Orange County, California is known for its beautiful, 70-degree weather year-round. Enjoy the sun, sand and surf this 4th of July, plus so many awesome events that are taking place in the area. The boating community of Newport Beach is hosting a plethora of family-friendly events that you won’t want to miss. Here’s what you can do in Newport Beach for Independence Day this year:
Concert Area Events
Food Truck Wars, Noon to 4 p.m.
Taste the different flavors at the various food trucks and vote for your favorite — the winning food truck receives a $1,000 cash prize.
Family Fun Zone, Noon to 6 p.m.
Games and rides will keep little ones busy all afternoon until the music and fireworks start in the evening. (Additional admission fees apply).
Artisan & Merchant Booths, Noon to 8 p.m.
Check out jewelry, clothing, toys and more at more than 20 artisan and merchant booths.
Wood Fire Grill Buffet, 3 to 9 p.m.
Pay one price and enjoy food all evening: $45 for adults, $22.50 for children 10 and under. Advanced reservations required.
Musical Entertainment, 3 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Enjoy four different music acts on the Red, White and Blue Stage, including Pickle Back Shine (3 p.m.), Fusion Beat (4:30 p.m.), Reflexx (6 p.m.) and headliner KC & the Sunshine Band from 7:30 to 9:15 p.m.
Fireworks Extravaganza, 9 p.m.
Watch the sky light up over the bay with fireworks in honor of the holiday.
Concert area events can be accessed with tickets. Prices and packages are as follows:
VIP Package – $150 per person
Includes complimentary parking, VIP reserved seating, cocktail service, Wood Fire Grill Buffet access from 3 to 9 p.m., a one-hour paddle board rental, one Family Fun Zone wristband for unlimited visits and one goodie bag.
Family Pack – $200
Includes complimentary parking, access to the picnic area and two Family Fun Zone wristbands for unlimited visits.
General Admission – $25 to $50 per person
Includes access to the picnic area.
Parking is $50 per car or $5 per bicycle.
– Hilarey Wojtowicz