Guide to the Best Hotels for July 4 Fireworks in San Diego
Independence day. A celebration commemorating the Declaration of Independence, hence the name. On July 4th we’ll be observing 235 years since Thomas Jefferson and 55 of his buddies signed the most important document in our country’s history. This warrants a party. A big one. With fireworks, parades and picnics. The San Diego hoteliers think so too. Here’s a sample of what they have planned.
Embassy Suites San Diego Bay
601 Pacific Highway San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 239-2400
The Big Bay Boom is San Diego’s largest fireworks display, and can be seem from Imperial Beach to Harbor Island. Barges placed at eight different points on the bay release colorful plumes for more than 750,000 spectators. The best “seat in the house” is Embassy Suites' west-facing guestrooms, located a stones throw from the party. Balconies large enough for two chairs and a bottle of champagne grant birds eye views of Seaport Village, The USS Midway Museum and Embarcadero. Catch a glimpse in the above video.
Glorietta Bay Inn
1630 Glorietta Boulevard Coronado, CA 92118 (619) 435-3101
What better place to memorialize our freedom from Britain’s stronghold than in a town saturated with retired and active-duty military. America’s autonomy was won by the selfless acts of Revolutionary soldiers. Whether you’re a card-carrying NRA member or a peace-sign-wielding pacifist, the sacrifice is undeniable. Every July a parade with marching bands and the few remaining WWII veterans unspools down Coronado’s Orange Avenue past the Glorietta Bay Inn. The 1906 Edwardian-style mansion is united in the island's patriotic values. It also boasts the best view of Glorietta Bay’s fireworks show. GM, Claudia Ludlow Gonzales, stocks each of the 100 rooms with goodie bags. Flags, tee shirts, towels, mugs, kiddies sand buckets; it’s different every year. Guest gather on the veranda, by the pool, or on the balcony for front row seats to the pyrotechnics extravaganza. Festivities continue all weekend; the ice cream social and clown are always the most anticipated events.
Paradise Point Resort & Spa
1404 Vacation Road San Diego, CA 92109 (858) 274-4630
Seaworld San Diego knows how to do fireworks. For 73 consecutive nights every summer at 9:50 p.m., the park’s techno display elicits oohs and aahs. It’s intended for their guests, but plenty of locations around the city have a view -- Paradise Point being one of them, just two miles west. The resort's 44 water-front acres on Mission Bay provide ample space to spread out a blanket and set up beach chairs. Proximity yields excellent views from any angle. Fifteen fire pits and the hotel’s Gimme S’More Paradise Package entices guests to roast the gooey treats while watching the extended Fourth of July presentation.
Homewood Suites By Hilton
2576 Laning Road San Diego, CA 92103 (619) 222-0500
Every Sunday and Federal holiday since July 4, 1964, the Optimist Club of Point Loma has displayed 168 flags along a two-mile section on Rosecrans Street adjacent to this hotel. The boulevard is important to our armed forces because it is the principle route leading to Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. It also parallels Liberty Station, once a U.S. Navel Training Center, whose tasteful renovation using the original structure resulted in a retail center with hotels, a church and more. Portions of the complex hug San Diego Harbor…in other words, killer views of the Big Bay Boom, especially the Shelter and Harbor Island barges. Homewood Suites' third-floor terrace and back lawn are fireworks central. Grab a picnic at nearby Five Guys Burgers or Panera, add a bottle of vino from Wine Steals, sit back and enjoy the show.
Porto Vista Hotel
1835 Columbia Street San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 544-0164
Watch the action unfold on Ripassi Roofdeck at Little Italy’s boutique hotel. Their double entendre slogan, “go 4th and celebrate this Independence Day” pertains to the 4th floor venue and the holiday. Fresh air, panoramic views of the Big Bay Boom and food from Glass Door Restaurant are on the menu. Dine indoor under Moroccan lanterns or sip patriotic inspired cocktails beneath the open sky. While the ambiance is predominately European, there’s still a hint of the good old USA in chef’s house burger and apple praline bread pudding. Celebrations start at 5 p.m. and continue long after the last vibrant firework illuminates the night.