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Amid pandemic, drive-in July 4 fireworks to take off in San Diego County

Posted at 1:30 PM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-05 02:09:56-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — While San Diego's Big Bay Boom and other popular fireworks shows are canceled this year, there are a handful of drive-in style events happening this weekend.

In Vista, Poway, El Cajon, and Santee, fireworks displays are being hosted with social distancing in mind. Some of the shows require a ticket purchase to get prime viewing in a physical distancing atmosphere, or viewers can find street parking where allowed.

Those who live nearby only need to look out their window!

Fireworks displays have been canceled throughout much of California to limit gatherings and curb the spread of COVID-19. At any shows still being held, officials urge viewers to wear facial coverings and social distance around non-household members. Consumer fireworks are illegal in San Diego County and anyone caught using them could face fines or jail time.

North County

Vista: Fireworks will be hosted at Brengle Terrace Park starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday. While the park is closed to pedestrians, drivers can purchase tickets to enter and socially distance with lawn chairs and blankets. Music will accompany the show on Star 94.1. More info

Poway: Two simultaneous fireworks shows will be held in Poway on Saturday starting at 9 p.m. One display will be hosts at Poway High School while the other will be held at Sportsplex in the South Poway Business Park. Both shows can be viewed from vehicles by purchasing tickets to park at Lake Poway or on surrounding streets near Poway High and the Sportsplex. More info

East County

El Cajon: Fireworks will be hosted at John F. Kennedy Park at 9 p.m. on Saturday, though the park itself will be closed to pedestrians. No gatherings will be allowed nearby, as well. El Cajon is encouraging anyone who wishes to view the show to do so from their vehicles or homes if nearby. More info

Santee: Two simultaneous fireworks shows will also be held in Santee on Saturday at Town Center Community Park East and West Hills Park at 9 p.m. While both parks will be closed to the public, the show can be viewed by residents from vehicles or, if they live nearby, their homes. Music accompanying the show will be played on KSON 103.7 FM. More info


California Center for the Arts in Escondido is hosting a virtual July 4th celebration throughout Saturday with crafts, patriotic performances, and themed celebrations all online for free. More info