Fourth of July Celebrations are the perfect events to get together with family to bond and celebrate our nations freedom and federal holiday, Independence Day. The Fourth of July is also the most popular day for grilling across the country with Memorial Day in second place. According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, more than 14,000 firework displays will brighten the skies of the country on the Fourth of July.
Our perfect Fourth of July event kicks off with the parade and local Fourth of July festivities. If you are planning a similar day, we recommend that you head out to the fourth of July fireworks destination immediately following your local parade to allow enough time to find the perfect spot and celebrate with family prior to the fireworks.
Make sure to prepare food, water and lots of sweaters as the day will get cooler towards the evening.
Here is a list of our favorite places to check out the fireworks and have a safe & great time. Whether you are planning a traditional day at the park or looking for a fun day under the stars with lots of activities our Fourth of July event guide has everything you need.
4th Of July Celebrations In Southern California
Big Bear – Big Bear Lake’s Fireworks Spectacular starts and will explode at 7,000′ reflecting its shower of brilliance over Big Bear Lake on Friday, July 4th at 8:45pm. Big Bear Lake Fourth of July celebrations has abundance of events, recreation and activities.
Canyon Lake – Skipper’s Island. Fireworks at 9pm.
Carlsbad – RED, WHITE and BOOM spectacular fireworks at Legoland. Don’t miss Fireworks set to a patriotic musical tribute beginning at 8:30 p.m. with great viewing in designated locations throughout the Park. Throughout the day, kids of all ages can enjoy live musical performances and participate in all-American family picnic games, like water-balloon tosses, burlap sack races, family build challenge and LEGO Hamburger relay. Purchase tickets at Legoland.
Chino – PLEASE NOTE: Event is on July 3. Join the City of Chino for a fun-filled fourth of July Spectacular in Chino on July 3 with family and friends. This year’s festivities will kick off at 3pm with carnival rides, games, food, music, and fun activities for the whole family. Help honor Chino’s Service men and women at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy a live performance by the band “Ravelers” at 7:30 pm; a spectacular fireworks show will signal the end of the evening at 9:00 pm
Chula Vista – Various City of Chula Vista Fourth of July events throughout the day. To see the fireworks attend the Port of San Diego’s “Big Bay Boom Fireworks. Prime viewing locations include Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North and South Embarcadero, Marina District, Seaport Village, and the Coronado Ferry Landing.
City of Orange -PLEASE NOTE: Event is on July 3. 3rd of July Celebration at Modena High School include games, entertainment, food from local non-profits and musical performances and fireworks show. Tickets are $7 per person.
Claremont – The City of Claremont’s Fourth of July Celebration culminates with an fireworks show and a live concert featuring Classic Rock band – The Answer! The City of Claremont’s fireworks show has developed over the years and has become one of the biggest and best shows in all of Los Angeles County! The 20+ minute show is fully synchronized to music and electronically fired. The Concert is presented by the DoubleTree by Hilton Claremont. Check link for ticket details.
Coronado – My family attended the fireworks in Glorietta Bay every year during my childhood. It’s a spectacular event. Fireworks start at 9pm. There is other activities including a parade, 5k run/walk, Coast Guard demonstration and more.
Del Mar – Del Mar Fairgrounds Fourth of July Spectacular starts at 9pm. There will also be lots of rides, food, Hometown heroes parade and Navy band performance.
Fontana – After a couple years off, the fourth of July festivities are back at Fontana High school. The main stage entertainment starts at 5pm. Enjoy face painting, stilt walkers and dance the night away with your family. Tickets are $4 per person. Check link for ticket details.
Hollywood – Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular with Smokey Robinson at the Hollywood bowl. Purchase tickets at ticketmaster.
Lake Arrowhead – Lake Arrowhead Lake 9pm.
Lake Elsinore – Patriotic Parade of Lights. Fireworks after the parade. Boaters may purchase tickets for $10 to view fireworks on the lake.
Long Beach – Aquarium of the Pacific Fourth of July BBQ. You can view Queen Mary Fireworks from Aquarium of the Pacific.
Menifee – Celebrating Independence Day in Menifee on June 27 at Wheatfield Park. Check the local events for Riverside or Temecula for celebrations on July 3 or July 4.
Moreno Valley – The parade starts at 10:30am-12pm. Family Fest kicks off at 2pm at Morrison Park. Fireworks start at 9pm.
Murrieta – There are no Fourth of July events planned. Check the local events for Temecula.
Pasadena – Rose Bowl. Purchase tickets.
Perris – The City of Perris will host their Fourth of July festivities at the Auto Speedway in Perris. The event is free to residents. Event starts at 3pm. Fireworks start at 9pm. Event FREE to Perris residents.
Redlands – The City of Redlands will celebrate the Fourth of July festivities at Sylvan Park. Parade starts at 10:30. The University of Redlands will host the annual fireworks extravaganza with a live show and entertainment. Fireworks start at 9pm.
San Diego – Port of San Diego’s “Big Bay Boom Fireworks. Prime viewing locations include Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North and South Embarcadero, Marina District, Seaport Village, and the Coronado Ferry Landing.
San Diego – Celebrate the Wonder Fireworks at Sea World.
San Ysidro – City of San Ysidro presents Fireworks at Larsen Field at Cesar Chavez Park. 3-10pm
Temecula – The Temecula City Fireworks spectacular. The park opens at 9am and Fourth of July Festivities start at 2pm. Fireworks start at 9pm sharp. Music broadcasted on KATY 101.3. There will be a lot of Food Vendors and Kids Fun Zone. Handicap parking is limited and first come, first serve. Arrive early to secure a parking spot.
Victorville – San Bernardino Fairgrounds Fireworks start at 9pm.