June 30, 2017

4th of July in Southern California: 2017


There is no better way to spend Fourth of July than on a beautiful California vacation. With endless things to do in Southern California on this patriotic weekend, there is something for everyone. Here are just a few of our top picks for events and ideas for July Fourth weekend!

4th of July at the Newport Beach Waterfront Resort

Make a trip to the Newport Beach Waterfront Resort for the biggest bash of the summer! With a buffet, musical performances, throwback music, beer and wine garden, and a beautiful fireworks show, Newport Beach provides a fun and sophisticated Fourth of July experience!

Don’t forget the Oh Glory Boat Parade on Balboa Island Newport Beach! Starting from Collins Island and moving through Newport Beach, this enthusiastic boat parade will be sure to make your little ones oo and ahh. The boat parade floats from 1-3:30pm on July 4th, don’t miss it!

Also check out the Family Bike Parade and Community Festival, and 4th of July Dinner Cruise, for other family friend events in Newport Beach!


The Queen Mary’s “All American Summer”

Looking for a unique option aboard a giant boat? The Queen Mary’s “All American 4th of July” is an event where families can enjoy historical tours, bands, food, arts and crafts, and a firework extravaganza! Enjoy all of these activities by a sunset view of the ocean for an ‘all American’ experience. Be sure to reserve tickets ahead of time to save money for this fun event!

Looking for more events in Long Beach? You might enjoy taking a 4th of July Fireworks Cruise , watching the display over dinner at the Sky Room , or the Aquarium of the Pacific's 4th of July BBQ !


Outlets at San Clemente 4th of July Weekend Sidewalk Sale

Looking to update that summer wardrobe? Southern California is full of fun unique shopping experiences, and 4th of July weekend is great time to snag some deals at local sales! For great savings as well as a Southern California holiday experience, check out the 2017 "Freedom Sale" at the Outlets at San Clemente! The Outlets at San Clemente will host their Fourth of July Weekend Sidewalk Sale from July 1st -July 4th. With live entertainment and sales at up to 70% off, this is our top pick for shopping during this red, white, and blue weekend. Plus, with nearby beaches like San Clemente's North Beach, you can shop your heart out, then spend the rest of the holiday weekend lounging on the sand and picking up California bike rentals to cruise along the shores of any Southern California Beach town!

(P.S. Don't forget, if you're a Beachside guest we'll provide free passes to the VIP Lounge at the Outlets at San Clemente !)

Local Fireworks Shows

Looking for fireworks? Nearly every city in Orange County hosts a fireworks spectacular on their own turf every year, so check local listings to get all the details!

At the top of our go-to list this year is the Dana Point July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza ! We are especially excited about this fireworks show because along with a glittering show, Dana Point’s KSBR 88.5FM plays synchronized music to the patriotic fireworks. Fireworks can be viewed from a variety of spots in Dana Point: Find more details here . Be sure to use the free shuttle bus service to and from Dana Hills School to Dana Point Harbor from 10am to 11:30pm to avoid difficult parking. Fireworks start at 9pm and end at 11pm.


Or, for a list of more local celebrations and fireworks displays from LA to San Diego, take a look at our Guide to a Family Friendly 4th in Southern California !

Grand Park 4th of July Block Party in LA

Looking for a bit more adventure? Enjoy being out with a crowd on the holidays? Like hip-hop, house, and world music? Pack a light picnic and head to the block party at Grand Park in LA! This event features musical artists from 2:00 to 9:30 when the fireworks start.

There are events and crafts for kids too, including facepainting, bracelet making, and an opportunity to decorate the "love bus." Take a look at the Grand Park website for rules about what you can and can't bring into the park to keep this event fun, safe, and family-friendly.

Annual Brea Country Fair

We love the idea of experiencing both the old and new at this Country Fair, hosted by the city of Brea and held at City Hall Park . With Old Fashioned inspired activities all day long, this family friendly event is perfect for an educational and entertaining Fourth of July. And, since it's a daytime event it's perfect for families with young kids who need and early bedtime, or who might be scared by the loud noises and flashes of fireworks.

The day begins with a Pancake Breakfast at 7am and the Country Fair opens at 9am, and then ends at 3pm. Along with a kiddie parade, teen fun area, pie eating and hula hoop contests, car show, market place, and petting zoo, there are lots of activities to delve into at the Country Fair, and best of all, it is free! Check out the Special Events page on the City of Brea website for more details.

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