Although the start of summer is the summer solstice in June, it seems the real kick off to summer is the July Fourth! Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. It is a day to be surrounded by friends and family, honoring the land of the free and celebrating with activities like Barbecues, 5K runs, parades and boat cruises. BEST-VIP has compiled a list of various Orange County locations to celebrate Independence Day, and whether you’re a California native or visiting on vacation – there’s something for everyone!
Looking to experience 4th of July away from the chaos of the crowds but with great views of the fireworks show? Take a trip to Newport Bay and cruise through the 20 miles of gorgeous waterfront estates and multi-million-dollar yachts. Newport Bay offers cruises lasting 2.5 hours where you will see yachts, sail boats and a variety of smaller boats and paddle boards navigating the harbor and creating a unique 4th of July experience. Bear witness to the hundreds of colors and patterns that the sky will have to offer on this night alone. You can also rent your own boat to take in the sights! Book here. And be sure to keep an eye out for the dolphins and whales, who are known to cruise outside the harbor in the afternoon.
Can’t book a cruise? Have a picnic in the harbor! Each year the Newport Beach Harbor becomes a festive delight as owners adorn their boats in red-white-&-blue decorations, balloons, streamers and waving flags. Families and friends from near and far arrive at the bay front beaches and yacht clubs along the peninsula and the many islands, vying for the best spot to settle down and view the boat parade.
July Fourth also offers the opportunity to work up a sweat before the barbeques kick off! Laguna Niguel Family YMCA 40th Annual 4th of July Run in the Parks will take place on Wednesday, July 4th at the Crown Valley Community Park at the Laguna Niguel YMCA. This proud community tradition features a 5K run/walk, 10K run, dog walk, and children’s races with proceeds benefiting the Y’s scholarship program.
Surf City Run 5K in Huntington Beach is also a popular activity for those looking for a great family friendly event! There are races for almost every age, and age group medals will be awarded to the top three males and females in each division. For the popular Kids Run, all kids who finish will receive a medal.
La Palma’s Fitness Run for Fun is more than just another run: it’s an opportunity to experience that small town/hometown sense of community. 5K Run, 5K Walk, & 10K Run all start at 7:30 am. Although this race is intended for kids, parents are welcome to run with their children. Registration is required for this run and space is limited.
All major cities in Orange County offer a variety of celebrations throughout the day. In Huntington Beach, take in the parade that stretches over a mile long to the ocean! Also enjoy the farmers market that offers faire from local vendors, petting zoos and live performances from local artists. In Laguna Hills, carnival rides and games, live music, patriotic crafts and face painting will all be part of the celebration along with a fabulous firework show to conclude the evening. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Bring lawn chairs and umbrellas!
San Juan Capistrano also offers all day events. The celebration includes food, vendors, exhibitors along with a beer and wine garden for the adults. There will also be a carnival from 12:00 noon – 10:30 p.m. which features over 15 mechanical rides and attractions including thrill rides and activities for the little ones. Free activities will include family games & bounce house with the evening’s musical entertainment (“Family Style”) to be on stage at 6:30 p.m. The evening ends with a spectacular Fireworks Display at 9:00 p.m.
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