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Orange County cities plan some coronavirus-conscious Fourth of July celebrations

Cities have canceled their big Fourth of July gatherings and events. A few are hosting smaller activities that can be socially distanced or fireworks shows that can watched from home or a car. Here are some of the things planned:

Huntington Beach

The city canceled its big fireworks show and festival on the pier and the morning parade down Main Street, but is planning “A Front Yard 4th of July.” There is a citywide decorating contest for homes and businesses with judging and prizes. Also, the OneHB Neighborhood Parade will tour the community with a caravan of public safety vehicles, military and veterans, live entertainment, commmunity leaders and more. The parade will travel through neighborhoods going from south Huntington Beach to north starting at 8:30 a.m. and is expected to finish after noon. More information on the route and contests is available at

The annual Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade was canceled this year amid coronavirus concerns, but residents can still show their patriotism in a citywide decorating contest for homes and businesses. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, The Orange County Register/SCNG)

Laguna Niguel

Residents are invited to display their patriotic spirit in two contests: First, grab bows, flags, streamers and banners and find creative ways to deck out your bicycle for the Fourth of July Bike Decorating Celebration. Through Saturday, post a photo of your decorated bike on Instagram and tag @CityofLagunaNiguel. Your profile must be set to public; or send a photo on Instagram via direct message. Must be a Laguna Niguel resident to enter. Info at

The city is sponsoring a home decorating contest with prizes awarded for Bold and Bright (best display of color and fun, like a fireworks show) and Fourth of July Extravaganza (best display of patriotic theme). Winning homes and map will be available on the city website.

La Habra

The city is hosting its fireworks show, but for people to watch from home. There will be no festival at the park this year, La Bonita Park will be closed. Go to to hear the music that goes with the fireworks, which will start at 8:50 p.m.

During the day, there will be a flyover of the city featuring vintage planes at 2:30; they will fly over Orange at 2 p.m. and Buena Park at 2:15 p.m.

Los Alamitos, Seal Beach

The annual Fourth of July fireworks spectacular will be a drive-up event this year. The fireworks show will begin about 9 p.m. Vehicles will be allowed to drive in and park starting at 7:15 – people will need to watch from within or right at the front of their vehicles.

Enter the Joint Forces Training Base, 11206 Lexington Drive in Los Alamitos, from the Lexington or the Orangewood gates. Anyone older than 16 must show photo ID and there will be temperature checks and health screenings at the gate. Information:

Mission Viejo

The annual street faire is canceled, but a fireworks display will start at 9 p.m. and will be visible from many of the neighborhoods and areas surrounding Olympiad and Marguerite Parkway. Marty Russo Youth Athletic Park will be closed to the public; no vehicle or pedestrian access or entry. There will be no shuttle operating this year.

San Clemente

The city’s annual fireworks show is being relocated to the Vista Hermosa Sports Park, 987 Avenida Vista Hermosa. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. For safety, there will be no vehicle or pedestrian access or entry into the sports park. The display will be live streamed on the city’s YouTube channel beginning at 8:50 p.m.

Kai Anolin, 2, swings with his American flag at the pier in San Clemente. This year’s fireworks show is being relocated to the Vista Hermosa Sports Park. There will be no vehicle or pedestrian access or entry into the sports park, but the event will be live-streamed on the city’s YouTube channel.Paul Bersebach, The Orange County Register

San Juan Capistrano

Celebrate the Fourth with a free drive-in fireworks show at the Sports Park. Reserved parking accommodations are available for San Juan residents only, and a city address will be required to complete your reservation. Three parking time slots are available beginning at 7 p.m. Attendees will be directed to available parking spaces located within the Sports Park, Marco Forster Middle School, Del Obispo Elementary School and Kinoshita Elementary School parking lots. Public parking along the surrounding streets will also be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Pedestrians or cyclists will not be admitted onto the grounds. The fireworks display will be livestreamed on the city’s website. For info and reservation visit

Residents are also invited to participate in the city’s first-ever Patriotic Porch Party decorating contest by decorating their porch or driveway in a red, white and blue patriotic theme. Winner will receive a grand-prize bike from Buy My Bikes. Honorable mention will also be given to most creative, most fun and most patriotic. City Council members will drive through town on a city trolley from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 3, to judge the entries. Winners will be announced prior to the fireworks show. Information:


The city’s annual fireworks show will go on, but without the accompanying event at the high school. Residents are asked to watch the show from home, tune into 91.7 for the music the fireworks are choreographed to. The show will also be livestreamed at Starts at 9 p.m.

San Clemente’s annual fireworks show is being relocated to the Vista Hermosa Sports Park. For safety, there will be no vehicle or pedestrian access or entry into the sports park. (Fred Swegles, file photo)

Villa Park

The Villa Park Community Services Foundation has made this year’s celebration a “strolling and rolling” event with a 9 a.m. parade featuring “masked patriots” of all ages walking or riding their decorated bikes, trikes, scooters, wagons or baby carriages. Social distancing will be required. The parade will start at City Hall and follow a 1.5 mile route. No motorized vehicles will be allowed. Information:

Source: Orange County Register

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