Whether it’s an elaborate fireworks display, a day of family activities, a country fair or an evening with Elvis, there are plenty of ways to spend this patriotic holiday weekend.
AVCA July 4th Celebration & Fireworks – Join us for a fun-filled July 4th Celebration at Grand Park beginning at 6 p.m. There will be live entertainment, food and beverages available for purchase, arts and crafts, complimentary face painting, complimentary bounce houses, and a fireworks show at dusk. There will also be a homemade apple pie contest. 6 p.m. July 4. Free admission. Grand Park, 26703 Aliso Creek Rd., Aliso Viejo. 949-243-7411.
Disney Celebrates America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky – The Disneyland Resort will celebrate Independence Day with a dazzling fireworks display celebrating America in the skies above the Disneyland Park. 9:30 p.m. July 4. $68-$100. Disneyland Resort, 1313 S. Harbor Dr., Anaheim. 714-781-4565.
Brea July 4 County Fair – The day-long festivities begin with the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at 7 a.m. followed by the Brea Ministerial Association Morning Service. The Fair opens at 10 a.m. and continues until 4:30 p.m. with live entertainment, a kiddie parade, food, games, exhibits, Jr. Idol contest, teen fun area and Market Place craft area. Swimming at the Plunge begins at 11 a.m. for $1. July 4. Free Admission. City Hall Park, 401 S. Brea Blvd., Brea. 714-990-7771.
Cypress Freedom Festival – The fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. There will be live entertainment, festival seating, activities for the entire family, vendor booths, and food available for purchase. Be sure to bring blankets and lawn chairs to comfortably enjoy the fireworks display. 4 p.m. July 4. Free to Active duty, retirees, and family members, all others are $5 per person or $20 per car load. Children 5 and under are free. Navy Golf Course, 5660 Orangewood Ave., Cypress. 562-626-7030.
July 4th Fireworks Cruise – Celebrate Independence Day with an evening of fun and fireworks on the water aboard our 50-foot Catamaran Sailboat. You’ll enjoy one of the best views possible of Dana Point’s live fireworks extravaganza. The cruise starts at 8:30 p.m. and lasts about one and half hours. July 4. Adults: $39; Kids (3-12): $29. Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari, 24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point. Reservations required. 949-488-2828.
Dana Point 4th of July Fireworks Cruises – Come aboard one of our beautiful boats for a special 4th of July Fireworks Display Cruise. Enjoy a unique evening of fun on the water, complete with a live Fireworks demonstration sponsored by the city of Dana Point. Enjoy one of the best fireworks displays on the coast. 8:00 p.m. July 4. Adults: $29; Kids: $19. Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, 34675 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point. 949-496-5794.
Dana Point’s July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza – Local residents are encouraged to bike or walk to their favorite viewing spot to avoid the annual parking difficulties to view the fireworks at Dana Point Harbor. 9 p.m. July 4. Free. Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point Harbor Dr and Golden Lantern St. 949-248-3532.
Fullerton 4th of July Festival and Fireworks Show – Come celebrate Independence Day at the Fullerton High School Stadium with live music, roaming entertainment, food booths, activities for all ages, and a fireworks show at 9 p.m. 5 p.m. July 4. Free Admission. Fullerton Union High School Stadium, N Berkeley Ave. and N Lemon St., Fullerton. 714-738-6545.
107th Annual Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade – The parade will march down the streets of downtown Huntington Beach. The largest Independence Day parade west of the Mississippi River features more than 300 entries including bands, floats, local dignitaries, equestrian groups, film and television celebrities and community groups. The parade will take place on Main Street from Pacific Coast Highway to Yorktown Ave. Entertainment on the pier will continue until 9 p.m., when the 4th of July fireworks show begins. Staking out an area for viewing is allowed after 7 a.m. on July 3rd. Viewing from the street is free of charge, however, bleacher seat tickets are available for purchase. 10 a.m. July 4. Free admission. Downtown Huntington Beach, Main St., Huntington Beach. 714-536-5486.
2011 Surf City Run 5k – Mother’s Market and Farmers & Merchants Bank present Huntington Beach’s Annual 4th of July 5k Run, exclusively for Huntington Beach Residents and also features a kids run where all finishers receive a medal, fitness expo with music, food, games and latest in health and fitness. The Surf City Run benefits the Huntington Beach Jr. Lifeguard program. Registration is at 6 a.m. Parade Begins at 10 a.m. July 3. Entry for 5k, $35. Kids Run, $20. Fitness Expo is Free. Farmers & Merchants Bank, 7125 Yorktown, Huntington Beach.surfcityrun.com/
A Symphonic Tribute to Elvis – A patriotic tribute to the King featuring some of Elvis Presley’s biggest hits like “All Shook Up,” “Love Me Tender,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog” and more. The Pacific Symphony will be backing an internationally renowned tribute artist. A fireworks spectacular follows the performance. 8 p.m. July 4. $25-$139. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine. 714-755-5799.
La Habra 4th of July Celebration – La Habra’s annual 4th of July Celebration returns with all of it’s fun! Fireworks, food vendors, live music, games, and more. 5 p.m. July 4. Tickets at the gate are $7 for those 13 and older; $4 for children 3 to 12. La Habra High School Stadium, 801 Highlander Ave., La Habra. 562-905-9700.
31st Annual La Palma Fitness Run for Fun – A healthy way to kick off your Fourth of July festivities! La Palma’s Fitness Run for Fun is more than just another run, it’s an opportunity to experience that small town/hometown sense of community; to share quality time with your family, neighbors, and friends; and to focus on health and wellness while participating in a quality running, walking, or strolling experience. 7:30 a.m. July 4. $7-$35 (entry fees); $4-$5 Pancake Breakfast. City of La Palma Central Park, 7821 Walker St., La Palma. 714-690-3350.
Laguna Hills 4th of July Celebration! – Come join the City of Laguna Hills as we celebrate our nation’s birthday. Bring your family and friends of all ages to enjoy the fun, food and festivities. Carnival rides and games, live music, patriotic crafts and face painting will all be part of the celebration, along with a fabulous fireworks show to conclude the evening. So grab your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy a day bursting with fun! 4 p.m. July 4. Free. Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex, 25555 Alicia Parkway., Laguna Hills. 949-707-2680.
Laguna Niguel 4th of July Celebration – All day event that includes swimming, live entertainment, annual run and pancake breakfast, and a fireworks display at Laguna Niguel Regional Park. 7 a.m. July 4. Free. Laguna Niguel Regional Park, 28241 La Paz Road., Laguna Niguel. 949-425-5100.
Lake Forest Independence Day Parade – This year’s theme is “Celebrating Independence on Our 20th Birthday!” The parade kicks off at El Toro High School, goes north on Toledo Way, east on Lake Forest Drive, and ends south on Serrano Road. 10 a.m. July 4. Free. El Toro High School, 25255 Toledo Way, Lake Forest. 949-461-3450.
July 4th BBQ at the Aquarium of the Pacific – Celebrate Independence Day with the red, white, and blue fish at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Families will be able to witness the ambiance of the Aquarium at night and get a fish-eye view of the City of Long Beach fireworks display. The Aquarium will be open until 10 p.m., Celebrate this special night in a safe and fun family atmosphere. 5 p.m. July 4. $12.95 per person after 5 p.m.; Dinner combo ticket: $27-$35 per person. Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. 562-590-3100.
Queen Mary’s BBQ, Brews and Red, White & Blues – Spend the day exploring the ship, enjoy family entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display at night. There will be strolling performers, live music, dancing and more. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. July 4. Adult: $24.95; Child (ages 5-11): $12.95; Seniors (ages 65+): $21.95. Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach. 877-342-0738.
Los Alamitos Fireworks Celebration – There will be a food court, sponsor booths, and kids fun zone. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. No bleachers available this year. 4 p.m. July 4. Free; Parking: $5 cash per vehicle. Adults must have photo ID to enter. Those without ID must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Joint Forces Training Base, 11206 Lexington Dr., Los Alamitos. 562-431-3538.
The Mission Viejo Annual Street Faire and Fireworks Spectacular – Held yearly on Olympiad Road and in the area adjoining Lake Mission Viejo, this faire provides a classic Fourth of July celebration. Rides and games enhance an exciting carnival atmosphere for all ages. Local clubs and organizations set up booths for food, drink, crafts, gifts and games. Free entertainment includes music, dance and comedy for the enjoyment of children and adults alike, with performers drawn from local talent as well as professionals from outside the area. As would be expected for a Fourth of July Faire, the event includes a spectacular fireworks display. Noon. July 4. Free. Olympiad Road, Melinda and the Lake Entrance, Mission Viejo. 949-830-7066.
Newport Dunes’ Family Fun 4th of July – All day festivities including live music, aquatic fun park and massive fireworks. If you like rock music, particularly the sounds of Bon Jovi, Journey and Heart, tribute bands honoring these legends of rock will take the stage from 3 to 9 p.m. as the Dunes carries on its half-century-plus summer tradition with all day family fun festivities followed by one of the regions finest fireworks presentations. Attendees can enjoy fun activities including a Velcro wall, dunk tank, bungee run, cake walk, limbo contests, and bounce houses. 11 a.m. July 4. $50 per car parking fee covers a majority of the activities throughout the day. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, 1131 Back Bay Dr., Newport Beach. 949-729-3863.
Newport Beach Fireworks & Parade Cruises – Newport Landing will have 3 cruises for the 4th Of July including the Firework Spectacular evening cruise. Witness Newport Harbor as it is full of the Spirit of America. 10 a.m. July 4. $20-$45. Cruise Newport Beach, 400 Main St., Newport Beach. 949-673-1435.
Newport Beach Old Glory Boat Parade – Each year the Newport Beach Harbor becomes a festive delight as owners adorned their boats in red-white-&-blue decorations, balloons, streamers and waving flags that outline the skies as Sousa Marches and Anthems fill the air. Families and friends from near and far arrive at the bay front beaches and yacht clubs along the peninsula and the many islands, vying for the best spot to settle down and view the boat parade. The all day fun-filled gala with lots to do begins at 7 a.m. where volunteers will prepare a fine pancake breakfast for a donation of only $8 per person. Lunch and dinner with Tri-tips or chicken will begin around 12 p.m. and run until 6 p.m. for a donation of only $10 per plate. Raffle tickets are available with great prizes to be given away. The band “The Retros” will also be playing on the patio from 1-5 p.m. for your entertainment and dancing. 7 a.m. July 4. Free; Pancake Breakfast: $8; Lunch & Dinner: $10. American Legion, Newport Harbor Post 291, 215 15th St., Newport Beach. 949-644-3151.
Orange 3rd of July Celebration – Event will include food booths, interactive games, information booths, a musical program and a spectacular fireworks show. 4 p.m. July 3. $7 admission, children 2 and under free. Fred Kelly Stadium, 3920 E. Spring St., Orange. 714-744-7278.
San Clemente Fireworks Show – Experience an annual tradition with a spectacular fireworks display from the Municipal Pier. 9 p.m. July 4. Free. Municipal Pier, 601 Avenida Victoria, San Clemente. 949-361-8200.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO
San Juan Capistrano 4th of July Celebration – The City’s 50th Birthday committee is providing pony rides and souvenir 4th of July photos at no charge. There will be free old fashioned games for the entire family to enjoy. Food, beer and wine will be available to purchase. Exhibit and vendor booths will line the park grounds. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. Plenty of free parking is available in the sports park and on Camino Del Avion. Tickets and wristbands will be available at the door. 3 p.m. July 4. Free. The Sports Park, 25925 Camino Del Avion, San Juan Capistrano. 949-493-5911.
Santa Ana Independence Day Celebration – Bring your lawn chair, blanket, and picnic basket for a fun filled evening of patriot entertainment. There will be a fireworks show over Centennial Park, live music, a history walk, and food for purchase. 6 p.m. July 3. Free Admission. Centennial Park, 3000 W. Edinger Ave., Santa Ana. 714-571-4254.
Tustin July 4th Celebration – Join us for our annual Fourth of July Celebration. It’s free to sit in the bleachers or spread out a blanket on the grass and enjoy a picnic dinner with your family and friends. The Tustin Boosters will have their snack bar open for drinks, snacks, and barbeque items. Our new entrance is on San Juan. 6:30 p.m. July 4. Free Admission. Tustin High School, 1171 El Camino Real, Tustin. 714-573-3326.
Yorba Linda Annual Fourth of July Spectacular – Event includes food, music, and a fantastic firework show. Dogs are not recommended. Please bring your own lawn chair. 5 p.m. July 4. Free Admission. Yorba Linda Middle School, 4777 Casa Loma Ave., Yorba Linda. 714-961-7160.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER