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.

Things To Do With Dad In Southern California

Father’s Day is a time where we honor our father’s and husbands for being wonderful dads.  In Southern California there are a lot of fun things to do with dad, including classic car shows, parks, fishing and dining.   We compiled this list as a reference for things to do with dad.  In honor of dad, we’ll update this list periodically throughout the year.

 

Celebrating Cars With Dad

  • Annual Father’s Day Car Show:  (Murrieta, CA) Father’s Day Cal Oaks Sports Park in Murrieta, CA.  6:30am-2pm.  There will be over 300 classic and specialty vehicles as well as food and business vendors.  40 Trophies will be awarded to ‘Dads Top 40′ vehicles of the show in addition to ‘Mayors Choice’ and ‘Best in Show.’ The vehicle that wins the Best in Show will be featured on all of next years promotional material.   If you have never been, you need to check it out!
  • Concours d’Elegance Beverly Hills Luxury Car Show: (Beverly Hills, CA) The Rodeo Drive Committee, in conjunction with the city of Beverly Hills, presents the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance every year on Father’s Day. Each year a theme is selected to feature the superb combination of rare automobiles and motorcycles highlighting the past, present and future at the crossroads of fashion, design and entertainment. This year’s selected theme is “Highways to Heaven” to honor Route 66, Autobahn and Autostrade. Tip Courtesy of The Beverly Hills Mom.
  • Autoclub Speedway (Fontana, CA):  The Auto Club Speedway in Fontana has several fun events throughout the year including the Auto Club 400 and upcoming Historic Sports Car Festival to celebrate Ford Mustang’s 50th anniversary.  You can also get dad a gift for a Nascar race car driving experience. Vroooom!

 

Dining With Dad

  • Mariposa’s Temecula:  (Temecula, CA & San Diego, CA) Want to make dad smile?  Take him to Mariposa’s in Temecula!  The family owned ice cream joint showcases homemade ice cream in various flavors.  The menu changes several times throughout the year.  The ice cream recipes have been passed down for several generations for ice cream enthusiasts to enjoy for years to come.  While you are there, make sure to check out the sports collectibles and autographed photos.  Word around town is that famous people visit this place!  Address: 29073 Overland Drive, Suite C, Temecula, California  Address:  3450 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
  • Mad Madeline’s Grill in Old Town Temecula (Temecula, CA):  Old Town Temecula has several historical places and small town charm.  Visit Old town with dad and enjoy a hamburger at Mad Madeline’s Grill and walk throughout the historic district with dad.  You will be sure to spot a classic cars or cool motorcylces during your stroll with dad. Address: 8495 Old Town Front St, Temecula, CA 92590
  • Al’s Beef (Chino, CA & Alhambra, CA):  Al’s Beef serves the best Chicago Beef sandwiches and cheese fries.  If your dad is from Chicago or the East Coast he is going to love this place.   We love it, so make sure to take dad there too!

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Fishing, Hiking and Boating With Dad

  • Lake Cuyamaca (Julian, CA): Visit Lake Cuyamaca with dad for boating, fishing, camping and bird watching.
  • Lake Perris (Perris, CA):  Visit Lake Perris with dad for a walk, boat ride, picnic, horseback riding or to go fishing!
  • Santa Rosa Plateau (Murrieta, CA):   Take dad on a hiking trip at Santa Rosa Plateau. There are several walking trails, biking trails and hiking trails for all levels of nature enthusiasts.
  • Lake Skinner (Winchester, CA):  With 1400 acres of water supplied by the Colorado river and 241 campgrounds, Lake Skinner is an outdoor enthusiasts dream.  There is several recreational facilities including bird watching, fishing and picnic areas.  The park also offers a newly installed splash pad and camp store.

Roadtrip With Dad

  • Riley’s Farms (Oak Glen, CA):  Oak Glen is famous for its apple orchards and ranches.  Plan a trip with dad to pick apples and visit the local area.  One of our favorite places is Riley’s Farms for its colonial atmosphere. You can explore colonial farm life, visit a living colonial farm and participate in a reenactment of the revolutionary war.   Riley’s farm also serves the best chicken pot pie in Inland Empire.

 

 

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San Diego Japanese Garden Cherry Blossom Festival

Updated 3/4/2015

I love Japanese Art & Culture and spend several weekends throughout the year visiting Art Exhibits and Gardens.   We spent an afternoon at the San Diego Japanese Friendship Garden to celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival.

 

The Cherry Blossoms are beautiful and in full bloom!     There are about 150 Cherry Blossom Trees in the 9 acre expansion of the San Diego Japanese Garden.


Several volunteers and performers from around the community dressed in traditional clothing to showcase the arts, music, street food of Japanese culture.   We started our day off with a traditional Japanese tea and a tour of the grounds.  One of the artists created a beautiful cherry blossom bookmark for me.  She shared that the Cherry Blossom is a traditional flower which symbolize transience of life.   The color of the flowers also represent simplicity and purity.   I will cherish my custom made bookmark featuring cherry blossoms in a vase.

 

There were several youth throughout the park enjoying the beauty of the Cherry Blossom and celebrating Japanese culture.  We also met up with other friends who also love Japanese culture and met two sweet girls with purple hair.

 

The Cherry Blossoms will be in full bloom thru mid April.  It is definitely a trip to enjoy with a date or as a family.   If you plan on visitining, make sure to arrive early to give you enough time to enjoy the grounds as well and wear a hat to protect you from the sun.   I look forward to visiting the Cherry Blossoms soon!  In the meantime, enjoy these Cherry Blossoms.

 

 

Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego
2215 Pan American Road. E,
San Diego, CA 92101

March 7 & 8, 2015

 

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