Palm Desert Celebrates Independence Day with spectacular fireworks 

Ready to get outdoors and celebrate our nation’s freedom? We know just the place. Celebrate the 4th of July by joining the City of Palm Desert at Civic Center Park for blockbuster Independence Day fireworks display.

This year’s festivities will be scaled down slightly in accordance with public health guidelines, ensuring that spectators have an entertaining and safe 4th of July. While there will be no live entertainment on the amphitheater stage, attendees may see this as an opportunity to spread across all 70 acres of Civic Center Park and find their own unique vantage point for the big finale of the evening.

The Independence Day commemoration starts at 8:30 p.m. with a presentation of our nation’s flag, the national anthem and welcoming remarks. Then the sky will light up at 9 p.m. with a spectacular 20-minute-long fireworks display synchronized to patriotic and contemporary music simulcast on radio stations The Mix 100.5 FM and 98.5 The Bull. The music that accompanies the fireworks will be audible throughout the park.

A variety of food trucks and vendors will be on hand with tasty treats. Attendees may also bring picnic dinners, blankets, and chairs to enjoy the show. Alcoholic beverages, smoking, and portable barbeques are prohibited. Private fireworks are illegal in Civic Center Park and throughout Palm Desert. Flashlights are recommended for safely exiting the park.

To protect public safety during the holiday celebration in the busy park, golf carts will not be allowed to operate inside park grounds on July 4. The dog park in Civic Center Park will also be closed that day. Masks, hand sanitizer and hand-washing stations will be put in place for people who would like to take advantage of these safety measures.

Civic Center Park is located at 73510 Fred Waring Drive (Fred Waring and San Pablo Avenue). San Pablo Avenue between Magnesia Falls Drive and the entrance to College of the Desert will be closed beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 3. Other road closures around the park, including Magnesia Falls Drive, are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. on July 4. Parking will be allowed at the park until 6 p.m. with access from Fred Waring Drive. Private vehicles will not be allowed into the park once lots are full.

For the comfort and convenience of attendees, free, air-conditioned shuttle service will be provided between The Gardens on El Paseo and the park, from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. The Gardens is located at the corner of El Paseo and San Pablo Avenue. In accordance with public health regulations for public transportation, face masks are required to ride the shuttles.

For more information, please call 760-568-1441.

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