4th of July Events in Orange County

Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade

Celebrate the 4th of July in Orange County. We’ve lined up the best places to spend Independence Day in the OC.

4th of July Firework Spectacular
Join KTOWN Night Market and OC Block Party for the “4th of July Fireworks Spectacular.” The full line-up of events and vendors will appeal to all. Dine on food from select food vendors or indulge in food truck fare curated by Seoul Sausage, Season 3 winners of the Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race. Shop for styles from independent fashion labels and see more than 150 custom import cars showcased by Hot Import Nights. Also, check out an eclectic mix of art, music and fashion in the form of live art installations from OC Artwalk. Live entertainment to be announced. 3-11 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:45 p.m. Advance purchase $7, on-site $10, children under 6 free. Angel Stadium of Anaheim, 2000 E. Gene Autry Way, Anaheim. ocblockparty.com

Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa
Join Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa for top firework viewing and BBQ. Enjoy an array of salads, specialty items from the grill, the infamous mac ‘n’ cheese station and delicious desserts. Listen to live music by Groove Allstars while taking in breathtaking views—you will have the best seat in town for the Dana Point Harbor fireworks show. There will be theater style seating on the Del Mar Lawn with popcorn and cocktails. 5-8:30 p.m. Fireworks show 9 p.m. Adults $99, Children 6-12 $40. Price includes tax, gratuity and valet. Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa, Vue Patio and Vue lawn, 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, 949.487.7516. lagunacliffs.com

Fireworks Cruises with Hornblower
Hop on board a Hornblower cruise for a variety of fireworks cruises. In Newport Beach, choose from the Old Glory Boat Parade brunch, a fireworks dinner cruise or a fireworks dinner cruise aboard Wild Goose. The Old Glory Boat Parade is a two-hour cruise and tour of Newport Beach with a lavish brunch buffet and free-flowing champagne and sparkling cider. Witness the Newport Harbor filled with boats competing to be the brightest and flashiest. For the dinner cruises, enjoy the Flavors of America buffet while cruising beneath a cascade of fireworks. The Wild Goose option offers the opportunity to cruise on the once private playground for legendary actor John Wayne. The vessel boasts intricate carvings, priceless paintings and unique amenities. Fireworks Dinner Cruise 7-10 p.m., Old Glory Boat Parade brunch 1-3 p.m. Fireworks Dinner Cruise $99.95, Old Glory Boat Parade brunch $66.95. Hornblower Cruises & Events, 2431 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.650.2412. hornblower.com

4th of July Parade & Pier Festival
July 3-5. Enjoy three days of live entertainment, exhibitors, food vendors and family activities at this year’s festival themed “Sounds of Freedom.” On Saturday, enjoy breakfast at Lake Park, cheer on participants in the Surf City 5K run, and visit pier plaza for entertainment and much more. End the day with a spectacular fireworks show over the ocean. See website for full schedule of events and locations. Fri 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Fireworks Sat 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Bleacher and VIP seating available $10-$20. Breakfast $5. Huntington Beach Pier, Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street, 325 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.536.5486. hb4thofjuly.org

Star-Spangled Groovy Fest
Get your groove on at the annual July 4th celebration at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina. Enjoy a jam-packed day of ’60s-themed live music and a fireworks display to end the evening. Live music begins at 2 p.m. The finale of the evening is the massive fireworks show at 9 p.m. Gates open at 8 a.m. Entrance fee is $50 per car. Beer and wine garden pass $40/pp. 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 800.765.7661. newportdunes.com

Dinner and Fireworks Cruise with Dana Wharf Sportfishing

Board the Dana Pride dinner cruise for top fireworks viewing and more. Feast on a full BBQ buffet dinner. Full cash bar. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $84 adults, $39 children, 4 and under are free. Reservations and pre-payment required. Fireworks cruise without dinner is also available, call for details. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 888.224.0603 danawharf.com

Brea Fourth of July Country Fair
Experience good times and old-fashioned fun at the annual country fair at Brea City Hall Park. This traditional celebration begins at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast. The fair officially opens at 10 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m. Enjoy free entertainment such as live music, market place craft area, food, games and much more. Free. 401 S. Brea Blvd., Brea, 714.990.7771. cityofbrea.net

Newport Beach Old Glory Boat Parade and Festivities

Newport Beach celebrates Independence Day with the annual Old Glory Boat Parade – the largest in California. Boats and watercraft festooned with their most patriotic decorations cruise through Newport Harbor beginning at 1 p.m. View the fireworks extravaganza at the end of the night at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. Parade begins off Collins Island. 1-5 p.m. Free. balboa-island.com

July 4th Spectacular Featuring Faithfully – A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Journey
Enjoy an energetic and exciting tribute to one of the most beloved bands in history. Enhanced by the musical force of a full orchestra, Journey’s popular hits come to life. Hear hits such as “Faithfully,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Wheel in the Sky” and of course, some classic patriotic favorites. There will also be a salute to the U.S. Armed Forces and a brilliant fireworks finale. Gates open at 6 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m. $25-$107. Irvine Meadows (formerly Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre), 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 714.755.5799. pacificsymphony.org

City of Laguna Hills Fourth of July Celebration
Carnival rides and games, live music, patriotic crafts and face painting will all be a part of this fun-filled celebration. Bring your lawn chairs and arrive early for a good spot to view the fireworks show. 4-9:30 p.m. Free. 25555 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills, 949.707.2680. laguna-hills.ca.us

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