There are many ways to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Some cities have old-fashioned parades and festivals with lots of live entertainment and good food to commemorate the national holiday.

Others love to wait until after dark to see the vibrant and loud fireworks that dazzle us as we look toward the sky.

If you are looking for a fun time on the Fourth, here is a sampling of cities that will make your heart happy this year with their red, white and blue celebrations.


The Fourth of July Freedom Festival will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. July 4 in Stewart Park in Beaumont.

There will be musical entertainment from 5 to 8:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9 p.m.

Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food vendors also will be available.


The Fourth of July festivities begin at 11 a.m. with a recreational swim.

The pool closes for a break from 2 to 2:30 p.m. and re-opens from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The open swim is for children 12 and younger and admission is free, courtesy of the Banning Kiwanis Club.

Gates open at 6 p.m. to the Nicolet Middle School stadium for the fireworks show and other activities. The stadium is at San Gorgonio Avenue and Wilson Street. Activities and attractions are at a nominal fee.

The fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m. Admission is free.


The Fourth of July parade will start at 9 a.m. on Base Line Avenue, heading west from Palm Avenue, south on Central Avenue and ending at Highland Community Park.

The parade is presented by the Highland Chamber of Commerce.

Highland Community Fourth of July fireworks celebration will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on the Immanuel Baptist Church softball fields. Gates open at 6 p.m.

Bring blankets or lawn chairs.

There will be food vendors, area business displays, Fun Zone for kids, car show.

Fireworks show will start after dark.

Free admission and parking.

Hosted by Immanuel Baptist Church.


Yucaipa’s fireworks show will start at 9 p.m. at Yucaipa High School, 33000 Yucaipa Blvd. in Yucaipa.


Redlands Fourth of July celebration starts at 9 a.m. in Sylvan Park, with live music, games and food.

The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. and goes around the park.

The Savoir Faire Band performs from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Kevin Williams performs from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Fourth of July Band plays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Flag Raising ceremony will be held at that time.

The Fourth of July Band plays again from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m., followed by Savoir Faire Band from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.

Gates open to the University of Redlands football stadium at 6 p.m. There will be skydivers, airplane flyovers and live music by Sweet Mischief. Reserved seats are $15; pre-sale are $10; $12 at the gate. Children three and younger are free.

Fireworks at dusk.


The town of Idyllwild will hold its parade at 10 a.m., starting at North Circle Drive and ending at Fern Valley Corner.

Staff Writer Julie Farren may be reached at


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