Whether it involves fireworks or not, there’s plenty to do this July 4th holiday across OC.
Huntington Beach Annual 4th of July Celebration
Huntington Beach devotes five days celebrating the Fourth of July. June 30 has a Block Party on Main Street, with the Pier Plaza Festival, featuring carnival rides, live music, food trucks and vendors, happening July 1-4. July 4th starts with the Surf City Run & Kid’s Fun Run, followed by the 10 am Independence Day Parade along PCH at 10 am, and concludes with majestic “Fireworks Over the Ocean” at 9 pm.
Salute To America
In Cypress, the Independence Day holiday weekend action occurs on July 1. Taking place at Cypress College, this patriotic party starts at 5:30 pm, with a concert by The Smokin’ Cobras happening at 7 pm and a fireworks show at 9 pm. There will be food vendors, but folks can bring food too. BBQs, however, are prohibited as are bringing your fireworks, alcohol and dogs. No registration, however, is required to attend.
Fourth of July Celebration & Summer Carnival ‘22
“Four for the Fourth” could be the motto for San Juan Capistrano’s Independence Day celebration. San Juan Capistrano Sport Park presents a four-day, full-scale carnival July 1-4 that has rides, music, games, exhibit booths and more amusements. A glorious fireworks show serves as a fitting July 4th finale at 9 pm. For additional details on tickets, wristbands and carnival hours, please contact SJC’s Community Services Department at 949-493-5911.
July 4th Fireworks at Knott’s Berry Farm
Knott’s celebrates America’s birthday over the entire three-day holiday weekend. Visitors can spend their days exploring the park and enjoying summer attractions, like Ghost Town Alive! During the evenings, you will not only be able to catch the special seasonal Knott’s Summer Nights party but also experience radiant fireworks filling the skies July 2-4 at 9:30 pm. Park-goers can find prime fireworks viewing spots in the Knott’s map guide.
3rd of July Celebration
The city of Orange understands how busy July 4th can get. Consequently, they stage their Independence Day party a day early. At 4 pm, Grijalva Park will welcome holiday revelers with a variety of games, booths, kids’ activities and food trucks (that are supporting local nonprofits). After the Orange Community Master Chorale performs a patriotic music program, there’ll be a stunning pyrotechnic display (approximately 8:45 pm). Tickets are available at Orange’s Community Services Department.
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Anaheim Hill’s Fourth of July Celebration
Anaheim Hills’ July 4’s fun starts early with the 7 am Firecracker 5K/10K. Canyon High School hosts a pancake breakfast at 7:30 am with the adorable Yankee Doodle Dog Show happening at 9 am. At 1 pm, the Patriotic Parade heads out of the high school for Eucalyptus Park. Peralta Park’s festivities start at 3 pm with live entertainment and food vendors. And don’t miss the popular fireworks show at 9 pm.
Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza
Dana Point’s 9 pm fireworks show is so grand that it’s done from a barge located in the water off Doheny State Beach. It is recommended that you arrive at Doheny Beach early, although Dana Point Harbor, Pines Park, Heritage Park, Louise Leyden Park and Lantern Bay Park should be good viewing spots too. By the way, Doheny State Beach always welcomes volunteers for the big beach cleanup on the morning of July 5.
Laguna Niguel 4th of July Celebration
Get your July 4th on the right foot by participating in the Run in The Parks. The AM (and pet-friendly) event raises money for YMCA’s scholarship and financial aid programs. The evening festivities start with the Springsteen Experience’s performance in Crown Valley Park Amphitheater (6 pm). Food trucks will be on-hand too. Around 7:30 pm, folks can view a patriotic flyover and the aerial attractions continue with fireworks at 9 pm.
4th of July Spectacular in La Habra
La Bonita Park is a pretty spot to celebrate Independence Day. Park gates open at 4 pm and folks can enjoy live music performed by the group Suave as well as a military flyover. There will also be activities for kids along with food and retail vendors. The main attraction, undoubtedly, is the fireworks spectacular that will light up the sky starting at 9:15 pm.
Los Alamitos’ 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
This year’s July 4th event at Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base has returned to its traditional format. So, bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy an evening that offers live entertainment, displays, a family fun area, and food and commercial vendors. The night culminates with fabulous fireworks at 9 pm. Gates are open from 4 pm-8:45 pm.
Mission Viejo Fourth of July Street Faire & Fireworks Spectacular
12 o’clock is when things start rocking on July 4 in Mission Viejo. The Street Faire (located on Olympiad between Marguerite and Melinda) will be stocked with games, rides, food vendors and live entertainment on two stages (one features local youth bands). Admission is free; however, tickets are sold for games and rides. At 9 pm, amazing fireworks will illuminate the night’s sky.
Independence Day on the Back Bay
Newport Dunes is hosting a big July 4th bash that also provides a great view of Newport Beach’s 9 pm fireworks extravaganza. Gates open at 8 am, so arrive early and enjoy a day at the Dunes. You can rent kayaks, pedal boats, stand-up paddle boards or a boat from 10 am-5 pm, listen to musical performances (2 pm-5 pm), and check out the Food Truck Feast (12 pm-7 pm). Reservations are needed.
Santa Ana’s 10th Annual Fourth of July Celebration
Centennial Regional Park will again be the place where Santa Ana salutes Independence Day. From 5 pm-9:30 pm, this free community event serves up live music, children’s activities, food trucks and exhibitors for everyone’s enjoyment. Topping off the celebration will be a dynamic 20-minute display of fireworks. Folks can bring a lawn chair, blankets, and food for picnicking. Dogs may attend but must remain on leashes. Alcohol is not allowed.
Yorba Linda’s 4th of July Spectacular
The city’s holiday celebration begins at 5 pm in Veterans Park, where you’ll find family activities, a kids’ zone and food vendors. The live entertainment features a performance by United Party Heroes, and Mario Bryant singing the “National Anthem” and “God Bless America.” Public seating for the 9 pm fireworks program will be available in Veterans Park and Yorba Linda Middle School’s south field.
AVCA July 4th Celebration & Fireworks
The Aliso Viejo Community Association is throwing an Independence Day party at Grand Park from 6 pm-9:30 pm. Carnival games, face-painting, balloon-twisters and craft for kids are among the park’s family-friendly activities. Live performances can be enjoyed from 7 pm-9 pm, with low-level fireworks beginning at approximately 9 pm. Visit AVCA’s website for the guidelines on the night’s festivities.
Fourth of July At Disneyland
While fireworks frequently light up the skies above Disneyland, the Fourth of July is a special night for fireworks so you can expect something extra magical in the fireworks department on the 4th. Highlighting Independence Day night will be “Disney’s Celebrate America! — A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky,” an inspiring fireworks extravaganza set to a selection of patriotic music.
Red, White & BOOM!
The BOOM is back. Legoland’s big Independence Day fireworks show returns this year to light up Carlsbad’s night skies. Accompanied to patriotic music, the “Red, White & BOOM” spectacular can be particularly enjoyed from designated viewing spots around the park. So, enjoy all of Legoland’s all-American amusements during the day, stick around for the star-spangled pyrotechnics that will be blasting off at 8:30 pm.
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Pretend City’s Independence Day Celebration
Guests can pretend it is the Fourth of July on the Third of July at Pretend City. Youngsters can feel the spark of creativity by making “fireworks” (faux fireworks, that is, and not the real thing). At 11 am and 2:30 pm, they can participate in a “Lady Liberty Says” game, which resembles “Simon Says” except this holiday-inspired version focuses on body movements relating to Lady Liberty.
Newport Beach Independence Day Parades
Families have the choice of two July 4th parades happening in Newport Beach. The 11th Annual Newport Peninsula Bike Parade starts at 9 am with the post-parade festival (9:30 am-11:30 am) in Channel Place Park featuring carnival games, arts & crafts, lawn games, and music. The 49th Annual Mariners Park Parade commences at 10:30 am with the Mariners Park Celebration (11 am-1:30 pm) offering music, entertainment, food and more amusements for all.
Villa Park Fourth of July Parade
View “Stars on Parade” when Villa Park rolls out its July 4th parade. Kids of all ages are invited to decorate their bikes, scooters, skateboards, scooters and strollers — or you can walk the 1.5-mile route through Villa Park. More details available at www.vpcsfoundation.org. The lineup starts at 8:30 am at Villa Park High School with the parade occurring at 9 am. After the parade, everyone can enjoy patriotic music and giveaways.
Lake Forest’s 4th of July Parade
The theme for the city’s Independence Day parade is “The Parade is Back in Town!” — which exemplifies Lake Forest’s excitement over staging this holiday parade again. The parade begins at 10 am by El Toro High School. The Kiwanis hosts a pancake breakfast in front of the high school from 7 am-10 am, and El Toro Chargers 5K Run/Walk occurs at 7:30 am with proceeds benefiting the high school’s Education Boosters.
La Palma Fitness Run for Fun
The city of La Palma wants you to think about fitness as much as fireworks on July 4. This community event offers competitive 5K & 10 Runs and a 5K Walk (7:30 am starting times). There’s also the non-competitive Yankee Doodle Dash for kids (ages 2-12) at 8:30 am. Additionally, the morning has a Kiwanis Club-hosted Pancake Breakfast (beginning at 7:30 am) and a Family Fun Zone. Get more info and register online.