Fireworks shows and Independence Day celebrations in and around Southwest Riverside County will kick off on Saturday, June 24, with the City of Menifee Independence Day Celebration, followed by the City of Perris Fireworks Celebration on Saturday, July 1, and celebrations in the Cities of Canyon Lake, Corona, Lake Elsinore, and Temecula on Tuesday, July 4.
The City of Menifee Independence Day Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 24, at 4 p.m. at Wheatfield Park, 30627 Menifee Rd., and will include a parade, fireworks show, food, vendors, and activities for all ages. The fireworks show starts at 9 p.m.
The City of Perris Fireworks Celebration will be held on Saturday, July 1, at 6 p.m. at Morgan Park, 600 E. Morgan St., and will include arts and crafts, food vendors, a movie, and a fireworks show. The movie starts at dusk. The fireworks show starts at 9 p.m.
On Tuesday, July 4, the following cities will be hosting Fourth of July events:
The Canyon Lake Property Owners Association fireworks show will launch at 9 p.m. from Skipper’s Island. Canyon Lake is a gated community, guests must be called in.
The City of Corona Independence Day Celebration starts with the Main Street USA Independence Day Parade at 9 a.m., followed by a fireworks show, entertainment, food, and vendors at 5 p.m. at Santana Park, 598 Santana Way. The fireworks show starts at sundown.
The City of Lake Elsinore Party in the Park features a bike parade for kids, play zones, carnival-style games, inflatables, and crafts from 9 to 11 a.m. at Summerly Park, 18505 Malaga Rd., followed by a fireworks show over the lake at 9 p.m. Lakepoint Park, Swick and Matich Park, Elm Grove Beach, and Whiskers Beach have been designated as prime spots to watch the show.
The City of Temecula 4th of July Extravaganza starts with a parade at 10 a.m. in Old Town, followed by activities, a fireworks show, entertainment, vendors, and a fun zone for kids starting at 2 p.m. at Ronald Reagan Sports Park, 30875 Rancho Vista Rd. The fireworks show starts at 9 p.m.
To prevent wildfires and injuries resulting from Fourth of July celebrations, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors is continuing the “If You Light it, We’ll Write it” illegal fireworks enforcement activity and education campaign. Enforcement activity targets the sale, transportation, and use of illegal fireworks – with fines ranging up to $5,000.
By local ordinance, California-approved “safe and sane” fireworks are only permitted within the city limits of Indio, Coachella, Blythe, and Desert Hot Springs.
Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery will again host a July 4 fundraiser that will bring guests close to the fireworks at nearby Mount Rubidoux. The 12th annual Front Row Fireworks event is set for Tuesday, July 4, from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The event will support the “mission of preserving Evergreen Cemetery,” a news release states. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 3 and above. Active military personnel and those 2 and younger are free. Guests may bring coolers, picnic baskets, blankets, lawn chairs and wagons. Food and drinks can be purchased from vendors. Ransom Rock will play hits from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. A free Kid Zone will have inflatable jumpers, face painting, a magician/balloon artist, games and arts and crafts. A scavenger hunt also will be staged. Evergreen docents will give tours of the downtown cemetery, where many of historic Riverside figures are buried. The cemetery is at 4414 14th St.
Residents can report illegal fireworks by downloading the Riverside County Sheriff’s app or by calling 800-950-2444.
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