Get lit this Fourth of July with these explosive parties
Party in the USA on the rooftop, in the pool or another San Diego hot spot for a flashy Independence Day.
7.1-7: PB AleHouse Beach Party
Start the celebrations early and keep the fun going all week long during Pacific Beach AleHouse’s. Sip on adult slushies or a $5 house-brewed All-American lager while feasting on barbecue specials. DJ sets are scheduled from Wednesday-Sunday, with two on the Fourth of July: in main room at 10 p.m. and on the rooftop from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
9 a.m.-midnight, July 1-7, Pacific Beach AleHouse 721 Grand Ave., Pacific Beach, 858.581.2337,
7.4: Brunch at The Med in La Jolla
Begin the Fourth of July festivities by clinking glasses of champagne or unique cocktail in La Jolla. La Valencia Hotel hosts a holiday brunch up on the ocean terrace of its signature restaurant, The Med. Enjoy America’s Finest City with a variety of dishes — including pink velvet waffles topped with vanilla bean cream cheese — or The Med’s classic drinks like Juniper & Elderflower and Kumquat Daiquiri.
10:30 a.m., July 4, La Valencia Hotel, The Med, 1132 Prospect St., La Jolla, 855.818.6887, lavalencia.com
7.4: Lafayette Sip & Swim
Following its Memorial Day and Summer Solstice celebrations, Lafayette Hotel returns its summer Sip & Swim series for the Fourth of July. DJ Ratty will score the event as swimmers sip a complimentary signature drink and lounge in The Weissmuller Pool. Urbn Leaf and Truly Hard Seltzer will join in on the festivities and offer “activations” (TBD). Tickets are $30 online.
Noon to 5 p.m., July 4, Lafayette Hotel, 2223 El Cajon Blvd., North Park, 619.296.2101, lafayettehotelsd.com
7.4: Mavericks Beach Club Block Party Bash
Head to Pacific Beach for Mavericks Beach Club’s Block Party Bash to enjoy drinks from six different bars. Hang in the Splash Zone, chow at the barbecue station, play giant games, and jam to DJs. Bottle service and VIP poolside cabanas or tables are available to book via email or phone.
Noon-9 p.m., July 4, Mavericks Beach Club, 860 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach, 858.999.0348, maverickssd.com
7.4: Hot Dog Eating Contest for America
Bring an appetite to The Smoking Gun this year for the chance to win big. The first party-goer to eat 20 hotdogs will take home $1,000. Participants are limited (25 people maximum), so email email@example.com to RSVP. And those who aren’t up to the challenge can still get into the holiday spirit with an American-style breakfast featuring pancakes, eggs, bacon and bottomless mimosas.
2 p.m., July 4, The Smoking Gun, 555 Market St., Gaslamp, themokinggunsd.com
7.4: Space Yacht at Sunburn Pool Lounge
Space Yacht, a summer pool party every Saturday at Sunburn Pool Lounge, adds a Thursday celebration to the roster in honor of Independence Day. Enjoy games, drinks, entertainment and more while soaking up some rays. Follow on social media for talent updates. Early bird tickets are $10 (excluding fees) online, or opt for a 2019 Season Pass for access to all weekly pool parties.
2-9 p.m., July 4, Sunburn Pool, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, 207 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, sunburnpool.com
7.4: Porto Vista Hotel Rooftop Party
Chomp on an all-American hot dog or hamburger while playing games like cornhole and jumbo Jenga at Porto Vista Hotel’s rooftop party before the fireworks start. Admission is $10 online, and $15 day-of. A $25 VIP option includes a complimentary glass of beer, wine or champagne, plus a party favor and preferred seating for show.
6-10 p.m., July 4, Porto Vista Hotel, 1825 Columbia St., Little Italy, 619.544.0164, portovistasd.com
7.4: Over the Top Celebration
Go Over the Top and up 40 stories this holiday at Top of the Hyatt. Enjoy an elevated vantage point — and experience — of the fireworks with unlimited beer, wine, champagne and liquor, plus a barbecue buffet. Free parking inside the Grant Hyatt San Diego’s garage. Tickets are $170 and available online.
6-10 p.m., July 4, Top of the Hyatt, 1 Market Pl., downtown, 619.232.1234, topofthehyatt.com
7.4: Viewing party at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
Soar into independence like the national bird of the U.S. at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse. The dining destination invites San Diegans downtown for a “patriotic party time” with waterfront views before the crowds pile in that night. A $50 ticket offers appetizers crafted by executive chef Brian Christman — as well as two beers, wines or cocktails — to enjoy before or during the Big Bay Boom fireworks.
7-10 p.m., Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, 901 Bayfront Ct., Ste. 105, downtown, 619.272.5060, delfriscos.com
7.4: Chere Amie Fireworks Cruise
What better way to cruise into freedom than on a 90-foot, two-deck yacht? Party on Chere Amie Yacht Charters’ Fireworks Cruise, featuring a DJ spinning on the upper deck. There will be patriotic cocktails available for purchase, plus complimentary appetizers, desserts and a glass of champagne. Boarding starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $80 online.
7:30-10:30 p.m., July 4, Chere Amie Yacht, 1901 N. Harbor Dr., downtown, cruisesdbay.com
7.5: Red, White and Bruce Brunch at Barleymash
Brunch in the U.S.A. and transport back to the ‘80s with a Bruce Springsteen-themed event. After the Fourth of July parties, spend July 5 at Barleymash for breakfast. Springsteen-inspired citrusy vodka cocktails named after famous songs like Long Walk Home and Rocky Ground continue the fun after the fireworks end.
10 a.m., July 5, Barleymash, 600 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, barleymash.com
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