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City of Temecula Celebrates the 4th of July with a Bang

Its Independence Day once again and, with parades, live music, festivals and, of course, fireworks, the City of Temecula is pulling out all the stops to help their community celebrate America’s birthday with a bang!

The patriotic party starts at 10:00 am with the City of Temecula’s Community Pride 4th of July Parade. The parade will begin on the south end of Front Street and run through the center of Old Town, from “arch to arch.” This popular annual event will feature city officials, clubs, organizations, scout troops, businesses, sports teams, equestrian groups and all sorts of other local participants looking to share their love of country with their neighbors.

Parking for the parade is available at the Old Town Parking garage until 9:45 am, just south of the Civic Center at Mercedes Street, but please note that Front Street will be closed beginning at 9:00 am. Additional handicapped parking with the available at the 6th Street parking lot.

Following the parade, refuel by grabbing some lunch in Old Town before heading down to Ronald Reagan Sports Park for the annual Family Fun and Fireworks Festival.

The festival will include live music from 2:00 -9:00 pm, food and drink vendors, and a fun zone where, for a small fee, kids have access to the inflatables, games, prize wheel, face painting and more. The Community Recreation Center pool will also be open from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm as a needed escape for the heat of midday.

The culmination of the red, white and blue-themed extravaganza at the park will be the fireworks at 9:00 pm sharp. Make sure to tune your radio to KATY 101.3 FM for the proper musical accompaniment.

Although the family fun begins at 2:00 pm, the park is open beginning at 8:00 am and people will be claiming their spots really, crazy early!  I can’t stress this enough! So slather the kids with sunblock, bring your lawn chairs and EZ Up tents and be prepared to spend the day.

Because they care so much about their neighbors, the City of Temecula has several rules to keep the festival safe and fun for all attendees. These include no alcohol or glass bottles, no dogs off leashes, no RV parking, etc. Also, to ensure a safe event, both onsite an on the road, this year’s festival includes an Uber / Lyft drop off zone off Margarita Road.

You can find the full list of no-no’s, as well as additional event information, on the City of Temecula recreation department website at Please review the rules before you go as to not have any holiday-spoiling surprises.

No matter where you are on the 4th of July, celebrating with barbecues, concerts, family and friends, please take a moment to thank our troops, past and present, for the sacrifices they make to secure our freedom.

All of us at What’s Up? Temecula wish you and your family a safe and happy 4th of July!

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Holly Herndon

Holly Herndon

Holly has been covering arts & entertainment in the Temecula Valley for as long as she has been a part of the community. She loves San Diego sports almost as much as she loves her family.

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