4th of July San Diego Zoo: In-Depth Celebration Guide

Celebrate Independence Day with roaring fun at San Diego Zoo's 4th of July extravaganza!

As patriotic spirit fills the air, your favorite theme park transforms into a party space filled with an array of educational and fun activities designed for all ages. Join the roaring festivities at San Diego Zoo's 4th of July, where families come together to enjoy a day of unforgettable wildlife encounters, spectacular fireworks displays, and more surprises.

Who’s ready for a red, white, and blue celebration like no other? Follow along as we tell everything about San Diego Zoo’s Fourth of July celebration.

4th of July San Diego Zoo Tickets

San Diego’s Fourth of July celebration is included with your admission park and Wildlife Explorer membership, including the following:

  • Wildlife Explorer

Youth (Ages 3-17): $71

  • San Diego Resident

Adult (Ages 18-64): $99
Senior (Ages 65+): $89.10

  • San Diego Resident Premium

Adult (Ages 18-64): $129
Senior (Ages 65+): $116.10

  • Wildlife Protector

Adult (Ages 18-64): $149
Senior (Ages 65+): $134.10

  • Resident Premium Wildlife Protector 

Adult (Ages 18-64): $169
Senior (Ages 65+): $152.10

  • Wildlife Guardian

Adult (Ages 18+): $225

  • Wildlife Champions
    (with accompanying guests, ages 18+): $425

Click here to purchase membership cards.

Package your San Diego Tickets

Celebrating America’s birthday at San Diego Zoo is fun, but the excitement shouldn’t end there. America’s Finest City is home to numerous attractions, spoiling you with a lot of options.

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Make sure to visit the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park in the city. Don’t forget to bundle your tickets with these other fun areas for one unforgettable, affordable getaway.

Fourth of July Highlights

Nighttime Zoo

From May 26 to September 4, 2023, San Diego Zoo undergoes a breathtaking transformation as the Nighttime Zoo takes center stage. Delve into a one-of-a-kind event filled with illuminating displays, animal interactions, artistic projections, and more once the sun sets.

Spectacular Shows

Prepare to be amazed by incredible shows that will leave you in awe throughout the event. Watch local performers destroy the stage with their powerful vocals. These extraordinary live concerts are sure to keep the entire family entertained.

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We will update this page with more information about the entire lineup.

Animal Encounters

Celebrate the diversity of wildlife as you embark on animal encounters throughout the San Diego Zoo. From snow leopard to harpy eagle, get up close and personal with fascinating creatures from Escondido California and beyond. Plus, learn about their conservation efforts and contributions to the planet.

Fireworks Spectacular

As the sun sets and the sky darkens, get ready for the grand finale of San Diego Zoo’s 4th of July celebration - a dazzling fireworks show. Find a prime viewing spot and marvel at the colorful explosions lighting up the night sky, accompanied by patriotic music that will leave you feeling uplifted and patriotic.

San Diego Zoo 4th of July Date

“Is San Diego Zoo open on July 4?” you may ask. Yes, it is open every day of the year. This Independence Day, it's open from 9 AM to 9 PM.

San Diego Zoo 4th of July Details

Please note that all guests with disabilities and trained service animals are welcome to join the celebration. There will be guest services to assist you with wheelchair or stroller rental.

The Zoo offers additional parking as well. The parking lot is at Presidents Way.

Fourth of July Venue

Located adjacent to downtown San Diego 2920 Zoo Dr San Diego, CA 92101.

Celebrate the Fourth of July at San Diego Zoo

Welcome Independence Day in a truly wild and wonderful way at San Diego Zoo. Bring the family and bask in the beauty of nature, encounter fascinating animals, and enjoy captivating fireworks shows.

While at it, make your trip more exciting by visiting San Diego county's other attractions with a San Diego Zoo vacation package.


July 4, 2023 @ 8:00 am CDT
July 4, 2023 @ 5:00 pm CDT
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2920 Zoo Dr
San Diego, 92101 United States
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