The Best Places in Orange County to View July 4th Fireworks
Disneyland Resort arguably has the best year-round fireworks display anywhere in Southern California, so it certainly should be another spectacular show on the Fourth.
Where: Disneyland Resort, 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim When: July 4
Cost: $135 for park admission; free to watch fireworks from outside the parks
A connection to the Founding Fathers here in Southern California: Independence Hall, across the street from Knott’s Berry Farm, is a brick-by-brick replica of the Philadelphia landmark. Inside, view a Liberty Bell replica plus a variety of presidential artifacts. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and admission is free. In addition, a fireworks show will light up the night sky above Knott’s on July 1, 2 and 4.
Where: Knott’s Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park
When: Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. July 1, 2 and 4
Cost: $50 and up for park admission; free to watch fireworks from outside the park
Information: 714-220-5080, www.knotts.com/play/events/july-4th-fireworks
Spend the day at Doheny State Beach then enjoy fireworks, launched from a barge offshore, starting at 8:45 p.m. There will be patriotic music on KSBR (88.5-FM) accompanying the pyrotechnics. Free round-trip shuttles run 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. between Dana Hills High School, 33333 Golden Lantern, and Dana Point Harbor.
Where: Doheny State Beach, 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point
When: Park hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., with fireworks at 8:45 p.m. July 4
Information: 949-496-6171, www.dohenystatebeach.org
Marching bands, floats, vintage cars, horses and performers will be part of “A Star Spangled Salute,” the annual parade along Main Street in Huntington Beach. Fun fact: Staged since 1904, it’s the biggest Independence Day parade west of the Mississippi River. Other Independence Day activities include a 7-10 a.m. pancake breakfast sponsored by the Kiwanis, Surf City 5K and other runs/walks starting at 7 a.m., Pier Plaza Festival from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and, at 9 p.m., fireworks over the Huntington Beach Pier.
Where: Huntington Beach Pier, Main Street at Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach
When: All day July 4
Cost: Free admission; prices vary for some activities including the pancake breakfast, run,
bleacher seating for the parade and reserved seating for fireworks.
Information: www.hb4thofjuly.org, surfcityrun.com
Independence Day on the Back Bay features music by Doors tribute act Wild Child, Redneck Rodeo and Skynyrd Reloaded, along with family fun (game room, kayaks, paddle boats and more), food trucks and barn dancing. Pyrotechnics start at 9 p.m.
Where: Newport Dunes, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach
When: 2-11 p.m. July 4 (gates open at 8 a.m.)
Cost: Free general admission; $60 VIP concert seating; $50 on-site parking
Information: 949-999-3800, www.newportdunes.com
There’s no need to wait until the Fourth for fun when there’s the 3rd of July Celebration in Orange, with live music, community food booths, and children’s activities including a petting zoo and pony rides — all in a hometown carnival atmosphere. Fireworks wrap up the night.
Where: Fred Kelly Stadium, El Modena High School, 3920 Spring St., Orange
When: 4-9:30 p.m. July 3
Cost: $7; free for ages 2 and younger
Information: 714-744-7274, ww.cityoforange.org/852/3rd-of-July-Celebration