SoCal Summer Guide – Fourth of July Celebrations

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.

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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

 

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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.

CarlsbadRED, 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.

ChinoPLEASE 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 City of Coronado Glorietta Bay fireworks 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 at Fontana High school are back.   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 followed by  Fireworks in Lake Elsinore.  Boaters may purchase tickets for $10 to view fireworks on the lake.

Long BeachAquarium of the Pacific  Fourth of July BBQ.  You can view Queen Mary Fireworks from Aquarium of the Pacific.

MenifeeCelebrating 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.  City of Moreno 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

Riverside –  The Fourth of July aerial fireworks show will be celebrated at La Sierra Park Fireworks.

Temecula – The City of Temecula Fireworks spectacular kicks off when the park opens at 9am and Fourth of July Festivities start at 2pm.  The 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.

VictorvilleSan Bernardino Fairgrounds Fireworks start at 9pm.

SoCal Summer Guide – Inland Empire Splash Pads

June is just beginning, but the summer heat has already shown up in the Inland Empire.

A splash pad – a recreation area with no or little standing water – is a great place to cool off in the summer heat without all the stress of going to the neighborhood pool.

A splash pad is something all of the children can enjoy – from bigger kids to toddling babies. One-year-olds love to splash in a small pool of water.  Older kids love watching other kids manipulate streams of water and sticking their feet in the fountains in the ground.

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Photo Credit: City of Lake Elsinore

Splash Pad Tips

  • Wear sunscreen and bring an umbrella if there is not going to be shade nearby.
  • Wear a swimsuit to play in the water and consider water shoes. Avoid flip flops that get slippery when wet or catch on rubberized ground.
  • Don’t bring the family dog to a splash pad. Not only could a child with a fear of dogs be forced to leave the pad, but even a well-trained dog could get nervous or overexcited around screaming, running kids.
  • Since there is no need for a lifeguard at a splash pad, keep a close eye on your children.
  • Wear swimsuits to a splash pad if possible, including swim diapers if needed.

 

 

Inland Empire Splash Pads

There are many splash pads all over Inland Empire (Riverside and San Bernardino counties) – from public spaces, regional parks to water parks.

Here’s a list of some you don’t need to pay admission to get you started.

  • Citrus Park Splash Pad at Citrus Parkin Corona is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. until September 30th. The splash pad, which features water cannons, leaf-like structures and other ways to play, is near two playgrounds and grass areas for drying off in the sun.
  • Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga has a small fountain feature splash pad in the center of the shopping area, close to Bath & Body Works and Ben and Jerry’s. There is a family-friendly bathroom nearby for changing.
  • Monte Vista Park in Chino features a fenced-in splash pad with a tall geyser spray and has benches nearby.  The seven-acre park, which also features playgrounds and basketball courts, will have the splash pad running 7 days a week  Open  June 14 – September 1 from 10am-6pm.
  • The colorfully-lit interactive fountain at The Shoppes at Chino Hills is in the middle of the shopping center. There is a bathroom for changing nearby, so change out of your swimsuit and get dry before you go shopping or have lunch.
  • Veterans Park in Colton has along with the splash pad has large trees and grass nearby for moms to stay in the shade. There is two playgrounds, other activities and a library and community center.
  • The splash pad at Tom Minor Park in San Bernardino is right next to a covered area with picnic benches and a playground. However, there are no bathrooms at the park – the nearby Arco station bathroom (by Starbucks) is the closest option.
  • Lake Elsinore’s Canyon Hills Community Park has a splash pad along with its 18 acres of park activities and sport fields. The  whimsical splash pad is walled off and surrounded by umbrellas to keep parents cool.

Updated 06/20/2014. Posted 06/04/2014.

SoCal Summer Guide – Inland Empire Waterparks

There are several Inland Empire waterparks  and regional park options for cooling off this summer. Rent a cabana or bring a beach blanket and go for a wet n’ wild time!

Summer heat is upon us and, while splashing in a pool or running through a sprinkler can be fun, it’s nice to take a day and really immerse yourself in the joy of cooling off.  There are water parks across the Inland Empire that are private or government owned, allowing for every way you can imagine to cool off, from sliding down a water slide, catching a wave in a wave pool or being splashed with 100 gallons of water at a play area.

 

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Water Parks

Castle Park’s Buccaneer Cove has a five-level structure of wet fun, including several slides, spray fountains and a splash bucket. There are several ticket options available, from just Buccaneer Cove entry at $13 to also including mini golf and the theme park rides at Castle Park in Riverside. Season passes are available, pay to park.

The Cove Waterpark has a surf area, never-ending river, slides and an aquatic play structure. Cabanas and swim lessons available, as well as week-long day camps including swim lessons. Waterpark is open 7 days a week through mid-August, then weekends through mid-September. General admission is $18, 36-47” tall is $14, and $9 for guests 30-35” tall. The Cove Waterpark is at 4310 El Camino Real in Riverside.

Dropzone Waterpark is home to slides, a continuous river, multistory water activity area, and a splash pad with ‘geysers’ for little children. Swim classes available. Park is open most days through August and weekends in September. Admission is $18 for general admission, junior admission for kids 36-41” tall is $14,  and tots 30-35” tall is $9. Annual passes available for $53 and $47. Dropzone Waterpark  is at 2165 Trumble Road in Perris.

Mulligans in Murietta has a splash zone and water slides, making it very family friendly as kids can play around in the zero-depth area. Tickets for the water park are $15, or add on rides, mini golf and more for $24.

Pyrite Rapids Waterpark at Fiesta Village in Colton  has a double tube slide, a body slide and one that sends you off with a gush of water. Passes are available just for the water park-  under  48” is $11, over 48” is $15. Or stay and play miniature golf, ride amusement park rides or go roller skating.

Splash Kingdom Waterpark in Redlands offers several slides, a lazy river, kiddie pool and wave pool. . Other park options include trampoline area, arcade, sports bar and more. Splash Kingdom, formerly known as Pharoah’s Lost Kingdom, has offers including water park admission, lunch and trampoline time, as well as a discount for entry after 4 p.m. General admission is $30, with 3-12 year olds $17. Season tickets are available to the waterpark, pay to park.

Wet N’ Wild Palm Springs, formerly Knott’s Soak City, has reopened under a new name this year wit the same variety of rides geared for a little adventure, or for some wet family fun with a interactive play area, lazy river, slides, raft rides and more. During the summer Wet n’ Wild is hosting a series of ‘dive in’ movies July 11 through August 1. General admission is $37, guests 3-11 are $27. Season passes are available, pay to park.

 

Regional Parks

San Bernardino regional parks have a park entrance fee of $8 a vehicle, $10 on weekends and holidays.  Annual passes are available for parking. Check out the regional park swimming schedule for San Bernardino, visit the water park areas or stay all weekend and camp, fish, and enjoy nature at the regional parks. Other rates apply for camping and activities, be sure to reserve your campground.

Cucamonga- Guasti  Regional Park has pedal boat rentals, or a swim lagoon, water slides and zero-depth water play area.  Boat rentals are $10 a half hour, swim entrance is $5 for four years and up, all day swim and waterslides are $10 (waterslide rides are for 48” and up).

Glen Helen Regional Park has waterslides, zero-depth depth play area and lake swimming area.  Swim entrance for ages three and up is is $6 during the week, $8 on weekends and $10 on holidays.

Yucaipa Regional Park has pedal boat rentals for $10 a half hour, lake swimming with a sandy beach and a pair of water slides.  Swim admission is $5 a person, water slides are $2 for a single ride or $10 for a swimming and waterslide day pass.

Lake Gregory has a zero-depth play area, swimming, slides, several boat rental options and an inflatable play area on the water. You can go down the slides for $2 for a single ride, or $7 for a pass. The inflatable play area Splash Island is $7. Annual passes are available for $95 individual, $230 for a family of four.

Riverside County hosts two big waterparks that are controlled by the county of Riverside and full of fun for the entire family.  Check websites for deals, dates and time, as well as safety and dress code information.

 

Have additional parks you would like us to add to the list?  Comment below and let us know!

 

Inland Empire Food Festivals | Tour De Fork At Victoria Gardens

We’re excited to support the 3rd annual Tour de Fork at Victoria Gardens on Thursday, June 11th.  I am sharing the event to support local cuisine and nonprofits.  The Tour de Fork at Victoria Gardens will benefit two local charities, including Rancho Cucamonga Community & Arts Foundation and Rancho Cucamonga Library Foundation.  100 percent of the event proceeds will go directly to these organizations.

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The event provides participants with a great way to enjoy local cuisine and give back to charity.  2015 Tour De Fork event tickets are now on sale.  Tickets are limited to the first 500 people, and must be purchased prior to the event date. Each ticket entitles a guest to unlimited food tastings, as well as five alcoholic beverage tastings.  The theme for the event is EAT, DRINK and GIVE BACK, a great way to encourage others to give back and support local cuisine.

 

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Im looking forward to tasting the menu for N7 Creamery, King’s Fish House and Crepes de Paris.  Can’t wait to taste all the yummy food & spirits.

Ticket pricing is as follows:

  • $40 per ticket if purchased at the Rancho Cucamonga Cultural Center Box Office
  • $42 per ticket if purchased online via paypal
  • $50 per ticket if purchased the week of the event

For event details, participating restaurants and to purchase tickets online visit: Victoria Gardens Buy Your Tour de  Fork page.  You can also RSVP and follow the event on Victoria Gardens Tour de Fork Facebook event.

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Participating restaurants include

Slater’s 50/50

Luna MMK

Blaze Pizza

T.G.I. Friday’s

Crepes de Paris

Lucille’s BBQ

P.F. Chang’s

Corner Bakery

Williams-Sonoma

BRIO

Paul Martin’s

CPK

N7 Creamery

Islamorada

Shakey’s Pizza

No Clue Craft Brewery

Firestone Brewing Co.

Dale Bros. Brewery

Hangar 24

Wicks Brewing

Joseph Filippi Winery

REV Brewing Co.

REV Winery

San Antonio Winery

Wine Tailor

Wilson Creek Winery

Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Disclosure:  This is not a sponsored post.  I received complimentary tickets for me and a guest from Tour de Fork organizers.  All opinions are my own.

Join Us & Win 2 Tickets to SOLD OUT #ColorFunFest 5K in San Bernardino #EPICtour #InlandEmpire

Join me for the Color Fun Fest 5K in San Bernardino.  The festival combines the Holi Festival and electronic dance movement together for the first time with day and night glowing color 5k run.   The event is SOLD out, but we are honored to be able to give away 2 tickets!

Have Fun & Help A Local Inland Empire Non Profit

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Free Arts For Abused Children to help them prepare for their summer art camp. Another nonprofit benefitting from the event is called Flight Light For Cystic Fibrosis.  Founder Vincent Palacio is a skydiving instructor that also happens to have CF. The  organization gives children with Cystic Fibrosis a chance to feel alive by experiencing the incredible feeling of skydiving through wind tunnels and jumps. The mission of this program is to show these kids how to overcome fears and feel hope, bonding families and encouraging healthy living, which is vitally necessary for a person with Cystic Fibrosis.

Additional Details

What:  Color Run Fun Fest San Bernardino

Where:  NOS Center in San Bernardino

When:   Saturday May 10, 2014

HashTags to Follow:  #ColorFunFest #EPICtour

 

To celebrate the Color Fun Fest is offering one of my readers 2 tickets.  You have the opportunity to win it by participating in the giveaway below:

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We’re looking forward to attending the afternoon run with our friends and family!  Hope to see you there!


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