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Even as the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be lessening its grip on our lives as California plans to completely open June 15, there are still plenty of questions bouncing around and that includes Fourth of July plans in Greater Palm Springs.
Some desert cities have already committed to a Fourth of July fireworks display or activities, but more remain a question mark or are still working out the details.
Here is a list of what we have to date, but we will continue to update this article and repost it on our social media channels as more holiday celebration details come to light.
BIG BEAR LAKE
When: 8:45 p.m. July 4
Where: Meadow Park, 41220 Park Ave.
Info: View fireworks for free over the lake. Take your seat at Above the Boom, Snow Summit's fireworks viewing party. Tickets sales will be limited; check BigBearMountainResort.com
DESERT HOT SPRINGS
When: 6-10 p.m. July 2
Where: Mission Springs Park, 14510 Palm Drive
Info: Food trucks will be on site. You can bring lawn chairs and blankets. No pets and no alcohol will be allowed.
When: 9 p.m. July 4
Where: Lake Arrowhead Village, 28200 State Route 189
Info: You can view the fireworks from the park, Lollipop Beach (at the end of the peninsula past the park), Village Bay Beach, or sit along the dockside. Details are still being worked out for a vintage aircraft show and a performance by the Riverside Philharmonic.
When: 9 a.m. parade, 4-9 p.m. FunFest — both on July 4
Where: Parade starts at Moreno Valley City Hall, 14177 Frederick St. FunFest will be held at Civic CenterAmphitheater (gates open at 2 p.m.), 13100 Arbor Park Lane.
Info: FunFest includes fireworks, live bands, food vendors and more. The amphitheater has limited seating, and the fireworks viewing area is on asphalt, so attendees should bring lawn chairs. Food and coolers (with non-alcoholic beverages ) are allowed. No grills. Alcohol is permitted but pets are not. Free entry from 2-4 p.m., and then $3 per person after 4 p.m. Purchase pre-sale ticket at the Conference and Recreation Center, 14075 Frederick St.
When: 8:30-9:30 p.m. July 4
Where: Palm Desert Civic Center Park, 43900 San Pablo Ave.
Info: Fireworks have been officially cofirmed. There will be food vendors but no live music. Music will be piped into the park. As a precaution, masks, handwashing and sanitizing stations will be available in the park. Free parking at Civic Center Park and the Gardens on El Paseo. There is free shuttle service to the park
When: 7:30 p.m. July 4
Where: O’Donnell House, 412 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs
Info: Join AAP – Food Samaritans in celebrating the Fourth of July at the historic ODonnell House. Guests will enjoy a traditional Americana meal catered by Willie Rhein from Eight 4Nine restaurant followed by the Palm Springs Fourth of July laser show. The cost is $200 per person that includes cocktails, dinner, entertainment, and valet parking. Advance purchase is required.
City of Palm Springs Fourth of July
When: July 4
• Fourth of July Water Palooza,11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Victoria Park, 2744 N. Via Miraleste. Featuring music, water games, free hot dogs and snow cones.
• Fourth of July Family Pool Party, 3 – 9 p.m. Palm Springs Swim Center, 405 S. Pavilion Way. Featuring water games, music, and food.
• Fourth of July Independence-Fest and Movie in Sunrise Park, 3 p.m. until credits roll, Sunrise Park, 401 S. Pavilion Way. Featuring, music, games, and food along with police, fire and city service vehicles for families to see live and in action. The film, A League of Their Own, starring Tom Hanks and Geena Davis starts at dusk.
• Fourth of July Concert and Laser Show at Ruth Hardy Park, 700 Tamarisk Road. Begins at 4 p.m. until end of laser show, which kicks off at 9:15 p.m. Featuring classic rock band DUDE Jones in concert at 6:30 p.m. along with food and games.
When: 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., July 4
Where: Torotoise Rock Casino, 73829 Baseline Road, Twentynine Palms.
Info: Start with a flag-raising ceremony at 9: 30 a.m. at the casino. All ages welcome. Food and drinks will be provided. Return at 5 p.m. for a Fourth of July celebration, including live music, balloon rides, games, food and beverages, and a fireworks show around 9 p.m.
When: 9 p.m. July 4
Where: Yucaipa High School football field, 33000 Yucaipa Blvd.
WHERE TO VIEW FIREWORKS
• Drive up Highway 74 to Vista Point to have an overview of the entire valley and see several fireworks displays at once. Be careful driving down the switchback once the fireworks are over.
• Take the elevator up to the 12th Floor Lounge at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.
• From the second floor of The Gardens at El Paseo in Palm Desert. Watch from a balcony or dine al fresco at Tommy Bahama and enjoy the Palm Desert fireworks from their patio.