Celebrating the nation’s birthday is often an explosive event—and 2018 is no exception. Here’s a look at how to celebrate with family events, fireworks and concerts in and around the Coachella Valley.
Let’s take it by the day:
Sunday, July 1:
City of Coachella’s July 4th Independence Day Celebration | Coachella
Yup. Coachella is getting the 4th of July party started at 6 p.m. Sunday with local food vendors, carnival rides and games, kids’ activities and fireworks. Sign up for the Pie Eating when you get to Bagdouma Park.
Tuesday, July 3:
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino | Indio
The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians hosts the annual fireworks display starting at 8:45 p.m. at its Eagle Springs Golf Course next to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Everyone’s welcome, and you can bring low-back folding chairs or blankets to sit on. The show is choreographed to music on The Eagle 106.9, a local radio station. Park in the gravel lot closest to the course’s Pro Shop.
Wednesday, July 4:
Palm Springs Pool | Palm Springs
Spend the day in the water and watch the fireworks from the city pool. It starts at 2 p.m. and ends after the fireworks show. The afternoon includes music, inflatable slide and games. Tickets are $2.00 for children ages 4-12, and $6.00 for adults. Pre-purchase adult tickets for $5.00 at the Leisure Center.
Palm Springs Stadium | Palm Springs
It’s a yearly tradition in Palm Springs: a PS Power baseball game followed by a City-sponsored Fireworks Display after the game. The game starts at 6:05 p.m., with fireworks at 9:15 p.m. The ball park opens at 8 p.m. for free viewing of the fireworks. The ball field is in Sunrise Park so if you’re not into baseball, hot dogs, peanuts and beverages, try a picnic in the park. But get there early—parking can be pretty tight around the park.
Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa 4th Annual Fireworks Spectacular | Rancho Mirage
Celebrate Independence Day in Rancho Mirage. Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa is hosting its fourth annual fireworks on July 4. A spectacular patriotic celebration for all to enjoy, watch as an enormous fireworks display lights up the night sky starting at approximately 9:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Enjoy the fireworks display synchronized to music on The Eagle 106.9. Kick off the evening with delicious barbeque favorites along with traditional dinner offerings at the Grand Palms Buffet ($21.99), 4-9 p.m.
Civic Center Park | Palm Desert
Bring your own seating (low lawn chairs or a blanket), a picnic dinner or check out what the vendors have to offer in food and beverages (no alcohol, sorry), and join in the Fourth of July fun at Civic Center Park in Palm Desert. The night starts at 7:15 p.m. with the National Anthem, followed by a concert by the Swing Cats Big Band. The 25-minute firework display starts at 9 p.m., with patriot and contemporary music.
AAP IndepenDANCE Party, O’Donnell House | Palm Springs
The historic O’Donnell House is the site of the AIDS Assistance Program Food Samaritans midsummer party. From 7:30 to 10 p.m., enjoy the barbecue, music and fun. Tickets are $150 per person which includes cocktails, food and valet parking.
A couple of extras:
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway | Palm Springs
Take a moment for yourself to reflect on your relationship with the Grand Ol’ USA by taking a hike in the mountains at the top of the tram. It’s a chance to commune with nature and pay homage to the wild roots of our nation. If you decide to stay on the mountain, don’t count on seeing the fireworks. The Mountain Station is at 8,500 feet elevation and most fireworks explode at about 250 feet, officials say.
Vista Point, Highway 74 | Palm Desert
This lookout is a favorite place to see fireworks from Palm Desert and Coachella. Again, it’s pretty high up and you might only see specks of colored lights, but the sweeping views of the oasis more than make up for it.
The Gardens on El Paseo | Palm Desert
The Gardens on El Paseo may be the best place to see the Palm Desert fireworks—if you can get a reservation for patio seating at one of the second-floor restaurants (Tommy Bahama’s, Wilma and Frieda’s, Pacifica Seafood Restaurant, Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza and Sullivan’s Steakhouse), or don’t mind hanging out. Contact the restaurants directly for reservations.
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