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

Legends of the Hidden Temple Reboot on the Way

Let’s take it back 90’s. One of the biggest game shows on Television is coming back, and you have a chance to be a part of the reboot.

Legends of the Hidden Temple, the popular action-adventure game show from Nickelodeon aired from 1993 to 1995, is set for a reboot.

The show hosted many physical and mental challenges to retrieve artifacts in a Mayan-themed set.

The show sets six teams of two contestants that began a three-round competition to determine which team earned the right to enter the temple.

Teams were identified via animal on t-shirts: Red Jaguars, Blue Barracudas, Green Monkeys, Orange Iguanas, Purple Parrots, and Silver Snakes.

Legends of the Hidden Temple to Receive "Grown Up" Reboot | Consequence of Sound
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Each episode consisted of three rounds. The Moat: Racing across a narrow swimming pool. The Steps of Knowledge: answering multiple-choice questions.

The Temple Games: Top two teams from round two (steps of knowledge) battle it out in a physical challenge to see who gets to enter the final round, The Temple Run.

Throughout all rounds, each team has a chance to earn pendants of life. These pendants are crucial for the final round, “The Temple Run,” which will protect them against the dreaded temple guards.

In the end, only one team was allowed to enter the temple, retrieve an artifact, and return to the temple entrance within the three-minute time limit.

Teams needed to be careful when entering the temple as some temple rooms remained locked or guarded by dreaded temple guards.

If a team member capture by one of the temple guards, they can use their pendants of life to continue to complete the mission; however, if caught without a pendant, the second teammate will enter and attempt to complete the mission.

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Sound like fun. Well, I’ve got even better news for you. Now’s your chance to live your childhood dream and get on the show and participate. Casting now open the Legends of the Hidden Temple reboot.

Here’s how you can live your childhood dream and be a part of the reboot to be on Legends of the Hidden Temple.

Similar to the original run, contestants must apply in teams of two. This time, all contestants applying must be 21 or older and film in Los Angeles in July.

The production company for Legends of the Hidden Temple set up a website where interested contestants can apply for their chance to become a Blue Barracuda, Orange Iguanas, Red Jaguars, Silver Snake, Purple Parrot, or Green Monkey. You can apply at legendscasting.com

The website states, “We’re calling for brave seekers and fearless competitors who are at least 21 years of age to cross the moat, ascend the steps of Knowledge, race through Olmec’s temple – avoiding the dreaded Temple Guards – and put their knowledge & fortitude to the test in THE adventure of a lifetime!”

Applicants complete the fillable application, upload a photo and explain how the contestants know each other, the craziest thing they’ve done, and list their strengths and weaknesses.

The production company wants to know their favorite memories from the Nick show and why they should be on the reboot. No announcement on the release date for the reboot, but filming is slated for July.

Want to relive the original version of Legends of the Hidden Temple? Stream all episodes now on Paramount+.

Microsoft Ends Internet Explorer Support in 2022

An end of an era is on the horizon for Microsoft’s popular web browser Internet Explorer.

Microsoft is putting one of its Internet Browsers to bed permanently. Announced on Wednesday, May 19, 2021; Effective June 15, 2022, Internet Explorer 11 will be retired and no longer supported by Microsoft.

The announcement read, “The future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge.”

Referencing Microsoft’s current browser, released in 2015.

“Not only is Microsoft Edge a faster, more secure, and more modern browser experience than Internet Explorer, but it is also able to address a key concern: compatibility for older, legacy, websites, and applications.”

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If you still access legacy explorer-based websites and apps, the good news is the current browser “Edge” has a built-in “IE mode,” so you can still access these apps.

The news of Microsoft ending support for Internet Explorer is not new. Last year, Microsoft stated that Microsoft 365 apps suite would end support for Internet Explorer 11 on August 17, 2021.

Not interested in downloading the new Edge browser? A few other alternatives include Brave and Firefox.

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

Cover Photo: Shutterstock

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.
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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.

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“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