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4th of July events in Orange County 2022

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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4th of July events in Orange County - livingmividaloca.com

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

ALISO VIEJO
4th of July parades in Aliso Viejo

FREE 4th of July Community Parade & Celebration
Aliso Viejo Ranch | July 4, 2022
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.

ANAHEIM HILLS
4th of July celebration in Anaheim Hills

FREE 4th of July Celebration | July 4, 2022
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.

BREA
4th of July celebration in Brea

FREE 4th of July County Fair | July 4, 2022
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.

BUENA PARK
4th of July fireworks in Buena Park

INCLUDED WITH ADMISSION TICKET July 4th Fireworks | July 2-4, 2022
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.

COSTA MESA
4th of July fireworks in Costa Mesa

FREE Independence Day Celebration | July 3, 2022
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. 

DANA POINT
4th of July fireworks in Dana Point

FREE 4th of July Fireworks | July 4, 2022
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, 2022
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.

HUNTINGTON BEACH
4th of July fun runs in Huntington Beach

$50 Surf City 5K Run | July 4, 2022
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, 2022
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, 2022
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.

IRVINE
4th of July fun runs in Irvine

$35 4th of July-Red, White, & Blue
Irvine Valley College | July 4, 2022
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
INCLUDED WITH MUSEUM ADMISSION Fourth of July Celebration
Pretend City | July 3, 2022
10:00 am – 12:30 pm and 1:30 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”.
  • 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!

$39-$119 July 4th Spectacular: The Music of Queen
Five Point Amphitheatre | July 4, 2022
8:00 pm
Salute the Fourth with the ultimate celebration of one of the greatest bands ever. Pacific Symphony conducted by Albert-George Schram and joined by Windbourne present; a July 4 Spectacular, plus, The Music of Queen at FivePoint Amphitheatre on Monday, July 4th 2022. Grab some tickets and come enjoy a night filled with the classic hits of Queen performed as you’ve never heard them before. The High-energy band and vocalists Windborne are backed by Pacific Symphony and perform hits such as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Are the Champions,” “Killer Queen,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Another One Bites the Dust” and many more. A memorable evening complete spectacular Fourth of July fireworks!

LA HABRA
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, 2022
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)

LAGUNA BEACH
4th of July fireworks in Laguna Beach

FREE 4th of July Fireworks
Monument Point at Heisler Park | July 4, 2022
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.

LAGUNA HILLS
4th of July fireworks in Laguna Hills

FREE 4th of July Fireworks
Laguna Hills Community Center | July 4, 2022
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. 

LAGUNA NIGUEL
4th of July celebration in Laguna Niguel

FREE 4th of July Day Celebration
Crown Valley Park | July 4, 2022
6:00 pm live music
Springsteen Experience will be performing starting at 6 p.m. at Crown Valley Community Park.
Free shuttle service available from 5:00pm-10:00pm. Park at City Hall (30111 Crown Valley Parkway).

LAKE FOREST
4th of July celebration in Lake Forest

FREE 4th of July Day Celebration
Sports Park | July 4, 2022
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.

LA HABRA
4th of July fireworks in La Habra

FREE 4th of July Celebration
La Bonita Park | July 4, 2022
9:00 pm fireworks
The City will hold its annual 4th of July Celebration on Monday, July 4th  at La Bonita Park, 1440 W. Whittier Blvd. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Our Freedom”. The event will include a fireworks display, live music by Suave, a military flyover, kids’ activities, food vendors, and retail vendors. Wristbands are on sale at the La Habra Community Center, 101 W. La Habra Blvd., Mon.-Fri., 8 am-5 pm. Pre-sale wristband price is $5 for adults (ages 13+ years) and $3 per child (ages 3-13 years). Wrist band price on the day of the event will be $7 for adults (ages 13+ years) and $5 per child (ages 3-13 years). Children 2 years and under are always free. Also free are U.S. active duty military, reserves, and retired military personnel with I.D. For more information, please contact the Community Center at 562-3893-4200.

LOS ALAMITOS
4th of July fireworks in Los Alamitos

FREE 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base | July 4, 2022
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.

MISISON VIEJO
4th of July fireworks in Mission Viejo

FREE July 4th Street Faire and Fireworks Spectacular
Olympiad between Marguerite and Melinda| July 4, 2022
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. 

NEWPORT BEACH
4th of July parade and festival in Newport Beach

FREE 4th of July is for Families
Channel Place Park | July 4, 2022
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, 2022
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, 2022
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.

ORANGE
4th of July celebrations in Orange
$7 Annual 3rd of July Celebration
Grijalva Park | July 3, 2022
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 55th Annual OPA 4th of July Celebration
Salem Lutheran Church and School | July 4, 2022
10:00 am
Come join the parade or watch along the route.

SAN CLEMENTE
4th of July fireworks in San Clemente
FREE July 4th Fireworks Display
San Clemente Municipal Pier | July 4, 2022
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.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO
4th of July celebration in San Juan Capistrano
FREE July 4th Festivities
San Juan Capistrano Sports Park | July 1-5, 2022
July 1: 4-10pm | July 3-4: 12-10pm | July 5: 12-10:30pm
Food, exhibit booths, live music, picnic games for the whole family, beer/wine and free trolley service from 11:00 am – 10:00 pm.

SANTA ANA
4th of July celebration in Santa Ana
FREE Fourth of July Celebration
Centennial Regional Park | July 4, 2022
5:00pm – 9:30pm
The 10th Annual Fourth of July Celebration will be taking place on Monday, July 4, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 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]

TUSTIN
4th of July parade in Tustin

FREE 4th of July Celebration
Tustin High School | July 4, 2022
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
This year we have music provided by 24K Magic, a Bruno Mars Tribute! The festivities at Tustin High begin at 6:30pm and the fireworks start at 9pm.

VILLA PARK
4th of July celebration in Villa Park
FREE Stars on Parade
Villa Park High School | July 4, 2022
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.

YORBA LINDA
4th of July celebration in Yorba Linda
FREE 4th of July Spectacular
Veterans Park and Yorba Linda Middle School | July 4, 2022
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 June 29, 2021. Last Updated on July 1, 2022 by Pattie Cordova

Pattie Cordova is founder of Cordova Media Group, LLC, a boutique social media consulting firm that develops and creates social media strategies for businesses. She manages LivingMiVidaLoca.com. In her spare time (what little there is LOL) she enjoys working out, hanging out with her family (two chiclets and a Hubster) and traveling.

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