Find the perfect Fourth of July feast

Independence Day is all about grilling. These San Diego restaurants are celebrating in style with their take on barbecue and picnic fare.

Carnitas' Snack Shack is hosting its second annual 4th of July Neighborhood Cookout. The block party includes grilled meats like burgers and hot dogs, a tap takeover from a local brewery, signature cocktails, corn hole toss, back-to-back live music performances and a front row view of the Big Bay Boom fireworks extravaganza. Noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. 1004 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego. carnitassnackshack.com

Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa will celebrate the Fourth of July with an intimate all-American BBQ dinner and fireworks show. The menu includes Brandt beef steaks, white Mexican prawns, all-beef hot dogs, charred corn on the cob, Susie's Farm vegetables, summer salads and dessert bar. Seating is limited. 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. 2000 Second St., Coronado. $80 per adult; $35 per child 10 and under. Reservations: (619) 522-3150.

Cusp Dining & Drinks will celebrate Independence Day with dinner and a show. Main dish selections include surf and turf, rack of lamb, roasted Scottish salmon or roasted chicken breast. A complimentary toast will be given during the fireworks show starting at 9 p.m.. 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. Hotel La Jolla , 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla. Reservations are recommended. (858) 551-3620 or cusprestaurant.com

Harbor Float at Coasterra guests will enjoy a celebration on the bay with unlimited access to food stations, including a taco bar with carne asada, carnitas and local swordfish; a raw bar with oysters, clams, mussels, Mexican white shrimp, Tijuana-style ceviche; and house-made salsas and guacamole. A full cash bar and $7 libations will be available. The seating is for ages 21 and older. 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. 880 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego. $29.95 per person. Tickets: cohnrestaurants.com/coasterra

Julian Hot Cider and Donut Bar will partner to host a patriotic themed-party, "American to the Core." This family-friendly gala features red, white and blue cider for adults, fresh-pressed apple juice for the kids and American-themed donuts. All proceeds will benefit Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. 4470 Julian Road, Julian. $10. (760) 765-2500.

Level Four Pool Deck + Lounge will celebrate America's birthday with an Independence Weekend Pool Party. Guests can nosh on tacos, sip cocktails and craft beers and play games. DJs will provide the tunes. Noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Hotel Palomar, 1047 Fifth Ave., San Diego. No cover charge. hotelpalomar-sandiego.com/rooftop-bar-san-diego

Marina Kitchen will serve a special picnic-style buffet dinner with a variety of classic American options. The Fourth of July menu includes everything from watermelon and blue cheese salad to Jidori fried chicken and 12-hour beef brisket white cheddar mac 'n cheese. The dessert station includes house-made mini pies, mini strawberry shortcakes, chocolate chip cookies and milk and peach crisp. Kids can order hamburgers, hot dogs and corn on the cob. 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, 333 W Harbor Dr., San Diego. $28 per adult; $12 per child 12 and under. (619) 234-1500 or sandiegomarquis.com

Sea180 Coastal Tavern will offer guests the choice of two different packages that include barbecue options, drink tickets and prime fireworks viewing. The All American BBQ Package is $50 per person; the Rooftop Fireworks Package is $70 per person. 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. Imperial Beach Room, 800 Seacoast Drive, Imperial Beach, (619) 631-4949, ext. 2.

Twenty/20 Grill will serve a traditional American BBQ Buffet Dinner. The menu features favorites from the grill like smoked pork ribs, grilled salmon, smoked chicken, charred corn and maple bacon baked beans. A dessert bar and children's menu will also be offered. 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa, 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad. $65 per adult; $30 children 4012; free for children under 3. Reservations: (760) 827-2500 or twenty20grill.com

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