The Coachella Valley is a lively place. For the 4th of July I thought I would highlight some fun things to do. They all can be done with or without grandchildren. I have included a few things that are not 4th related but fun to do on a long weekend.
TUESDAY, JULY 3
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino | Indio
The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians hosts the annual fireworks display starting at 8:45 p.m. at its Eagle Springs Golf Course next to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Everyone’s welcome, and you can bring low-back folding chairs or blankets to sit on. The show is choreographed to music on The Eagle 106.9, a local radio station. Park in the gravel lot closest to the course’s Pro Shop.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 4
Fourth of July Celebration at Sun City Shadow Hills, July 4 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Montecito Clubhouse, $12 per person inside ballroom, $10 per person outside ballroom. Music, dancing, fun, hamburgers, hotdogs and more. Should have rsvp’d by June 28 but try anyway. 760-345-4349 Ext. 2120
Palm Springs Pool | Palm Springs
Spend the day in the water and watch the fireworks from the city pool. It starts at 2 p.m. and ends after the fireworks show. The afternoon includes music, inflatable slide and games. Tickets are $2.00 for children ages 4-12, and $6.00 for adults. Pre-purchase adult tickets for $5.00 at the Leisure Center.
Palm Springs Stadium | Palm Springs
It’s a yearly tradition in Palm Springs: a PS Power baseball game followed by a City-sponsored Fireworks Display after the game. The game starts at 6:05 p.m., with fireworks at 9:15 p.m. The ball park opens at 8 p.m. for free viewing of the fireworks. The ball field is in Sunrise Park so if you’re not into baseball, hot dogs, peanuts and beverages, try a picnic in the park. But get there early—parking can be tight around the park.
Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa 4thAnnual Fireworks Spectacular | Rancho Mirage
Celebrate Independence Day in Rancho Mirage. Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa is hosting its fourth annual fireworks display on July 4. A spectacular patriotic celebration for all to enjoy, watch as an enormous firework display lights up the night sky starting at approximately 9:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Enjoy the fireworks display synchronized to music on The Eagle 106.9.
Civic Center Park | Palm Desert
Bring your own seating (low lawn chairs or a blanket), a picnic dinner or check out what the vendors (food trucks) have to offer in food and beverages (no alcohol, sorry), and join in the Fourth of July fun at Civic Center Park in Palm Desert. The night starts at 7:15 p.m. with the National Anthem, followed by a concert by the Swing Cats Big Band. The 25-minute firework display starts at 9 p.m., with patriot and contemporary music.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway | Palm Springs
In observance of the Independence Day holiday, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will open early on Wednesday, July 4. The first tram car up on the holiday will be 8:00 a.m., the last tram car up will be 8:00 p.m. and the last tram car down will be 9:45 p.m. Tickets can be purchased on-line www.pstramway.com. Think about staying for dinner at the acclaimed Peaks Restaurant! Take a moment for yourself to reflect on your relationship with the Grand Ol’ USA by taking a hike in the mountains at the top of the tram. It’s a chance to commune with nature and pay homage to the wild roots of our nation. If you decide to stay on the mountain, don’t count on seeing the fireworks. The Mountain Station is at 8,500 feet elevation and most fireworks explode at about 250 feet, officials say. Oh, and the temps are about 25 – 35 degrees less than the valley.
Vista Point, Highway 74 | Palm Desert
This lookout is a favorite place to see fireworks from Palm Desert and Coachella. It’s high up and you might only see specks of colored lights, but the sweeping views of the oasis more than make up for it.
The Gardens on El Paseo | Palm Desert
The Gardens on El Paseo may be the best place to see the Palm Desert fireworks—if you can get a reservation for patio seating at one of the second-floor restaurants (Tommy Bahama’s, Wilma and Frieda’s, Pacifica Seafood Restaurant, Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza and Sullivan’s Steakhouse), or don’t mind hanging out.
AAP - Food Samaritans IndepenDANCE Party | From 7:30pm to 10:00pm
O'Donnell House 412 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs. Join supporters of AAP – Food Samaritans at the dazzling Independence Day party and fundraiser. The City of Palm Springs’ fireworks display will commence at approximately 9:15 pm. A DJ will play a range of upbeat dance songs (some with a patriotic twist). The $150 per person ticket includes cocktails, a 'good ole' 4th July barbeque and valet parking. Register at: www.aidsassistance.org
4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION by Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California
The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, hosts this year’s 4th of July Celebration. There will be an open gate on base from 7 to 10 pm. Food vendors, Kids Zone, music, lots of family fun, and a fabulous fireworks display! Live music on stage. At 9:00 pm. the base presents the largest display of Fireworks in the Morongo Basin. Bring a blanket, lawn chairs, family and friends. Join us on Del Valle Field for a Kids Zone, music, and lots of family fun, culminating in a spectacular firework display at 9 pm! Bring a blanket, lawn chairs, family and friends. For more information, call (760) 830-5086.