Independence Day and summer go hand in hand. Barbecues, fairs, picnics, and baseball games are all the classic markers of time off from school, sunshine, and warm weather. They are also some of the best ways to celebrate the Fourth of July. The federal holiday marks the middle of the summer break and a day off for many families. Gaining freedom from the British monarchy and the Declaration of Independence that followed gave us an excuse to get together every year to remember history and honor our country. Historically, the Fourth of July was celebrated by doing everything from firing gunshots to rationing extra rum for soldiers. Massachusetts was the first state to recognize the holiday as a state celebration, and in 1938 Congress declared it a paid federal holiday. Nowadays, the Fourth of July is celebrated with fireworks, carnivals, family reunions, grilled food and pool parties. If you haven’t made plans for this summer’s celebration, here are a few of the best places to enjoy the Fourth of July in Carlsbad this year.
When in Carlsbad, you can count on LEGOLAND to be the go-to spot for family fun and adventure. On July 4th, the park is at the top of the list of fun places to go to celebrate Independence Day. LEGOLAND will be hosting picnic inspired games throughout the day. These will include a LEGO hamburger relay, burlap sack races, and water-balloon tosses. As evening rolls around, the park will have designated areas for viewing one of the best fireworks shows the city has to offer. The fireworks will light up the sky in harmony with a Patriotic musical tribute. All festivities are included with the price of admission so you’ll want to be sure to get your tickets as soon as possible.
If all-you-can-eat food and sun are your idea of Fourth of July fun, the Park Hyatt has just what you need. The resort will be hosting an evening of live music and a buffet from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The buffet will include treats like a salad station, fish tacos, BBQ carving station, and a dessert buffet. After the food has settled and drinks are in hand, guests will be able to spread out and enjoy a VIP view of the poolside fireworks show. Tickets are available online here.
Live music is a key part of any summer BBQ. This year, the Omni La Costa resort and spa is celebrating the Fourth of July with an all-day party and a concert by Neon Nation. The party will feature a variety of different family friendly activities. Waterslides, scavenger hunts, food trucks and s’mores are all on the schedule. Fireworks will cap off the festivities at the end of the night. Music starts at 7 p.m. Call the resort for more information today.
Nothing says summer like a classic American BBQ. This Fourth of July, The Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa’s very own 20|Twenty Grill and Chef Julian Quiñones will be serving up a feast with all the classics. Marinated tri-tip, charred corn cobettes, veggies, three-bean chili, and strawberry rhubarb cobbler are all on the menu. There is even a kids menu for the little ones. Diners will have a front row seat to the LEGOLAND fireworks show starting at 8:30 p.m. You’ll definitely want to make a reservation now to take part in this summertime feast before it’s too late.
If your family loves an ocean breeze and wants to spread out with a blanket to celebrate the Fourth on their own schedule, then Carlsbad State Beach is the place for you. Pack a cooler and get there before the crowds to play in the sun and waves. As the sun goes down you can set up camp and see all of the local fireworks shows light up the night sky. It’s the perfect place to gather friends and create your own party with Carlsbad’s natural beauty as the background.
Independence Day is a holiday recognized for tradition, relaxation, and fun. Make plans at any of these Carlsbad favorites this Fourth of July and you’ll be guaranteed to experience all three.