Escondido, CA

56th annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks at the Center

Fireworks burst above the Arts Center at last year’s event.

Escondido’s annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks has become a North County tradition, and for good reason. Each year, 25,000 festival-goers converge on the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (The Center) at Grape Day Park for the holiday festivities. The event is back for its 56th year on Thursday, July 4, 2019 with rockin’ live music, tasty treats, and games for all. 

The day will commence with a special presentation by Escondido’s American Legion Post 149, VFW Post 1513, and DAV Chapter 70. This program honoring our nation’s veterans has begun the day’s festivities for many years.  Once again, the Center’s National Anthem Singing Competition will discover a local singer whose rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” will be kicking off the day’s events.  

Some amazing artists will take the stage throughout the day, including Anthony “Fallbrook Kid” Cullins, Rosa’s Cantina, and UPSTREAM.  In the evening, the crowd will be treated to the music of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band, who will lead us into a dazzling fireworks display which kicks off at 9 p.m.

Throughout the festival, a wealth of other activities will be going on around the Center’s campus including fabulous food trucks lined up along Broadway Avenue, and a wealth of children’s activities and games for everyone to enjoy, including inflatable activities by Wow Factor Attractions and extraordinary chalk art workshops by Cecelia Lanayao. 

Be sure to stop by So Cal Pro Wrestling’s ring to watch four different match-ups throughout the day as well.    

This event, with all of its music, art, and activities would not be possible without the generosity of its sponsor, the City of Escondido, Frontwave Credit Union and SD Entertainer.

Visit for the full event schedule and details.  

The Center is located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. in Escondido. The Ticket Office can be reached at 800-988-4253. Tickets can also be purchased online. To learn more, including performance dates, times, and ticket information, visit

As the shadows lengthen before the July 4 fireworks show the crowds will settle comfortable in their lawn chairs and listen to live music provided by “Fallbrook Kid” Cullins, Rosa’s Cantina, and UPSTREAM.

Dancing to the live music before the fireworks show.

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