Southern California has something for everybody this stars and stripes weekend. Whether you are in the mood for good food, music, monster trucks, or something a bit more traditional, one this is for sure, SoCal has definitely got it goin’ on for the 4th of July.
Family Fun Events: Disneyland stops at nothing to awe tourist and locals alike with their firework extravaganza. For those who can’t afford to visit Mickey, Downtown Disney offers an equally impressive view at a fraction of the cost.
If you’re in the Orange County area, you may also want to check some of the festivals being hosted at any one of the following locations: Santiago Canyon College, Bradford Stadium, Huntington Beach Pier, San Clemente Pier, Newport Harbor, Newport Dunes Resort, or Veterans Park in Yorba Linda.
Sports Fan: Baseball, hot dogs, a cold beer and the 4th of July. . . does it get any more All American than that? There are some great baseball (and soccer) games to choose from; the hard part will be deciding which one has a better firework show. My money is on Dodgers Stadium ‘” this is sure to be an awesome game against the NY Mets. To make the most of your night, invest in “All You Can Eat” pavilion seating.
Other noteworthy sporting events include the Angels versus Detroit and the Galaxy versus Sounderfc. If you find yourself in the IE, don’t miss the IE 66ers. Don’t let this minor league team fool you; their firework show definitely packs a punch.
While Monster trucks and MotoX may not be a sport, “Kaboom!” at the Pomona Fairplex will definitely get your heart rate up. Fireworks begin at 9:20pm, tickets are available online and at the kiosk, but beware this show sells out every year.
Music Fans: The Hollywood Bowl is sure to wow you with their July 4th Fireworks Spectacular featuring Daryl Hall & John Oates. If you are seeking something a little less glitzy, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra will be playing Irvine Meadows / Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Tickets for both can be purchased online via Ticketmaster.
A Romantic 4th: If you’d like to create some romance and fireworks of your own, nothing beats a 2’½ hour cruise along a breathtaking coastline followed by one of the best firework show you’ll ever see. Tickets are $45 for general cruise admission, $70 for cruise admission with unlimited drinks. Space is limited and sells out every year, so make your reservations asap, (949) 675-0551.
Lastly, “Red, White, and Blue” at the Queen Mary, “Americafest 2011“at the Rose Bowl, 4th at the Aquarium, “Party on the Pier” at Belmont Veteran’s Memorial Pier, and “Salute to America” at the Starlight Bowl are always a safe bet with food, fun, and games to compliment a grand finale show that is sure to please anybody.
Wherever you find yourself this holiday weekend, do take a minute to remember the importance of freedom and how quickly it can be lost at a check point. . . .If you can’t be sober, at least be smart.