What’s on your calendar for celebrating 4th of July? In case you haven’t decided what to do yet, we put together a list of some of the top things to do to celebrate this Independence Day.
These are some of the top 4th of July events in Orange County:
BALBOA ISLAND OLD GLORY BOAT PARADE
Every year, American Legion Yacht Club hosts a boat parade that starts off at Collins Island and goes throughout Newport Harbor. This year’s theme is “America - Where Freedom Sails.”
Time: July 4th, 1:00 - 3:30PM
Venue: Newport Harbor
Phone: 949 673 5002
Here is a link to the parade map.
For more information visit the American Legion Yacht Club website.
MARINERS ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE
2018 marks the 46th anniversary of this Independence Day Parade and Celebration! This extremely popular event is hosted in conjunction with the City of Newport Beach. The day begins with a bicycle parade down Mariners Drive starting at 10:30AM, followed by games and activities at Mariners Park at 11:00AM. The day is filled with food, games, and activities for guests of all ages.
Time: July 4th, 10:30AM
Venue: Mariners Park, 300 Irvine Ave, Newport Beach
For more information visit the event page.
NEWPORT BEACH DINNER CRUISE
Cruise beneath a cascade of fireworks as you enjoy a memorable evening filled with great food, award-winning service, and the spectacular views you can only find on the water. This 3-hour cruise includes dinner, a glass of champagne upon boarding, complimentary coffee, tea, and water, DJ Entertainment, and a front row seat to the Newport Dunes firework show.
Time: July 4th, 7:00-10:30PM
Venue: Hornblower Cruises & Events, 2431 W. Coast Hwy, #101, Newport Beach
Phone: 949 631 2469
For more information visit the Hornblower Cruise event page.
NEWPORT PENINSULA BIKE PARADE AND COMMUNITY FESTIVAL
The 8th annual “4th of July is for Families” event is fun for the whole family. Bike parade, games, food and activities for kids and adults alike. Spend the day celebrating with those closest to you with this family-friendly event.
Time: July 4th, 9:00AM - Bike & Dog Parade. 9:30-11:30AM - Community Festival
Venue: Channel Place Park, Newport Beach
Phone: 949 644 3151
For more information visit the City of Newport Beach 4th of July Event page.
NEWPORT DUNES FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA
Enjoy this full-day extravaganza hosted by Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina. Sponsored by Coca-Cola, the City of Newport Beach, and Clos du Bois, and featuring a variety of foods from local Food Trucks! Fill up your friends’ social media feeds with this full-day event.
Time: July 4th, 8:00AM - Gates Open. 2:00-8:00PM - Hosted Bar and Music. 9:00PM - Fireworks
Venue: Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach
Phone: 949 729 3863
For more information visit the Newport Dunes event page.
LAGUNA BEACH CITY FIREWORKS SHOW
This annual fireworks show is put on by the City of Laguna Beach. The fireworks show starts at 9:00PM, but they recommend showing up very early to find parking and get a good spot for the fireworks. While you are enjoying the day and enjoying the fireworks, use their social media hashtag #MyLagunaBeach for a chance to be featured on the City of Laguna Beach’s social media accounts.
Time: July 4th, 9:00PM - Fireworks Show Starts
Venue: Monument Point at Heisler Park, Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach
Phone: 949 497 9229
For more information visit the City of Laguna Beach website.
DISNEYLAND FIREWORKS SHOW
Every night at 9:30PM, Disneyland sets off a fantastic fireworks show. For the 4th of July, Disney pulls out all the stops and goes all-out with their fireworks display. Buy a ticket or use your Disneyland Deluxe or Signature Pass to enjoy Disneyland during the day and the fireworks show at night.
Time: July 4th, 9:30PM
Venue: Disneyland Park and Resort, 1213 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim
Phone: 714 781 7277
For more information visit the Disneyland Park & Resort website.
HUNTINGTON BEACH 4TH OF JULY PARADE & FIREWORKS
Every year, thousands gather to Downtown Huntington Beach for a huge celebration, including a parade that takes place on Main Street from Pacific Coast Highway to Yorktown Ave. After the parade, entertainment on the pier will continue until 9:00PM, when the 4th of July fireworks show begins. Free to spectators. Bleacher seats and VIP fireworks seating on the pier are also available for purchase on through the event page.
Time: July 4th, 10:00AM - Parade Starts. 9:00PM - Fireworks Begin
Venue: 200 Main Street, Huntington Beach
Phone: 714 536 5431
For more information visit the Surf City USA 4th of July event page.
Above all, celebrating with family and friends is the best way to spend the holiday. Hope to see you out there enjoying food, fireworks, and a well-deserved day off!