The temperature may be rising, but that doesn’t mean there is a lack of things to do for the upcoming Fourth of July weekend.
Here is a breakdown:
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians start the holiday weekend early with a free fireworks display around 9 p.m. at the casino in Coachella.
Augustine’s Casino in Coachella will host its inaugural half-pound hot dog eating contest at 6 p.m. near the casino’s Menyikish Grill. Contestants must stop by the casino by July 2 to enter their name in a drawing. Rather than trying to eat as many hot dogs in one sitting, the contests seeks to find the one entrant who can eat three half-pound Menyikish signature angus beef hot dogs in a timed event. The winner takes home $1,000.
The city hosts an “All American 4th of July” at the Palm Springs Stadium. Enjoy the fireworks spectacular and Power Baseball extravaganza at the close of a day packed with activities. To keep cool, the day will start off with special holiday swim hours from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Palm Springs Pavilion, 401 S. Pavilion Way followed by a free concert at 5:30 p.m. in Sunset Park featuring the Boys and Girls Club and the Heatwave Jazz and Show Band. The Palm Springs Power takes the baseball field at 6 p.m. against the San Diego Force. As the sun sets over the desert, take your blankets to the Stadium field to watch the sparks fly. Admission is free and the show begins at 8 p.m. with fireworks display at 9:15 p.m.
AIDS Assistance Program
This Independence Day benefit takes place at the Historic O’Donnell House, 412 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, in Palm Springs. The celebration begins at 7:30 p.m. with cocktails and hor d’oeuvres followed by fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Valet parking provided. Call 760-325-8481 or visit www.aidsassistance.org for tickets
Twin Palms Bistro & Lounge
Hungry for Fourth of July fixins? Served 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., grab some hamburgers and hot dogs at this eatery’s Fourth of July Firecracker Buffet. Perfect picnic food for gazing at the sky in wait for fireworks.
1201 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, 760-322-3730
Palm Desert Civic Center Park
A popular yearly event, the free Fireworks Celebration at Palm Desert Civic Center features live music, food, and fireworks. Pack a picnic and bring your lawn chairs to the heart of the city for a dynamite evening. The Independence Day Celebration will take place 7:15- 9:30 p.m. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase at both the park and the adjacent Aquatic Center.
Spotlight 29 Casino, Coachella
Bring your luck and kick off 4th of July with Café Capitata’s Barbeque Buffet available all day. The casino offers an array of holiday activities including a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute show.
Morongo Casino Resort & Spa – Tacos & Tequila
Celebrate Americano Pride on Independence Day at Tacos & Tequila at the Morongo Casino in Cabazon. The fiesta will continue all weekend long (July 4-6) with patriots indulging in an Americano combo that includes matador burgers, sonoran hot dog, and chorizo cheese fries to spark your taste buds.
Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms
Show your patriotism and enjoy the holiday with food, fun, beer and live entertainment. Bring your blanket and lawn chairs and sport your red, white, and blue to watch the fireworks at 9 p.m.
Lucky Park, 5885 Luckie Ave., Twentynine Palms
The Yucca Valley Rotary Club Fireworks Show
This free, annual show is complete with military displays, bounce houses, glo-rings, live entertainment, vendor fair, and kids activities. Gates open at 6 p.m. and fireworks start at 9 p.m.
Brehm Youth Sports Complex , 56525 Little League Drive ,Yucca Valley
The City of Beaumont will put on an awesome Pyro Spectacular Fireworks display and live music featuring The Basix and Eddie Money. Take a dip in the city pool and shop at Market Night before the big event. Visit for a complete schedule of events and pertinent information.
Desert Hot Springs will showcase its finalists for its own version of Desert Hot Springs Got Talent as part of the entertainment lineup beginning at 5:30 p.m. at 64949 Mission Lakes Blvd. Food vendors on site at this free event.