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Fourth of July Safety and Road Closures Around the County

San Diego County CA— San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Stations, Substations and Headquarters will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. All detention facilities will remain open. The closure to the public of business offices will not impact deputies in the field or employees scheduled for on-call.
The Sheriff’s Bomb/Arson Unit is reminding San Diegans it is illegal to possess and use fireworks in the county. It is also illegal to transport fireworks from elsewhere into San Diego County or to make homemade fireworks or explosives. Those convicted of possessing and/or using fireworks could be fined up to $50,000 and sent to prison or jail for up to one year. Fines can be significantly increased depending upon the amount of property loss or if someone is hurt or killed in a fire sparked by fireworks. Leave the fireworks to the professionals.
For a list of fireworks shows in the county, see our guide [link].
Be aware of road closures and traffic delays caused by Fourth of July fireworks shows in Sheriff’s jurisdictions across San Diego County:

Del Mar/Rancho Santa Fe/Encinitas/Solana Beach

  • Expect heavy traffic in and around the San Diego County Fair, especially around Via De La Valle, Del Mar Heights Road and Lomas Santa Fe Drive from 10:00 a.m. to midnight. Parking meters will be enforced in the City of Del Mar with no exception for holidays.
  • There will also be road closures during the Rancho Santa Fe Association’s Independence Day Parade and Picnic from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Avoid the areas near Linea Del Cielo, Paseo Delicias, Via De Santa Fe, Avenida De Acacias and La Granada in Downtown Rancho Santa Fe.
  • Expect traffic delays and extremely limited parking spots along the beaches of Del Mar, Encinitas and Solana Beach. Pay attention to posted signs, do not obstruct private or public driveways, fire lanes, handicapped parking or cut curbs. Crossing on railroad tracks to access the beach is illegal. Your car can also be towed if you park too close to the train tracks.

Imperial Beach:

  • The Imperial Beach Pier will be closed from Monday, July 3rd at 6:00 p.m. through Wednesday, July 5th at 8:00 a.m. for set up and break down of the fireworks show.
  • Pay attention to “No Parking” and “Tow Away Zone” signs on 2nd Street between Palm Avenue and Imperial Beach Boulevard, as well as on Seacoast Drive between Palm Avenue and Imperial Beach Boulevard.
  • Expect traffic delays between 9:00 p.m. and midnight on July 4th due to the fireworks show in Imperial Beach. Imperial Beach Boulevard, Elm Avenue and Palm Avenue will be impacted. Be aware traffic coming into Imperial Beach from the Silver Strand will be reduced down to one lane.


  • Expect delays near Poway High School, located along the 15000 block of Espola Road, between 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.


  • Fireworks display is at Town Center Community Park located at 550 Park Center Drive. Southbound Park Center Drive will be closed and expect delays in the area after the fireworks at 9:30 p.m.


  • The following road closures will be in effect near Bringle Terrace Park, located in the 1200 block of Vale Terrace Drive, between 8:00 p.m. and 9:45 p.m:
    • Vale Terrace Drive between E. Vista Way and Vale Terrace Place
    • Williamston Street between E. Vista Way and Vale Terrace Drive
    • Ponderosa Drive at Vale Terrace Drive
    • Alta Vista Drive at Vale Terrace Place
    • Vale Terrace Place between Alta Vista Drive and Vale Terrace Drive
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Fourth of July Safety and Road Closures Around the County