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2015 4th of July Events in Orange County

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It’s the 4th of July, and fun family events are happening all around Orange County. Plan a staycation at Hotel Irvine, watch a parade or enjoy delicious food. There is something for everyone to enjoy at one of these 4th of July events in Orange County.


Hotel Irvine
17900 Jamboree Rd.
Irvine, CA 92614

Fourth of July Getaway
Available June 29 to July 5, 2015
Patriotic fun for Hotel Irvine guests include complimentary daily breakfast at Marketplace with morning favorites such as eggs, bacon, sausage and breakfast burritos; everyday poolside merriment with access to the new Wet Bar offering BBQ grilled favorites like burgers, bratwurst and summer salads; and two cocktails at Red Bar and Lounge (suggested July 4th cocktail: The Sparkler made of vodka, homemade sweet & sour and strawberries in a glass rimmed with blue sugar).
Starting at $229 per night Monday through Wednesday or $189 per night Friday through Sunday. Pricing excludes applicable taxes and service charge. For reservations, call 866-396-4201 or visit

Fourth of July Sparklers at Red Bar and Lounge
July 2 to 4, 2015
Toast the long weekend – Thursday through Saturday – with Hotel Irvine’s featured Fourth of July cocktail, The Sparkler. It’s made of vodka, homemade sweet & sour and strawberries in a glass rimmed with blue sugar. $11. It’s sparkling fireworks in a glass!

Fourth of July BBQ To Go at Marketplace
Everyone’s BBQ favorites are prepped, packed and ready for the road! Chef Kevin has created a complete menu to simply pick up, serve up and enjoy. The Fourth of July BBQ To Go includes: BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Citrus Herb Roasted Chicken, Roasted Potatoes, Corn on the Cob, Mac n’ Cheese, Coleslaw, Chilled Grilled Vegetable Salad and Peach Cobbler.

Pricing: $36 for two; $72 for four; $144 for eight; $180 for 10 people. Excludes tax. Orders must be placed 72 hours in advance by emailing [email protected] Pickup will be available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 4.


Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort
1131 Back Bay Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Star-Spangled Groovy Fest

Two stages will be set for 5 different bands who will play from 2 p.m. – 9 p.m. The “throwback” live music fest will feature tribute bands celebrating popular music from the 60s & 70s. Among the other festivities:

Back Bay Bistro Buffet – The critically acclaimed onsite restaurant will offer 2 seatings from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and 7 – 9 p.m. Guests will enjoy salmon, swordfish, chicken, steak and pork right from the grill as well as a seafood station with oysters, shrimp, ceviche and California rolls; a number of selections from the salad bar; turkey breast and New York steak at the carving station; and dessert display featuring apple pie, assorted bunt cakes and frozen delights. ($45 for adults; $22.50 for kids 10 and under).

Moe B’s Aquatic Park — offers a wide range of massive, colorful inflatable amenities from giant icebergs and water trampolines to rock climbing walls and massive teeter-totters. Passes are available — $25 for 2 hours.

Watersport rentals — paddleboats, kayaks, electric boats, hydrobikes, catamarans and stand-up paddleboards are available.

Marketplace rentals — private beachside cabanas, beach umbrellas, fire pits, golf carts, surrey bikes and beach cruisers are available for rent but in limited supply.

Parking is $50 per car. A premiere private viewing area will be available for adults 21 and over for an additional $40 per person and that includes access to the hosted Beer & Wine Garden from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visit or call 949-729-3863 for more information.


The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802
(877) 342-0738

The Queen Mary’s 2015 All-American July 4th Celebration will be a festive all-age party presenting 100 years of American spirit and tradition. The decades will come alive through entertainment, music, activities, food and fun the whole family will enjoy. As night falls, The Queen Mary’s decks will become front row seats to one of the best fireworks shows in Southern California.

A turn-of-the-century Traveling Circus tops the list of attractions and includes vintage performers, carnival games and train rides. Visitors can flap and Lindy Hop through the 1920’s at the Gatsby Garden Party where professional dancers will set the stage. Step into a prohibition speak-easy where a secret password is the ticket to Crazy Rhythm live jazz and cabaret featuring the Satin Dollz. The Queen Mary’s salute to the 1940’s and WWII will showcase Peter Jacobs Wartime Revue and live performances by the USO Dollz and the Swingin’ Hollywood Hot Shots.

The decades roll-on with the Nifty Fifty Drive-In Diner playing authentic 50s jukebox hits, Motor City Magic live on stage paying tribute to Motown’s greatest, the Disco Kings groovin’ through the 70s and a day flow 80s arcade. Round out the century with a 90s laser tag rave and Country music tailgate. Themed dining, era-specific libations, strolling entertainers and family activities add to the All-American 4th of July splendor.

“We’re outdoing ourselves with a Fourth of July Jubilee like no other. The Queen Mary is the only place in Southern California to truly celebrate one hundred years of Americana showcasing the best fireworks show in town,” says Steve Sheldon, Director of Entertainment Events for The Queen Mary. “A legendary floating party through 10 decades, the merriest revue of the century!”

General Admission Adult Tickets are $44 online/$49 walk up and General Admission Child Tickets are $25 online/$29 walk up. VIP tickets for all ages are $99. Upgrades available for exclusive activities. Private Cabanas starting at $99. For complete schedule of activities, pricing, dining options and more information, visit:


Pacific Symphony: July 4th Fireworks & Journey Tribute
Irvine Meadows Amphitheater
Formerly Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8808 Irvine Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618

Faithfully, a tribute to the bestselling ’80s band Journey, adds all-American rock to patriotic favorites from the Pacific Symphony for a July Fourth spectacular to beat the band, followed by a fabulous fireworks display. Enjoy a picnic outdoors at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater, while Faithfully recreates many of the 18 Top 40 hits from the ultrapopular pop-rock group, including “Lights,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Wheel in the Sky,” “Open Arms,” “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” and the hit heard everywhere from The Sopranos to Glee, “Don’t Stop Believin’.” And they’ll be backed by the full force of the Pacific Symphony, conducted by Richard Kaufman. (affiliate link included in this posting)


Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa
25135 Park Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629

All American BBQ Buffet
Saturday, July 4, 2015 – 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Vue patio and lawn seating
Adults: $99.00 – Children ages 6-12: $40.00
Complimentary for children 5 and under
Price includes: tax, gratuity and valet parking

Live Entertainment by: GROOVE ALLSTARS
Theater seating on Del Mar lawn

Summer Salads:
Mixed exotic greens – Heirloom tomato salad and asiago cheese with roasted garlic vinaigrette
Cranberry Cole slaw – Balsamic roasted mushrooms and frisee
Organic fingerlings with pancetta, coriander and manchego cheese
Vine ripened tomatoes and hot house cucumber with lime/orange vinaigrette
From the Grill:
Prime New York steak – Angus burgers or cheese burgers – All American hot dogs
Louisiana style barbequed chicken – Kansas city baby back ribs
El Paso baked beans – Roasted corn con queso – Corn muffins – Buttermilk biscuits – Bread sticks
Gourmet Macaroni and Cheese:
Cook to order with a variety of condiments: Asparagus – Mushrooms – Ham – Scallions
Cheddar, Swiss, Dana bleu or Parmesan cheese
A festive display of cakes, pies, cookies and dessert bars

Iced Tea & Lemonade

For reservations please call Lucy @ 949 487-7516 or the Concierge @ 949 487-7577


Lake Forest 4th of July Parade
Friday, July 4, 2014

Parade Starts at 10:00am
on the Corner of Toledo & Ridge Route
[in front of El Toro High School]
in the City of Lake Forest

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast
In Front of the El Toro High School Gym
25255 Toledo Way
Lake Forest CA

Join Us Before The Parade
For The Annual Kiwanis Club Lake Forest
Pancake Breakfast
Breakfast Served 7:00am to 10:00am

Firecracker 5k Run/Walk
Sponsored by the El Toro High School PSTO
RACE STARTS at 7:30am
To register for this race or for more information
please go to the race website


Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center
29 Santa Barbara Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Celebrate July 4th at the Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center where everyone will get in for $3. The facility, which is flanked by the picturesque golf course and Aliso Viejo Conference Center, will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and feature recreational swim and music throughout the day. The facility is located at 29 Santa Barbara Drive near Golf Drive and Glenwood.

After a fun-filled day at the pool, head over to Grand Park for the Aliso Viejo Community Association’s annual July 4th bash from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Aliso Viejo Town Center on Aliso Creek Road. The event features live entertainment, bounce houses, face painting, games, food for purchase and a spectacular fireworks show.

While you are there, be sure to check out the City’s new Multimedia Public Information Trailer that will be parked next to the park on Grand Avenue from about 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The dynamic trailer is being used as part of an extensive public outreach effort the City is launching to garner community input about the Aliso Viejo Ranch and gain community consensus for the best use for this 7-acre parcel at 100 Park Avenue. Residents can stop by to learn more about the “Revisit the Ranch” campaign and provide input.


YMCA Run for Fun on the 4th

The 37th Annual Run In The Parks will take place on Saturday, July 4th. This 5K run/walk, 10K run and Children’s races benefit is a community tradition that benefits the Y’s scholarship program. Race registration includes a t-shirt, runner or dog goodie bag, pancake breakfast ticket, children’s metals and awards for 1st-3rd place finishers in each division.


Pretend City
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618 United States

Come celebrate USA’s birthday the child’s way! Before the fireworks light up the sky, visit Pretend City as these Independence Day festivities will celebrate life, liberty, and the pursuit of fun! Special events and activities of the day will include:

Smart Art: Patriotic Cap – Red, white, and blue are in fashion today. Children will celebrate this special day by creating their own patriotic hat in the Art Studio.
Simple Science: Pop, Fizz, Crackle! – Fireworks aren’t the only things that will be exploding this holiday. Join us for some cool science experiments that will get your children excited for the real things.
Let’s Move: Red, White, and Blue Tag – Your little one will have fun collecting all the colored tokens in this active game.
Sensational Story Time: The Night Before the Fourth of July is a fun book that captures all the fun, excitement, and pride of the best summer holiday!
Café Creations: American Café will officially open for the summer. This pretend Café exhibit will introduce your child to the different cuisines around our nation.
Join us at 4:50 in the Orange Plaza to show off your child’s stars and stripes as we proudly wave the U.S. flag through the city for our Independence Day Headin’ Home parade.

Grown-up Tip: The Fourth of July involves lots of pageantry. Build your child’s social skills by coordinating a Fourth of July bike parade within your community! Provide red, white and blue balloons, streamers, glitter, and construction paper, and let them decorate their bikes. With their bike “floats,” then stage a parade up and down the block.


Mission Viejo
July 4th Street Faire & Fireworks Spectacular

Held yearly on Olympiad Road and in the area adjoining Lake Mission Viejo, this Faire provides a classic Fourth of July celebration for the city of Mission Viejo. Rides and games enhance an exciting carnival atmosphere for all ages. Local clubs and organizations are invited to set up booths for food, drink, crafts, gifts and games. These booths act as fund raisers for the participating organizations and help make the Faire more enticing to visitors. Free entertainment includes music, dance and comedy for the enjoyment of children and adults alike, with performers drawn from local talent as well as professionals from outside the area. As would be expected for a Fourth of July Faire, the event climaxes at dusk in a spectacular fireworks display.


Dana Point
4th of July Extravaganza

Date: 7/4/2015 9:00 PM
Cost: FREE
Location: Dana Point Harbor
Dana Point , California 92629

Don’t miss one of South Orange County’s best aerial fireworks displays right here in your own back yard! Gather the family and friends, tune your radio to KSBR 88.5FM, look toward the skies over Doheny State Beach and experience this patriotic extravaganza. The fireworks are synchronized to a captivating musical score….if you haven’t heard the music with the fireworks, you’re only getting half the experience! Bring your radio to your favorite viewing spot and tune it to 88.5FM KSBR!


Avoid the traffic jam! If you’re headed to the Harbor to view the fireworks, you’re not alone! Visitors from all over Southern California flock to Dana Point each year for this summer tradition. Local residents are encouraged to bike or walk to their favorite viewing spot to avoid the annual parking difficulties. FREE shuttle buses will make round trips from Dana Hills High School to Dana Point Harbor from 8:00 a.m. to midnight. If you must drive, plan ahead. Parking lots at Doheny State Beach and Dana Point Harbor fill up very early. Personal vehicle access to the harbor closes at 7:30 p.m.; only buses will be allowed in during the closure. Harbor access will reopen after the fireworks show traffic has cleared out (approx. 10:30 p.m.)


Huntington Beach 4th of July

2015 4th of July Events

Lake Park Breakfast 7:00am – 11:00am
Surf City 5K Run & Fitness Expo 7:00am – 12:00pm
111th Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade 10:00am – 12:00pm

3-Day Pier Plaza Festival July 3 – July 5

Pier Plaza Entertainment July 3 – July 5

Fireworks Over the Ocean – 9:00pm July 4 ONLY

Pier Plaza Festival Dates & Times
Friday, July 3 10:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday, July 4 10:00am – 9:30pm
Sunday, July 5 10:00am – 6:00pm

Exhibitors – Food Vendors – Live Entertainment – Family Activities – Surf and Sand

4th of July Merchandise & Tickets
Lake Park Breakfast – $5
Lake Park Bleacher Seating (Parade) – $15 pre-sale, $20 day of parade
Fireworks VIP Seating (Pier) – $10


Old Glory Boat Parade

Newport Harbor

Members – Free
Hosted by Post 291, schedule of activities:

Pancake Breakfast 7-11am
Lunch Buffet 12-5pm
Old Glory Boat Parade 2:30-3:30pm
Dancing with “The Grumps” 1-5pm
Dancing with “Paul Eschelman Quartet” 6-9pm
Fireworks 9-10pm

$10 Breakfast Only (Open to the Public)
$25 Lunch, Dancing & Fireworks
$30 Breakfast, Lunch, Dancing & Fireworks


Harbor Breeze Cruises
100 Aquarium Way, Dock #2
Long Beach, CA 90802
(Adjacent to the Aquarium of the Pacific)
(562) 983-6880

July 3rd
Tickets $30 ages 3 and up – under 3 FREE!
Beat the crowds! Join us for an early fireworks celebration on the waters of Long Beach Harbor. Observe the awe-inspiring firework displays performed around 9 pm in Alamitos Bay area. Start a new tradition to celebrate our nation’s independence early!
July 4th
Tickets $35 dollars ages 3 and up – under 3 FREE!

Join us for a night of family, fun and fireworks!! Harbor Breeze Cruises is hosting our annual 4th of July Celebration on the waters of Long Beach Harbor. Observe the awe-inspiring firework displays performed around 9 pm by the world-renowned Queen Mary cruise ship.
Both Cruises boarding approximately 7:30 pm.
Cruises approximately 2-2 1/2 hrs. in length

Ticket will sell out!


Disney will bring the popular “TRYathlon Road Tour” to families across the country this summer with an 8-city tour kicking off SATURDAY, JULY 4 in Huntington Beach, California. Part of Disney’s “TRYit” campaign designed to inspire kids and families to try a variety of new foods, fun moves and simple ways to be their best, the TRYathlon Road Tour will be held at local family inclusive events throughout the country and feature competitive challenges designed to encourage families to try something new: new foods, new activities, etc. to have a balanced lifestyle.

Saturday, July 4
Huntington Beach 4th of July
Huntington Beach, CA

Disney is bringing their popular “Disney TRYathlon Road Tour” to the Huntington Beach 111th Annual 4th of July Celebration. Disney TRYathlon Road Tour features competitive challenges designed to encourage families to try new foods, fun moves and simple ways to be their best. Challenges include a HOOP IT basketball challenge, PLAY IT soccer goal as well as other custom activity areas. The 2015 tour is sponsored by American Girl, TA & Petro Stopping Centers and T Rowe Price.


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