Independence day is the biggest summer holiday in the US. Almost everywhere you go you can hear the bursts of fireworks both on the ground and in the sky. The smell of 4th of July cookouts from neighbors or communities fills the air and the sense of togetherness fills us with enjoyment as we celebrate our freedom. No matter where you are, you can enjoy the 4th of July, but there are a few prime time spots where you can celebrate with family, friends and many other people you have yet to meet.
Orange County is fortunate enough to have multiple different options, so which spot will you be headed to for 4th of July Fireworks?
Newport Beach 4th of July Celebration
Newport Beach is a beautiful place to be every day of the year, but on the 4th of July, the beauty of the ocean is extended into the sky. Visit the Back Bay of Newport Beach to enjoy activities, entertainment, and local merchants all day long. Then watch as the sun goes down and the sky is lit by explosions of beauty.
Huntington Beach Fireworks Celebration
This firework celebration comes complete with a theme just off the Pacific Coast Highway. “Sounds of Freedom” is the theme this year and you can enjoy the Pier Festival along with a daytime parade. Just off the Huntington Beach Pier, there will be a firework show to complete the theme of the day.
Laguna Niguel Fireworks Celebration
This event is perfect for the families and friends who want to have their own celebration during the day, with their own foods, and then top it off with a fantastic display in the sky. From 5:15 to 8 pm visit the Crown Valley Community Park and start the night off with a rocking show by Craig Colley. Then head over to the nearby Regional Park to get seats for the firework extravaganza.
Firework Show at The San Clemente Pier
Another show that starts in the evening at the Municipal Pier. While the activities begin at dusk, there’s still plenty to do like game booths and shows. Then, in new ways every year, the sky is lit by the sparks of freedom.
Dana Point 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza
Do you like your fireworks show to come with its own soundtrack? You can get that here at the Dana Point Harbor. The fireworks will go from 9-9:30 pm and the best part is there are multiple viewing locations. Sit right on the beach and enjoy a picnic, or walk over to Heritage Park or Blue Lantern Park. All locations are prime viewing spots.
Fullerton Fireworks Display & Festival
Starting at 5 pm, Fullerton goes all out with a fireworks show that lasts a full 20 minutes complete with music at the Fullerton High School Stadium. There will be games, food entertainment and one of the best firework shows in the area.
OC Block Party
This event is for the foodies and families alike. Starting at 3 pm, you can visit ‘Try It or Diet’ and their many different food vendors. There will be entertainment, carnival games and merchandise available to everyone in attendance. There will even be live art installations for the artsy members of your group. At 9:45 look up, the sky will be covered in their own forms of art.
Balboa Peninsula-Newport Bay July 4 Fireworks & Parade Cruises
If watching the fireworks from land isn’t your thing, try it from on the bay. There will be a few different cruise you can choose from like a view of the parade, a view of the Bay line, or, at 7 pm, the Fireworks Cruise.
Annual Brea County Fair
Enjoy the entire day at the fair including pancake breakfasts, a morning service, live music, parades, contests and so much more. All the fun is to be had at the City Hall Park in Brea.
No 4th of July fireworks show in the OC would be complete without mentioning Disneyland. Disneyland is known for adding their own pixie dust to the festivities. With so much to do your whole family is guaranteed a great time. After enjoying the Disneyland Diamond Celebration, head over to Main Street USA for a firework show that only Walt Disney could dream up.