Sunny summer days, afternoons spent in the pool, the smell of BBQ in the air; these are just a few of the great things about July in Temecula. This is one of my favorite times of the year, and it all kicks off on June 30th at Murrieta’s Birthday Bash. It’s held at California Oaks Sports Park from 2 pm- 9 pm with live entertainment and a firework show. We love throwing down a blanket at the park and just hanging out. After this, we kick it into 4th of July mode around here. In SoCal there are tons of great options for how to spend the holiday. Here’s some of ‘em!
All the BEST Temecula 4th of July Events- including those that are within driving distance
Catch the Community Pride 4th of July Parade in Old Town @10 am. Then scout out your spot for the 4th of July Family Fun and Fireworks beginning at 2 pm, more info here. (hint!! If you’d just like to watch fireworks, park in one of the surrounding neighborhoods and watch from your car instead of going to the park which can get crowded)
You can also check out Vail Lake Resort’s 4th of July Weekend with musical performances. Learn more here.
Celebrate 4th of July early at Murrieta’s 27th Annual Birthday Bash. The event is happening at California Oaks Sports Park starting at 2pm. For more info check here.
Independence Celebration July 1st starting at 4pm. The celebration will take place at Wheatfield Park and will include the games for the whole family, plus craft vendors, live entertainment, and an expanded Kid’s Zone! Plus, fireworks to close out the party. For more info check here.
Storm Stadium has a firework show planned on July 4th learn more here. Or check out the city’s 125th annual firework celebration will take place right over the lake, and you can watch via boat or shoreline. There are plenty of free viewing spots and you can tune in to 99.9 FM for the synchronized music. For more info or a boating pass visit this link.
We love heading to Disneyland for the 4th of July. The parks are usually covered in red, white and blue decorations, there are special eats and drinks, and “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky.” But, this can also be one of the busiest days of the year, so we always book a room at the Disneyland Hotel or the Grand Californian and hang out in the pool most of the day.
At night you can view the fireworks in the Downtown Disney area or if you feel like splurging book a concierge level room at either hotel. They have special viewing areas, treats, snacks and drinks + they pipe in the music. It’s AWESOME!!!
Another added benefit of booking the room is we have found July 5th to be a very quiet day at the parks 😉 If you are headed to Disneyland anytime this summer you may want to check out my post on 10 Ways to Beat the Heat + Outsmart the Crowds at Disneyland or 10 Things to do in Anaheim besides Disney if you plan to stay a few days.
Knott’s Berry Farm
You can celebrate July 4th at Knott’s Berry Farm with spectacular fireworks shows on July 1, July 2 and July 4 at 9:30pm. See here for more info.
San Diego Area
Annual Big Bay Boom:
Find a spot anywhere along San Diego Bay and take in the largest display in the county. They can be seen from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero area and Seaport Village/Coronado Landing. Tune into THE MIGHTY 1090 AM and MAX FM 105.7. You won’t be disappointed! Learn more here.
The park will be open 10 AM- 11 PM for the holiday, with a 15 minute firework display at 9:40pm. Learn more here.
This is the perfect spot if you would like to spend your day at the beach. You can have a picnic and swim in the ocean then bundle up and watch fireworks off the end of the pier and Newport Ave. The display is set to begin at 9 pm. Learn more here.
In Old Town State Historic Park there will be a parade, crafts, and activities that recreate an old-fashioned Independence Day celebrated on the frontier. There will be no fireworks, but the event is from 11 am- 4 pm. Learn more here.
Celebrate the 4th of July in the Crown City all day. Watch a parade down Orange Avenue at 10:00 AM, a concert in Spreckels Park at 4:00 PM and fireworks over Glorietta Bay at 9:00 PM. Learn more here.
North Coastal San Diego
San Diego County Fair:
Independence Day is one of the best days to come out to the Del Mar Fairgrounds, because they pull out all the stops with food, fireworks at 9 pm, entertainment and more. Learn more here.
La Jolla Cove:
After a day on the beautiful beaches of La Jolla, take in a spectacular set of fireworks with a picturesque background at Ellen Browning Scripps Park at 9 pm. Learn more here.
LegoLand Red, White, and Boom!:
Take the whole family and spend the day enjoying over 60 rides, shows and attractions along with some all-American picnic games like burlap races and water-balloon tosses and then top it off with an awe-inspiring fireworks display set to patriotic music. Fireworks @8:30pm. Learn more here. *Get DISCOUNTED Legoland tickets here.
Palm Springs Area
Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage:
The nighttime sky will light up at 9 p.m. in Civic Center Park with a spectacular 20-minute-long fireworks display accompanied by synchronized music on The Mix 100.5 FM.
The La Quinta Chamber of Commerce will be putting on a 4th of July Chili cook-off with a beer garden, food and entertainment in the La Quinta Park off of Avenida Montezuma. The 4th of July Parade begins at 7:00 pm. There will be free swimming at Fritz Burns Park Pool from Noon to 4:30 pm! It all concludes late that evening with spectacular fireworks display!
Palm Springs Stadium:
This firework display is planned for after the Palm Springs Power team takes on the Los Angeles Brewers. If you don’t attend the game, you can get into the fireworks portion only, beginning at 8 p.m.
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