great support from the Armed Services YMCA.”

Event organizers say parking on Shelter Island usually fills up by 1 p.m. and the last spots on Harbor Island are often filled by 5 p.m.   Shuttle buses will run from the Port of San Diego’s administration building at 3165 Pacific Highway to Harbor Island.

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Other fireworks displays are scheduled at the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar, Legoland California in Carlsbad, SeaWorld San Diego, Camp Pendleton, Kennedy Park in El Cajon, Grape Day Park in Escondido, Del Norte High School in 4S Ranch, the Imperial Beach Pier, Mira Mesa High School, Kimball Recreation Center in National City, the Ocean Beach Pier, Poway High School, Olive Peirce Middle School in Ramona, Bernardo Heights Middle School in Rancho Bernardo, Westview High School in Rancho Penasquitos, Bradley Park in San Marcos, Town Center Community Park in Santee and Brengle Terrace Park in Vista.

The annual fireworks show at La Jolla Cove, embroiled in litigation for several years, is scheduled to go on. Organizers thought it was too late once the lawsuits were resolved to contract with a fireworks company, but one stepped in a couple of weeks ago.

The pyrotechnics shows around the county are generally set to start about 9 p.m., and many will be preceded by barbecues, family activities and live entertainment.

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