Where to Watch Fireworks for 4th of July

Fourth of July is tomorrow, and now is the time to finalize (or start making) those Fourth of July plans by scheduling where you will watch fireworks.

Here is a list of some areas where you can check out fireworks to close out the holiday.

San Diego Bay: The Big Bay Boom is back after taking a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The free firework show begins at 9 pm sharp. You can catch this memorable show at one of the four barges off Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero, and Seaport Village/Coronado Landing. More information available here.

Santee: As part of their annual Fourth of July event with food vendors, a concert, and a patriotic ceremony, Santee Salutes will conclude their event with Dual firework displays scheduled at 9 pm on July 4.

Oceanside: The Oceanside area will celebrate their firework show a day early, with their display happening on Saturday, July 3 at 9 pm. Activities before the display include music entertainment and food vendors. The viewing area for fireworks is on Rancho Del Oro Drive. For more information on the fireworks, visit their website here.

Sea World (Central San Diego): Sea World will host the Independence Day Fireworks spectacular at SeaWorld. The 15-minute firework display is set to a patriotic soundtrack. For more information, check out the details here.

Camp Pendleton: Camp Pendleton will host a Beach Bash fireworks show beginning at 9:00 pm located at Del Mar Beach. Festivities before the fireworks run 6:00 am – 10:00 pm. The event is open to military families. Additionally, civilians are welcome with authorized personnel.

Coronado: The annual Coronado July 4th Celebration fireworks begin at 9 pm at Spreckels Park, and then the Big Bay Boom will be at Gloriette Bay. The Coronado Times reports that the traffic is heavy, so plan to walk or bike around Downtown Coronado. 

Escondido: Fireworks in the City of Escondido will begin at 9 pm. Traditionally the City has a large-scale event, however, this year will be fireworks only available for viewing from the Woodward Avenue parking lot with Grape Day Park remaining open past dusk, standard regulations remain in effect. Click here for more information. 

Del Mar: San Diego County Fair 4th of July Celebration fireworks light up the sky beginning at 9 pm from the Del Mar Fairgrounds. For more information, check out their website here. 

Vista: The City of Vista 4th of July celebration starts at 9 pm, taking place at Brengle Terrace Park at 1200 Vale Terrace Drive. The park will open at 5 pm with a BBQ dinner taking place from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. For more information, please visit their website here

Fireworks by Warren Tobias on UnSplash

El Cajon: Fireworks in the City of El Cajon start at 9 pm at Kennedy Park with festivities starting at 1 pm. Kennedy Park located at 1675 E. Madison Ave. Visit their website here for more information. 

Poway: Fireworks in Poway will be at Poway High School and Poway Sportsplex. For more information, please visit their website

Carlsbad: 4th of July at Legoland is back. The Red, White & Boom! Will include an All American family picnic, relay race, live performances, and firework show. To learn more, vist their website

Rancho Bernardo: If you’re in the Rancho Bernardo area, fireworks begin at 9 pm and located at Rancho Bernardo High School. Click here for more information. 

Ramona: Fireworks in the Ramona area will start at 9 pm at Olive Peirce Middle School, 1521 Hanson Lane. For more information, visit the following link

Don’t feel like going out to watch fireworks? You can catch them directly from the comfort of your home. Fox 5 San Diego will have coverage of the Big Bay Boom beginning at 8 pm with fireworks launching at 9pm. For more information, please visit Fox 5 San Diego here

Please be safe and have a great 4th of July.

Cover Photo: Big Bay Boom! By Wilson Ye

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

HBO Max Releases “Friends: The Reunion” Trailer

We officially have a two-minute “Friends: The Reunion” trailer to hold us until premiere day.

The upcoming special titled “Friends: The Reunion” features Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer. Heading back to Stage 24 at Warner Brothers Studio in Burbank, California.

The trailer shows the cast gathering on the iconic set playing a trivia game referencing a former episode from the series. Completing a table read of an episode and sharing some of their favorite memories from their time on the show.

a group of people sitting at a table: The cast, release date, and more details for the 'Friends' reunion on HBO Max.
Photo Credit: HBO Max

Not only does the cast reunite, but we are also expected to have some special guest stairs drop-in. Including David Beckham, Justin Bieber, BTS, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Tom Selleck, and more.

The original series of “Friends” premiered in 1994 and ran for ten seasons on NBC. Even after the show concluded, Friends remains of the most popular shows on streaming services; from Netflix to its new home HBO Max.

Photo Credit: HBO Max

“Friends: The Reunion” premieres Thursday, May 27, 2021, on HBO Max. Will you be watching the reunion? Let me know on Instagram and Twitter @MikeStarkCA

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

Cover Photo: HBO Max

Album Review: Joyce Wrice-Overgrown

The R&B singer delivers her brand of throwback vibes on her debut album

Joyce Wrice has been bubbling for some time on the underground R&B scene. The LA-based singer/songwriter broke out in 2016 with her EP Stay Around and continued with collaborations with artists such as Westside Gunn of Griselda, The Free Nationals, and Crush. Under the partnership with R&B producer and frequent Ty Dolla $ign collaborator  D’Mile, Wrice takes listeners onto a time capsule back to the heyday of 1990s hip hop soul with Overgrown.
From the jump, it’s apparent that this project takes various cues from musical elements of R&B albums of that era. The most striking takeaway of this album’s sound is the lush but gritty instrumentation across all tracks. Funky guitar licks, boom-bap drums, string melodies and winding chord progressions permeate tracks such as Chandler, Losing, and Addicted. The self-titled track is a piano laden ballad that shares similar themes of self-love and strength with Mary J. Blige’s material, particularly My Life. The collaboration with fellow half-Japanese R&B singer UMI, a remix to That’s On You, carries a bluesy feel and is noteworthy for having a crossover appeal with Japanese lyrics. So So Sick is perhaps the biggest musical tribute to 90s R&B, with a subtle sample of Jon B’s 1997 hit They Don’t Know.

Another element Overgrown borrows from 1990s R&B albums is the balance of soulfulness and hip hop swagger through its collaborations and structure. On One with Freddie Gibbs carries the spirit of singer-rapper collabs such as Anything by SWV and Wu Tang Clan and Can’t You See by Total and the Notorious BIG. Westside Gunn’s Interlude, featuring the eponymous rapper, is humorously vulgar and reminiscent of rap interludes and intros on R&B albums by the likes of Phife Dawg and Busta Rhymes. Falling In Love, with fellow D’Mile collaborator Lucky Daye, hearkens back to collabs between singers like Slow Jam by Usher and Monica, and Final Warning by Ginuwine and Aaliyah. The album’s mix of uptempos and slow jams are tied together cohesively by interludes in the same way Faith Evans and Blackstreet used them on their albums.

Overall, Overgrown is a strong debut album for Joyce Wrice with its rich melodic textures compared to a majority of modern R&B albums with heavy hip hop influence. If this project is a sign of Wrice’s future as an artist, is it clear that she’ll be a breath of fresh air for R&B.

Score: 9.5/10

Written by Kristian Gonzales

Behind the Seams with Blake: Padres Season Takeaways So Far

Behind the Seams with Blake: Padres Season Takeaways So Far.

Hello readers! I’m back with another post about the 2021 MLB season. For this edition of Behind the Seams, I will be recapping the biggest takeaways from the first 21 games played by my hometown team, the San Diego Padres. As of this writing they have a record of 11-10, placing them 3rd in the NL West standings. They sit behind the Dodgers and the 12-7 Giants, who have benefited from the Houdini magic of backup catcher Curt Casali, who amazingly has caught 5 consecutive shutouts in games he has started behind the plate. I have watched every Padres game this season, and there have been some really awesome moments, but also I’ve unfortunately gotten used to watching them miss out on some really big run scoring opportunities. Add in a few injuries to big stars, and that’s where the Pads find themselves at the moment. They began their second series against the division-rival Dodgers on Thursday, and the 4 game series will be going on all weekend long.

The first topic I will discuss is the various injuries the Padres have been hit with just a few weeks into the season. Every Padres fan held their breath when 22 year old face of the franchise Fernando Tatis Jr. fell to the ground in pain after a swing 2 weeks ago. It turned out to be a shoulder injury, and the idea of him having to undergo surgery and miss the season was being floated by media outlets. Thankfully, he only ended up missing about 10 days, and while he has struggled to start the season, I know Fernando is bound to get red-hot offensively any moment now.

Another promising Padre who has been bitten by the injury bug this season is left handed starter Adrian Morejon, but unfortunately for him, he will miss much more than 10 days. He left his last start with a forearm injury, and he has undergone the infamous Tommy John Surgery, which has come to mean that he will miss about a year and a half rehabbing. It’s a shame to see a talented young pitcher like Morejon miss an extended period of time with injuries, as he was going to have a really good chance to make a name for himself on this 2021 Padres squad. Now, we’ll have to wait until either late in the 2022 season or 2023 to see what Morejon can become for the team. 

One of the top starting pitchers in the MLB in the 60 game 2020 season, Dinelson Lamet has also struggled with injuries to start this season. He went down with arm troubles late in 2020, and the Padres have been extremely cautious with him since in hopes of him not requiring surgery. As of right now, their strategy isn’t paying off… Lamet made his season debut a few days ago on April 21st but had to leave after just 2 innings due to forearm soreness. He is now back on the injured list, but the team believes he will be back on the active roster shortly.

The Padres have also started the season quite badly when hitting with runners in scoring position. (Don’t worry, I’m saving the good story for last) In terms of runners left in scoring position per game, the Padres have the 3rd worst mark this season, leaving an average of 4 ducks on the pond per game. What’s most frustrating for me to watch is that the team seems to have a habit of taking fastballs down the middle for strike 3 in big moments with runners on base. I don’t have a grand scheme for how they could turn this habit around, but I’d at least like to see them swing at the pitches instead of giving up as soon as they don’t get the pitch they’re looking for. Yes, I know it’s easy for me to say because I’m not the one who has to try to hit 95+ mph pitches on a daily basis, but it’s food for thought. Perhaps the team just needs a slight altering of their approach at the plate and then their struggles with runners in scoring position can become less of a glaring issue.

As promised, I’m going to end on a high note. In just his 2nd start of the season and as a Padre, Joe Musgrove threw the FIRST NO HITTER OF FRANCHISE HISTORY! This game was truly awesome to watch. Musgrove was in total control of the Rangers, as the only hard hit balls of the game were liners to Wil Myers in right to close out the 8th inning and to 2nd baseman Jake Cronenworth in the 9th. I was so glad that manager Jayce Tingler left Joe in the game to complete the career night, as it’s become common for pitchers to be removed in the 6th or 7th inning with no hitters intact because their pitch counts are already at or approaching 100. I will say this until the end of time; a combined no hitter is nothing compared to an individual no hitter. Every franchise in the MLB now has at least one no hitter in their history, but none of them took as long to get one as the Padres did, waiting 8,205 games until finally getting that first no hit performance from Musgrove. It is such a great story that Musgrove ended up being the first to do it as a Padre, as he is from the San Diego area, and even got a Padres tattoo on his arm when he was 18. The Padres acquired “Java Joe” from the Pirates over the offseason, and I hope that this is only the beginning of the great pitching performances that we will see from him in a Padres uniform.

P.S. In my prior blog post, I wrote about how the As got off to such a horrible start this season, and I must point out that they have completely turned around their season since. They have won an astounding 11 games in a row, and now look like the contending team they’ve been the past few years. Maybe reading my Behind the Seams post about their struggles gave them motivation to prove me wrong and reach their potential. The baseball season is full of surprises, and that’s one of the many reasons I can never get enough of it. 

Written by: Blake Koziel 

Photo Source: San Diego Union Tribune