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(credit: Legoland California Resort)


There’s no one correct way to celebrate the Fourth of July, especially in Orange County. These California residents honor America’s birthday with concerts, parades and athletic events. In the OC this year, the three-day weekend offers many opportunities for good food and drink. Those with sea legs can even celebrate on the water. Take a look at these five suggestions for you and your family to celebrate this joyous occasion.

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32nd Annual Concert On The Green And Fireworks Festival
Irvine High School Stadium
4321 Walnut Ave
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 724-0488
www.irvinepa.com/news
Date: July 4, 2016 at 3pm

Back again this year, celebrate the 4th of July with great music, food, raffle prizes, and a terrific fireworks display to end the evening. This year, gourmet food trucks, kids activities, a live performance by The Derek Bordeaux Group and more will be on hand for all visitors. Seating within the stadium is available, or sit on the football field with a picnic blanket.

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(credit: Irvine Spectrum)


July 4 Spectacular
Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
8808 Irvine Center Dr.
Irvine, CA 92618
(714) 755-5788
www.pacificsymphony.org
Date: July 4, 2016 at 8pm

Featuring a full orchestra, the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre presents the music of Journey on the holiday. Orange County’s Pacific Symphony will perform “Wheel in the Sky, “Faithfully” and other Journey hits. In the spirit of Independence Day, the orchestra will perform patriotic favorites as well. Fireworks are scheduled at the end of the program to round out the exciting evening.

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(credit: Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)


La Palma’s Fitness Run For Fun
Central Park
7821 Walker St.
La Palma, CA 90623
(714) 690-3350
www.cityoflapalma.org
Date: July 4, 2016 from 7:30am to 10:30am

Though it’s not New Year’s Day, you can make a July 4th resolution to get fit in La Palma this year. The Fitness Run encourages family members, neighbors and friends to run, walk or stroll together on Independence Day. La Palma’s Fitness Run for Fun is more than just another event. In fact, it’s a great opportunity to experience that small town sense of community, and to share quality time with neighbors, friends and family.

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(credit: Joseph Sohm/shutterstock)


4th of July Parade:”Red White and Blue and 25 Too!”

City of Lake Forest
Intersection of Ridge Route and Toledo Way
Lake Forest, CA
(949) 461-3400
www.lakeforestparade.com
Date: July 4, 2016

Lake Forest celebrates the 4th with their annual 4th Of July Parade which begins in front of El Toro High School located at the corner of Toledo Way and Ridge Route Drive. Early birds can stop by the Kiwanis pancake breakfast and watch the participants in the Firecracker 5K Run/Walk. Events include a Kiwanis pancake breakfast, a run/walk, a great parade, and much more.

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(credit: Shelby Barone)


San Juan Capistrano Fourth Of July Celebration
San Juan Capistrano Sports Park
25925 Camino Del Avion
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 493-5911
www.sanjuancapistrano.org
Date: July 4, 2016 from 12pm to 10pm

Celebrate the Fourth of July at the San Juan Capistrano Sports Park this year in San Juan Capistrano. Gates open at 12 p.m and visitors will get to enjoy a full scale 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. Vendors will be selling delicious food, wine, beer and treats, and a show will begin at 6pm before fireworks are set off at 9pm.