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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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Giveaway 1: Holiday handmade Tutu's

Yes, I am crafter. I make Tulle Tutu's for Sale. This holiday season I will be making these beautiful tutu gift packages for sale. I have been cutting and knotting to make beautiful pink girly tutu's for ages zero months up to adult size. Selling these handmade items will help me continue to fund family field trips and this blog. I traditional make them every year around this same time and I sell them around town. This year I am going to sell them online. My hope is to sell enough to help me save for a few want items that are on my wish list. But for now I will be happy if I just sell a few a week.   To get everyone excited about my tutu's I am giving one away this week to a lucky reader. All you have to do is tell me why you want to win one and what size you need it in.   I will randomly pick a winner. Tutu Lengths 0-3 months--- 5 inches 3-6 months--- 6 inches 6-12 months--- 8 inches 12-18 months---8.5 inches 2t------------------10 inches 3t----