Like cookouts and parades, not to mention waving the red, white and blue, no 4th of July celebration is complete without fireworks. Fortunately, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty has you covered with firework schedules in San Diego and Orange Counties, as well as Palm Springs and the surrounding communities.

But first, did you know this about our Nation’s birthday?

It wasn’t until 1941 that Congress declared the date a national holiday.
The American Pyrotechnics Association estimates that more than 14,000 fireworks display light up the skies every 4th of July. The average cost for a firework display averages around $2,000 a minute! Disneyland offers fireworks nightly during its busy periods and spends approximately $41,000 per night per display.


San Diego Fireworks

San Diego’s largest firework display is the Port of San Diego’s Big Bay Boom Independence Day Spectacular.  Launched simultaneously from four barges located throughout San Diego’s North Bay, and orchestrated to music broadcast by MAX FM 105.7 and The Mighty 1090 AM, you can see this one of a kind show from anywhere along the waterfront, however top places for viewing are Harbor Island (limited parking so consider taking the free shuttle service which departs from the Port Administration building on Pacific Highway), Shelter Island (get there before 1:00 pm), North Embarcadero and the Marina District (again, get there early to find good parking), Seaport Village and Coronado Ferry Landing. 9:00pm.

Perhaps the most patriotic spot to watch the Big Bay Fireworks is on board the USS Midway Museum.  Guests are permitted to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and small coolers.  Buy tickets now as this is extremely popular and sells out every year. Admission is at 6:00 pm with fireworks at 9:00pm.

San Diego’s amusement parks are also honoring our Independence Day by lighting up the nighttime sky with some very impressive firework displays.  Red, White, and Boo, is at Legoland in Carlsbad.  Timed to patriotic music there will be some good old-fashioned fun with water balloon toss, burlap sack races, and more.  Fireworks start at 8:30pm. Sea World offers fireworks from July 4 – July 7 at 10:30pm.

Other favorite places to watch fireworks in San Diego include, La Jolla Cove, at 9:00pm., Ocean Beach Pier at 9:00pm, and Historic Old Town with a parade, wagon rides, period games, music, pie eating contest and great views of the Big Bay Fireworks.


Orange County Fireworks

As in previous years. there’s a host of Orange County communities preparing for this year’s 4th of July holiday.

Newport Beach celebrations begin at 9:00am with the Newport Peninsula Bike Parade and Community Festival at 36th Street, the Old Glory Boat Parade begins at 1:00pm in Newport Harbor with a firework extravaganza at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort concluding the day’s activities at 9:00pm.

San Juan Capistrano is hosting an Independence Day Carnival at the Sports Park with fireworks at 9:00pm. Lawn chairs, blankets, umbrellas, and canopies are allowed.

Tickets are still available for seating on the San Clemente Pier where you can witness up close and personal the spectacular fireworks show at 9:00pm.  However, this display can be seen on many beaches if you prefer to watch for free.

A street fair, live music, carnival rides, games and food including free shuttle are just some of the family fun activities in Mission Viejo.  This annual event begins at noon at Olympiad Road between Marguerite Parkway and Melinda Road with fireworks set for 9:00pm.

Of course, Orange County amusement parks will offer jaw-dropping fireworks as well. Knotts Berry Farm’s show starts at 9:30pm and best viewed from the Knott’s Boardwalk.  Disneyland naturally, will pull out all the stops and once again salute the 4th of July with an inspirational fireworks show, all to the sound of patriotic music starting at 9:30pm.


Greater Palm Springs Fireworks

While the temperatures may be in the triple digits during the day, here’s a look how to celebrate the 4th of July in the Palm Springs area.

Palm Springs Stadium is an annual tradition with a baseball game starting at 6:05pm followed by free entry at 8:00pm for those that want to watch the fireworks.  The ball field is in Sunrise Park, get there early as parking can be tight.

Rancho Mirage is hosting its 4th annual fireworks in a patriotic fashion at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa starting at approximately 9:00pm.  Music is synchronized on The Eagle 106.

Bring your chair and blankets, a picnic or visit the food vendors to join in on the celebration at Palm Desert Civic Center Park.  Starting at 7:15pm with the National Anthem, a concert by Swing Cats Big Band and fireworks at 9:00pm.

If you would like to see the fireworks, but a good meal sounds equally tantalizing, you may want to check out the Gardens on El Paseo.  It’s an ideal location to see the Palm Desert fireworks, but only if you can get a reservation for patio seating at one of the second-floor restaurants, such as Tommy Bahama’s. Pacifica Seafood Restaurant, Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza, Wilma and Frieda’s and Sullivan’s Steakhouse.  Contact the restaurants for reservations.

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