July 4th celebrations in Orange County: Where to go for fireworks, parades, festivals, fairs

Here is a list of Independence Day activities taking place throughout Orange County:


July Fourth celebration and fireworks: The Aliso Viejo Community Association presents its annual Fourth of July celebration which includes music by the Skinny Twits, a homemade apple pie baking contest, crafts, bounce houses, face painting and fireworks at Grand Park. 6 p.m. Free. 26703 Aliso Creek Rd. 949-243-7750 or avca.net


Fourth of July celebration: The Anaheim Hills Community Council will present its annual Fourth of July celebration featuring the Firecracker 5K/10K run/walk from 7 to 10 a.m., a dog show at 9:30 a.m., a community parade at 1 p.m. and entertainment starting at 5 p.m. Fireworks will close the night’s activities. Canyon High School, 220 S. Imperial Hwy., and Peralta Park, 115 N. Pinney Dr. 714-329-0444 or anaheimhills communitycouncil.org.


Brea Country Fair: The city of Brea’s popular Independence Day celebration at City Hall Park features live entertainment, a kiddie parade, food, games, a craft area and swimming at The Plunge. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 401 S. Brea Boulevard. 714-990-7771 or ci.brea.ca.us


Fireworks spectacular: The fireworks above Dana Point Harbor will be synchronized with music from radio station KSBR 88.5 FM. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Complimentary shuttle service from Dana Hills High School to the harbor will be provided. Free. 24650 Dana Point Harbor Dr. 949-248-3530 or mydanapoint.com.


Fourth of July lunch: On June 30, seniors can get a jump on the Fourth of July holiday weekend at a patriotic luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at the Center at Founder’s Village, 17967 Bushard St. Crooner Tony O’Dell Rogers performs. Cost: $7. 714-593-4446 or fountainvalley.org.


Fourth of July festival: Fullerton hosts its 27th annual community fireworks show at Fullerton Union High School stadium. There will be live entertainment, activities for kids and games, food will be for sale. A fireworks show will cap the night. No alcohol, animals, canopies or umbrellas allowed. 5-9:30 p.m. Free. 201 E Chapman Ave. 714-738-6545 or cityoffullerton.com.


Parade: The 112th annual procession down Pacific Coast Highway and up Main Street will feature marching bands, vintage cars, parade floats, horses, performers, celebrity guests and more. This year’s Grand Marshalls are Mickey and Minnie Mouse from the Disneyland Resort. 10a.m.-noon. Free. Lake Park bleacher seats $15 pre-sale, $20 day of parade. hb4thofjuly.org

Pier Plaza festival: This annual event will begin at 10 a.m. and feature entertainment, vendors, family-friendly activities, radio station KRTH-101, and more at the Huntington Beach Pier. A fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m. Free. VIP seating on pier $10.

Surf City Run: A popular 5-k run from Worthy Park. 1900 Main St., to the ocean and back starts with registration at 6 a.m. The cost ranges from $20 for kids in advance to $40 for adults the day of the race. Information: surfcityrun.com

Pancake breakfast: Sponsored by Kiwanis this event is 7-11 a.m., at Lake Park, 1035 11th St. Cost $5.


Concert on the green and fireworks: Celebrate Independece day with food, music, raffle prizes, bounce houses and a fireworks show. Sponsored by the Irvine Police Association, this event features a live music performance by the Derek Bordeaux Group. Stadium seating is available, but families are invited to bring low-backed chairs and blankets to sit on the football field. Adults, $15;senior/child, $10; family ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children), $50. Irvine High School, 4321 Walnut Ave., Irvine. cityofirvine.org

Symphonic tribute and fireworks: The Pacific Symphony will present “July 4 Spectacular: The Music of Michael Jackson” at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. Program includes tribute songs, patriotic songs, and fireworks. 8 p.m. $12-$158. 8808 Irvine Center Drive. 714-755-5799 or pacificsymphony.org


Celebration: The annual Independence Day celebration includes fireworks, live music performances, raffles and a kids’ zone with carnival games, inflatables and activities at La Habra High School’s stadium. Food and drinks can be brought into the stadium; however, no glass containers or alcohol allowed. Pets also prohibited. Presale wristbands, $3-5. Can be purchased at the La Habra Community Center. Day of event wristbands, $4-7. Children under 3 free. 801 W. Highlander Ave.


Fitness Run for Fun: A competitive 5K/10K run and a Yankee Doodle Dash for kids ages 2-12. 7:30-9:30 a.m. near La Palma’s Central Park. $10-$29. 7821 Walker Street. 714-690-3350 or cityoflapalma.org


Fourth of July celebration: Event includes carnival ride and games, music performances, crafts, face painting, food and a firework show at the Laguna Hills Community Center. 4 p.m. Free. 25555 Alicia Parkway. 949-707-2600 or ci.laguna-hills.ca.us


Independence Day events: The Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce will host a pancake breakfast from 7:30-11 a.m. and the YMCA’s annual 5k/10k will begin at 7:30 a.m. Families can swim in the Crown Valley Park Pool from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and then enjoy music from tribute band Style! from 6-8 p.m. A fireworks display will begin at 9 p.m. at Laguna Niguel Regional park. 29751 Crown Valley Parkway. 714-425-5100 or cityoflagunaniguel.org


Parade and anniversary celebration: The parade, with the theme “Red, White and Blue and 25 Too!” will mark the anniversary of the city’s incorporation. The procession begins at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Ridge Route and Toledo Way and will conclude around noon. Free. Parking in the back lot of El Toro High School, which can be accessed on Serrano Road from El Toro Road. lakeforest.ca.gov.


Fireworks celebration: Visit the Joint Force Training Base for an evening of entertainment, children’s activities, vendors, food court and fireworks. The event, presented in cooperation with the cities of Cypress and Seal Beach, begins at 4 p.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Parking $5. 11200 Lexington Drive. 714-229-6700 or cityoflosalamitos.org


Street Fair and Fireworks: Celebrate America’s Birthday at this event hosted by the Mission Viejo Activities Commitee. Families will enjoy food, drink, rides, games and music, dance and comedy performance acts. Festival begins at noon, fireworks at 9 p.m. 22056 Olympiad Rd., Mission Viejo. 949-830-7066 or mvactivities.com


Parade cruises: Visitors can cruise Newport Harbor before and during fireworks or sail next to the Old Glory Boat Parade. 1-9:30 p.m. $45. 400 Main Street. 949-675-0551 or cruisenewportbeach.com

Independence Day on the Back Bay: Enjoy a range of entertainment including live music from the Tom Solis Band, Mirage (Fleetwood Mac tribute) and DSB (Journey tribute). Other attractions include food trucks, a beer and wine garden and a fireworks display. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina, 1131 Back Bay Dr., Newport Beach. 800-765-7661 or visitnewportbeach.com


Third of July Celebration: Enjoy the city of Orange’s 21st annual early event at Fred Kelly Stadium at El Modena High School. Event feautres games, entertainment, performance of patriotic music from the Orange Community Master Chorale and a fireworks show. 4-9 p.m. July 3. $7. No alcohol or pets allowed. 3920 Spring St. 714-744-7278 or cityoforange.org


Fireworks over the water: People can watch from the beaches, blufftops, streets and balconies as the city presents its annual fireworks show at 9 p.m., shot from out on the pier. At 6:25 p.m., look skyward and watch the Condor Squadron fly by in four AT-6 World War II training planes, doing a 360 in the air. Questions? More info: 949-361-8200 or san-clemente.org.


Carnival and celebration: Event includes a full-scale carnival, music performances, vendors and a fireworks display at the San Juan Capistrano Sports Park, 25925 Camino del Avion, noon to 10 p.m. Free. 25925 Camino Del Avion. 949-493-5911 or sanjuancapistrano.org


Patriotic entertainment: Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets and enjoy a family-friendly evening of patriotic entertainment at Centennial Park. Event features live music, food, face painting, kids zone, a cannon exhibition, recognition of our Armed Forces and more. 4-9:30 p.m. 3000 W. Edinger Ave., Santa Ana. 714-571-4227 or santa-ana.org/parks


Celebrate freedom: The annual Fourth of July celebration held at Tustin High School stadium will include music by Bon Jovi tribute band Wanted, drinks, snacks and BBQ. Operation Warm Wishes will be on site to collect canned goods and non-perishable food items for homeless veterans. Event begins at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Free. 1171 El Camino Real. 714-573-3326 or tustinca.org


July 3 Boat Parade: East Lake Village will get into the spirit early with its popular 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 6-9 p.m.

July Fourth Spectacular: Celebration at Veterans Park features food and game booths and includes a firework show. Entertainment begins at 5 p.m.; fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Free. 4777 Casa Loma Avenue. 714-961-7100 or ci.yorba-linda.ca.us

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