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The 4th of July is always a good celebration. However, you can’t be blamed if you’d rather celebrate the occasion at a restaurant rather than in a park with a huge crowd of people. After all, while you’ll be able to hear the fireworks, a restaurant will be quieter than a big open area. For a good place to celebrate Independence Day without being part of a giant crowd, try these local eateries offering a view of the fireworks.
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(credit: Lilly G./Yelp)


SOL Cocina
251 Pacific Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 675-9800
www.solcocina.com

SOL has a tremendous waterfront location that is perfect for seeing the fireworks. First, there’s something magical about dining so close to the water. Second, it’s even more magical when you see fireworks both in the sky and reflected in the water. In addition, while you’re enjoying the show here, you can also nosh on some great Mexican food, including tacos and amazing seafood dishes. Not to mention you can get a tremendous margarita here. All in all, this is a great atmosphere for enjoying the festivities.

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The Winery
3131 W. Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 999-6622
thewinerynewport.com

Newport Beach’s The Winery is a great place to escape the crowds that are sure to be out watching the fireworks in Newport. The setting here is amazing, and you’ll probably get hooked on watching the fireworks over the water here. While you watch the patriotic display, enjoy some incredible entrees like the jumbo Maine scallops and wild white shrimp, and of course a vast selection of great wines. This is a tough place to beat for an enjoyable 4th of July experience away from the crowds.

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(credit: Suzanne W./Yelp)


Rooftop Lounge
La Casa del Camino Hotel
1289 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 497-2446
www.rooftoplagunabeach.com

Technically, the Rooftop Lounge is not a restaurant, but it’s hard to beat the views this lounge boasts. Overlooking the water in Laguna Beach, it’s definitely a great place to watch a sunset and is also a great place to watch fireworks this year. To make the setting even better, make sure you treat yourself to one of the famous mojitos here. Available in a variety of flavors, they are known to the staff here as “a vacation in a glass.”

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Orange Hill Restaurant
6410 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92869
(714) 997-2910
www.theorangehillrestaurant.com/home

When you watch a movie and the director wants to show a panorama of the city of Los Angeles, he’ll shoot it from Mulholland. If a director wanted the same sort of panoramic view of Orange County, he would probably shoot at Orange Hill Restaurant. The restaurant offers beautiful sweeping views of most of the county, and you can bet you’ll be able to see the fireworks in a lot of different cities from here. This restaurant also offers a great selection of steaks, chops, and salads. 

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Orange County Mining Company
10000 S. Crawford Canyon Road
North Tustin, CA 92705
(714) 997-7411
www.orangecountyminingco.com

Offering stellar views of parts of north Orange County, the setting at Orange County Mining Company is just part of the charm here. With an ambiance that has some amazing charm of its own, it is definitely one of a kind – especially in Orange County. While you enjoy the views and fireworks, you’ll also be able to enjoy some great steak and seafood. A Fourth of July dinner here is sure to be a memorable outing.

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Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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