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4th of July events in Orange County 2021

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4th of July events in Orange County 2021

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: July 2 – July 4 until 10:00 pm
  • 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, 2021
9:00 am Parade | 9:30-11 am Community Celebration
Join Aliso Viejo for a morning filled with activities and entertainment for all ages, including carnival games, rock wall, giant slide, face painting, and more!

The community parade begins at 9 a.m. at Aliso Viejo Ranch and will travel down around the property and end with a free community festival. Parade participants are encouraged to dress in festive attire, decorate scooters, wagons, and strollers. All dogs must be leashed.

4th of July celebration in Anaheim Hills

FREE 4th of July Celebration | July 4, 2021
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 4th of July County Fair | July 3, 2021
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.

Swimming at the Plunge begins at 12 p.m. for $3.

4th of July fireworks in Buena Park

INCLUDED WITH ADMISSION TICKET July 4th Fireworks | July 3-4, 2021
Knott’s Berry Farm
9:00 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 Cypress

FREE Salute to America | July 2, 2021
Cypress College
5:30-9:30 pm | 9:00 pm fireworks
This patriotic celebration will feature food trucks, live music from Electric Vinyl, the ultimate rock tribute group, all leading up to a spectacular fireworks display.
Festival seating – picnics, families, and lawn chairs are encouraged.

4th of July fireworks in Dana Point

FREE 4th of July Fireworks | July 4, 2021
Doheny State Beach
9:00 pm fireworks
The BEST Southern California fireworks display is back with a BANG! The fireworks are shot from a barge on the water, located off the coastline of Doheny State Beach. For more information call the City of Dana Point Recreation Division at 949-248-3536 or email [email protected]

4th of July flyover in Dana Point
FREE 4th of July Condor Squadron Flyover | July 4, 2021
5:50-5:55 pm

4th of July fun runs in Huntington Beach

$50 Surf City 5K Run | July 4, 2021
Huntington Central Park
6:30 am, 8:00 am, 9:30 am, and 11:00 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 1, 2021 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, 2021
Huntington Central Park
8:00-10:00 am
The 2021 Neighborhood Parade will be expanded this year to reach even more local residents and neighborhoods than the 2020 edition

In doing so, the City of Huntington Beach maintains its 117-year historical record of presenting a vehicle parade on the 4th of July!

4th of July fireworks in Huntington Beach
$25 Fireworks Over the Ocean | July 4, 2021
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, 2021
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 3, 2021
10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:00 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”. Lady Liberty Says (10:30 am, 2:30pm): A firework! A star! Get moving in travelling exhibit as we build our gross motor skills through this patriotic dance socially distanced dance party.

$25-$100 July 4th Spectacular: The Music of Elton John
Five Point Amphitheatre | July 4, 2021
8:00 pm
“Your Song.” “Rocket Man.” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” The hit singles of mega pop star Elton John are endless. Starring Craig A. Meyer as “Almost Elton John,” this spectacular musical journey celebrates the decades of chart-topping hits of Sir Elton John. Plus enjoy patriotic favorites, our traditional salute to the U.S. armed forces and a brilliant fireworks finale!

4th of July fireworks and celebration in La Habra

$5 youth (3-12 years); $7 adults (13+ years) 4th of July-Red, White, & Blue
La Bonita Park | July 4, 2021
4:00-10:00 pm
The event will include the fireworks show, flyover, live music by Pop Vinyl, kid’s activity booths, food vendors and general 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: $3/Youth (3-12 yrs.) & $5/Adults (13+ yrs.)

July 1st-4th: $5/Youth (3-12 yrs.) & $7 Adults (13+ yrs)

4th of July fireworks in Laguna Beach

FREE 4th of July Fireworks
Monument Point at Heisler Park | July 4, 2021
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, 2021
9:00 pm fireworks
Live band and food trucks starting at 6:30pm.

4th of July celebration in Laguna Niguel

FREE 4th of July Day Celebration
Crown Valley Park | July 4, 2021
6:00 pm live music
Hear live music from 6:00pm-7:00pm by the 4 Alarm Band, patriotic giveaways and music from 7:00pm-8:00pm, watch the American Legends Movie from 8:00pm-8:30pm, and view the American Digital Presentation from 8:30pm-8:45pm.

Food and desserts will be available for purchase from food trucks from 5:00pm-9:00pm.

Free shuttle service available from 5:00pm-10:00pm. Park at City Hall (30111 Crown Valley Parkway).

FREE Road Trip Thru the U.S.A, A Patriotic Drive-Thru Celebration!
Laguna Niguel City Hall| July 2-3, 2021
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Join us and take a scenic, music filled road trip through the USA! You don’t want to miss the opportunity to see national landmarks from the comforts of your car and in your neighborhood. Participants are encouraged to take photos of our patriotic displays from their cars. This is a drive-by event only. Guests are required to stay in their car at all times and abide by traffic safety laws. Guests will be directed to follow a specific driving path. No pedestrians, bicycles, skateboards, scooters, or other non-registered vehicles permitted. For more information, call Laguna Niguel Parks and Recreation at (949) 425-5100.

4th of July celebration in Lake Forest

FREE 4th of July Day Celebration
Sports Park | July 4, 2021
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 Los Alamitos

FREE Drive-Up 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base | July 4, 2021
9:00 pm fireworks
The event will entail a drive-up and view format of the fireworks show that will begin approximately at 9:00 p.m. Please be patient entering the Base at either the Lexington Gate (Lexington and Katella) or Orangewood Gate (Orangewood and Los Al Blvd) as a high volume of vehicles are expected to arrive and a check-in procedure will be in place. The check-in procedure will include an I.D. check and health screenings for all individuals inside each vehicle. Reservations are required. ONLY ONE TICKET PER VEHICLE IS REQUIRED. Please enter assigned entry gate based on ticket reserved and present your ticket and valid I.D. to enter.

4th of July fireworks in Mission Viejo

FREE 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
Marty Russo Youth Athletic Park | July 4, 2021
9:00 pm fireworks
Marty Russo Youth Athletic Park is closed to all spectators. The public can enjoy the Independence Day fireworks display from various locations surrounding the area – including parks and high elevations along Marguerite, Melinda, Alicia, and Olympiad. Limited parking around the park will be available for people to view the show from their vehicles, but residents are urged to find alternate locations to watch the fireworks.

The Street Faire is expected to return next year.

4th of July parade and festival in Newport Beach

FREE 4th of July is for Families
Channel Place Park | July 4, 2021
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, 2021
10:30 am parade | 11:00 am – 1:30 pm 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, 2021
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.

4th of July celebrations in Orange
$7 Annual 3rd of July Celebration
Grijalva Park | July 3, 2021
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.

4th of July fireworks in San Clemente
FREE July 4th Fireworks Display
San Clemente Municipal Pier | July 4, 2021
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 2-4, 2021
July 2: 4-10pm | July 3: 12-10pm | July 4: 12-10:30pm (9pm fireworks)
Food, exhibit booths, live music, picnic games for the whole family, beer/wine and free trolley service from 11:00 am – 10:00 pm.

4th of July celebration in Tustin
$4 July of 4th Celebration
Northrup Stadium at Tustin High School | July 4, 2021
5:00 pm | 9:00 pm fireworks
Gates open at 4:30pm. The event will feature entertainment by Brent Payne & The Boyz, a tribute to those that have and currently serve our country, followed by a spectacular fireworks show at 9:00pm. The event will also include a DJ, food trucks, and children’s craft area.

4th of July parade in Tustin
FREE July of 4th Tustin Meadows Parade
Tustin Meadows Community | July 4, 2021
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Celebrating the 4th of July with the Tustin Meadows Community with the 53rd Annual parade.

4th of July celebration in Yorba Linda
FREE 4th of July Spectacular
Veterans Park and Yorba Linda Middle School | July 4, 2021
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.

$13 (children 5-11); $23 (adults) Independence Day at Nixon Library
Nixon Library | July 4, 2021
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Meet and take photos with a few of America’s greatest Presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Ulysses S. Grant.

Experience thrilling Civil War reenactments in the Gardens at 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM.

Hear from Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Grant in the White House East Room at 12:00 Noon.

PLUS: Enjoy tours of the popular special exhibit, The Presidents Club, and learn about the friendships and rivalries between your favorite Presidents throughout history.

All Independence Day events are included with paid admission to the Nixon Library. Members are always free!

The first 100 paid guests will receive a free cherry pie shooter from Polly’s Pies.

4th of July parades in Aliso Viejo
FREE Annual July 4th Celebration event!
Aliso Viejo Community Association
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Virtual concert experience from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. immediately followed by a virtual fireworks display starting at 7:00 p.m.!

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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