Celebrate America’s independence on the Coronado Island this year! The Coronado 4th of July celebrations are jam-packed with fun, excitement, and festivities for the whole family! There is so much to do across the island that you’ll have plenty of ways to enjoy your holiday exactly as you want.
Independence Day Run
Get up and get moving this 4th of July! Start your day bright and early with an Independence Day Run! Choose from a 12k run, 5k run/walk, and a mile sprint. Your course will take you through Coronado with gorgeous views of Downtown San Diego and the iconic Coronado Bridge.
If you can run a mile faster than 4 minutes, you can win $1,000! Find more information about the race here.
Art in the Park
Art in the Park will be from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm on the 4th of July. You’ll be able to see the parade from the park, so if you don’t feel like staking out a parade spot hours in advance, this is a great alternative. Browse artwork by local creators and catch the parade from a unique perspective.
Rough Water Swim
If you want to be active but running isn’t your sport, join the Rough Water Swim. The swim course has 1 mile and half mile distances for adults and 250 yard, half mile, and 1 mile options for youth. This year is the 61st annual Rough Water Swim, so you can kick off your Coronado 4th of July with this longstanding tradition.
Find more information here.
Independence Day parade
When we say, “You can start reserving parade spots at 5:00 am,” you might think that’s a little excessive for a parade that doesn’t start until mid-morning. But, as anyone who’s been to a Coronado 4th of July parade in the past knows, this is one of the most popular parades in the west! In fact, it is the biggest parade on the West coast! Come see for yourself why.
The parade starts at 10:00 am along Orange Ave. It does get crowded quickly, so you’ll want to reserve your spot early if you want a prime viewing area.
Concert in the park
Enjoy a Coronado 4th of July evening concert in Spreckels Park! The Coronado Community Band will play starting at 4:00 pm, so bring a blanket and picnic and enjoy! Listen to music and relax in the park until it’s time for fireworks.
Coronado 4th of July Fireworks
What some would call the main event–the Coronado fireworks display–begins at 9:00 pm. The Coronado 4th of July fireworks will be set off over Glorietta Bay. Since this will draw people from all over the island and well as San Diego and beyond, you’ll want to avoid driving to see the show. Walk or take a bike so you can enjoy the show and avoid traffic.
Navigating the island
Since the Coronado 4th of July festivities are so popular, the island will be crowded. Traffic can become difficult to navigate, and after fireworks it can often take up to two hours to get back across the bridge to San Diego.
Because of this, we recommend staying in Coronado for the weekend. When you stay at Crown City Inn, you’ll be close enough to walk to the bay, or borrow one of our complimentary bikes and bike to the fireworks.
Similarly, the parade is along Orange Avenue, and the traffic in the surrounding area gets heavy. Crown City Inn is located on Orange Ave., so you can easily get to the parade route from your room!