Where to Celebrate Independence Day Across OC

Orange County residents celebrate the Fourth of July on Thursday through a number of parades, carnivals and firework shows.  Independence Day commemorates the passage of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. There’s a host of cities in OC that actually celebrate Independence Day with events Wednesday – offering festival celebrations and fireworks a day early. A flier for the 3rd of July Celebration in Orange. Credit: CITY OF ORANGE WEBSITE

3rd of July Celebration – Orange

Celebrate Independence Day early at the City of Orange’s 29th annual 3rd of July Celebration. Enjoy food trucks, a fireworks show and more at Grijalva Park.

When: 6:00 p.m.

Where: 368 N. prospect St., Orange, CA 92869

Cost: $7 per person (ages 3 and up), cashless payment only

For more details, contact Parks & Recreation at (714) 738-657

3rd of July Fireworks Spectacular – Los Alamitos & Seal Beach

Enjoy fireworks and other patriotic festivities on the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base. Adults must have a state or federally issued I.D. to enter the base. Celebrate Independence Day Across OC

When: 4:00 p.m.

Where: 11206 Lexington Dr., Los Alamitos, CA 90720

Cost: Free

For more details, contact Recreation & Community Services at (562) 430-1073

A flier for the 3rd of July celebration at the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base. Credit: CITY OF LOS ALAMITOS WEBSITE

Fourth of July Celebration – Costa Mesa

Celebrate independence on July 3 with a picnic at the OC Fairgrounds. Enjoy a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

When: 5:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., gates open at 4:00 p.m.

Where: Lot A, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Cost: Free

For more details, contact the OC Fair at (714) 708-1500

Most cities across Orange County offer a host of events for residents and visitors to celebrate American independence on July 4th.

North Orange County

Fourth of July Celebration – Fullerton

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A flier for the City of Fullerton’s July 4th Celebration. Credit: CITY OF FULLERTON WEBSITE

Attend a 4th of July car show, carnival and fireworks show at the Fullerton Downtown Plaza.

When: 10:00 a.m.

Where: 125 E. Wilshire Ave. Fullerton, CA 92832

Cost: Free

For more details, contact Parks & Recreation at (714) 738-6575

Annual Country Fair  – Brea

Enjoy a variety of patriotic festivities at the City of Brea’s Annual Country Fair. The fair will include live entertainment, a classic car show, food games, exhibits and more. Celebrate Independence Day Across OC

Admission to the Country Fair is free.

When: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Where: 455 W. Central Ave, Brea, CA 92821

Cost: Free

For more details, contact (714) 990-7771

A flier for the Fourth of July celebration in Anaheim. Credit: CITY OF ANAHEIM WEBSITE

Fourth of July  – Anaheim

The City of Anaheim’s Fourth of July Celebration includes a 5k/10k run, dog show, parade, entertainment, fireworks show and more.

The event is free to attend, but entries to the 5k/10k run and the dog show require a fee.

When: 7:00 a.m.

Where: Peralta Canyon Park, 115 N Pinney Dr., Anaheim, CA 92807

Cost: Free

For more details, contact (714) 765-5161

4th of July Celebration – Yorba Linda

Enjoy live music, food trucks, family activities and a firework show at Veterans Park in Yorba Linda.

When: 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Where: 4756 Valley View Ave., Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Cost: Free

For more details, call (714) 961-7160

Central Orange County

Fourth of July Celebration – Santa Ana 

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A flier for the 4th of July celebration in Santa Ana. Credit: CITY OF SANTA ANA WEBSITE

Enjoy live music, food vendors, trivia, and a 20-minute firework show at Centennial Park in Santa Ana this year. There will also be a kid’s zone.

Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chair and to arrive early.

When: 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Where: 3000 W. Edinger Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92704

Cost: Free

For more details, contact the city at (714) 647-5400

4th of July Celebration – Huntington Beach 

Attend a parade and fireworks show at Huntington Beach Main Street. Celebrate Independence Day Across OC

All beach viewing of the fireworks show, which starts at 9:00 p.m., is open to the public.

When: 10:00 a.m.

Where: 136 Main St., Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Cost: Free

For more details, call (714) 536-5577

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The map of the 4th of July Parade in Huntington Beach. Credit: HB FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION WEBSITE
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A flier for the Fourth of July Celebration in Tustin. Credit: CITY OF TUSTIN WEBSITE

Fourth of July Celebration – Tustin

Enjoy music, food vendors and fireworks at the Fourth of July Celebration in Tustin.

When: 6:00 p.m.

Where: 1171 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780

Cost: Free

For more details, call (714) 573-3326

South Orange County

Fourth of July Parade  – Lake Forest

Line the streets for the 31st Annual Fourth of July Parade in Lake Forest. Starting at 9:30 a.m, the parade will travel through Toledo Way, Lake Forest Drive, Serrano Road and Ridge Route.

When: 9:30 a.m.

Where: 25255 Toledo Way, Lake Forest, CA 92630

Cost: Free

For more details, call (949) 461-3439.

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A map of the City of Lake Forest’s Fourth of July Parade route. Credit: CITY OF LAKE FOREST WEBSITE

Street Fair and Fireworks Show – Mission Viejo 

Attend Mission Viejo’s July 4th Street Faire and Fireworks Spectacular. The event will have rides, live entertainment, food trucks and a fireworks display.

The event takes place on Olympiad Rd. in between Marguerite Pkwy. and Melina Rd.. Celebrate Independence Day Across OC

When: 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Where: Olympiad Rd., Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Cost: Free

For more details, contact the city at (949) 830-7066

Drone Show  – Laguna Beach

Attend a patriotic drone show at Heisler Park in Laguna Beach.

When: 9:00 p.m.

Where: 375 Cliff Dr., Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Cost: Free

For more details, contact Parks & Recreation at (949) 464-6645

[Read: Are Drone Shows the Future of Fourth of July Celebrations?]

Fourth of July Celebration – Laguna Hills 

“Celebrate America’s birthday” at the Fourth of July Celebration in Laguna Hills. Enjoy rides, games, a live band, food and a fireworks show.

Carnival rides are $2.00 each. Blankets and chairs are needed, as seating is not provided.

When: 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Where: 25555 Alicia Pkwy., Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Cost: Free

For more details, contact the community center at (949) 707-2680

Fourth of July Celebration – Aliso Viejo 

Enjoy live music, a low-level fireworks show and other vendors at Grand Park in Aliso Viejo.

When: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Where: 6101 City Lights Dr., Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Cost: Free

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A flier for the San Juan Capistrano Fourth of July Celebration. Credit: CITY OF SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO WEBSITE

For more details, contact Kevin Ortiz at (949) 243-7750

Fourth of July Family Celebration  – San Juan Capistrano

Take the kids to a family-friendly Fourth of July celebration in San Juan Capistrano. Festivities include games, live music, food, fireworks  and other activities.

When: 2:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m.

Where: 25601 Camino del Avion, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Cost: Free

For more details, call (949) 493-5911

Fireworks Show  – Dana Point

Watch a fireworks show off the coast of Doheny State Beach.

When: 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Where: 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive Dana Point, CA 92629

Cost: Free

For more details, contact Parks & Recreation at (949) 248-3536

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A flier detailing the events happening in Laguna Niguel on the 4th of July. Some of the events, such as the 45th Run in the Park, the Annual Pancake Breakfast, Fireworks viewing at the Crown Valley Community Center’s Saddleback Deck and entrance to the Laguna Niguel Regional Park require a fee. Credit: CITY OF LAGUNA NIGUEL WEBSITE

Family Friendly Fourth of July Celebration – Laguna Niguel 

Attend family-friendly Fourth of July events all day in Laguna Niguel

Some of the events, such as the 45th Run in the Park, the Annual Pancake Breakfast, Fireworks viewing at the Crown Valley Community Center’s Saddleback Deck and entrance to the Laguna Niguel Regional Park require a fee.

When: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Where: 29751 Crown Valley Pkwy., Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Cost: Free

For more details, contact the city at (949) 830-7066

Condor Squadron Flyover and Fireworks – San Clemente 

Head to the San Clemente Pier to enjoy a Condor squadron flyover and fireworks display.

When: 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Where: 622 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, California 92672

Cost: Free

For more details, contact Parks & Recreation at (949) 361-8264.

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