There is nothing better than finding the perfect spot to watch the fireworks on the beach or in one of Orange County's world-famous theme parks. To ensure that your family has the most memorable time—we've compiled a list of the best O.C. fireworks and festivities to celebrate the 4th in style.
What better place to celebrate our country’s independence than at the 'Happiest Place on Earth?' After spending the day with Mickey and friends, enjoy one of the most spectacular Fourth of July fireworks display that Orange County could offer. A Fourth of July ‘Concert in the Sky’ combines patriotic music with bursts of red, white and blue to celebrate the land of the free and home of the brave. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. so make sure to show up early (possibly 2-3 hours early for a good spot).
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1313 Disneyland Dr.
Anaheim, CA 92802
(On top of the Grand Legacy at the Park)
Stop by for some Fourth of July fun at The FIFTH, Anaheim’s only rooftop restaurant and bar! Celebrate the evening with BBQ, a fully stocked bar, live music and of course a view of Disney’s fireworks!
It’s an “All-American” summer aboard the Queen Mary with special live entertainment, family games, arts & crafts, special historic tours, a patriotic theatrical movie and so much more. To top off the night the Queen Mary will present its signature fireworks spectacular filled with patriotic music!
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802
Take part in a full-day celebration on Tuesday, July 4th in Anaheim Hills. The Anaheim Hills Celebration will host a variety of events that are perfect for the whole family including a 5K/10K run at 7:00 a.m., a pancake breakfast, a holiday parade and much more. You will have the chance to catch live music from 5 p.m. until the firework show at 9:00 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Anaheim Hills Community Council
220 S. Imperial Hwy.
Anaheim CA, 92807
Voted by readers of the OC Register as one of the best places to celebrate the Fourth of July, Huntington Beach offers more than just a spectacular firework show. Each year Huntington Beach puts together the longest parade west of the Mississippi River in a multi-day festival and firework show alongside the world-famous pier. The celebration includes a 5K run/walk and a pancake breakfast on the morning of July 4th.
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103 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Newport Beach offers a range of entertaining activities and events to celebrate the Fourth of July including an incredible fireworks display at Newport Dunes. This festival features a range of activites including live music, local artisans, merchants, a beer garden and a family fun zone. Those in attendance will find plenty of great food options from local food trucks scattered throughout the event.
Photo courtesy of Daniel Peckham on Flickr
131 Back Bay Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Photo courtesy of OC Fair & Event Center
A free family-focused Fourth of July celebration with a pyrotechnic show as the highlight of the evening. Visitors can spend the afternoon exploring Heroes Hall Museum, enjoying a variety of family-oriented attractions, listening to live music and shopping some of the popular O.C. Marketplace vendors.
Santa Ana will once again host its Fourth of July celebration beginning at 4:00 p.m. at Centennial Park. This event will not only have plenty of kid-friendly fun like face painting and a “Kid Zone Play Area,” but will also pay tribute to our Armed Forces to recognize the true importance of Independence Day. The firework show will begin at 9:00 p.m. sharp, but make sure to arrive early to stake out your spot. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets to be as comfortable as possible during the show.
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3000 W. Edinger Ave.
Santa Ana CA, 92704
Spend the day with Snoopy and friends at 'America's First Theme Park.' Leading up to the firework finale, the Mountain Fife and Drum Corps will be marching through select areas of the Park at 2:30 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. with their patriotic music taking you all the way back to 1776.The Salute to America Fireworks Show will light up the night sky at 10:00 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Knott's Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, CA 90620
Celebrate Independence Day with the red, white, and blue fish at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Families will be able to witness the ambiance of the Aquarium at night and get a fish-eye view of the Queen Mary fireworks display. Wave the flag, watch the fireworks, and enjoy some freshly grilled BBQ with the Aquarium of the Pacific.
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802