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It's no secret we love the beach. I think we just wrapped up day number 5 of dipping our toes in the ocean so far this summer break.
Here in Southern California people flock to the coast over 4th of July weekend. There are fireworks everywhere, from downtown, to SeaWorld, Ocean Beach, the County Fair, and more. Mission Bay is a popular spot, with nighttime fire-pits being lit around the bay, and people staking their claim for a prime spot early in the morning, and then staying late through the night to watch the fireworks from SeaWorld.
With such a long day you want to keep your celebrations fairly simple, and provide lots of entertainment for the kids.
Here are the key staples you need to get through the day and evening: