Where to Celebrate Independence Day in Orange County

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Surf City Parade

Come join the 4th largest Independence Day celebration in the country! This year, Huntington Beach will celebrate its long-awaited 118th annual Independence Day tradition after two years of modified programming as a result of COVID-19.

This hometown celebration includes four full days of festivities, from the Surf City 5k race to the 4th of July parade, plus festive house decorating contests with local homes adorned with patriotic flags, sparkles and even lights ! The pier will also host a four-day carnival with thrilling rides, games, free live music and more for all ages. Events begin July 1. For more information.

San Juan Capistrano Carnival

San Juan Capistrano is a high point for Independence Day celebrations, hosting an entire day of festivities for all to enjoy. If the large-scale carnival with over 20 thrill rides for all ages wasn’t enough, guests can also experience live music all day from 1:30 p.m., bond over picnic games at the old and enjoy delicious treats from food vendors.

There’s even a beer and wine garden, a petting zoo and, of course, a spectacular fireworks display to close out the festivities at 9:00 p.m. The Summer Carnival will take place Friday through Monday, July 1 through July 4, with varying start times. . On July 4, there will be live music by the Big Rock Show starting at 1:30 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m.

There is free trolley service and on-site or street parking for the event. Inquiries for ticket prices and wristbands can be directed to the Community Services Department. For more information.

Flight over Dana Point Beach

Air show and fireworks enthusiasts are invited to spend the day at one of Southern California’s iconic fireworks displays, with plenty to see before the show even begins.

The Condor Squadron, made up of North American WWII-era AT-6 aircraft, will shoot into the sky just before the fireworks for an added rush of historic and patriotic dazzle. Adding to the brilliance of the display is the fact that the fireworks will be fired from a barge located on Doheny State Beach, adding extra sparkle as the lights bounce off the water.

The air show begins at 6 p.m., followed by a fireworks display from 9 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. As this is a popular event, the city expects major traffic jams. Visitors are encouraged to use the Dana Point Trolley system. For more information.

Knott’s Berry Farm

With so many options to choose from, Knotts Berry Farm is hard to beat for Independence Day fun for all ages. Not only can guests enjoy the park’s signature rides and roller coasters, but the park also features spectacular evening fireworks.

This summer only, the iconic “Ghost Town Alive!” of the park attraction will reopen, along with their infamous Knotts Summer Nights party. If crispy, golden funnel cakes topped with powdered white sugar and velvety ice cream and classic rides are your thing, Knotts is a must-visit destination. The theme park fireworks will take place July 2-4 at 9:30 p.m.

To view the fireworks, patrons must purchase tickets to enter the park. The daily admission cost is $69. However, locals have posted online that they can still be seen from the parking lot and park entrance. According to a map on the Knott’s Berry Farm site, the best viewpoints inside the park are Boot Hill, Calico Mine Stage, Calico Park, Stagecoach Trail, and Boardwalk Bay. There will be a light display of the Sky Cabin ride as fireworks light up around it. For more information.

San Clemente Pier

If a sparkling fireworks display at Orange County’s “Spanish Village by the Sea” intrigues you, head to the San Clemente Pier on July 4th.

Participants will enjoy the Condor Squadron flyover over the squadron’s last town that day, where they will complete a 360 degree turn over the beach and return north. It’s the only town in Orange County to host this unique Squadron double show, and aviation enthusiasts and spectators are sure to be amazed.

Fireworks follow soon after at 9:00 p.m. on the pier, with a tram service available to facilitate transportation to and from the car park. Water activities are restricted from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in areas extending 1,000 feet on either side of the pier. For more information.

Yorba Linda Veterans Park

Yorba Linda is thrilled to announce its annual 4th of July fireworks spectacular! Along with its dazzling fireworks display, families and friends of all ages are invited to enjoy delicious food from various vendors, family-friendly activities, a kids’ zone, live music and more, all complemented by the city’s iconic fireworks display.

Located at Veterans Park and South Field at Yorba Linda Middle School on Monday, July 4, beginning at 5 p.m. Stage presentations to introduce the fireworks begin at 8:40 p.m. with the national anthem and God Bless America sung by Mario Bryant. Alcohol and personal fireworks are not permitted. Free. For more information.

Irvine Carnival, boat race

The Woodbridge Village Association’s 4th of July celebration is back! Recognized as an ‘explosive’ tradition for friends and neighbours, the day features a packed program including a 5k and 10k race, a full carnival, canoe rides and even a boat race!

End the day with a fireworks show while enjoying your favorite scoop of ice cream, and this day will be one to remember for the whole family.

Registration for the race costs $30 for adults and $10 for children and is open for registration until July 2. The fireworks begin at 9 p.m. For more information.

Live music La Habra

Everyone can find something they like at the fabulous 4th of July celebration in La Habra. Along with their classic fireworks show, celebrants can enjoy live music from the melodious singer, Suave, while feasting on mouth-watering treats from a plethora of food vendors.

Kids can also find plenty to do at the park’s activity kiosks, with plenty of options available for purchase from retailers as well.

Guests will be treated to a patriotic military flyover before the fireworks begin for an added patriotic touch.

Events begin July 4 at 4 p.m. at La Bonita Park, with fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Tickets must be purchased to enjoy this event. They are currently on sale at the La Habra Community Center for $5 for children and $7 for adults. Tickets increase by $2 if purchased after July 1. For more information.

Laguna Beach Heisler Park

Enjoy the sea breeze during the dazzling Laguna Beach Fireworks and Air Show. From 5:45 p.m., the Condor squadron will fly over the city’s beaches. Guests are invited to take the trolley to spend the day on the city’s powdery white sands for a full day of summer fun in the sun, followed by a 9 p.m. fireworks display in Heisler Park. For more information.

Anaheim Hills Independence Day Extravaganza

Indulge your senses in Anaheim Hills for an unforgettable Independence Day. Beginning at 7:00 a.m., athletes can participate in the city’s 5k or 10k run, also known as “Firecracker along the scenic Santa Ana Canyon Road.”

Those looking for a more relaxing day can enjoy a fluffy pancake breakfast served on the grounds of Canyon High School for just $10, starting at 7:30 a.m.

Dog lovers then have the chance to watch and register their pups to participate in the treasured “Yankee Doodle” dog show at 9 a.m., followed by their must-see Patriotic Parade beginning at 1 p.m. from Canyon High. The festivities continue in Peralta Park where Woodie and the LongBoards and the Smokin Cobras will perform their signature live music, accompanied by sizzling, sweet food served up by popular vendors.

End the day with a grand fireworks display, a staple Anaheim Hills Independence Day tradition for more than three decades beginning at 9:00 p.m. Dog entries for the Yankee Doodle Show are available on the site for a base $10. For more information.

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