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WEB-EXCLUSIVE: Spend your Fourth of July at one of these big bashes.
For those who don’t feel like creating your own Fourth of July event, here are five of the biggest firework shows and fairs in Orange County.
1. Dana Point
Dana Point kicks off its Fourth of July at 5 p.m. with a July 4th All-American Buffet, hosted by Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa, serving summer salads, grilled burgers, barbecue chicken, ribs, gourmet macaroni and cheese, assorted desserts, and a chocolate fountain station. Tickets are $95 for adults, $36 for children (six-12 years old) and children under five eat free. Following dinner, hop aboard the Fourth of July Cruise at 8 p.m. for the best view of the fireworks show at 9 p.m. at sea. If you want dinner and a cruise, there is also a dinner cruise provided at 7:30 p.m., serving a full buffet dinner. The regular cruise is $29 for adults and $19 for kids between three and 12. The dinner cruise is $79 for adults, $39 for kids between five and 12 and kids under five are free. lagunacliffs.com :: danawharf.com
2. Mission Viejo
Celebrate with classic carnival flair at Mission Viejo. Local clubs, organizations and vendors set up booths along both sides of Olympiad, sporting an eclectic range of food and drinks, wine and beer garden, trinkets, games, and crafts. While roaming along the street, enjoy free music, dancing and comedy for all ages. Enjoy carnival rides at the end of the street, featuring bouncy houses, a house of mirrors, a Ferris wheel, and more. The firework show begins at 9 p.m. Entrance is free and shuttle service will be provided from 12 locations between 1-8 p.m. 949.830.7066 :: mvactivities.com
3. Huntington Beach
The jam-packed, fun-filled festivities start at 6:30 a.m. with a Lake Park breakfast. At 7 a.m., the Surf City 5k Run & Fitness Expo begins. At 10 a.m., the 108th Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade begins, featuring hundreds of entries, including floats, bands, local dignitaries, and television celebrities on Pacific Coast Highway. Viewing from the street is free, spot saving can begin at 7 a.m. the day of, but if you want premium spots, you will have to purchase tickets. The fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. 714.536.5486 :: hb4thofjuly.org :: surfcityrun.com
Fullerton’s Fourth of July celebration is a full day of fun as well as charity, with local nonprofits selling food and drinks as part of fundraising efforts. Entertainment will include live music, games and more. Entrance is free but a nominal fee may be asked for games. Fireworks will start at 9 p.m. :: ci.fullerton.ca.us
5. Disneyland in Anaheim
If you’re willing to brave the masses that will surely be there, you will not be disappointed by Disneyland's epic fireworks show. Get there early, spend the day exploring the park and the new attractions at California Adventure and watch a truly magical fireworks show at 9 p.m. :: disneyland.disney.go.com