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Best Places To Watch Fourth Of July Fireworks In Orange County

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Fireworks options in Orange County abound, but five viewing areas stand above the rest. These not-to-be-missed fourth of July events are perfect for the whole family, with festivals and displays like none other. From sunset cruises to family fun on the pier, Independence Day in Orange County has never been better.

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4th of July Fireworks Show at the San Clemente Pier
622 Avenida Del Mar
San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 361-8200

The city of San Clemente will commemorate America's independence with a fireworks show on the Municipal Pier beginning at dusk. Enjoy game booths and live shows as well as the sparkling display from the pier. Every year features new and exciting displays, so expect crowds. Come early to snag the best seats, and plan on a bit of a haul to get through the hubbub after the show.

Ocean Institute

4th of July Fireworks Cruise
Ocean Institute
24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr.
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 496-2274

The Ocean Institute will take a break from its maritime education efforts to offer visitors a fireworks cruise on Independence Day. Passengers aboard the R/V Sea Explorer will enjoy live music, excellent food and an amazing time basking in the beauty of the ocean. The night will culminate in the ultimate fireworks show. Perfect for romancing couples and kids who will appreciate everything this sea-faring adventure has to offer, book early as these cruises can fill up fast.

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Cypress & Los Alamitos Fireworks Celebration
Joint Forces Training Base
11200 Lexington Dr.
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
(714) 229-6700

The City of Cypress is teaming up with the armed forces to present a fireworks celebration that will be the talk of the town long after it's over. The event features live entertainment, a fun zone for kids, food and of course, a fireworks show. Government identification is required for all adults hoping to enjoy the festivities. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited, but lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged.

Fullerton Fourth of July Festival
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Annual Community Fireworks Show and Festival
Fullerton High School
201 East Chapman Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 738-3167

Fullerton boasts an entire day of Independence Day fun with game booths, live music and festival food for a nominal fee. All funds earned at the event will go to support non-profit organizations in Fullerton. The night will culminate in one of the area's best fireworks shows. Free parking is available nearby, but come early to avoid traffic and find the best spot for the festivities.

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109th Huntington Beach 4th of July Celebration
Huntington Beach Pier
325 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 536-5486

Enjoy live entertainment, scrumptious food, the beach and an amazing fireworks spectacle at the end of the day. The Huntington Beach Annual 4th of July Parade and Pier Festival is going to be nothing short of amazing with family oriented activities during the day and a fireworks show off the Huntington Beach Pier at night. Although entry to the festivities is free, primary seating at the fireworks spectacle is not. Individuals hoping to get a VIP seat should purchase tickets here in advance.

Sarie Robertson is a California native living in Los Angeles County. She is a freelance writer and graduate from Loyola Marymount University who has contributed to various media outlets. Her work can be found at

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