Saturday, July 2 – Monday, July 4
San Juan Capistrano Carnival
Noon-10 p.m. The city’s annual carnival runs July 2-4 and includes thrill rides for teens and adults, rides for children and an array of carnival games at the San Juan Capistrano Sports Park, located at 25925 Camino Del Avion. For ticket pre-sale info, call 949.493.5911 or visit www.sanjuancapistrano.org.
Picnic in the Park
2 p.m. Join the San Juan Capistrano Equestrian Coalition, Blenheim Facility Management and the Las Vaqueras Women’s Riding Group for a tour of the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park, followed by the Markel Insurance Grand Prix at 3 p.m. Refreshments provided. Admission is free. Guests are encouraged to bring sunscreen and blankets. The Riding Park is located at the corner of Ortega Highway and La Pata. For more info, call 949.661.3130.
Monday, July 4
Annual Forster Ranch Kids and Pets Parade
9 a.m. Bring bikes, trikes, wagons and strollers decorated in red, white and blue to celebrate Independence Day. Pets are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The parade is approximately 20 minutes long and starts at Forster Ranch sign near the greenbelt path at the corner of Calle Nuevo and Camino De Los Mares.
San Juan Capistrano Fourth of July Celebration
Noon-10:30 p.m. The city hosts its annual Fourth of July celebration at the San Juan Sports Park, located at 25925 Camino Del Avion. Festivities include live music performed by Family Style from 6-8:30 p.m., dancing, carnival rides, food to purchase and a beer and wine garden. All rides and games require purchase, with the exception of a free mechanical train ride through the sports park and old fashioned family picnic games for all ages. The evening is capped off with a fireworks show at 9 p.m. Bring your chairs and blankets and arrive early to find the best spot to enjoy the show. Canopies are permitted in the back portion of the sports park. Admission and parking are free. For more info, call 949.493.5911 or visit www.sanjuancapistrano.org.
Dana Point Yacht Club
The Yacht Club will be hosting a party on the dock, with a barbecue from noon-7 p.m. and a bounce house for the kids.www.dpyc.org.
Dana Wharf Cruises
6:30-9:30 p.m. Choose from three cruise options that Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching is hosting. First, at 6:30 p.m., the schooner curlew offers complimentary champagne, soft drinks and hors d’oeuvres ($95 for adults and $65 for kids ages 2-12.) The Dana Pride sets sail at 7:30 p.m. with buffet-style dinner ($84 for adults, $39 for kids ages 5-12). And the Display Cruise leaves at 8 p.m. ($45 for adults, $29 for kids ages 3-12). www.danawharf.com.
Ocean Institute Fireworks Cruise
7:30-10 p.m. There will be wine, appetizers and desserts available aboard the R/V Sea Explorer. Off-site parking and free shuttle also available. Tickets are $50 for adults, $40 for kids ages 4-17. Members can receive 10 percent off. www.ocean-institute.org.
Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Safari Evening Fireworks Extravaganza
8-10 p.m. The catamarans will be heading out to watch the fireworks. Tickets are $65 per person. Reservations required. www.dolphinsafari.com, 949.488.2828.
San Clemente Fireworks Celebration
9 p.m. The city of San Clemente will host an Independence Day celebration for the community. At 9 p.m., the city continues its annual tradition of a fireworks display from the Municipal Pier. The end of the Pier, opposite the entrance, will close at noon on Sunday, July 3, for preliminary preparation, and the entire pier will close on Monday, July 4 at 8 a.m. and remain closed for the day. The Fisherman’s Restaurant will be accessible to its patrons—and the Ocean Festival will host its annual Dinner on the Pier. A $65 ticket includes great seats for the fireworks display and dinner catered by The Fisherman’s Restaurant (for reservations, contact Valarie at 949.498.6390 or Lisa Green at email@example.com.) A flyover by the Condor Squadron, consisting of four AT-6 aircraft World War II trainers, will take place along the coast and is scheduled to reach San Clemente at 6:25 p.m.