Parades, Picnics, Fireworks Will Be Held All Over CountrySAN DIEGO — Parades, picnics and fireworks displays will be held throughout San Diego County Wednesday to mark Independence Day. Coronado’s 64th annual Independence Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Orange Avenue and First Street. Its theme is “America’s People.” The Julian 4th of July Parade, billed as the “best little small town parade in America,” will begin at noon at Julian High School with a Marine Corps color guard as the first entry. The parade will salute the town’s three branches of American Legion Post 468. The Mira Mesa parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. and run along Mira Mesa Boulevard between Mira Mesa Mall and Mira Mesa Community Park. The 45th annual Rancho Bernardo Spirit of the Fourth parade will begin at 3:30 p.m. at Acena and Lomica drives. Its theme is “Honoring the Military Family.” The grand marshal will be Navy Cmdr. John Love, a surgeon who has served two tours in Iraq, and his family. The Scripps Ranch Civic Association’s 4th of July Parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Red Cedar Drive and Ironwood Road. The parade and associated festivities have the theme of “The Many Faces of Scripps Ranch.” The San Diego County Fair will conclude with a demolition derby, a performance by “Weird Al” Yankovic, and patriotic events, including a parade of heroes and a show put on by Navy Band Southwest. Fair organizers said earlier this week that a big day could give them an attendance record for the fourth consecutive year, topping the record of 1.4 million set in 2011. The fair will be among a number of locations in San Diego County to have fireworks shows, mostly beginning around 9 p.m. SeaWorld San Diego and Legoland California in Carlsbad will also put on pyrotechnics displays. The 12th annual “Big Bay Boom” will feature rocketry from four barges strategically located around San Diego Bay, including Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the North Embarcadero and Embarcardero Marina Park South. The show also will have fireworks at the Imperial Beach Pier. Organizers strongly encourage attendees to arrive early because parking usually fills up around the bay by early afternoon. Free shuttle buses will be available at the Old Town Transit Center and Don L. Nay Port Administration Building, 3165 Pacific Highway. The fireworks show at La Jolla Cove, the subject of litigation for several years now, will take place as usual. However, the annual show over Lake Murray has been scrubbed over a threatened lawsuit by environmentalists, who contend that debris from the fireworks harm marine life.
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