Exploring San Diego


Exploring San Diego: Things to do July 4 - 7

Posted at 11:39 AM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-04 12:35:34-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — July 4th weekend has arrived in San Diego, guaranteeing plenty of fun around town for the family.

On Thursday, there are plenty of celebrations and fireworks displays to check out around the county. See our maps below for a look at where to catch a spectacular display above San Diego.

This weekend, San Diego Pride gets going with She Fest, celebrating the talents and contributions of women within and between the LGBT and larger San Diego communities.

MORE: Don't see anything you like? Check out our event calendar for even more local events

The U.S. women's national soccer team walks into the World Cup final Sunday, and Petco Park is celebrating with a massive watch party at Park at the Park.

And San Diego Comic-Con gets an early start with Superheroes' Night Out at the New Children's Museum and the PAWmicon animal adoption event and festival in Balboa Park.

Here's a look at this weekend's events:


July 4 celebrations
Where: Throughout San Diego County; Cost: Varies
Across San Diego County, several cities will be holding their own Fourth of July celebrations, from fireworks to festivals. For a look at celebrations happening across San Diego, click here. If fireworks are your thing, click here for a look at fireworks displays around the county.

The Cado pop-up museum
Where: North City; Cost: $14 - $19
(Thursday - Sunday) "The Cado" pop-up museum opens in San Marcos' North City development, bringing interactive art installations like the Ripe Room, Haas Hall, and The Pit Stop to guests who want to dig deeper into the fruit.

Summer Safari
Where: San Diego Zoo Safari Park; Cost: Starting at $46
Summer Safari returns to the Safari Park from May 25 to Sept. 1, bringing live music, arts and crafts, pop-up entertainment, up-close animal experiences, and more fun activities for families to enjoy.


Rooftop Cinema Club: Pretty Woman
Where: Manchester Grand Hyatt; Cost: $17 - $24
Enjoy a movie under the stars as Rooftop Cinema screens Pretty Woman on the Manchester Grand Hyatt's fourth-floor terrace. The outdoor venue hosts bottomless popcorn, cocktails, games, and of course city views under the stars.

Where: B Street Pier; Cost: Free - $27
The popular, unique art show Wonderspaces hits San Diego with immersive, interactive exhibits sure to spark your imagination, including exhibits filled with helium-filled globes and 3,700 thin multicolor nylon cords.

Food Truck Friday
Where: Balboa Park; Cost: Free to attend
The end of the week special brings together several food trucks for delicious fare and live entertainment by local performers. Large family game sets are also rolled out at the plaza's "living room" setup. Some of Balboa Park's museum and educational institutions set up booths during the events to offer hands-on activities and crafts for kids. Some museums also offer special late-night hours.


Superheros' Night Out
Where: New Children's Museum; Cost: $15 - $35
It's a superheroes' night out at the New Children’s Museum’s, where kids are invited to come dress up in masks and capes for an after-hours party with dinner, drinks, entertainment, a costume contest, access to the Museum’s art installations, superhero-themed activities and more.

She Fest
Where: North Park Community Park; Cost: Free
She Fest is a festival that celebrates and supports the talents and contributions of women while fostering meaningful connections within and between the LGBT and larger San Diego communities. The festival highlights San Diego Pride next weekend.

Horizon Music Festival
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park North; Cost: $25 - $80
Big Boi of Outkast headlines Horizon Music Festival with Elephante and others, showcasing a blend of relaxation and good beats, dancing, delicious food and drink, and more.


World Cup watch party
Where: Petco Park; Cost: Free
The Park at the Park is hosting the final match in the Women's World Cup featuring the U.S. women's team as they look to hold on to their title. Gates open to the public at 7:30 a.m. and will remain open for the match. Select concessions will also be open in the park to purchase. A live DJ will be on hand for music, along with appearances by the Pad Squad, photo opportunities, giveaway items and interactive activities.

Tanabata Festival
Where: Japanese Friendship Garden; Cost: $10 - $16
Celebrate Tanabata, the meeting of the stars Orihime and Hikoboshi in the Milky Way galaxy on the seventh day of the seventh month, in Balboa Park with festival foods, carnival games, cultural performances, demonstrations, and more at Japanese Friendship Garden.

Where: Comic-Con Museum, Balboa Park; Cost: $10
Helen Woodward Animal Center will host their annual PAWmicon, a free dog- and kid-friendly event to get families into the Comic-Con spirit and celebrate their canine companions. A costume contest will be held for both dogs and owners, and the event will also feature music, games, comic-themed prizes, and dog goodies.