June 12, 2019

4th of July 2019 in and around Orange County

Wherever in Southern California you find yourself this 4th of July, there’s a stellar celebration near you! Take a look at some of our top picks in and around Orange County!

(Events are listed North to South)

Americafest at the Rose Bowl
July 4th, parking opens at noon.

If you’re staying with us in Orange County, Americafest will be a bit of a drive, but with over 90 years of history, presented at the iconic Rose Bowl, this celebration might be the perfect mix of nostalgia and spectacle for your holiday! Enjoy a family fun area, musical performance, and of course incredible fireworks beginning at 9PM.

All American 4th of July on the Queen Mary
July 4th, 2PM-10PM

With special historic tours, live onboard entertainment, games and crafts for the family, and more The Queen Mary’s All American 4th is amazing every year! Enjoy a summer evening on the water and view the Queen Mary’s signature fireworks display.

Update: The Queen Mary’s 4th of July celebration is sold out already! If your heart is set on watching the Queen Mary’s signature fireworks display, why not cruise to the Queen Mary from Huntington Beach? Enjoy the spectacular fireworks along with dinner and sunset views! Take a look at this cruise option from Prince Charters.

Huntington Beach Bash! Pier Festival, and more
July 3rd: The Bash! At 5th and PCH and Alamitos Bay Fireworks Cruise

Stop by 5th and PCH on July 3rd from 6PM-9PM for the annual Bash! A family friendly event with face painting, game booths, live entertainment, and more. This event helps fundraise for local nonprofits, so you can have some fun and do some good at the same time!

July 3rd you can also get a head start on your July 4th fireworks viewing experience by booking a cruise to the Alamitos Bay fireworks on July 3rd!

July 4th-6th: HB 4th of July Festival
The annual 4th of July festival this year will run from July 4-6, three days of food and fun, with booths, exhibits, and vendors, turning the pier area into a colorful local celebration. Make sure to find a viewing spot for the largest Independence Day parade west of the Mississippi, starting at 10AM on July 4th, and stay afterward for music and entertainment on the pier until fireworks at 9PM.

City of Newport Beach Independence Day on the Back Bay
July 4th 2019, Parking opens at 8AM

Held at the Newport Dunes Resort, Independence Day on the Bay is Orange County’s largest and most spectacular pyrotechnic firework show! But it’s also so much more! With live music starting at 2:30, water sports on the bay, plus food trucks and full bars, this is a patriotic extravaganza sure to be the highlight of your summer!

Old Glory Boat Parade: United We Stand
July 4th, 1PM-3:30PM

If you’re a fan of the Newport Christmas Boat Parade, you’ve got to stop by and view the Old Glory Boat Parade, put on by the American Legion Yacht Club. The parade proceeds around the entirety of Newport Harbor and Balboa Island so you’ll have a multitude of viewing possibilities. Since this parade takes place in the middle of the day it’s also a great holiday option for families with young kids who will be in bed before the fireworks shows begin.

Dana Point Cruises and Fireworks at Doheny Beach
July 4th, Fireworks at 8:45

Doheny Beach hosts an annual fireworks extravaganza with fireworks launched from a barge offshore providing a magnificent show from the beach. Come early to secure a spots on the sand and enjoy a day at the beach before the fireworks!

One of the best ways to enjoy 4th of July in Dana Point is to book a dinner cruise! Don’t worry about packing a picnic or finding a place to park your beach chairs, just show up and enjoy a meal, a leisurely sail, and one of the best views of Dana Point’s fireworks over the water.

4th of July at Catalina
July 4-5
Feel like getting off the mainland for the 4th? You’ll find a different kind of celebration on Catalina island, with a golf cart parade, cookout at the Casino, dancing on the sand, and of course, fireworks over Avalon Bay! There’s plenty of live music to look forward to, as well as a dinghy parade, and dining, hiking, and other activities on the island.

Check it out, and plan your day on Catalina!

(P.S. Two Harbors puts on their fireworks display on July 5th, so if you’ve already made plans for the 4th, why not visit Catalina for part two of your holiday celebration?)

San Clemente Fireworks Show
July 4th at 9PM

Our local fireworks show holds a special place in our heart, based at one of our very favorite locations along the west coast: The San Clemente Pier. Plan a day out in Downtown San Clemente or at one of our local beaches, and then watch the spectacle at 9PM. The pier itself will be closed July 4th for preparations.

San Clemente’s fireworks display can also be seen from many other beaches and hilltop areas around san Clemente, including our Bluff furnished rental !
July 4th in Oceanside
July 4th

Can’t decide between a day at the beach, a parade, a boat parade, or fireworks? Oceanside does it ALL! Spend at day at the beach and enjoy browsing vendors and activities at the Oceanside Pier, catch the parade in downtown oceanside, take in the dinghy parade at Oceanside Harbor, and wrap it all up with the city of Oceanside’s fireworks show, complete with live music and food trucks!
Port of San Diego Big Bay Boom
July 4th

The San Diego bay provides the perfect showcase for Southern California’s largest fireworks show! Four barges on the bay will launch fireworks beginning at 9PM, and with 6 viewing locations, you can pick your perfect spot to view the lights and colors!

Check out the planning guides to figure out parking and transportation ahead of time, or make your day easy by booking a spot at a local bay-view restaurant or hotel.

Click here for details.

Looking for even more summer events? Take a look at these happenings throughout summer 2019 in Orange County:

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