The Fourth of July in San Diego is always exciting and lively. This beautiful beach-side city in Southern California welcomes thousands of visitors each year to celebrate the country's independence with them.

The 4th of July 2011 in San Diego promises to be one of the most exciting in decades. Fireworks are not a common sighting in the dry climate of Southern California, so San Diego celebrates the opportunity to display fireworks on the 4th of July. This is one of the main attractions on the holiday, usually starting in the morning and intermittently being fired off until midnight.

Nightlife venues often have special live music performances on the 4th of July. Hotels often give out special discount coupons for visitors who are staying through the 4th of July in San Diego.

Downtown San Diego comes to life at night. During the 4th of July 2011 celebration, the restaurants and nightlife venues are expected to offer specials, stay open later than usual and host special events.

The area reflects the charm and laid-back atmosphere of a 1950s beach town. The weather is pleasant, thanks to the cool ocean breeze. Paired with the mostly-sunny days, this is a recipe for a memorable 4th of July 2011 celebration. Live music often plays in public places, reflecting the old-time spirit of the city. Beach parties are common on the 4th of July. During this day, most people welcome others, especially visitors, to join their group.

Families planning a vacation to celebrate the 4th of July 2011 in San Diego won't be disappointed. There are several family-friendly restaurants that plan special events for the day. Several different organizations also host cookouts throughout the town, either giving away their food or selling it for low prices. San Diego has plenty of day-time attractions for families. There are excellent beaches and fun aquatic activities. Aquariums, parks and kid-friendly venues are found throughout the city. San Diego has plenty of fun activities to keep families entertained on the 4th of July.