With elegant façades, breathtaking coastal views, and high-end shops and restaurants, La Jolla is the perfect place for a vacation imbued with style and sophistication. By Independence Day, this chic coastal community is as buzzy as it gets. Need some inspiration for visiting on this quintessential summer holiday? Read on for our guide to the best things to do in La Jolla when you’re looking to add some pizzazz to your Fourth of July celebration.
Splurge on a Top-Notch Meal
There’s no shortage of upscale restaurants in La Jolla to serve up a meal that will make your Fourth of July in San Diego memorable. The town caters to the well-heeled and those who like to travel (and dine) in style. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood can fulfill your fantasies of white table cloths, surf and turf, and a wine list that seems to go on forever. Fill up on juicy cuts and fresh seafood, then finish off your 5-star meal with desserts like chocolate mousse cake or bananas foster butter cake.
Want to incorporate a million-dollar view into your dinner? Head to The Marine Room, known far and wide for its ocean-view dining room, which is so close to the water that waves frequently crash against the glass windows during high tide. Its dinner menu is an extravaganza of local seafood-based dishes along with the upscale fare you’d expect at a fine dining establishment. With inventive chef specials, a superb wine menu, and desserts you’ll be talking about for days, The Marine Room will take your La Jolla Fourth of July trip to the next level.
Go Shopping in the Village
Prospect Ave is the main commercial artery in the village and setting some time aside to browse the stores here is one of the best things to in La Jolla for shopaholics. Sometimes called the Rodeo Drive of San Diego, this major street is home to art galleries, jewelers, interior design shops, clothing boutiques, and antique stores, among others. Pick up something to freshen up your wardrobe or snag a one-of-a-kind art piece to complement your home’s décor. If you’re still not satisfied after browsing the stores here, Westfield UTC, a local mall with designer shops, is only about a 20-minute drive away.
Check Out the Museum of Contemporary Art
The recently opened Museum of Contemporary Art adds to La Jolla’s repertoire of artistic assets. Located on Prospect Ave, this beautifully understated building houses works of art in permanent galleries and special exhibitions. Admission is $25 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and free for members. Before you leave, make sure to stop through The Shop at MCASD, selling everything from books to handmade jewelry.
Catch a Fourth of July Fireworks Show Near La Jolla
What would Fourth of July in San Diego be without a fireworks show? Luckily, there are plenty of ways to see a spectacular display light up the night’s sky. Head to Big Bay Boom, San Diego’s premier fireworks event taking place near Seaport Village, Coronado Ferry Landing, North Embarcadero, Marina District, South Embarcadero, Shelter Island, and Harbor Island — all great spots to have a high-end dinner before the show starts. This busy event starts at 9 p.m., so make sure to come early to snag your spot. It’s estimated as many as 750,000 people will be in attendance!
For something a little more low-key, head north to the Del Mar Fairgrounds to attend the 9 p.m. fireworks show taking place as part of the San Diego County Fair. For the best views, you’ll need to buy a ticket to the fair. A fun summer day of games, rides, and entertainment, capped off with a fireworks show — we can’t think of a better way to spend the holiday.
If you’re looking for a La Jolla boutique hotel for your Fourth of July in San Diego, the newly opened Cormorant Boutique Hotel is your best choice. With artfully designed rooms and luxe amenities like private balconies and in-room Nespresso makers, it will have you feeling like royalty. As a bonus to guests, we offer 20% off at Everyday California Kayak, a water sports rental company and tour operator located in La Jolla.