Fireworks, Parades, Festivals and Other Fun Stuff
Independence Day celebrations will erupt all over Orange County today. Here are some of the free and low-cost events:
* Canyon Hills Community Council will put on its 10th annual fireworks show, along with a concert, a bike parade and children’s activities at Foxborough Park, at Deerhurst and Foxborough streets in Aliso Viejo, from 5 to 9 p.m. Free. (949) 362-5890, Ext. 236.
* Edison International Field in Anaheim will put on a fireworks show after the Angel game against the Oakland Athletics, which starts at 6:05 p.m. Admission: $4-$22. (714) 634-2000.
* The 10th annual parade down Santa Ana Canyon Road in Anaheim Hills starts at 3 p.m. from Canyon Hills High School (Imperial Highway and Santa Ana Canyon Road). A Yankee Doodle Dog Show will take place on campus at 10:30 a.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. at Peralta Park, 115 N. Pinney Drive. (714) 765-5191. Admission: $1.
* Fireworks will light the sky above Dana Point Harbor at 9 p.m. Tune radio to KSBR-FM (88.5) for synchronized music. Free. (949) 496-4251.
* A festival will take place at Fullerton Union High School stadium, Lemon Street and Berkeley Avenue in Fullerton, beginning at 4 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Admission: $4-$6. (714) 738-3167
* The 94th annual Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade will feature celebrities Jose Solano of “Baywatch” and Patrick Warburton (Puddy of “Seinfeld”), plus marching bands, floats, equestrian units and more. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at Main Street and Pecan Avenue and travels north on Main. Fireworks begin at dark at Huntington Beach High School stadium, 1905 Main St. (714) 374-1535. Admission: $5.
* The Pacific Symphony will give a concert at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, 8800 Irvine Center Drive at 8 p.m. Gates open for picnicking at 6 p.m. Program includes music by John Williams, Lee Holdridge, Morton Gould, John Denver and John Philip Sousa. Admission: $13-$54.(714) 755-5799.
* Festivities begin at 3:45 p.m. at Irvine High School stadium, 4601 Walnut Ave. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. Admission: $5-$10; $30 for families (two adults and up to four children). (949) 509-0579.
* La Habra High School, 801 Highlander Ave., is the site of a festival beginning at 6 p.m., with fireworks at 9 p.m. Admission: $1. (562) 905-9708.
* Laguna Hills High School, at Paseo de Valencia and Alicia Parkway, will host a fireworks show at 9 p.m., but festivities begin at 4 p.m. with a dunk tank, karaoke, a rock-climbing wall, a slide and food booths. Free. (949) 707-2686.
* Laguna Niguel Regional Park, at La Paz and Aliso Creek roads, and nearby Crown Valley Park, 29751 Crown Valley Parkway, will host community festivals, beginning at 7 a.m. with pancake breakfasts. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Free. (949) 362-4350
* A 10 a.m. parade featuring the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band will step off from Toledo Way and Ridge Route Drive in Lake Forest. (949) 461-3453. Free.
* Entertainment by the 40th Infantry Division Band, Capt. Kenny & Friends, clowns and stilt-walkers starts at 5 p.m. at the Los Alamitos Armed Forces Reserve Center, Lexington Drive and Katella Avenue. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Free. (714) 229-6780 or (562) 430-1073.
* Mission Viejo Youth Athletic Park, at Olympiad Road near Marguerite Parkway, will have fireworks at 9 p.m. Also, street fair with entertainment by MayBEE DayDreams, West Coast Flyer and Debbie Johnson, as well as food booths, crafts and rides, start at noon. Free. (949) 470-3000.
* The Mariners Parade and Picnic begins with a kids bike parade at 10 a.m. at Mariners and Highland drives in Newport Beach, followed by entertainment, games and barbecue through 2 p.m. in adjacent Mariners Park. (949) 644-3151. Free.
* Newport Dunes Resort, 1131 Backbay Drive, in Newport Beach, will offer live music, dancing, carnival games, face-painting and competitions in everything from horseshoes to Hula-Hoops and, later, fireworks over the bay. $20 per car. (949) 862-4334.
* Bradford Stadium at Valencia High School, 500 N. Bradford Ave. in Placentia, will host a festival at 6:30 p.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m. Admission: $1-$4.50. (714) 993-8204.
* A party begins at 6 p.m. at Santa Margarita Lake, at Avenida de las Flores at Santa Margarita Parkway in Rancho Santa Margarita. Fireworks at dusk. Free. (949) 589-4272.
* San Clemente Pier, near Avenida del Mar and Alameda Lane, will host fireworks at 9 p.m. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with an ice cream social. St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea United Methodist Church, 2001 Calle Frontera. Free. (949) 492-2537 or (949) 361-8264.
* San Juan Capistrano Sports Park, 25925 Camino del Avion, will host a festival starting at 3 p.m., with a parade at 4:30 p.m. and a fireworks display at 9 p.m. Free. (949) 493-5911
* An Olde-Fashioned Fourth including speeches, poetry recitations and patriotic music performed by costumed Spanish soldiers and Revolutionary War figures will take place at Mission San Juan Capistrano (Ortega Highway and Camino Capistrano) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission: $5; seniors and children under 12, $4. (949) 720-0526 or (949) 248-2048.
* A carnival with rides, music and games will take place from noon to 10 p.m. at Centennial Regional Park, Edinger Avenue and Fairview Road in Santa Ana. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Admission: Free. Parking: $3. (714) 571-4200.
* The Bowers Kidseum hosts its Fourth of July Americana Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with music, stories, art projects and food. Kidseum is at 1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana. Free with museum admission: $2 to $6; under 5 free. (714) 480-1520.
* An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July will be celebrated with children’s games, a pie-eating contest and a dunk-the-mayor game at the Discovery Museum of Orange County, 3101 W. Harvard St. in Santa Ana. Event kicks off at 5 p.m. Admission: $8 each or $25 for family of four. Advance purchase required. (714) 540-0404.
* The Bootie Shakers will provide entertainment beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Tustin High School, Northrup Field, 1171 El Camino Real. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Admission: Free. (714) 573-3326.
* Westminster High School Stadium, 14325 Golden West St., will provide entertainment starting at 5 p.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Free. (714) 895-2860.
* Re-enactors portraying British soldiers and American colonists will skirmish on the lawn at the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., in Yorba Linda from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission: $2 to $5.95; ages 7 and under free. (714) 993-5075.
--Compiled by MIMI KO CRUZ