19 Jun 19
Orange County Register
American independence will be celebrated across Orange County on the Fourth of July – and in a few cases on July 3.
Check out community events that are planned where you can enjoy some fun during the day and a fireworks spectacular at night. Events are on July 4 unless otherwise noted.
Aliso Viejo: Celebrate the holiday with a bike parade and community celebration, hosted by the city. The bike parade begins at 9 a.m. at Grand Avenue and heads down Aliso Viejo Parkway to the lawn next to 26800 Aliso Viejo Parkway for a free community festival featuring carnival games, a giant slide, obstacle course, rock wall, entertainment and more. Parade participants are encouraged to decorate bikes, scooters, wagons and strollers. Information: 949-425-2550 or email@example.com.
Anaheim: The Anaheim Hills Community Council hosts its annual day of activities. Events include the Firecracker 5K/10K Run/Walk beginning at 7 a.m. at Canyon High School’s track. The Yankee Doodle Dog Show will be at 9:30 a.m. in the outdoor amphitheater at Canyon High.
This year’s parade begins at 1 p.m.; it starts out from Canyon High’s lower parking lot area. Food booths and entertainment will be at Peralta Park until the fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. Information: anaheimhillscommunitycouncil.org.
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Brea: Celebrate Independence Day at the 40th annual July 4 Country Fair at Brea City Hall and Park, 401 S. Brea Blvd. A pancake breakfast hosted by the Kiwanis Club starts the day from 7 to 10:30 a.m. The fair will be open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with entertainment planned all day. Classic and unique cars and other rides will be on display, there will be plenty of food to enjoy, games to play and a marketplace, among other features. The kiddie parade and dog contest are at 10:15. The Plunge is open for swimming for $3 from noon to 3 p.m. Free admission to the fair. Information: cityofbrea.net
Costa Mesa: The city debuts its July 3 community celebration at the OC Fair & Event Center. Moxy Anne and Tijuana Dogs will be performing at the 5 to 11 p.m. event that is free and will also feature activities for families and contests for all ages. The fireworks show will be at 9 p.m.
Picnics, lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged; there will also be food for sale. No alcohol, glass bottles or hard-sided coolers. Information: costamesaca.gov.
Boy Scouts carry Huntington Beach’s Historic “Freedom Flag” as the start of the 113th annual 4th of July Parade on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.(Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Cypress, Los Alamitos,Seal Beach: The annual Fourth of July fireworks spectacular will be held starting at 4 p.m. at the Joint Forces Training Base, 11206 Lexington Drive in Los Alamitos. Fireworks show is at 9 p.m.
The free event is hosted by Cypress, Los Alamitos and Seal Beach and features family activities, food for sale and entertainment. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Anyone older than 16 must show photo ID. Information: cityoflosalamitos.org/recreation
Dana Point: The city’s annual fireworks show will light up the harbor with fantastic views over Doheny State Beach. Visitors who bring a personal FM radio device can listen to the patriotic music accompanying the fireworks on FM 88.5, KSBR. Free bus service to the harbor from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Bus pickup located on Golden Lantern, north side between Acapulco and Stonehill, with limited parking at Dana Hills High School, 33333 Golden Lantern, and surrounding streets. Information: 949-248-3536.
Fullerton: The annual community festival and fireworks show will be held at the softball field of Fullerton Union High School, on Lemon between Berkeley and Chapman. The festival opens at 5 p.m. with live music, food booths and activities and games. Fireworks go off at 9 p.m. Information: cityoffullerton.com
Huntington Beach: The community draws out its Independence Day celebrations with the Pier Plaza Festival from July 4 to 6 features entertainment, activities and vendors daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Pier Plaza, 300 PCH. Cost is free. Information: hb4thofjuly.org
– On the Fourth of July, the Surf City 5K, stroller and kids runs start the day off from 6 to 10 a.m. at Worthy Park, 1900 Main St. Cost: $20-$40. Information: surfcityrun.com
– The Kiwanis Club is hosting a pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. on July 4 at Lake Park, 1035 11th St.
– The 114th annual Fourth of July Parade, themed “Sweet Land of Liberty,” with celebrities, bands and organizations kicks off at 10 a.m. heading from Main Street to Yorktown Avenue. The parade is expected to be over by noon.
– Fireworks cap the day at 9 p.m. at the Huntington Beach Pier, 300 PCH. Cost is free. Information: hb4thofjuly.org
Irvine: The Irvine Police Association hosts its 35th annual Concert on the Green and Fireworks Festival featuring live music by Derek Bordeaux Group, activities for kids and a fireworks show at the Irvine High School Football Stadium, 4321 Walnut Ave. Food will be available for purchase. Gates open at 3 p.m. and the fireworks display starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are only available until July 3 online or at City Hall, no day-of purchases. Adults: $15; kids and seniors: $10; under 2 free. Information: irvinepa.org.
Laguna Hills: The community’s Fourth of July Celebration includes fun, food and festivities at the Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex. Carnival rides, games, live music, patriotic crafts and face painting will all be part of the celebration along with a fireworks show to wrap up the evening. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Lawn chairs, blankets and umbrellas are recommended. The event is free to attend and runs from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The fireworks display will begin at 9:10 p.m. Information: ci.laguna-hills.ca.us
Laguna Niguel: Laguna Niguel Family YMCA will kick off Independence Day with the annual Run in the Parks at 7:30 a.m. at Crown Valley Community Park. Registration opens at 6 a.m. Information: 949-495-9622 or visit ymcaoc.org/ritp
Gabriel Penix, playing Uncle Sam on stilts, hands an American flag to Aliza Roseth-Saltz, 4, of Mission Viejo during Laguna NiguelÕs annual “Run in the Park” on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
In the evening, celebrate with a concert and fireworks show. Undercover Live, playing Top 40 hits, will perform at Crown Valley Community Park, lower soccer field, 29751 Crown Valley Parkway, at 6:30 p.m. to start off the free celebration. Food and dessert will be available for purchase. Guests can bring low chairs and blankets to the outdoor performance. A free shuttle will transport people from City Hall, 30111 Crown Valley Pkwy, from 5:30-9:30 p.m.
The fireworks show will be held at Laguna Niguel Regional Park, a 3/4 mile-walk from the amphitheater, at 9 p.m. Attendees should bring a flashlight. Information: cityoflagunaniguel.org
Lake Forest: The community’s 27th annual Fourth of July Parade takes place 10 a.m. to noon. The parade route runs along Toledo Way, Lake Forest Drive, Serrano Road and Ridge Route Drive. Parking can be found in the El Toro High School back parking lot or on Lake Forest Drive and Serrano Road. There will be a $6 pancake breakfast 7-10 a.m. in front of the El Toro High gym. Information: lakeforestparade.com.
The Lake Forest II Homeowners Association’s Fourth of July Celebration will begin at 10 a.m. at the Sun and Sail Club. The celebration will feature live entertainment, food and beverages, a basketball tournament, games and a fireworks show at 9 p.m. Guest wristbands go on sale the week before July 4 for $15 and go up to $20 day of. Information: lf2recreation.org.
La Habra: Live music by the band Soto, kids activities and a fireworks finale will be held at La Bonita Park, 1440 W. Whittier Blvd. Gates opens at 4 p.m. with the firework show scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.
Pre-sale tickets in the form of a wristband are already on sale. Adults (13 years and older) are $5. Kids (3 to 12) are $3. Add $2 on the day of the event. Wristbands can be purchased at the La Habra Community Center, 101 W. La Habra Blvd. Information: 562-383-4205.
La Palma: The city hosts is 39th annual Fitness Run for Fun on the Fourth of July. The run begins at 7:30 a.m. near Central Park, 7821 Walker St. Events include 5K and 10K runs and a 5K walk. There also is a Yankee Doodle Dash for children. The Kiwanis Club hosts a pancake breakfast. Information: cityoflapalma.org.
Mission Viejo: The Fourth of July Street Faire and Fireworks Spectacular includes live music, carnival rides, food and game booths and more. A free shuttle to the event is available. The annual event starts at noon and a fireworks display is set for 9 p.m. at Olympiad Road between Marguerite Parkway and Melinda Road. Admission is free. Information: 949-830-7066.
Newport Beach: Several parades and activities are planned throughout the city.
– The Newport Peninsula Bike Parade and Community Festival kicks off at 9 a.m. at 36th Street Park and travels down Balboa Boulevard to Channel Place Park, where there will be a free festival with carnival games, jump houses, crafts and feed. The festival runs to 11:30 a.m.
– The Mariners Park Independence Day Parade and Celebration starts at Commodore and Mariners Drive at 10:30 a.m. An 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. festival will be held at Mariners Park with food for sale and games and activities.
– The Old Glory Boat Parade begins at 1 p.m. in Newport Harbor. The annual parade is hosted by the American Legion Yacht Club and American Legion Post 291.
– A fireworks extravaganza at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort caps the day’s activities at 9 p.m. Newport Beach residents can walk in for the fireworks show for free; there are also activities and entertainment earlier in the day.
Fireworks explode during the City of Orange’s annual Third of July Celebration at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Orange: The city has a tradition of getting a jump on celebrating American Independence with its community celebration on July 3, starting at 4 p.m. New location for this year because of renovations at Fred Kelly Stadium. Instead, the popular event will be held at Grijalva Park, 368 N. Prospect St.
There will be entertainment, a petting zoo, activities for kids, food booths hosted by community groups and other fun. The Orange Community Master Chorale will perform then the fireworks will go off. Tickets are $7 and are on sale at the Community Services Department, 230 E. Chapman Ave., or starting at 3:30 p.m. at the event. Information: 714-744-7278
– Orange Park Acres is hosting a 5K run/walk road race and a 10K cross-country race in the morning of July 4. The races will be followed by a patriotic parade at 9:30 a.m. Activities begin at Frank Lane and Orange Park Boulevard. The 5K costs $43 on race day and the 10K costs $53. Register online or in person, information: orangeparkacres5K.com
San Clemente: The city continues its Fourth of July tradition with a spectacular fireworks show at 9 p.m. from the San Clemente Pier. The show can be seen from many beaches and hilltop areas. The pier will close on July 4 at 8 a.m., but tickets are available for purchase if you’d like to watch the show sitting on the pier. Information: 949-878-1273.
San Juan Capistrano: The city is hosting a four-day carnival at San Juan Capistrano Sports Park, 25925 Camino Del Avion, July 4-7. There will be rides and a midway and food for sale. Rides require tickets be purchased. Information: 949-493-5911.
From noon to 10 p.m. on July 4, the city is hosting an Independence Day carnival and celebration at the sports park. Lawn chairs, blankets, umbrellas and canopies are allowed. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Information: sanjuancapistrano.org
Santa Ana: Santa Ana will kick off its ninth annual Independence Day celebration at 5 p.m. with live music, a play area for kids, food, exhibitors and much more at Centennial Park, 3000 W. Edinger Ave. The fireworks display will begin at 9 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Information: 714-571-4227 or ci.santa-ana.ca.us
Tustin: The community will celebrate at the Tustin High football field, 1171 El Camino Real, with free entertainment beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The school’s booster clubs will be selling food. Take along some non-perishable food items for Operation Warm Wishes to donate to homeless and veterans. Fireworks display will be at 9 p.m. Information: 714-573-3326.
Villa Park: Stars on Parade kicks off at 9 a.m. at Villa Park High School. Kids of all ages decorate their bikes, scooters, wagons and such to participate in the parade, which will travel a mile and a half through residential streets. A fire engine and the Villa Park High marching band will lead the parade organized by the Villa Park Community Services Foundation. Line up at 8:30 a.m. at the school. There will also be music, food and prizes. Information: vpcsfoundation.org
Yorba Linda: Yorba Linda’s annual Fourth of July Spectacular will kick off at 5 p.m. with family activities, food for sale and Eric Sage’s Ultimate Rock Show performing at Veterans Park and Yorba Linda Middle School. The fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m. The event is free. Information: 714-961-7160.
– East Lake Village will get into the spirit early with its annual Patriotic Boat Parade on July 3. Boats will be decked out with the red, white and blue – and lights – to tour around the lake starting at 9 p.m. The public can watch from the greenbelts that surround the lake. Food trucks in the village’s parking lot will be selling from 6 to 9 p.m.