Agua Caliente Casino Resort and Spa: Non-alcoholic beverages and food will be sold at 7pm. The 20 minute fireworks display set to music will begin at 9p.m. Lawn Chairs are welcomed!
Fantasy Springs: Bring your blankets and folding chairs to the area near the Eagle Falls pro shop and parking lot for a fireworks extravaganza at 9 p.m. Thursday.
Tribute to vets: Westfield Palm Desert is partnering with local Vietnam veteran Eddie Johnson to pay homage to POWs and those missing in action with a memorial from noon to 2 p.m. Friday. The event includes a meet and greet with veterans from all wars, complimentary crafts and refreshments and a special exhibit at the Main Court.
Palm Desert: Pack a picnic and head to Civic Center Park where the city is hosting its annual concert and fireworks extravaganza, all free, starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with fireworks around 9 p.m.
Palm Springs: The city is hosting its annual “All American Fourth of July” with a Palm Springs Power game followed by fireworks at the Palm Springs Stadium, starting at 6 p.m. There is a cost for the game, but admission to the fireworks is free, starting at 8 p.m.
Wet ‘n’ Wild: The water park in Palm Springs is open all weekend. Friday night’s Dive ‘n’ Movies is “Maleficent.” The park opens at 10 a.m., closing at 11 p.m. Friday and 10 p.m. Saturday.
Desert Hot Springs: The free Independence Day after-party starts at 6 p.m. on Sunday with live music by the Gin Piston band and fireworks at dark at 64949 Mission Lakes Blvd.
Heartthrob Auction: Six men and one woman will participate in the auction from 8 p.m. to midnight Sunday at the Copa, 244 E. Amado Road, Palm Springs, benefiting five LGBT charities. Admission is $20 at the door.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway: Take a hike out of the heat. The tram opens at 8 a.m. Saturday and all military personnel — active and retired — with valid ID ride for free throughout July. In addition, up to six of their guests receive 25 percent off of regular fares.
Idyllwild parade: Idyllwild is holding its annual Fourth of July parade along with a street festival from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on North Circle Drive.
Disneyland: If you’re thinking it’s time for a trip to the House of Mouse, no one does fireworks like Disneyland. A patriotic pyrotechnic grand finale is being added to the end of the “Disneyland Forever” 60th anniversary spectacular on July 4 only. The flag retreat ceremony, a 15- to 20-minute salute to all of the armed forces and those serving, is worth taking in any day, but especially on a patriotic holiday such as this.
-Courtesy of The Desert Sun.