I have found the best places to see 4th of July Fireworks in Orange County. Not only are there fireworks, but parades, festivals, 5K runs, and just plain FUN. Find your city below, or search the activities to find out where you want to go. For additional information and full details click on the name of each city.
Anaheim Hills – Canyon High School. A 5K/10K run at 7 a.m. and a pancake breakfast at 7:30, followed by The Yankee Doodle Dog Show and Parade. From there, the party moves to Peralta Park, where you will enjoy countless food vendors and expo booths of local businesses and organizations along with live musical performances. Don’t forget to grab a seat for your family and friends as the night culminates with a spectacular fireworks display at 9:00 p.m. honoring the red white and blue!
Balboa Peninsula/Newport Bay – Newport Landing. There will be three 4th of July Cruises available, including the Firework Spectacular evening cruise. Watch the 4th of July light up the sky. 2 1/2 hour daytime cruise times – 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.. Night time fireworks cruise will run 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $45 per person, for more information or to make reservations call (949)673-1489.
Brea – City Hall Park. Find good times and family fun at the Annual Country Fair on Tuesday, July 4. This traditional celebration includes day-long festivities beginning with the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast from 7:00 a.m. – 11 a.m. The fair officially opens at 9:00 a.m. including FREE entertainment until 3 p.m. with live music, custom car show, kiddie parade, food, games, exhibits, teen fun area, and a market place craft area. Swimming at The Plunge begins at 11:00 a.m. for $2.
Costa Mesa – Pacific Amphitheatre @ OC Fair & Event Center. Celebrate the Fourth with this high-energy tribute to “The Boss,” America’s most iconic singer-songwriter. You’ll be on your feet cheering for such hits as “Born in the USA,” “My Hometown,” and “Hungry Heart.” And no July 4th evening is complete without the holiday traditions of a salute to the U.S. Armed Forces and patriotic favorites, before closing with a brilliant fireworks finale. Tickets start at just $25 for adults and $12.50 for children.
Cypress/Los Alamitos/Rossmoor/Seal Beach – Joint Forces Training Base. Enter through either Lexington or Orangewood Gates, open at 4:00 p.m. Entrance is FREE, parking is $5. Adults must have photo ID to enter (due to security), minors without an I.D. must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Bring your lawn chairs & blankets and enjoy musical entertainment, food court, and vendor booths. Fireworks Show begins promptly at 9:00 p.m.
Dana Point – The Harbor/Doheny State Beach. Stake your place out early for this one. These fireworks are synchronized to a musical score. At 9:00 p.m. tune your radio to 88.5 FM, look up into the sky and enjoy the full experience! Due to the popularity of this event, FREE shuttles are offered in the area from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Cruises are also offered through Dana Wharf Sport Fishing for a fee. Click here for more info or call (949) 248-3530.
Fullerton – Fullerton High School Stadium. Admission is FREE and the festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. There will be live music and some additional activities which may have nominal fees. Food is reasonably priced and offered by local charity organizations. Fireworks begin at 9:00 p.m.
Huntington Beach – Pier Plaza Festival. The tradition began on July 4, 1904 and is now a three day festival. This year it runs from July 2 – 4 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and includes live entertainment, exhibitors, food vendors, family activities and celebrity appearances. On the 4th there will be a parade, pancake breakfast, and a 5K Run all ending with Fireworks over the ocean at 9:00 p.m.
Irvine – Pretend City Children’s Museum. July 3 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Activities include story time, smart art ‘fireworks’, design their own flag, then head down the Orange Plaza in a parade home. Festivities and crafts are included in museum admission. Click here for full details.
33rd Annual Concert on the Green and Fireworks @ Irvine High School hosted by Irvine Police Association. Featuring live music, food court, games, prizes, bounce houses, and gourmet food trucks with food for purchase. Gates open at 3:00 p.m., don’t forget your blankets and chairs. Fireworks will begin at 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 per adult and $10 per child/senior or a family package is only $50 for 2 adults and up to 4 children. Click here for full details.
Laguna Hills – Laguna Hills Community Center. Festivities start at 4:00 p.m. and will include carnival rides and games, live music, patriotic crafts, and face painting. Food, drink, and ride tickets will be available for purchase. Seating isn’t provided so don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs and umbrellas. The celebration concludes that evening with a Mayor’s welcome at 9:00 p.m. and a fabulous Fireworks show at 9:10.
Laguna Niguel – Crown Valley Community Park. Enjoy the 4th of July with a FREE concert and fireworks show. Celebrate 70’s style with a performance by Mirage (Fleetwood Mac Tribute) from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Enjoy the music in the amphitheater with food available for purchase from The Cut and Sweet Suite Dessert Truck. After the concert walk over to Laguna Niguel Regional Park for a Fireworks Spectacular Over the Lake at 9:00 p.m. Bring your blankets, low chairs, and a flashlight then sit back and watch the show.
La Habra – La Habra High School. The City of La Habra boasts some of the best 4th of July Fireworks in Orange County. In addition, the event includes live music (by Soto), carnival games, face painting, raffles as well as food and general merchandise vendors. Wristbands for the event are only $5 for Adults and $3 for Children (3-12 yrs). Under 3 are FREE.
Lake Forest – Toledo Way and Ridge Route. The City of Lake Forest 4th of July Parade: “Let Freedom Ring!” The parade starts at 10:00 a.m. and ends around noon. Parking is available in the El Toro High School back lot.
Mission Viejo – Olympiad Road at Lake Mission Viejo. Join us for our Annual Street Faire and Fireworks Spectacular. The fun begins at 12:00 noon with live entertainment on the Main Stage and youth bands performing on our Freedom Stage. There will be rides for the kiddies to enjoy as well as food and game booths operated by local service groups to delight your taste buds. There will also be over 30 craft and gift booths. Admission is FREE with tickets being sold for games and rides. For your convenience, a FREE shuttle will operate from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. with 12 clearly marked stops located around Lake Mission Viejo. The sky will sparkle at 9:00 p.m. for the fireworks spectacular. Don’t miss out on the good old fashion fun.
San Clemente – the Pier. The City of San Clemente continues its annual tradition with a 4th of July Fireworks Show beginning at 9:00 p.m. The fireworks display can be seen from many beaches and hilltop areas. The entire Pier will close on July 4th at 8:00 a.m. in preparation.
San Juan Capistrano – The Sports Park. Come early and bring the kids to the Fourth of July Carnival that opens at 12:00 noon. Festivities include FREE picnic games for the entire family and make sure to take a ride on the freedom train for FREE. Live entertainment kicks off at 6:00 p.m. with local band Family Style. Local business will offer great food fare and for those 21 and older there will be a beer and wine garden. Carnival rides require the purchase of a wrist band or tickets. Bring chairs and blankets and stay for the fireworks display at 9:00 p.m.
Santa Ana – Centennial Park. The city of Santa Ana will celebrate Independence Day fireworks at 9:00 p.m. The celebration begins at 4:00 p.m. with live music, a kids’ zone play area, face painting, food, a cannon exhibition and a History Walk. Activities close at 8:00 p.m. Bring your own lawn chair and blanket.
Tustin – Tustin High School. Admission is FREE. Event begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes a live performance by ‘Yard Sale’. Arrive early, bring a blanket and have a picnic on the grass. Barbeque, drinks, and snacks will be on sale courtesy of Tustin High Boosters. Operation Warm Wishes will be collecting non-perishable food items for homeless Veterans. Fireworks begin at 9:00 p.m.
Yorba Linda – Veterans Park/YL Middle School. Join the City of Yorba Linda for their 4th of July Spectacular. From 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. come enjoy live music, food vendors, family activities and a Kids Fun Zone with FREE game booths, activities and face painting. All followed by the Fireworks Show at 9:00 p.m.