Palm Desert Celebrates Independence Day with music and fireworks
In the mood for a patriotic party? We know just the place! Head to Palm Desert Civic Center Park this 4th of July for old-fashioned fun at the City of Palm Desert’s Independence Day Celebration.
With a swing band concert, food trucks and a terrific fireworks show—all happening in what is the Coachella Valley’s premier park—you’d be hard-pressed to find a better way to celebrate in the area.
While most of the official holiday activities are held in the evening to be timed with the setting sun, Civic Center Park is open all day for family fun. Activities and games for children will be provided in the field area behind the Family YMCA building, a short distance north of the two children’s playgrounds.
Food vendors will be open for business by 6 p.m. in the parking lot on the western edge of Civic Center Park. Food options will range from snacks and beverages to more substantial fare including burgers and tacos. Attendees may also pack a picnic dinner, but portable barbecues, alcoholic beverages and smoking are prohibited. For your comfort, bring a blanket or chair to sit on.
The evening’s events officially kick off at 7:30 p.m. at the park’s amphitheater with welcoming remarks and the singing of the National Anthem. Immediately afterward, the Swing Cats Big Band will entertain the crowd with a lively set of songs including swing-era classics and pop favorites. The Swing Cats are well-known in Southern California for their many appearances at Disneyland as well as past 4th of July performances in Palm Desert.
Then, at 9 p.m., comes the big show itself. The nighttime sky lights up with a spectacular 20-minute fireworks extravaganza accompanied by patriotic and contemporary music. The fireworks display can be enjoyed from any location in Civic Center Park that offers a clear view to the west. For people who are watching the fireworks away from the amphitheater, the music will be simulcast on radio stations Mix 100.5 and 98.5 The Bull.
The Palm Desert Aquatic Center is a prime alternative spot to enjoy the fireworks display. The facility remains open late for people who would like to enjoy the pools by day and then the fireworks by night. Food concessions are available there, as well.
Since Palm Desert’s Independence Day Celebration traditionally attracts several thousand people to Civic Center Park, it’s wise to know your transportation options in advance. San Pablo Avenue between Fred Waring Drive and Magnesia Falls Drive closes to through traffic on July 3 at 6 p.m. to accommodate the set-up of the pyrotechnics. Entrance to Civic Center Park is from Fred Waring Drive only.
The parking lot at Civic Center Park closes when it reaches capacity, usually around 5:30-6:00 p.m. on July 4. Convenient parking is also available at The Gardens on El Paseo, where a free shuttle bus service is available beginning at 6 p.m., departing from the San Pablo Avenue side of the center, and running continuously throughout the evening.
However and whenever you choose to arrive, remember it will be dark when you leave, and it is suggested that you bring a small flashlight with you to light up you pathway out. Remember, too, that private fireworks are illegal in the Civic Center Park and throughout the City of Palm Desert.
For more information about 4th of July in Palm Desert, please call Palm Desert Visitor Services at 760-568-1441.