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4th of July | Orange County Event Guide

Bryan & Siobhan Ulnick

The Ulnick’s are among the most successful real estate partnerships in coastal orange county and bring over 35 years of real estate experience inclu...

The Ulnick’s are among the most successful real estate partnerships in coastal orange county and bring over 35 years of real estate experience inclu...

Oct 3 7 minutes read

4th of July is almost here in Orange County. And, it’s one of our favorite summer celebrations. Because it’s a time to celebrate home, family, and freedom! 

From downtown parades to dinner cruises to nighttime fireworks, the festivities last all day up and down the coast. Our Orange County Event Guide is filled to the brim with fun for Independence Day. Whether you’re a longtime resident or seasoned tourist - there is plenty to do in Orange County for 4th of July. 

How do you get started? You need to know the best things to do in Orange County for 4th of July! And, it just so happens that we are your connection to the south county lifestyle. We are local experts and longtime residents. Check back with us every month for your Orange County Event Guide. We promise to deliver the must-do’s and must-try’s to love where you live. 

Be part of the hometown tradition! The celebration starts early and ends late. The City of San Clemente hosts an annual fireworks show from the San Clemente Pier. The fireworks display can also be seen from many of San Clemente's public beaches and hilltop areas. Keep in mind, the end of the Pier (opposite the entrance) will close at 12 PM on Monday, July 3rd for preliminary preparation. The entire Pier will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th at 8 AM. San Clemente Trolley service will be available. 

Time | 9:00 PM 

Location | Pier
622 Avenida Del Mar
San Clemente, California 92672

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Whether you spend a whole day at the beach or come for the amazing fireworks, Dana Point has its own fireworks display. It's one of the most popular days at Doheny, so get an early start and find a spot because the park fills up! But, you can walk into the park any time during the day with free of charge.  If you bring a personal FM radio device, you can also listen to the patriotic music accompanying the fireworks on FM 88.5, KSBR.

Time | 9:00 PM

Location | Doheny State Beach
25300 Dana Point Harbor Dr
Dana Point, CA 92629

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Enjoy a fun evening on the water! Complete the experience with a live fireworks show and the best view in town. There are three options for making the most of your evening cruise from the Dana Wharf. Prices range from $29 to $69 for kids and $45 to $95 for adults. Scroll down and click through for more information!

Time | 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Dana Pride Dinner Cruise

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Display Cruise

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM  Schooner Curlew Fireworks Cruise

Location | Dana Wharf
34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629

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Celebrate the 4th of July with an All-American BBQ and 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott! The resort’s Vue restaurant patio and lawn seating opens at 5:00 PM. The famous Dana Point fireworks are scheduled to begin just after dusk in the Dana Point Harbor below. Adult tickets are $99, children ages 6-12 for $40, and children 5&under for free. Click through for more information!

Time | 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Location | Laguna Cliffs Marriot
25135 Park Lantern
Dana Point, CA  92629

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Celebrate Independence Day in Laguna Beach! The City fireworks show will originate from Monument Point at Heisler Park. For this reason, the Monument Point area will be closed all day on the 4th of July. Beginning at approximately 12 PM, the area of Heisler Park from the Rock Bench at Myrtle Street to the Rockpile Beach stairs at Jasmine Street will be closed to the public to allow for fireworks preparation. The City fireworks show will begin at approximately 9 PM.

Arrive early for parking and hop on the free trolley. Please note: the free trolley will have limited service, running 9:30 AM - 7 PM.  Laguna Art-A-Fair and Sawdust Art & Craft Festival will also have limited hours until 6 PM on this day.

Time | 9:00 PM

Location | Laguna Beach

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The annual parade will march down the streets of downtown Huntington Beach beginning at 10 AM on 4th of July. The largest Independence Day parade west of the Mississippi River features entries including bands, floats, local dignitaries, equestrian groups, film and television celebrities and community groups. After the parade, entertainment on the pier will continue until 9 pm, when the 4th of July fireworks show begins. Click through for more information!

Time | 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Location | Downtown Huntington Beach
200 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

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Join Newport Dunes' historic 4th of July annual INDEPENDENCE DAY on the BAY celebration! Set up your spot on the beach for one the most spectacular pyrotechnic fireworks show in Orange County. Bring your beach chairs and umbrellas for a fun day in the sun with live entertainment, food trucks, and a full bar. 

Time | 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Location | Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina
1131 Back Bay Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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Come cruise Newport Bay for 4th of July! Pick between a 2.5-hour cruise alongside the Old Glory Boat Parade or beneath the 4th of July fireworks display. Experience the world-renowned Newport Bay on one of the most festive days of the year. Cruise tickets are $45 per person. Scroll down and click through for more information!

Time | 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM OR 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM 4th of July Cruises

4 PM - 9:30 PM Fireworks Cruises

Location | Newport Bay

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"Valor - Through the Generations", this year's theme will kick off the 4th of July celebration from 1-3:30 PM. Stop off at American Legion for a pancake breakfast before the parade begins from 7:00-11:00 AM (open to the public). After seeing the patriotic boats sail through Newport Harbor, dock and dine or visit the beach to continue the celebration.

Time | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location | Newport Harbor
Collins Island
Newport Beach, CA 92662

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Take the 4th of July celebration across the channel to Catalina Island! If you're looking for an adventure, join in on Avalon's Independence Day festivities. There is a full lineup of events from 11 AM to 6 PM on July 3rd when festivities begin and from 7 AM to 10:15 PM on 4th July when the celebrations end. Click through for more information and scroll through the schedule of events!

Time | 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM July 3rd

7:00 AM - 10:15 PM 4th of July

Location | Catalina Island
Avalon Bay

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