East County News Service
July 2, 2010 -- Ready for a fun and festive Fourth of July?
No need to fight traffic at the beach areas. East County has many patriotic celebrations including parades, free concerts, and several fireworks displays. Check out our guide below!
El Cajon Kennedy Park Picnic & Fireworks
The City of El Cajon will be holding their annual 4th of July Picnic and Fireworks at Kennedy Park, located at1675 East Madison Avenue. The picnic begins at 12:00 noon and the fireworks kickoff at 9:00 p.m. More details to come!
Pack a picnic, grab a blanket and head to Grape Day Park on July 4 for a fun-filled, all day, star-spangled celebration! Enjoy a variety of free entertainment, including musical performances, magicians, baton twirlers, children's arts projects, old-fashioned contests and, of course, fireworks. A variety of refreshments will be available for purchase.
Julian Community Fourth of July Parade
Pre-parade activities start at 10 a.m., the parade starts at noon.
The Music and Food Festival will have a number of booths and acts scheduled from noon to 9:00 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. This year will not be simulcast with radio, but will have a brand-new music tack played from the MusicFest site.
Bring your family and friends and celebrate our country’s independence “turn-of-the-twentieth-century-style” at the Old-fashioned Fourth of July from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Display your patriotic spirit and enjoy some good old-fashioned fun! Activities include music, steam train rides, train robbery enactments, face painting, patriotic arts and crafts, take your photo with Uncle Sam, iron working demonstrations, model trains, antique quilt display, arts and crafts market, old-fashioned games and food.
Starting at 9:00 p.m. at Scripps Mesa Fireworks, in partnership with the Mira Mesa Community 4th of July Committee, presents the annual 4th of July Fireworks Show. The fireworks are set off from the upper athletic field of Mira Mesa High School at 9:00pm on July 4th. The show is visible from many areas around both communities.
The fireworks are produced by San Diego Fireworks/PyroSpectaculars and are synchronized to music from radio station KYXY on 96.5 FM.
Pending funding, there will be a July 4th Community Fireworks and Family Picnic at Olive Pierce Middle School from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The fireworks will be synchronized to music on KYXY 96.5 FM. To check on this event’s status, please call (760) 789-1311.
An array of fun events for the family, all day from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.: Pancake Breakfast, Motor Show, Memorial Service, Idol Competition, Fireworks, Community Fair and Parade.
Santee's free 4th of July celebration includes live music by 80z All Stars, a Kid's Zone with carnival rides, games and inflatables, fireworks, and a food court. Festivities run from 3:30-9:30 p.m. at Town Center Community Park's West Ball Fields. For more information, call (619)258-4100 ext. 201 or visit www.ci.santee.ca.us.
Reminder: Fireworks are illegal throughout San Diego County, except at authorized displays. Shooting off illegal fireworks can be dangerous and also poses a fire danger in our region.