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4th of July events in Orange County 2023

4th of July events in Orange County are back! There’s tons of fun things to see, eat and do this July 4th and we’re happy to be rounding up as many events as we could find for you.

This Orange County 4th of July events list is organized by city and noted where the entrance are FREE. Use it as a jumping off point to celebrate July 4th in Orange County and choose a few Fourth of July events to attend.

We put together so many July 4th events including fireworks shows, parades, and pop-ups. Scroll down and let us know in the comments which one is your favorite!

p.s. If you’re looking for more fun things to do in Orange County this Summer, check out our Orange County Summer movies guide!

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Buying fireworks in Orange County

Safe and Sane Fireworks are allowed in certain Orange County cities with restrictions. And I’m sure you’ll see these stands popping up everywhere.

Some fireworks sales begin before July 1st and all end July 4th. You can find a fireworks location near you in Orange County here. These fireworks do not fly into the air or explode.

The fireworks must be approved by the CA State Fire Marshal and each city has designated times in which fireworks can be discharged. Here is a list of the communities in Orange County that permit the sale and use of state-approved fireworks each 4th of July :

  • Anaheim: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm (No fireworks in East Anaheim)
  • Buena Park: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Costa Mesa: 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm on July 2 – July 4
  • Fullerton: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Garden Grove: 10:00 am-10:00 pm 
  • Huntington Beach: Noon-10:00 pm 
  • Santa Ana: July 1st Noon-10:00 pm; July 2nd & 3rd 10:00 am – 10:00 pm; July 4th 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Stanton: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Villa Park: Noon – 10:00 pm
  • Westminster: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

OC 4th of July fireworks, parades and events

4th of July parades in Aliso Viejo

FREE 4th of July Community Parade & Celebration
Aliso Viejo Ranch | July 4, 2023
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Grand Avenue will be closed from City Lights Drive to Vantis on the day of the event from 5:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. for ALL traffic – this includes bikes, cars and pedestrians.

Live performance from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Community Booths – Children’s Crafts – Face Painting – Balloon Twisters – Airbrush Tattoo Artists – Carnival Games

Low-level fireworks show will start at approximately 9:00 p.m.

4th of July celebration in Anaheim Hills

FREE 4th of July Celebration | July 4, 2023
Peralta Park
7:00 am 4th of July 5k/10k race | 9:00 pm Fireworks
Anaheim Hills 4th of July Celebration returns this year. The day will kick off with a firecracker 5k/10k run and Yankee doodle dog show. The afternoon will be filled with a patriotic parade, food vendors and live entertainment. The day will wrap up with a spectacular fireworks show.

4th of July celebration in Brea

FREE Brea’s July 4th County Fair | July 4, 2023
City Hall Park
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Come celebrate our Nation’s independence at Brea’s Annual Country Fair full of patriotic festivities. The fair opens at 9:00 a.m. and continues until 3:00 p.m. with live entertainment, kiddie parade, dog parade, classic car show, food, games, exhibits, and Market Place area featuring handmade gifts.

4th of July fireworks in Buena Park

INCLUDED WITH ADMISSION TICKET July 4th Fireworks | July 2-4, 2023
Knott’s Berry Farm
9:30 pm
Don’t miss the lighting of the historic “K” tower followed by their dazzling Independence Day fireworks show where you can witness an exhilarating fanfare of radiant bursts and brilliant shimmers. To enjoy the firework presentation, please see the map guide for the best available viewing areas.
Knott’s Berry Farm Admission or Season Pass with a reservation is required.

4th of July fireworks in Costa Mesa

FREE Independence Day Celebration | July 4, 2023
OC Fairgrounds
5:00-11:00 pm | 9:30 pm fireworks
Tijuana Dogs and 80’Z All-Stars to perform. Will also feature activities for families and contests for all ages. 

4th of July fireworks in Dana Point

FREE 4th of July Fireworks | July 4, 2023
Doheny State Beach
9:00 pm fireworks
Fireworks are shot from a barge located off Doheny State Beach. Listen to music during the show on Spotify: bit.ly/DPFireworks

4th of July flyover in Dana Point
FREE 4th of July Condor Squadron Flyover | July 4, 2023
5:55-6:00 pm
Prior to the fireworks display the Condor Squadron, consisting of WWII North American AT-6 airplanes, will be making a flyover Dana Point from 5:55pm to 6:00pm, so look to the skies for this annual tradition.

4th of July fun runs in Huntington Beach

$50 Surf City 5K Run | July 4, 2023
Huntington Central Park
7:00 am, 8:00 am, 8:15 am, and 9:00 am start times
Early Riser? Participate in the return of the Surf City Run 5K race at the City of Huntington Beach’s 4th of July Celebration.

The 5K Run accepts registrations exclusively online, now through July 2, 2022 at 9 p.m. All online registrations will be confirmed online with a QR code sent via email. After the online cutoff, runners still have an opportunity to register onsite at the race course on July 4th. The run will take place along a pre-designed course through Huntington Central Park, starting and finishing at the Huntington Beach Central Library.

4th of July parade in Huntington Beach
FREE Neighborhood Parade | July 4, 2023
PCH and Main Street
10:00 am
Watch the biggest Fourth of July Parade west of the Mississippi River on the 4th of July at 10 AM. Local businesses, classic cars, the Huntington Beach High School Cheerleaders, the Huntington Beach Mayor, and more put on a show for residents and visitors alike on the Fourth of July. The 2.5-mile route starts on Pacific Coast Highway and makes its way past the Huntington Beach Pier and onto Main Street. 

4th of July fireworks in Huntington Beach
$25 Fireworks Over the Ocean | July 4, 2023
Huntington Beach Pier
9:00 pm fireworks
Visit the world-famous Huntington Beach Pier to enjoy the grand finale of this year’s holiday celebration

Tickets are required for ages 4+. Children under 4 must be seated on an adult lap. All attendees under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

4th of July fun runs in Irvine

$35 4th of July-Red, White, & Blue
Irvine Valley College | July 4, 2023
8:00 am (Race Day Registration :  6:45am to 8am)
Every participant receives:
– Custom Cast Finishers Medal (great addition to your collection!)
– 4th of July designed front and back custom shirt
– A Chip time and a custom race bib
– Water and fruit at the finish line. Strawberry short cakes served!
– Chance for Age division awards and overall Trophies
– A 4th of July themed start and finish to your day!

4th of July celebration in Irvine
Pretend City | July 2, 2023
11:00 am – 2:30 pm
Let freedom ring and celebration begin! March on in for some star spangled fun as we learn about our nation’s day of independence. From Smart Art to relays, stories and more, your little firecracker is sure to love what we have in store.
Purpose Behind the Play: Language and literacy development, physical development,

  • Smart Art(All Day): Sparkling Fireworks > Fireworks are a symbol of Independence Day. Your children will let their colors burst in our Art Studio by creating their own “fireworks”.
  • Story Time (11AM and 2:30PM): The Night Before the Fourth of July   
  • Lady Liberty Says (11AM and 2:30PM)This game is similar to “Simon Says” but instead we focus on body movements that relate to lady liberty!

4th of July fireworks and celebration in La Habra

$6 youth (3-12 years); $8 adults (13+ years) 4th of July-Red, White, & Blue
La Bonita Park | July 4, 2023
4:00-10:00 pm
The event will include Kids Zone, Live Band, WWII Texan Aircraft Flyover, Fireworks Show, Food & Other Vendors. Guest seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited attendance capacity, so purchasing your wristbands pre-sale is highly recommended. Please note that no alcohol or glass containers are allowed in the park.

Wristbands on sale at the La Habra Community Center, 101 W. La Habra Blvd., Wristband prices are as follows:

Pre-sale, June 6th-30th: $6/Youth (3-12 yrs.) & $8/Adults (13+ yrs.)

July 1st-4th: $8/Youth (3-12 yrs.) & $10 Adults (13+ yrs)

4th of July fireworks in Laguna Beach

FREE 4th of July Fireworks
Monument Point at Heisler Park | July 4, 2023
9:00 pm fireworks
The City fireworks show will originate from Monument Point at Heisler Park. For this reason, the Monument Point area will be closed all day on the 4th of July. Beginning at approximately 5pm, the area of Heisler Park from the Rock Bench at Myrtle Street to the Rockpile Beach stairs at Jasmine Street will be closed to the public to allow for fireworks preparation.

4th of July fireworks in Laguna Hills

FREE 4th of July Fireworks
Laguna Hills Community Center | July 4, 2023
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm fireworks
From 4 to 9 p.m., community members can enjoy live music, carnival rides and activities and food trucks. The event is free to attend, and food and drinks will be available for purchase. 

4th of July celebration in Laguna Niguel

$30 2023 YMCA Run In The Parks 5K & Kids Race
Crown Valley Park | July 4, 2023
8:00am (adults) 9:00 am (kids)
The Annual Laguna Niguel Family YMCA Run in the Parks is back in person! We are excited to celebrate the 44th year of bringing this annual community and family tradition to celebrate Independence Day. This year we are offering two options, a 5k and a Kids Run. Every race entry fee directly benefits the YMCA scholarship fund. This fund supports those most in need in our community. Over the last three years, we have all struggled with the impacts of the pandemic, some more than others. We are proud to stay that through it all we remained open (when we could) and provided scholarships to those most in need because of funds raised from events like this one. The Y is here for you, for the community and for good.

4th of July celebration in Lake Forest

FREE 4th of July Day Celebration
Sports Park | July 4, 2023
6:30 pm live music | 9:00 pm fireworks
The Fourth of July Firework Show will feature a 20+ minute firework show, live performances, food vendors and other festivities. The event will begin at 6:30 pm with fireworks beginning at 9 pm. Residents are encouraged to arrive at the Sports Park at 6 pm. Overflow parking will be available at Saddleback Church.

4th of July fireworks in La Habra

FREE 4th of July Celebration
La Bonita Park | July 4, 2023
9:00 pm fireworks
The City of La Habra will hold its 4th of July Fireworks event on Tuesday, July 4th, 2023, 4:00-9:30 p.m., at La Bonita Park, 1440 W. Whittier Blvd. The event will include the fireworks show, flyover, live music by Electric Vinyl, kid’s activity booths, food vendors and retail vendors. Guest seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that no alcohol or glass containers are allowed in the park. 

Wristbands go on sale at the La Habra Community Center, 101 W. La Habra Blvd., on Monday, June 6th. Wristband prices are as follows:

Pre-sale, June 6th-30th: $3/Youth (3-12 yrs.) & $5/Adults (13+ yrs.)

July 1st-4th: $6/Youth (3-12 yrs.) & $8/Adults (13+ yrs)

4th of July fireworks in Los Alamitos

FREE 3rd of July Fireworks Spectacular
Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base | July 3, 2023
9:00 pm fireworks
Fireworks show is at 9 p.m. Gates open at 4 p.m. and close at 8:45. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, there will be no other seating available.  The free event is hosted by Los Alamitos and Seal Beach will feature music, a family fun area and food vendors.

4th of July fireworks in Mission Viejo

FREE July 4th Street Faire and Fireworks Spectacular
Olympiad between Marguerite and Melinda | July 4, 2023
9:00 pm fireworks
The Mission Viejo Activities Committee will hold the Annual Street Faire and Fireworks Spectacular on Olympiad between Marguerite and Melinda. The fun begins at noon with live entertainment on the Main Stage and youth bands performing on our Freedom Stage. A free shuttle will operate from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Shuttle stops are located at twelve stops clearly marked around Lake Mission Viejo. 

4th of July parade and festival in Newport Beach

FREE 4th of July is for Families
Channel Place Park | July 4, 2023
9:00 am bike parade | 9:30-11:30 am festival
Bike parade will go on W. Balboa Blvd., and 36th Street

Community Festival at Channel Place Park beginning at 9:30 am. Carnival Games + Arts & Crafts + Lawn Games & Music + Food for Sale. All dogs must be kept on a leash.

FREE Mariners Park Independence Day Parade & Celebration
Mariners Park | July 4, 2023
10:30 am parade | 11:00 am – 1:30 pm celebration
Join us for the 49th Annual Mariners Park Independence Day Parade & Celebration! Parade begins at the corner of Commodore & Mariners Dr.

Food trucks, live music, free entertainment, eating contests, lawn games and puppet show.

4th of July fireworks in Newport Beach
$100 reserved parking Independence Day on the Back Bay
Back Bay at Newport Dunes | July 4, 2023
8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Celebrate Independence on the Back Bay at Newport Dunes with live music, SoCal’s largest Inflatable Water Park, watersports, food trucks, and an incredible fireworks show sponsored by the City of Newport Beach at one of the region’s top viewing locations on July 4th from 8 a.m.–10 p.m.

$100 pre-paid, reserved parking will be available in advance. $50 day-of parking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in our West Parking Lot. Please enter at N. Bayside Drive and Pacific Coast Highway.

4th of July celebrations in Orange
$7 Annual 3rd of July Celebration
Grijalva Park | July 3, 2023
4:00 pm | 8:45 pm fireworks
This community event celebrating our Great Nation features music, children’s activities, games, food trucks, and an authentic hometown atmosphere. When the sun sets, our grand finale begins with a patriotic performance by the Orange Community Master Chorale, and concludes with a spectacular fireworks display.

FREE OPA 4th of July Celebration
Salem Lutheran Church and School | July 4, 2023
10:00 am
Come join the parade or watch along the route.

4th of July fireworks in San Clemente
FREE July 4th Fireworks Display
San Clemente Municipal Pier | July 4, 2023
9:00 pm fireworks
To assist with downtown parking, the San Clemente Trolley will be in service from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Check for any changes to the hours of operation by visiting www.san-clemente.org/trolley.

A flyover by the Condor Squadron, consisting of four AT-6 aircraft World War II trainers will take place along the participating coastal cities from 5:55 to 6:00 p.m.

4th of July celebration in San Juan Capistrano
FREE July 4th Festivities
San Juan Capistrano Sports Park | July 4, 2023
The celebration will feature live music, food and beverage, family activities, carnival rides and spectacular fireworks display. 

4th of July celebration in Santa Ana
FREE Fourth of July Celebration
Centennial Regional Park | July 4, 2023
5:00pm – 9:30pm
The 11th Annual Fourth of July Celebration will be taking place at Centennial Regional Park. This free community event will include live music, kid’s activities, food trucks, and exhibitors and a spectacular 20 minute fireworks finale at 9:00 p.m.

Guests are encouraged to arrive early and bring a lawn chair, blanket and picnics. Dogs may attend but must remain on leashes. Alcohol is not allowed. Centennial Park is located at 3000 West Edinger Avenue in Santa Ana. On-site event parking is free.

For more information on the 10th Annual Fourth of July Celebration view the flyer or contact the Special Events Office at (714) 571-4227 or [email protected].

4th of July parade in Tustin

FREE 4th of July Celebration
Tustin High School | July 4, 2023
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The festivities at Tustin High begin at 6:30pm and the fireworks start at 9pm.

4th of July celebration in Villa Park
FREE Stars on Parade
Villa Park High School | July 4, 2023
9:00 am
Stars on Parade kicks off at 9 a.m. at Villa Park High School. Kids of all ages decorate their bikes, scooters, wagons and such to participate in the parade, which will travel a mile and a half through residential streets. Line up at 8:30 a.m. at the school.

4th of July celebration in Yorba Linda
FREE 4th of July Spectacular
Veterans Park and Yorba Linda Middle School | July 4, 2023
5:00 pm – 9:20 pm | 9:00 pm fireworks
The event will include food vendors, family activities, live music, and a spectacular firework show! The event is open to the public with seating throughout Veterans Park and the south field of Yorba Linda Middle School.

We hope you enjoy these July 4th celebrations! Let us know if you’d like to see more of these Orange County guides in the comments below.

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Originally published on May 13, 2023. Last Updated on July 2, 2023 by Pattie Cordova

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