Monday, July 25, 2016

Folk Art and Mexican food at Tio's Tacos in Riverside.

Tio's Tacos in Riverside, CA has amazing folk art made by the owner of the restaurant out of recycled products and is a must visit for its visual and culinary experiences. This amazing restaurant is like nothing we have ever seen. 

Tio's Tacos is small family owned restaurant that is unique in many ways. The food is good and the fruit drinks are delicious.

Unique Folk Art surrounds the entire restaurant  including the walls, walking paths, parking lot and dining areas. There is a small chapel inside the courtyard that is made out of recycled material as well. The restaurant is located in the heart of Riverside, next door to the police department and a bus depot.  

Enjoy a delicious weekend breakfast or enjoy a cerveza frio y 3 tacos con todo (for you gringos...a cold beer and 3 tacos with everything) for lunch.  Nightly events get happy hour a buzz where good music, great friends and amazing food all join together for an evening of splender.

Try specialities like ceviche, cocktail de cameron, fish tacos, carnitas, carnesada as well as fresh, hand made fruit juices and margaritas.  Everything is delicious on their menu...Meet us there this weekend, you won't be disappointed.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, King of the Missions.

Travel to San Diego and experience a piece of history. California is home to 21 Spanish Missions that were instrumental in changing history. One of them is Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, which is considered the king mission. Between 1769 and 1833, Spain established Catholic outposts known as Missions to introduce Christianity to the Native Americans. Today, we can visit this historical place and take a peek into the past.

Mission San Luis Rey de Francia is located 4050 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA 92057.

What you should know before you visit.

History: Mission San Luis Rey de Francia in Oceanside (San Diego) -SECULARIZATION IN THEORY AND PRACTICE. The first Spanish Franciscans to enter Upper California had intended to turn the local hunter-gatherer people into farmers, ranchers, craftsmen, and faithful practicing Catholic Christians. From the Franciscan point of view, mission lands and other secular properties were being held in trust until such time as the Indians became “people of reason” and full citizens of the Spanish Empire. The promise that mission lands would be returned to the Indians was codified by decree of the Spanish Cortes in 1813. That promise was also implied in a number of laws passed by the Mexican government in the 1820s and 1830s. 
Walking through this holy site you can feel the past wanting to be uncovered. The cemetery is located next door to the church. As you walk inside the cemetery, you can see the names of the past residents who once cared for the mission. The dates on some of the headstones date back to 1830. Among the buried are many Native Americans who lived inside the mission. It is a beautiful place, yet you could feel the sadness. Downhill from the Mission, you will find the Lavanderia. Native Americans would use this station for laundry washing, and watering the fields and gardens. They hosted a water system that sustained the entire mission.
Within the Lavanderia, there remains many reminders of the early California's. We found fruit trees, cactus and other plants that might have been used as a food source for the Native Americans and the Catholic priests / Franciscan. 
The Native American tribes that lived in the area were the Shoshone/ Luiseño & Diegueño Mission Indians / Native Americans. In the museum, you will find many artifacts that remain as reminders of the work these Native Americans were tasked to do. Building, cooking and maintaining the grounds was the responsibility of the Native Americans. They were also instrumental in keep outsiders from invading the area. 

CREDIT: "Shoshone or snake Chief / Carter's View Emporium, East Temple Street, Salt Lake City." [between 1867 and 1896]. History of the American West, 1860-1920: Photographs from the Collection of the Denver Public Library from the Library of Congress. Reproduction Number: X-32320 

The mission serves as great reminder of our California history. Today, you can visit the mission and even go on retreat. The mission hosts many events including a Pow Wow. It is a great place to spend a Saturday wondering the grounds and remembering the people that made history. If you visit remember to pack a picnic lunch and bring cash for the museum. Enjoy your adventure and travel often. 

Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Last self-guided tour begins at 4:30 p.m. 

Adults $7
Seniors (65+) $5
Youth (ages 6-18) $3
Active Military and dependents, free of charge
Ages 5 & under, free of charge 
Disclaimer: Not a sponsored post. All thoughts and ideas are all my own.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Anaheim Packing District near Disneyland.

Anaheim Packing District offers food experiences like no other in Orange County. Here, you can find Grill Cheese sandwiches, Comfort Foods, Vietnamese Summer Rolls and Mexican street tacos. It reminded us of vintage Los Angeles because of the boutique style eateries. Walking through the  Anaheim Packing District, we could see large seating areas filled with people eating and socializing. Locals come to find bites that remind them of home cooking. Others visit to try fancy drinks and gelato.  The Snow Monster offers teas and lemonades with cotton candy. Pop Bar offers gelato on a stick which reminds me of Mexican Paletas covered in chocolate and other toppings. These two places are very popular with the young at heart. 

Located: 440 South Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805.
We suggest that you walk around and take a peek before choosing a place to eat. Try several places, we suggest that you order family style and share. We did on our visit and it proved to be a very good experience. There were no left overs and the entire family had a unique foodie adventure.

The OC Register says:"The Anaheim Packing District is an open, airy culinary marketplace with soaring ceilings and suspended air plants. The renovated citrus processing plant is 42,000-square-feet. The building was restored using $9 million in redevelopment funds."

Restaurants at the Packing House and their website to help plan your visit. 
History: In 1915, there were over 20,000 acres of orange groves in Orange County. By 1936, Orange County supplied approximately one-six of the nation's Oranges - Valencia crop. Orange County once hosted over five million citrus trees that included Lemons, grapefruit and limes. When you visit Anaheim Packing District look for the railroad tracks that carried citrus gold. Have fun in your travels!!!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Cutting the Cord from Cable TV

This past Christmas, I decided there was plenty of options for television and started looking into cutting our reliance on cable TV.  You know, that $150 -$200 dollar expense every month that is similar to your daily fix, also known as a large Mocha Latte for $4.95 / day.
Photo credit: Roku
Our family is locked into the Cox Communications family because of our location.  Unfortunately, there are no other competitors to provide even an ounce of savings to subscribers locally.  My guess is you are a family member to Time Warner, U-Verse, Cox, Dish or Direct TV or if outside of California, you have one service provider for your city.  All of these companies look forward to creating a bundle package including high speed Internet and Phone services in order to increase revenue.  These companies coax you in by offering you a deeply discounted monthly rate for bundling these services for 1 year however lock you in for a 2 year commitment.  On the 13th month of your contract however, the monthly service fee doubles. As a result of many years of paying ridiculous cable bills, I decided to start looking around for options.

In the past, options have been limited however shifts in programming are helping consumers more and more.  We invested in two Roku boxes for both of our TVs then purchased monthly subscriptions to Netflix and Hulu.  We went out to purchase an indoor amplified TV antenna however we are too far away from the towers to easily obtain local HD programming over the air waves.  Instead of installing an outdoor antenna, we continued paying our cable company for services.  Soon, we found ourselves reaching for the Roku remote more and more accessing last weeks TV episodes on Hulu by ABC, NBC, and CBS and getting extremely invested in Netflix Original Programming like Longmire, Bloodline and more.  Don't get me wrong, we still used our cable box for our favorites like Family Feud and reruns of Mike and Molly on channel 9.  And who could miss, Judge Judy and The Peoples Court!  Not us!!! is an exciting day for the tech geek I am.  Alma just looks at me with a "What is your problem!" kind of stare, but I have learn to move past it continuing with my excited "boy with a new toy" demeanor.  Sony PlayStation has release in the greater Los Angeles area, check your area for availability, PlayStation Vue.  Vue is Live TV and host to previously run episodes of all of your favorite cable TV channels / shows for a very affordable price, Pricing is as follows, 60 channels for $40, 75 channels for $45 and 100 channels for $55.  For sometime now, the only way your could access VUE was through your Sony PlayStation system.  However, the price is not the only exciting piece of this story....NOW everyone can access PlayStation VUE through their Roku and Android applications.  Additional devices include Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Chromecast, IPad, and IPhone.  A High Speed Internet connection is required and you should check with your service provider on download speeds to ensure you have enough bandwidth to be able to access TV on all of your devices.  Take into account your children may be on the internet doing homework or playing video games while your wife watches The Shahs of Sunset in the family room and you watch The Olympic Games in Rio.

I can tell you this, we just started our 7 day free trial of PlayStation Vue and it is great.  You can watch live TV or scroll through your favorite programs for an episode you missed last week.  Do you have a new show that you haven't seen but your co-workers are talking about?  Start at season one and catch up with your friends using Play Station Vue.  There are add on options including Showtime, Epix and other add ons available for an additional charge. 

Guess where I will be this weekend?  "HELLO COX! HERE ARE YOUR CABLE BOXES!  I WOULD LIKE TO...."  If you have some favorite shows, enjoy them at your convenience and when your busy schedule allows.  Cut the cable cord and save yourself money with the help of PlayStation Vue!  Start your free trial today at PlayStation Vue.   

Written by guest blogger and partner
Tim Bosek

Disclaimer: No cable boxes were hurt in the making of this post. Personal blog all opinions are all my own. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

4th of July celebrations in Southern California.

We are all saying Happy Birthday America! Find a list of places to go to celebrate the big day.  The year was 1776 when 13 colonies declared independence from the British government. On July 4th, 1776 Democracy was born here in the United States of America. Throughout the years, many have left their homeland to be part of the American dream. The United States is truly a diverse nation made up of dynamic people. This year we will be celebrating 240 years of freedom, democracy and the right to be ourselves without being prosecuted. This year exercise your freedom to travel and enjoy some fun activities on the 4th of July. This list includes Los Angeles, Orange County, San Bernardino County and San Diego places to go to see fireworks.
Amusement Parks: We have many fun places to visit here in Southern California. Often they have some of the best 4th of July celebrations under one roof. Our favorites are Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm because they have great firework displays. **Some venues require advance ticket purchase. Check with the vendor to ensure you have a great time. 
Disneyland 4th of July -Salute the stars and stripes with a special patriotic, pyrotechnic grand finale after the new Disneyland Forever show. Plus, over at Disney California Adventure Park, you can celebrate the United States of America’s birthday with an extra burst of color before each performance of the new World of Color – Celebrate! Military bands will be performing at the Disneyland Resort throughout the weekend. LOCATION: 1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802
Knott's Berry Farm - Offers fireworks display at 9:45 pm with paid admission. Paid admission includes shows, roller coaster rides and many other fun activities for all ages from 0-100 years. Food is not included, but the selection of snacks and meals is abundant. You can also pack your own snacks and drinks. LOCATION: 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620
City and community celebrations: These include beaches, parks and city parades. Bring cash as some of the vendors do not accept debt or credit transactions. Wear sunscreen and comfortable shoes. It is recommended that you bring water and light snacks for some of the activities. All of the activities are outdoors and it promises to be a warm weekend. 
Updated: Los Angeles Fire Department shared their list of professional Fireworks show: 

July 2

Hollywood - Hollywood Bowl
2301 North Highland Ave.
Celebrate Independence Day with the legendary rock ’n’ roll band with horns: Chicago! One of America’s most popular rock bands, the Grammy®-winning hit-makers (“Saturday in the Park,” “You’re the Inspiration” and many more) appear on three spectacular evenings featuring patriotic music, thrilling fireworks and more fun.
Saturday July 2, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 3, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, July 4, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Irwindale - Irwindale Speedway
Independence Day fireworks
13300 Live Oak Ave
Night of Destruction presented by Pick Your Part & Seidner’s Collision Centers featuring

Hawaiian Gardens - Pharis Fedde Middle School
21409 Elaine Ave. (Pioneer & 215th St.)
Hawaiian Gardens
9:00 p.m.

Pico Rivera - El Rancho High School
6501 S. Passons
Pico Rivera
9:00 p.m.

Valencia - Six Flags Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway
9:00 p.m.

July 3

Avalon - Two Harbors
Isthmus Cove
9:00 p.m.
For more information, visit:

Cudahy - Cudahy Park
5220 Santa Ana St. (Field that backs up to the Riverbed)
9:00 p.m.

Hollywood - Hollywood Bowl
2301 North Highland Ave.
Celebrate Independence Day with the legendary rock ’n’ roll band with horns: Chicago! One of America’s most popular rock bands, the Grammy®-winning hit-makers (“Saturday in the Park,” “You’re the Inspiration” and many more) appear on three spectacular evenings featuring patriotic music, thrilling fireworks and more fun.

Saturday July 2, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 3, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, July 4, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

La Mirada - La Mirada High School (Soccer Field)
13520 Adelfa Ave.
La Mirada
9:00 p.m.

La Puente - La Puente Park
501 N. Glendora Ave.
La Puente
9:00 p.m.

Norwalk - North City Library - Parking Lot
12350 Imperial Highway
9:00 p.m.

Santa Fe Springs - Los Nietos Park
11143 Charlesworth Road
They City's Independence Day Celebration will be held on Sunday, July 3.
3 p.m. - 9 p.m.
This year's event promises to be a fun-filled extravaganza. Festivities are from 3 - 9 p.m. and include Lulu's Tacos, California's Best kettle Corn, Pinewood Derby races, family games, wading pool, dunk tank, and a cool zone. the Community Horse Shoe Tournament registration begins at 8 a.m. Bring your blankets, chairs and enjoy and enjoy the smooth sounds of Soto from 7 - 9 p.m. followed by the fireworks show. the grand finale will be a spectacular Fireworks Extravaganza at 9 p.m. sharp! For more information on this family event, please call the Parks and Recreation Services Division at 562-863-4896.

Valencia - Six Flags Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway
9:00 p.m.

July 4

Artesia - Artesia Community Park
12000 block of South Street / Elaine
9:00 p.m.

Avalon - Catalina Island 4th of July Parade and Fireworks Show
For details, visit:
9:00 p.m.

Baldwin Park - Sierra Vista High School
3600 Frazier Ave.
Baldwin Park
9:00 p.m.

Calabasas - Calabasas High School
22855 W. Mulholland Hwy.
9:00 p.m.

Cerritos - Cerritos High School
12500 E. 183rd Street
9:00 p.m.

Claremont- Pomona College (Hammer Throw Field)
6th Street / N. Mills
9:00 p.m.

Commerce - Rosewood Park (Parking lot of Youth Center)
2535 Commerce Way
9:00 p.m.

Culver City - West Los Angeles College
9000 Overland Avenue (near Jefferson)
Gates open at 4:00 PM
Suggested onation to enter.....$5.00/person | Kids under age 5 - $0.00
The suggested donation for a carload of 4 or more guests is $30.00. That covers parking and entrance. If you can squeeze 6 in your car, you SAVE $10.00 on entrance!!
There is a second entrance at 10100 Jefferson.
In addition to fireworks:
• Carnival Games
• Great Live Music by "Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps"
• Raffle (prizes include a big screen TV, luxury condo stay in Las Vegas, and aerial tour of Los Angeles)
• Lots of Food Trucks

Diamond Bar - Diamond Bar High School - Baseball Field
21400 E. Pathfinder Rd. (Pathfinder & Brea Canyon)
Diamond Bar
9:00 p.m.

Downey - Downey High School Stadium
11040 Brookshire Ave.
Freedom Fireworks Festival l 6 PM to 9 PM

Gardena - Rowley Park (Baseball Field)
13220 S. Van Ness Ave.
9:00 p.m.

San Fernando Valley -Hansen Dam
11770 Foothill Blvd.
Lake View Terrace
A holiday celebration in the San Fernando Valley featuring music and other live entertainment, food, and fireworks. Take a swim in the 1.5-acre swim lake available for use during the day.
July 4, 10 am – 10:00 pm
Fireworks around 8:30 p.m.

Hollywood-Hollywood Bowl
2301 North Highland Ave.
Celebrate Independence Day with the legendary rock ’n’ roll band with horns: Chicago! One of America’s most popular rock bands, the Grammy®-winning hit-makers (“Saturday in the Park,” “You’re the Inspiration” and many more) appear on three spectacular evenings featuring patriotic music, thrilling fireworks and more fun.

Saturday July 2, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 3, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, July 4, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Huntington Park
Salt Lake Park (Northwest Soccer Field)
3401 E. Florence Blvd.
9:00 p.m.

La Crescenta - Crescenta Valley High School
2900 Community Ave.
The event will be held at the Crescenta Valley High School field Please enter this year's event off of Ramsdell Ave.
The gates will open at 4 p.m., the music starts, the kids are running (yes, we will be having a few bouncies in 2016), the food trucks are cooking and everyone will come in to watch fireworks. The gates will close at 8:30 p.m., so be sure to arrive with plenty of time and then shortly after 9 p.m. the fireworks begin right on cue with the rockets red glare and a fifteen plus minute show lights up the sky.

La Habra - La Habra High School (Baseball Field)
801 Highlander
La Habra
9:00 p.m.

Lancaster - Antelope Valley Fairgrounds
2551 West Ave H
9:30 p.m.
4th of July Celebration!
A show in the sky will celebrate our nations birth. FREE Fireworks Extravaganza* courtesy of Lancaster Auto Mall in conjunction with the City of Lancaster, Showdown Rodeo, Inc. and the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. Immediately following fireworks go to the "after" party and dance to the music.

Lancaster - Lancaster Municipal Stadium
2400 West Ave I
9:00 p.m.

Los Angeles -Grand Park
200 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles
9:00 p.m.

Los Angeles -Exposition Park
3980 Menlo Ave.
Los Angeles
Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. and can be viewed from the South Lawn, in front of the Natural History Museum.

Long Beach - The Queen Mary
1126 Queen's Highway
Long Beach
4th of July aboard the Queen Mary is the ultimate Southern California tradition - a day of entertainment for the whole family ending with a giant fireworks extravaganza. Entertainment begins at 2 p.m. - see you aboard!
Please note: You MUST have an All-American 4th of July ticket to board the ship on July 4th.
For more information or for tickets, visit:

Long Beach - Long Beach Veterans Memorial Stadium
5000 E Lew Davis St.
Long Beach
9:00 p.m.
Veterans Stadium gates will open at 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 4, located at 4901 E. Conant on the Long Beach City College campus. The event is free, but parking near the stadium will be $10 per vehicle.

Lynwood - Lynwood City Park
3700 Beechwood Ave.
9:00 p.m.

Marina Del Rey -Barge off Ballona Creek
Barges off Beaches and Harbor
near Admiralty and Fiji Way
Marina Del Rey
9:00 p.m.

Pacific Palisades - Palisades Charter High School
15777 Bowdoin Street
A concert and fireworks show follows the annual Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade. The parade is free; tickets to see the music and fireworks are $10.
Entertainment 6:30 p.m.
Fireworks 9:00 p.m.

Pasadena - Rose Bowl
1001 Rose Bowl Dr.
2016 marks the 90th year of the Rose Bowl's annual AmericaFest event—a three hour show that culminates in one of the biggest fireworks shows around. This year, the event will include a Beatles tribute, motocross, and a live broadcast from NASA Mission Control as the space shuttle Juno arrives at Jupiter. Tickets start at $13.

Pomona - Pomona Fairplex SOLD OUT - Updated 
1101 W. McKinley
It's the 30th annual fireworks spectacular at Fairplex. Monster trucks and Moto X extreme get the crowd cheering and the stupendous fireworks are the grand finale. It puts the boom in KABOOM! Monster Truck and Big Air Freestyle Motocross 8 p.m.
The Human Cannonball will soar 150 feet through the air to keep the crowd on its feet! Parking is $10 at Gate 17 on Fairplex Dr. (gates open at 5 p.m.)
Combine your fireworks with a buffet - priced $28 to $58
For ticket information, visit:
Box office hours:

Friday, July 1, noon - 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 2, noon - 4 p.m.
Monday, July 4, 10 a.m. until tickets are sold out

Porter Ranch - Shepherd of the Hills Church
19700 Rinaldi Street
Porter Ranch
The Free festival and fireworks show at Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch includes moon bounces and face painting for the children, an outdoor stage show as well as optional food purchases from over a dozen local food vendors; all capped off with a twenty-one-minute aerial fireworks display.
July 4, 4:00 p.m. – 10 p.m., Gates open at 4:00

Redondo Beach - Seaside Lagoon
200 Portofino Way
Redondo Beach
For 2016, this family and kid friendly special event will feature first come, first serve seating throughout the Seaside Lagoon. Bring your beach chairs, blankets and umbrellas (tents are not permitted). All day fun for the kids includes swimming with family in the warm water Lagoon, inflatable slides, arts & crafts, party music from the Live DJ, and a special menu of food and beverages from Ruby’s. You are also welcome to bring your own prepared foods and drinks. The event will be alcohol free; no alcohol sales inside the Lagoon and no outside alcohol will be permitted. We hope you enjoy this safe, family-friendly atmosphere to enjoy the Redondo Beach Independence Day Celebration!

• Gates open at 2:00 p.m.; Fireworks begin at 9:00 p.m.
• Lifeguards on duty
• Bring your own food and beverages
• Alcohol free event
• Bring your beach chairs, blankets and umbrellas. No tents please.

Rosemead - Rosemead Park (Football Field)
9200 Mission Ave. (at Encinitas)
9:00 p.m.

San Pedro - Cabrillo Beach
3800 Stephen M White Dr, San Pedro
For the 66th Annual 4th of July Spectacular

Cabrillo Beach will host a free 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks show.
Noon-10 p.m. Spend the 4th of July with your family and friends and enjoy music, family activities, and of course, fireworks! This free event will take place at Cabrillo Beach, San Pedro, and will include a food truck festival at 2 p.m., along with a fireworks show at 9 p.m. to end the night.

Santa Clarita -Valencia Town Center
Off top of parking structure
26735 Circle Dr.
Santa Clarita
9:15 p.m.

South El Monte - South El Monte High School
1001 N. Durfee Ave.
South El Monte
9:00 p.m.

South Gate - South Gate Park
9615 Pinehurst (Corner of Pinehurst and Tweedy)
South Gate
9:00 p.m.

Stevenson Ranch
Dr. Richard Rioux Memorial Park.
26233 Faulkner Dr.
Stevenson Ranch
9:00 p.m.

Studio City - CBS Studio Center
4024 Radford Ave., Studio City, CA 91604
This is a fun-filled family festival featuring exhibits, music, food, fireworks, a children’s fun zone, and a business exposition in a back lot at CBS Studios.
July 4, 5:00 – 9:30 p.m., gates open at 4:30 p.m. 
Adults $20, Children 6-12 $10, add $20 for rooftop viewing access or pay $100 for VIP tickets.

Valencia - Six Flags Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway
9:00 p.m.

Walnut - Walnut High School 
South end of Baseball Field
21201 La Puente Road
9:00 p.m.

July 10

Agoura Hills
Agoura Hills High School
28545 W. Driver Ave.
9:00 p.m.

Orange County, CA 

Brea -Annual Brea Country Fair Celebration begins 7am - 4pm. Day-long festivities begin with the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at 7 -11 a.m., followed by the Brea Ministerial Association morning service. The fair officially opens at 10 a.m. and free entertainment continues until 4 p.m.
Live musical performances 
. Kiddie Parade, Beautiful Baby and Bow Wow Contests
. Teen Fun Area and Little Kids Fun Area
. Pie Eating and Hula Hoop Contests
. Classic and Custom Car Show
. Market Place shopping area
. $2 swimming at the Plunge (for all ages)
Petting Zoo
. Other activities throughout the park include an antique car display, food and 

game booths, tours of the Brea Museum and Heritage Center and trolley tours of Olinda Oil Museum and Trail and much more.
LOCATION: City Hall Park
401 S. Brea Blvd.
Brea, CA 92821
Fullerton High School 4th of July celebration begins Monday at 5pm and ends at 9:30 after the fireworks. Come for Food, entertainment and fireworks! There will be live music (by Deke Dickerson and the Eccofonic) and additional entertainment. NOMINAL FEES MAY APPLY for SOME activities (Approximately $2 to $5). Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. and last for approximately 20 minutes. All food is reasonably priced, and is being offered by local charity organizations. No alcohol is served or allowed in the area. All coolers will be checked. No glass containers, no smoking, no umbrellas, and no pets.
LOCATION:Fullerton High School Stadium
201 E Chapman Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832
S/E Corner, Berkeley and Lemon
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point is an all day celebration. Independence day is one of the most popular days for family to come out and spend the day at the beach. You may walk into the park any time during the day with no fee charged. Park hours are 6 AM to 10 PM. Fireworks start at 8:45 PM. Bring a personal FM radio device and listen to the patriotic music accompanying the fireworks on FM 88.5, KSBR. Please remember that no firecrackers or fireworks are permitted in the park, and alcoholic drinking is prohibited.
Location: 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629
Laguna HillsCity of Laguna Hills Fourth of July Celebration starts at 4pm - 9:30pm on July 4th, 2016. Carnival rides and games, live music, patriotic crafts, and face painting will be a part of the celebration along with a fireworks show in the evening. Food, drink, and ride tickets will be available for purchase.

LOCATION: Laguna Hills Community Center
25555 Alicia Parkway
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Lake Forest Parade - Starts 10am -12pm on July 4th, 2016. Fourth of July Parade The celebration will begin on Toledo Way and Ridge Route and will travel along Lake Forest Boulevard turn on Serrano Rd, ending at Dayton Rd. Arrive early and wear sunscreen because it will be hot, hot and very hot! LOCATION: Starts at the corner of Toledo Way and Ridge Route Drive and ends on Serrano at Dayton. Call for more information: 949-461-3450
Gates open at 12:00 p.m. with a carnival offering children and parents plenty of fun. All rides and games require purchase, with the exception of a free mechanical train ride through the Sports Park and good old fashioned family picnic games that all ages can participate in. Organizations, vendors and businesses will be selling great food, wine, beer, sweet treats and goods along with exhibitors. "Family Style" will perform on the main stage at 6:00 p.m. and keep the crowds entertained with music that everyone will enjoy. The evening culminates with a Choreographed Fireworks Display at 9:00 p.m.
Street parking is available along Camino del Avion with additional parking in the Sports Park Complex. No personal fireworks or barbecues will be permitted. Bring your chairs & blankets, Canopies are welcome in the back portion of the sports park.
LOCATION: The Sports Park 
25925 Camino Del Avion 

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

San Bernardino County

San Bernardino County Fireworks:

Lenny Brewster Sports Center
21024 Otoe Road
Apple Valley, CA 92307
Festivities include live entertainment, games, food booths, a beer garden and fireworks. Parking and admission are free
(760) 240-7000

The fireworks are shot off from a barge on the Lake
Show can be seen from any public park or boat on the lake
Fireworks begin at 8:30 p.m.

CHINO HILLS Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Picnic

Big League Dreams Sports Park
16333 Fairfield Ranch Rd.
Chino Hills, CA 91709
Enjoy a parade, live entertainment, water activities, eating contests, food vendors, game booths, crafts, BMX stunt shows, rock climbing and more.
(909) 364-2700

28200 Highway 189
Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352
The annual Lake Arrowhead Fireworks display hosted by the Arrowhead Lake Association.
(909) 337-2595 

280 South E Street
San Bernardino, CA 92401

Baseball game and fireworks July 4
Watch the game then stay for fireworks
Game starts at 7:05 p.m., followed by 4th of July fireworks display Tickets between $5-$15

UPLAND Fireworks
Upland High School Football Stadium
565 W. 11th Street
Upland, CA 91786
Stadium opens at 5:30 p.m., with live entertainment
Fireworks Sky Concert at 9 p.m.
Tickets: $8 per person pre-sale, $10 that day, children 2 and under are free

VICTORVILLE Fireworks after dark on July 4
San Bernardino County Fairgrounds
14800 Seventh St.
Victorville, CA 92395
2 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Enjoy a police and fire rodeo, MMA fights, live music, bounce houses, water slides and much more.
Entry is free, fireworks at dark.
(760) 951-2200

San Diego County:

Location: Multiple Locations along San Diego Bay
Time: 9:00 PM
Take in the largest display in the county, with fireworks launched from four barges strategically placed around North San Diego Bay, they can be seen from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero area and Seaport Village/Coronado Landing. Just find a place along the bay and you will not be disappointed

Sea to Shining Sea 4th of July Fireworks
Location: SeaWorld San Diego - 500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
Time: Fireworks at 9:30 PM
SeaWorld San Diego is excited to light up the sky with an amazing fireworks extravaganza to celebrate the 4th of July.

Location: Ocean Beach Pier at the end of Newport Ave.
Time: 9:00 PM
Spend the day picnicking, swimming in the ocean, walking and playing in the sand and shopping along Newport Ave. Then bundle up as the sun sets and pull up a blanket for a really spectacular fireworks show launched from the OB Pier.

Location: Old Town State Historic Park
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Parade, crafts and activities of early San Diego recreate an old fashioned Independence Day celebrated on the frontier. (no fireworks)

Coronado - 4th of July Celebration in Coronado
Location: Various Locations on Coronado
Time: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Celebrate the 4th of July in the Crown City with a parade down Orange Avenue at 10:00 AM, a concert in Spreckels Park at 4:00 PM and fireworks over Glorietta Bay at 9:00 PM.

Del Mar Fairgrounds - 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, CA 92014
Time: Starts at 9:30 AM, Fireworks at 9:00 PM
Independence Day is one of the best days to come to the Fair, because they pull out all the stops with food, fireworks, entertainment and more.

Location: Ellen Browning Scripps Park, 1180 Coast Boulevard, La Jolla, CA 92037
Time: 9:00 PM
After a day on the beautiful beaches of La Jolla, take in a spectacular set of fireworks with a picturesque background.

Location: LEGOLAND California - One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Time: Fireworks at 8:30 PM
Take the whole family and spend the day enjoying over 60 rides, shows and attractions along with some all-American picnic games like burlap races and water-balloon tosses and then top it off with an awe-inspiring fireworks display set to patriotic music.

Location: 16948 Avenida de Acacias, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091
Date: July 4, 2016
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 P.M.
Pack a few blankets and chairs for Rancho Santa Fe's Annual 4th of July Parade & Picnic with live music, food, fun and more. (no fireworks)

Location: El Corazon Site at Rancho Del Oro Road
Date: July 3, 2016
Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Start off your Independence Day celebration a day early by bringing a beach chair and the whole family to enjoy Oceanside Fireworks Show.

North Inland

Location: California Center for the Arts, Escondido - 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025
Time: Starts at 4:00 PM, Fireworks at 9:00 PM
Join 20,000 patriotic festival-goers for the 53rd Annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks with music, fabulous food vendors, and a wealth of children's activities and games for everyone to enjoy.

Location: Grand Tradition - 220 Grand Tradition Way, Fallbrook, CA 92028
Time: Starts at 4:00 PM, Fireworks at 9:00 PM
Enjoy a day of live entertainment, dancing, kid friendly activities, Launch a Fire-Quacker, rides, food

Location: Grand Tradition - 220 Grand Tradition Way, Fallbrook, CA 92028
Time: Starts at 4:00 PM, Fireworks at 9:00 PM
Enjoy a day of live entertainment, dancing, kid friendly activities, Launch a Fire-Quacker, rides, food and drink, and fireworks!

Location: Mira Mesa Community Park, Mira Mesa Boulevard and New Salem Street, Mira Mesa
Time: Fireworks at 9:00 PM
Come early for the parade and family friendly activities and stay late for the fireworks.

Location: Poway High School Stadium - 15500 Espola Road, Poway, CA 92064
Time: 7:00 to 10:00 PM
Following the Poway Old-Fashioned Fourth of July celebration at Old Poway Park (10:00 AM to 4:00 PM), head to Poway High School for music, more food, glow sticks and fireworks.

Location: Webb Park - Avena Pl And Bernardo Center Dr, Rancho Bernardo, CA 92128
Time: 7:00 AM to 9:30 PM
It's a whole day of fun in Rancho Bernardo with a pancake breakfast; a festival with food, music and games; a parade; and fireworks!

San Marcos 4th of July Celebration
Location: Bradley Park - 465 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd, San Marcos, CA 92078
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Carnival games, jumpers, food and fireworks!

Location: Scripps Ranch Hoyt Park - 10800 Canyon Lake Dr, San Diego, CA 92131
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
As a spectator you can cheer on everyone who is in the parade. But, why not dress up as well and join in the fun? (no fireworks)

Location: Moonlight Amphitheatre - 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, CA 92084
Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM
Celebrate the 4th of July in Vista at the Moonlight Amphitheatre with live music, an honorary ceremony, family fun and fireworks!

Location: 8860 Lawrence Welk Dr, Escondido, CA 92026
Date: July 4, 2016
Time: 4:00 to 9:00 PM
Step Right Up! Spectacular! Spectacular! No words of the vernacular can describe this great event. You'll be filled with wonderment! (no fireworks)

East County
Location: Kennedy Park - 1675 East Madison Avenue, El Cajon, CA 920

East County

Location: Kennedy Park - 1675 East Madison Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92019
Time: 1:00 to 9:30 PM
Enjoy a picnic in sunny San Diego East County and stay for a spectacular fireworks show.

Location: Main Street, Julian, CA 92036
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Julian presents a homegrown event that celebrates the town's gold rush era history, the dedication of veterans and active duty military who serve our country, and local residents who cherish the special qualities of the little town tucked into the Cuyamaca Mountains east of San Diego. (no fireworks)

Location: Town Center Community Park East - 550 Park Center Drive, Santee, CA 92071
Time: 2:30 to 9:30 PM
Rock out with live music, a patriotic ceremony, kid's fun zone and a spectacular fireworks display at Santee Salutes!

Ramona Rotary Community Fireworks and Family Picnic
Location: 1521 Hanson Lane, Ramona, CA 92065
Date: July 4, 2016
Time: 5:30 to 10:00 PM
It's an unforgettable experience when the skies over Ramona explode with color during the annual Ramona Rotary Community Fireworks and Family Picnic on July 4. Old Glory proudly waves, as residents take time to celebrate the Independence Day holiday.

South Bay

Location: 2800 Olympic Parkway, Chula Vista, CA 91915
Date: July 4, 2016
Time: 9:00 PM

Fourth of July fireworks are back in Chula Vista! Free July 4th fireworks at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, set to a custom soundtrack.

Location: Kimball Park - D Ave & E 12th St, National City, CA 91950
Dates: June 30 - July 4, 2016
The National City Host Lions Club invite you to celebrate the 4th of July with a weekend long carnival complete with rides, games, food, fun and fireworks on the 4th of July at 9:00 PM!

Imperial Beach Pier - 10 Evergreen Ave, Imperial Beach, CA 91932
Date: July 4, 2016
Time: 9:00 PM
The City of Imperial Beach will be hosting a fireworks show off the Imperial Beach Pier choreographed to KYXY 96.5 along with eight other shows across San Diego County.

Disclaimer: Not a sponsored post. Information was gathered from city websites and community communication flyers. Check with the city before attending parades and firework celebrations of do's and don'ts. When traveling always check weather conditions and road closures to ensure you have a great experience.


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