Red, White & Kidsguide!

Posted Thursday, June 29th, 2017

The time has come to fire on those BBQs, throw on your Levis, and celebrate 4th of July! 🇺🇸

And we’ve got you covered from start to dazzling finish with over 30 places to get out your oohs and ahhs. 😉



Aliso Viejo

Join the Aliso Viejo Community Association in a fun-filled July 4th Celebration. With live music, food and beverages for purchase, kids’ arts and crafts, free face painting and bounce houses, a homemade apple pie contest, and a fireworks show at dusk. Tuesday, 6-9:30 p.m. Free admission. Grand Park. City Lights Drive, Aliso Viejo. (949) 243-7747.



Celebrate America’s birthday with a firecracker 5K/10K, a patriotic parade, Yankee Doodle dog show, food, entertainment and most importantly fireworks! Tuesday, parade begins at 1 p.m.; fireworks at 9 p.m. Free admission. Canyon HIgh School and Peralta Park. 115 N. Pinney Dr., Anaheim. (714) 283-6653.


Disneyland 4th of July Fireworks

Salute the stars and stripes like never before while celebrating Independence Day at an inspirational fireworks show — all to the sound of patriotic music. Tuesday, 9:30 p.m. Included with admission. Viewable from outside the park. Anaheim.


Big Bear

Three days of fun for the entire family under the pines! Enjoy 40+ vendors selling arts and crafts, personalized collectibles, jewelry, clothing, soaps and lotions, plus live entertainment, kids’ games and bounce house, and a fireworks spectacular over the lake. Sunday-Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; fireworks Tuesday at 9 p.m. Free. 42900 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear. (909) 585-3000.



The all day festivities begin with the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, followed by the annual fair featuring live entertainment, a kiddie parade, food, games, exhibits, a teen fun area and a marketplace craft area. Monday, breakfast at 7 a.m.; fair 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; swimming at the Plunge begins at 12 p.m. for $2. Free. City Hall Park. 401 S. Brea Blvd., Brea. (714) 990-7103.



The summer heats up at Legoland with a star-spangled Fourth of July celebration, “Red, White and Boom!” Don’t miss fireworks set to a patriotic musical tribute beginning at 8:30 p.m. with great viewing in designated locations throughout the park. Throughout the day, kids of all ages can enjoy live musical performances and participate in all-American family picnic games, like water-balloon tosses, burlap sack races, and family build challenge. Tuesday, all day. Included with park admission. One Legoland Drive.(760) 918-5346.


Costa Mesa

Celebrate the Fourth with this high-energy tribute to “The Boss.” Seasoned world-class musicians recreate Bruce Springsteen’s marathon, party-like shows, with hits such as “Born in the USA,” “My Hometown,” and “Hungry Heart.” The evening also includes a salute to the U.S. Armed Forces and patriotic favorites, before closing with a brilliant fireworks finale. Tuesday, 8 p.m. Check web for ticket prices. Pacific Amphitheatre at OC Fair. 100 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.


Dana Point

Gather the family and friends, tune your radio to KSBR 88.5 FM, look towards the skies over Doheny State Beach, and experience this patriotic extravaganza synchronized to a captivating musical score. Walk into the park any time during the day with no fee charged. Park hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the show starts at 8:45 p.m., so be sure to arrive early to grab the best spot. Dana Point Harbor.


Fireworks Dinner Cruise

See the fireworks and beautiful harbor lights from the 95 ft Dana Pride! Enjoy dinner before watching the fireworks, and create a family tradition you don’t want to miss. Tuesday, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Boat departs from Dana Wharf Sportfishing, in the harbor in front of Turks. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point. (949) 248-3530.


Ocean Institute

Board the R/V Sea Explorer to enjoy a sunset cruise and fireworks, with appetizers and desserts. Off-site parking and free shuttle will be available. Recommended for ages 5+. Tuesday, 7:30-10 p.m. Call for admission and registration. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point. (949) 496-2274.



Join in for a fun, festive 4th of July firework show. Bring your own folding chair and food. Tuesday, 9 p.m. Downey High School Stadium. 11040 Brookshire Ave., Downey. (562) 904-7238.



Take a train ride through Heritage Valley and enjoy a BBQ tri tip and chicken dinner onboard. The train returns for a fireworks show hosted by the City of Fillmore. Tuesday, train boards at 6 p.m.; departs at 6:30 and returns 9:45 p.m. Adults, $75; youth (4-12), $45; kids (2-3), $25; reservations required. Santa Clara and Central Ave., Fillmore. (805) 524-2546.



Enjoy live music, entertainment, food booths, activities for all ages, and a special aerial fireworks show at 9 p.m. Monday, 5-9:30 p.m. Free admission; nominal fee for food and activities. Fullerton High School Stadium. Lemon St. and Berkeley Ave. (714) 738-6545.


Huntington Beach

A hometown festival in Pier Plaza features food, music, exhibits and family activities. On the 4th, enjoy a parade down Main Street at 10 a.m. and fireworks over the ocean at 9 p.m. Parking can be difficult, so arrive early. Sunday and Monday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Parade bleacher seating, $15-$20; VIP fireworks pier seating, $10. (714) 969-3492.



Celebrate Independence Day with food, music, raffle prizes and a spectacular fireworks show. Enjoy gourmet food trucks, activities for the kids and a live music performance. Stadium seating available or bring low-backed chairs and blankets for seating on the football field. Tuesday, gates open at 3 p.m.; fireworks at 9 p.m. Adults, $15; kids (14 and under), $10; family pass, $50. Hosted by the Irvine Police Association. Irvine High School Stadium. (949) 724-0488.


Laguna Niguel

This 5K run/walk, 10K run and children’s races benefit is a community tradition that benefits the YMCA’s scholarship program. Race registration includes a t-shirt, runner or dog goodie bag, pancake breakfast ticket, children’s metals and awards for 1st-3rd place finishers in each division. Tuesday, visit the website for times and to register. Laguna Niguel Family YMCA/Crown Valley Park. 29831 Crown Valley Pkwy, Laguna Niguel. (949) 495-9622.


La Habra

The City of La Habra prides itself on having one of the best 4th of July events in the area, with fireworks, live bands, raffles, a kids’ zone with carnival games, inflatables, balloon art and face painting, plus food and craft vendors. Tuesday, 5-9 p.m. Adults, $5-7; kids (3-12), $3-5. Pre-sale wristbands are available at the community center through July 1. La Habra High School Stadium. 801 W. Highlander Ave., La Habra. (562) 383-4200.


Lake Forest

4th of July Parade

Lake Forest presents its 26th annual parade, looping from El Toro High School and back. This year’s theme is “Let Freedom Ring!” Tuesday, pancake breakfast, 7-10 a.m.; 5K Run/Walk, 7:30 a.m.; parade step-off, 10 a.m. Free. Lake Forest. (949) 461-3450.


Ride with Etnies Skatepark

Show your skatepark pride while helping build and ride the skatepark float in the City’s 4th of July parade. Bring your skateboard and ride along in the parade. All participants must wear a helmet, and will be treated to post-parade pizza and drinks. Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. – noon. Meet at El Toro High School to set up for the parade. Call the skatepark if you’d like to help build the float. 20028 Lake Forest Drive, Lake Forest. (949) 916-5870.


Long Beach

The Great American 4th of July Bike Parade

Every year, hundreds of local kids decorate their two-wheelers and ride a mile out-and-back on the sunny beach boardwalk for this old-fashioned parade! Patriotic speech, and costume contest begin at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. Free. Meet at 1 S. Granada Ave. at Ocean Blvd. , Long Beach.


Aquarium of the Pacific

Celebrate Independence Day with the red, white and blue fish at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Enjoy the aquarium at night and get a fish-eye view of the Long Beach fireworks display. Wave the flag, watch the fireworks and enjoy some BBQ. Monday, 5-10 p.m. $14.95 per person and free for kids ages 3 and under and Aquarium members (does not include food). BBQ/Aquarium combo pricing: adults, $64; children, $28. 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. (562) 590-3100.


The Queen Mary’s 4th of July Celebration

Celebrate Independence Day in style, come early and spend the day aboard the Queen Mary. Explore the ship, listen to live music, enjoy family-friendly entertainment and get front and center to the giant fireworks extravaganza. Entertainment includes carnival games, marching bands, country and line dancing, and more. Cabana and private booth/table rentals available. Monday, 2-10 p.m. (fireworks, 9pm). Adults, $44 ($49 day of); kids (4-11), $24 ($29 day of). VIP passes also available for $99. Food, refreshments and some activities are additional. (877) 342-0738.


Los Alamitos

Enjoy a fireworks spectacular at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos to honor the men and women of the military with a food court, vendor booths and a Kids’ Fun Zone. Lawn chairs and blankets encouraged; Dogs, BBQs and alcohol prohibited. Tuesday, 4 p.m. $5 per vehicle. Adults over the age of 16 must present photo ID to be admitted to the base. (562) 430-1073.


Los Angeles

Grand Park + The Music Center’s 4th of July Block Party returns for the fifth year with a beautiful day in the park and on The Music Center Plaza. You’ll enjoy games and art making for all ages, including soccer, tag, bubble fun and chalk art, plus DJ entertainment, 30 vendors, gourmet food trucks and evening fireworks. Tuesday, 2-9:30 p.m. Free. 200 Grand Ave., Los Angeles.


Mission Viejo

Celebrate America’s birthday with a patriotic, and fun-filled day of live entertainment, rides, craft vendors, food and game booths. Please, no pets, skateboards, roller blades, bicycles or BBQ grills. Tuesday, noon; fireworks at 9 p.m. Free admission. Shuttle operates around Lake Mission Viejo. Olympiad Road between Marguerite Parkway and Melinda Road.  (949) 830-7066.


San Clemente

The City hosts a fireworks show over the city pier that can be seen from many beaches and hilltop areas in and around San Clemente. Tuesday, 9 p.m. Free. 622 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente. (949) 878-1273.


San Pedro

The skies over Cabrillo Beach explode with fireworks during the 67th annual John Olguin July 4th Spectacular. Tuesday, 9 p.m. Free. 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro.


Santa Ana

Bring family and friends to celebrate the nation’s independence with a history walk, sports zone, kids’ zone, live entertainment, food, canon exhibit and recognition of our military and armed forces, plus a spectacular fireworks show. Tuesday, 4-9:30 p.m.; fireworks at 9 p.m. Free to attend. Centennial Park. 3000 W. Edinger Ave., Santa Ana.


Simi Valley

Join the Reagan Library for a day full of family-fun activities to celebrate the Nation’s birthday. This year’s celebration includes patriotic concerts, family entertainment, games, crafts, and more. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. All outdoor activities are free; admission rates apply to view the Reagan Museum, Air Force One Pavilion and Vatican Splendors: $16-29. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. (800) 410-8354.



Pack a picnic and blanket or come early for a seat in the bleachers. THS Boosters snack bar will be selling drinks, snacks and BBQ items. Operation Warm Wishes will be collecting non-perishable food items for disadvantaged and homeless vets. Tuesday, 6-9:30 p.m. Free. Tustin High School Football Field. 1171 El Camino Real, Tustin. (714) 573-3326.


Yorba Linda

Celebrate the 4th with family activities, food vendors, DJ entertainment, a Kids’ Fun Zone and after-dark fireworks show. Tuesday, festival, 5 p.m.; fireworks, 9 p.m. Veterans Park and Yorba Linda Middle School. 4777 Casa Loma Ave., Yorba Linda. (714) 961-7160.


More Fun

4th of July celebrations are held all weekend. For additional family activities, see July 1-3.




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