How people plan to spend the first of July 4th since California reopened


June 15 couldn’t come any sooner for Californians who were fed up with the restrictions related to the pandemic. Most were lifted in the middle of the month and just in time for July 4th.

“We’re going to be in the mountains, the San Bernardino mountains. We just bought a house up there,” said David Otto, a Palm Springs resident.

Visitors to downtown Palm Springs shared some of their plans with News Channel 3 on Sunday.

“This year we will be celebrating the fourth in Bakersfield; we both live there and it’s a community of over 55. They invited everyone to decorate their golf carts and breakfast is served and after that you are on your own, “said Sandy Purcell, a resident of the San Joaquin Valley.

Many now can’t wait to fire up the grill and spend the day with family and friends.

“We are very grateful to be able to do this. There are a lot of families who maybe aren’t as lucky as we are to have our whole family with us. We are very grateful. I just wish everyone have a great fourth, ”said Judy Nast, San Joaquin Valley resident.

Cities around the Coachella Valley are gearing up for the Independence Day celebration. Some will organize events before the fourth.

  • Desert Hot Springs – July 2 Fireworks Show
  • Coachella – July 2 fireworks display
    • Coachella City is hosting an Independence Day celebration on July 2 at Bagdouma Park. The event takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    • July 3 fireworks show

      On July 3, Coachella Crossroads (next to Casino Spotlight 29) will host a free fireworks display. The event will begin at 5 p.m. and include full bar service (with the new selection of 29 Palms Band of Mission Indians craft beers), games and family activities (including a corn hole, photo booth, freebies and more), and a classic barbecue will be served from a food truck in support of the Riverside Sheriffs Association.

      At 6:00 p.m., a DJ will play catchy music, and at 7:00 p.m., the public and casino guests will be invited to take a hot air balloon ride on the property.

      Around 9 p.m., an incredible fireworks display will start in sync with a live remote music broadcast. The event ends at 10 p.m.

  • Palm Springs – July 4th Laser Light Show
    • The elevated city of Palm Springs a controversy in May when a divided council voted not to hold a traditional fireworks show. So what’s the replacement? All day events culminating in a laser light show

      Victoria Water Palooza Park July 4 (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.): free hot dogs and snow cones, water games, food, music

      Palm Springs Swim Center Family Pool Party (3 p.m. to 9 p.m.) – Food, water games, music

      Sunrise Park Independence Fest (activities start at 3 p.m.): Music, games, food, Movie in the Park starts at dusk.

      Ruth Hardy Park Fourth of July Spectacular (start of activities at 4 p.m.): Food & Games, Dude Jones Band and Laser Light Show. The group plays at 6.30pm; Laser show at 9:15 p.m.

    • AAP – Food Samaritans will also host its own Independence Day celebration and fundraiser at Historic O’Donnell House
      • The event starts at 7:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy traditional American cuisine prepared by Willie Rhine and his Eight4Nine team that will provide incredible decor, excellent service and delicious food and drink.
      • Tickets are $ 200, which includes an open bar, dinner, entertainment, and valet parking. (Advance purchase is required.)
      • Tickets for the Independence Day celebration can be purchased at or by calling 760-325-8481.
  • Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage Fireworks Show
    • Celebrate July 4th with gifts and a beautiful fireworks display! FREE parking and entry.
    • Special Drive-In | 7:00 p.m.
      It’s the start of the fireworks! Bring your own garden chair, sit back and enjoy the music and gifts!
    • Fireworks show | 9 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
      Spectacular show with synchronized music live from Eagle 106.9 Parking opens at 3:00 p.m.
  • Twentynine Palms – 4th of July fireworks display
    • On July 4th, Tortoise Rock Casino will also host a fireworks display

      At 10:00 am, a color guard will hoist the marine flag, followed by hoisting of the tribal flag. This will be followed by a colored guard hoisting the national flag. A representative of the Twentynine Palms community will follow with brief remarks and the flag raising ceremony will end with a catering service for participants.

      At 5:00 p.m., the party begins and admission is free, but anyone under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. An outdoor patio will feature full bar service (with the new selection of 29 Palms Band of Mission Indians craft beers), games and family activities (including a corn hole, photo booth, freebies and more), barbecue classic will be served from Mine Train Smokery, Eddies Street Tacos and other local street vendors, and a classic car experience offered by the Morongo Basin Car Club.

      At 5:30 p.m., a color guard will lower the American flag, followed by live music from Lisa Lynn and The Broken Hallelujahs at the Rock Stage. At 7:00 p.m., the public and casino patrons will be invited for hot air balloon rides on the property. At approximately 9:00 p.m., an incredible fireworks display will start in sync with a live remote music broadcast. The event ends at 10 p.m.

Despite professional fireworks displays, local law enforcement is urging the public to avoid illegal fireworks in towns where they are not permitted.

“Fireworks are illegal even on July 4,” said Battalion Commander John Williams of Cathedral City Fire. He said crews are preparing to crack down on illegal postings. “If you are caught with fireworks – whether you use them, shoot them or possess them – you will be fined $ 1,000 for the first offense, $ 2,000 for the second offense. , $ 3,000 for the third offense, etc..

And the crackdown is unfolding across the county. This year, the Riverside County Supervisory Board passed new regulations that more than double fines for illegal fireworks. Violators can be slapped with a fine of $ 1,000 to $ 5,000.

But it’s not just about the increased risk of fire.

The Sheriff’s Department reported 8,668 911 calls last year around July 4 in connection with fireworks, with 80 people arrested.

Law enforcement officials said it was a strain on resources that could be used in other places.

To prevent fires and keep first responders available in case of an emergency, fire crews have said they are sticking to legal fireworks only this year.

“We hope people stay safe, play by the rules,” said Nathan Gunkel of the Palm Springs Fire Department.

Some unincorporated areas in the county allow “safe and sane” fireworks, including Desert Hot Springs, Indio, Coachella, and Blythe. This only includes fireworks, like sparklers, which do not shoot in the air.


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