Many people enjoy celebrating July 4 at OC Parks, and with the holiday falling on a Saturday this year, even more people may visit. Planning your visit ahead of time and knowing the rules can help make for a more enjoyable holiday.
Most importantly, fireworks are not permitted at County parks on July 4 or any other day.
Those wishing to view a professional fireworks show may visit Laguna Niguel Regional Park Saturday night for the city's annual Fireworks Spectacular.
Expect increased crowds at parks, particularly regional parks. Parking lots may fill early, and once they do no additional vehicles will be permitted in the park. All shelters will be available only on a first-come, first-served basis and one person must be present at all times to hold the shelter. No reservations are accepted for July 4.
Parking fees at regional and other parks with entry booths – except O’Neill Regional Park and Caspers Wilderness Park – will increase to $7 for July 4. Parking at wilderness parks and parks with pay-and-display kiosks will remain $3 for the day. County beach parking is $1 per hour.
Individual campsites are sold out at Caspers Wilderness Park and O’Neill Regional Park. A limited number of group sites may be available. Contact the park for details.
Most regional parks will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Irvine and Laguna Niguel regional parks open at 6 a.m. Santiago Oaks, Peters Canyon and O’Neill regional parks operate on wilderness park hours, as do the outlying trails around Irvine Regional Park. Wilderness parks are open at 7 a.m. and close at sunset year round.
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