Where to Go, What to Do and How to Do Fourth of July in OC

Written By:  Marie Spada and Elizabeth Morris OC 4th of July Fireworks

Everyone knows that the Fourth of July in Orange County is a blast (no pun intended). There are few things more beautiful than watching the fireworks cascade over the Pacific Ocean with palm trees standing tall in the background. If you don’t have plans yet, or can’t figure out what to do this year, then take a look at these options to guarantee you have top notch plans for this year’s Independence Day.

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Come one, come all! Disneyland is the place to be this Fourth of July. Catch the 5:15 p.m. flag ceremony honoring our brave veterans as well as Patriotic Independence Day pre-show over at Disney California Adventure. You’ll be thrilled to be celebrating the land of the free and home of the brave with Mickey and Minnie.

1313 Disneyland Dr
Anaheim, CA 92802

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City of Mission Viejo

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For those living in the Mission Viejo area, the Fourth of July Street Faire and Fireworks Spectacular is not one to miss! This annual event boasts rides and games to create the perfect carnival atmosphere and booths for food, gifts, beverages, crafts and more! Musical and dance performances will take place throughout the evening. When the sun sets, a fireworks display will conclude the evening.

Olympiad between Marguerite and Melinda
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

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San Clemente Pier

Head down south for a spectacular fireworks display at the San Clemente Pier. The end of the pier will close on July 3 in preparation for the festivities but will reopen in time for the show at 9:00 p.m.

601 Avenida Victoria
San Clemente, CA 92672

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Huntington Beach Pier

Head to Huntington for their 114th annual Huntington Beach Fourth of July Celebration! Food vendors, entertainment, family activities and much more will be available all day long.The parade will start at 10 a.m. and end at noon, and the Fireworks Over the Ocean event will begin at 9 p.m. The fireworks display is sure to be nothing short of spectacular!

200 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

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Cruise Newport Beach

If anyone knows how to party on the fourth, it’s the Newport Peninsula. Hop on a cruise from 1-3:30 p.m., 4-6:30 p.m., or 7-9:30 p.m. for the fireworks cruise. Tickets are $45 per person and are flying fast! Cruise along the Newport Harbor and see all of the beautiful sights Newport Beach, Corona Del Mar and Laguna Beach have to offer. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and whales, because they’ll likely be nearby! Once the sun goes down, you will experience one of the largest fireworks displays in Southern California. Ahoy!

400 Main St
Newport Beach, CA 92661


Dana Point Harbor

Bring your radio and tune into 88.5 FM KSBR during the fireworks show at 9:00 p.m. to listen to the synchronized musical score provided by the station for a full Fourth of July experience. Turn your attention to the sky above Doheny State Beach to experience the show, and you’ll be a part of one of the biggest and best firework shows in Orange County! There will be brief road closures during the fireworks show, so plan accordingly if you are driving.

25300 Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629


Dana Point Fireworks Cruise

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Hop aboard a boat this fourth to view the firework show mentioned above up close. Seating is limited, so be sure to make a reservation. There are three companies offering cruises, The Ocean Institute, Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, and Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari. Each company offers a variety of cruises, ranging from a dinner cruise to a simple display cruise. 4th of July OC

34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629


City of San Juan Capistrano

For our friends a little further South, check out the San Juan Capistrano Fourth of July carnival, music and fireworks display. The festival opens its doors at 12 p.m., and features mechanical rides, food vendors, a beer garden, bounce houses and several activities for the kids. An amazing fireworks display will take place at 9 p.m. and the carnival closes at 10 p.m.

25925 Camino Del Avion
San Juan Capistrano, CA

Irvine High School Stadium

The Irvine Police Association will host their 34th annual Concert on the Green and Firework Festival this Fourth of July. The show will not be an ordinary concert, it will be a Pyro Musical sky concert and fireworks show! The event starts at 3 p.m. and will include food trucks, live music, games and prizes. Conclude the evening with the fireworks display at 9 p.m.

4321 Walnut Ave
Irvine CA, 92604


Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

Food, live music and fireworks, what more would you want on Fourth of July? Feel the good vibes at Newport Dunes’  Independence on the Back Bay. Live music starts at 2 p.m. with host and DJ David Bugenske of Go Country 105 Radio and performances by Wild Child and Redneck Rodeo. The general admission cost is free, but all-day beach parking is $50. Doors open at 8 a.m., and the fireworks begin at 9 p.m., giving you an entire day of fun at The Dunes!

1131 Back Bay Dr
Newport Beach, CA
949.729.3863 OC 4th of July Fireworks

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