Celebrating Fourth of July in California

Lake Tahoe


Take a trip at Lake Tahoe for Lights on the Lake! It’s the largest synchronized fireworks display in the western United States. The fireworks are launched from barges just off the South Shore at the town of Stateline, NV.

If you’re more of a parade person, check out the Red, White and Tahoe Blue Festival at Incline Village. It’s complete with a parade, fireworks, and duck races. See a festive yellow with a stream of rubber duckies floating toward the lake.

San Diego


San Diego is not one to shy away from a big fireworks show. Their Bay Fireworks show truly has all the works, launching aerial displays from four barges around the bay. The best places to watch are North San Diego Bay, Shelter Island, and Harbor Island. If you’re planning a romantic night, an even better plan is to watch them on a dinner cruise with Hornblower.

San Francisco


San Francisco’s fireworks show is so good, that you’ll be seeing double – literally! San Francisco sets off twin Fourth of July fireworks shows. How’s that for fun? They’re launched from Aquatic Pier just below Ghirardelli Square and from a barge near Pier 39. Two of the best places to watch them are from parking garages: on the top floor of the Anchorage shopping center and the Pier 39 garage.

If you want to see fireworks all around the Bay, you might want to try Treasure Island. Want a bird’s eye view? Try going up into the Marin Headlands north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Just be sure to arrive at any of these two locations early. These prime spots fill up hours in advance.

Hit the Alameda Fourth of July parade on East Bay during the day. It’s one of the country’s biggest Independence Day parades!

Northern California


If you’re looking for a low-key Fourth of July celebration away from all the grand lights and flashes, Northern California is the ideal destination for you. Try some of these fun activities for a change of pace.

  • Napa County Fair: The annual county fair often ends with a fireworks show. But it is still a county fair, so there’s something for everyone in the family. Check out this year’s schedule here.
  • Sacramento: The state capitol’s July 4th Pyro Fireworks Celebration is held at CalExpo, the state fairgrounds. Sacramento’s Raley Field is one of the best places to watch minor league baseball in the country, so what not to like?
  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom: In Vallejo, you can enjoy the rides and see a fireworks show, all in the same place. Click here for more details.
  • Lake Oroville: Here, you’ll enjoy being one with nature as much as the fireworks. A nice fireworks show over the lake in the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills, lasting about 30 minutes. More details here.
  • Old-Fashioned Fourth of July in Gold Country: If you’re a big fan of tradition, music and dancing, The Gold Rush town of Columbia puts is the place for your Fourth of July celebration. There’s parade that anyone can march in, followed by a concert, street dance and lots of traditional activities to enjoy.

Los Angeles


Disneyland is a dead giveaway, so better mention it now than later. If you want to watch the fireworks there, make sure that you get there early. The park can get so crowded that they stop letting new visitors in. And find a spot to watch the fireworks extra early, too. Check out these other locations if you want a change in scenery other than Disneyland.

  • Hollywood Bowl: The Hollywood Bowl is a great location for music lovers. They offer 4th of July concerts featuring a headline act and patriotic music performed by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
  • Newport Beach: Southern California’s largest fireworks display goes off at Newport Dunes Resort. There’s also
  • Cinespia at Hollywood Forever: Looking for a chill celebration? The summer film series at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery includes a movie and a fireworks display to rival some of the best in town. Plan ahead and check out the Cinespia website here.
  • Rose Bowl, Pasadena: This all-day Fourth of July celebration is a go-to location for a reason. Americafest has been going on for 92 years now. Get reasonably priced tickets, a concert and fireworks display all in one!

Southern California


Looking for more unique activities to do for your Fourth of July celebration? Check out these locations in Southern California.

  • Unusual Fourth of July Parade: A golf cart parade! Where else but in the town of Avalon on Catalina Island? It’s followed by a barbecue and music at the Casino. Top it off with a view of the fireworks from the balcony. More details here.
  • KABOOM in Pomona: It doesn’t get more fun-filled than this! KABOOM celebration at the Pomona Fairplex is a night of exciting shows on the Fourth of July complete with Monster Trucks and Motocross. Click here for more details.
  • Celebrate the Fourth with American Politics: The Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley offers a fun look into American politics and the Presidency – and they’ve got a real Air Force One airplane on display! They offer special patriotic concerts and family entertainment on Independence Day, with free admission to the outdoor activities.

Where are you planning to celebrate Fourth of July? I guess what’s important is that you celebrate it with people who are near and dear to your heart and that we all show our love of the nation even in small ways each day. Happy Independence Day from Sabre Lending, LLC. , your best choice for car title loan needs!

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