If you are among the truly fortunate, you get to spend your life, or at least your summer, in Orange County. Of special summer significance is the wealth of annual OC Fourth of July celebrations. The 2012 fireworks were spectacular, and this year, Orange County is again serving up a number of choices for your pyrotechnic viewing pleasure.
109th Huntington Beach 4th of July Celebration
Huntington Beach Pier
325 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Food, fun and a festive street fair welcome visitors to the 109th Huntington Beach 4th of July Celebration. A patriotic fireworks display commences at night, but the celebration itself kicks of at 10 a.m. on Thursday morning. The festivities continue all through the weekend, though the fireworks show will take place on July 4 exclusively.
Disney’s Celebrate America Fireworks Spectacular
1313 S. Harbor Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92802
When seeking family entertainment of the highest caliber (firework cannon reference), Orange County residents and visitors are blessed with the presence and convenience of the Disneyland Resort. Plan to spend the Fourthof July at Disneyland, or anywhere in the vicinity, and treat your family to an unmatched sky show. Within, and really close to the park, thrill to the synchronized exploding balls of colored flame and patriotic musical classics. If the parks aren’t in your plans for the day, the top of a nearby parking structure affords an impressive enough view of a spectacle that Disney does best.
Dana Point’s July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza
Dana Point Harbor
25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629
A fulfilling and beautiful Independence Day awaits you at Dana Point Harbor, the site of the Dana Point July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. Bring a radio, or plant yourselves next to someone who has one, and tune in to KSBR 88.5 FM to experience the synced-up music and brightly colored aerial bombs. A free shuttle from Dana Hills High School to the Extravaganza will be available from 10 a.m. until 11:30 p.m.
Aliso Viejo July 4th Celebration & Fireworks
Aliso Creek Grand Park
6101 City Lights Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
For a delightful, though not overly crowded or crazy Independence Day event and venue, head to Aliso Viejo Grand Park. Beginning at 6 p.m., delight among entertainers, musicians and face painters while you enjoy food, carnival-style games and a bouncy house. Enter or eat your way through the Aliso Viejo Community Association all-American homemade apple pie contest. Proceeds will benefit local non-profit organizations. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Please leave your pets at home.
July 4 Extravaganza – Music of Neil Diamond
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8808 Irvine Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
Orange County’s Pacific Symphony presents the 2013 Summer Festival at Verizon Amphitheater featuring Super Diamond; mankind’s most creatively conceived, if most talented, cover band. Delight to immaculately represented Neil Diamond classics combined with patriotic classics with a dramatic Fourth of July fireworks finale. Gates open at 6 p.m. for picnicking. Food and beverage may be purchased or bring your own to the amphitheater. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended.
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