Orange County 4th of July Challenge

Orange County 4th of July Challenge

Are you ready for a 4th of July adventure like no other? This year, we’re challenging you to make the most of Independence Day with our exciting OC 4th of July Challenge! Visit as many events as you can across Orange County. From parades and fairs to live music and firework displays, Orange County has tons of patriotic festivities. Below we created a roadmap on how to experience 4th of July around OC to its fullest. If you take this one, we want to hear about it!!

Morning Events

  1. Lake Forest: Fourth of July Parade
    • Time: Starts at 9:30 am
    • Location: Toledo Way, Serrano Road, Ridge Route, and Lake Forest
    • Activity: Watch the parade.
  2. Irvine: Pretend City Children’s Museum
    • Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (arrival around 10:30 am)
    • Location: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618
    • Activity: Enjoy the children’s activities and interactive exhibits.

Midday Events

  1. Mission Viejo: Street Faire
    • Time: 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm (arrival around 12:30 pm)
    • Location: Olympiad between Marguerite and Melinda
    • Activity: Explore the fair, enjoy live entertainment, and visit vendor booths.
  2. Ladera Ranch: July 4 Celebrations
    • Time: 7:00 am – 9:30 pm (arrival around 3:30 pm)
    • Location: Founders Park, 28275 Avendale Blvd, Ladera Ranch, CA 92694
    • Activity: Participate in games, enjoy food trucks, and attend the concert.

Afternoon/Evening Events

  1. Cypress: Salute to America
    • Time: 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm (arrival around 5:30 pm)
    • Location: Cypress College, 9200 Valley View Street, Cypress, CA 90630
    • Activity: Enjoy the food trucks, entertainment, and live music before heading to the next event.
  2. Huntington Beach: 4th of July Parade & Pier Festival
    • Time: Festival from 9:00 am – 10:00 pm (arrival around 7:00 pm)
    • Location: Pier Plaza
    • Activity: Explore the festival booths, food trucks, and live entertainment.
  3. Dana Point: Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza
    • Time: Fireworks at 9:00 pm (arrival around 8:30 pm)
    • Location: Dana Point Harbor
    • Activity: Watch the fireworks display over the harbor.

Suggested Travel Plan

  • Lake Forest to Irvine: Approx. 15 minutes (10 miles)
  • Irvine to Mission Viejo: Approx. 15 minutes (10 miles)
  • Mission Viejo to Ladera Ranch: Approx. 20 minutes (10 miles)
  • Ladera Ranch to Cypress: Approx. 30 minutes (20 miles)
  • Cypress to Huntington Beach: Approx. 20 minutes (12 miles)
  • Huntington Beach to Dana Point: Approx. 35 minutes (25 miles)


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