California theme parks fire up Fourth of July fireworks shows

California theme parks will celebrate Independence Day with all-American foods, patriotic music, holiday-themed games and fireworks spectaculars.

The festivities at Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, SeaWorld San Diego, Legoland California, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and California’s Great America are included with the price of admission.

Let’s take a closer look at California theme parks for the Fourth of July weekend.


Disneyland will salute the stars and stripes on the Fourth of July with a fireworks show set to patriotic music.

Disneyland nightly fireworks shows typically hit the skies above Sleeping Beauty Castle around 9:30 p.m. The pyrotechnics, video projections, show lighting and lasers are best viewed on the facades of Sleeping Beauty Castle, Main Street U.S.A. and It’s a Small World.

The Anaheim theme park will be decked out with red, white and blue décor and offer holiday-themed food and merchandise.

Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood will celebrate the Fourth of July with a fireworks extravaganza visible from multiple locations within the theme park.

The park’s Independence Day décor will be complemented by music from a fife and drum band.

The fireworks displays on July 2-4 will be synchronized to a score of Universal-themed music and patriotic songs beginning at 9 p.m.

Knott’s Berry Farm

Knott’s Berry Farm will celebrate Independence Day on July 2-4 with a fireworks spectacular at 9:30 p.m.

The Buena Park theme park will throw a backyard barbecue with live bands, DJ dance music and picnic food as part of the Knott’s Summer Nights event during the Fourth of July weekend.

Six Flags Magic Mountain

The three-day July 4th Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain runs from July 2-4 with nightly fireworks finales at 9:15 p.m. set to patriotic music.

The Six Flags fireworks show can be viewed from the Main Gate Plaza and the Full Throttle Zone at the Valencia amusement park.

SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego’s fireworks spectacular set to a patriotic soundtrack will kick off at 8:50 p.m. on July 2-4.

The Fourth of July weekend festivities also include Marine Band San Diego performances and American flag ceremonies.

SeaWorld San Diego is offering 45% discounts on online tickets as part of a Fourth of July sale.

Legoland California

The Red, White and Boom celebration on July 4 at Legoland California will conclude at 8:30 p.m. with a fireworks show set to a patriotic musical tribute.

The Carlsbad park promises All-American fun with Lego character meet-and-greet photo opportunities throughout the day.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

The three-day Fourth of July Fest at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom runs from July 2-4 with nightly fireworks finales at 9 p.m. set to patriotic music.

The Vallejo amusement and wild animal park will serve Patriotic Punch with a rock candy stirrer in honor of the holiday.

California’s Great America

California’s Great America will cap Independence Day festivities at 9 p.m. with a fireworks show visible from the Flight Deck roller coaster plaza and or the Redwood Amphitheater.

The Santa Clara amusement park will offer a Fourth of July Backyard Cookout with all-you-can-eat hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ chicken for $30.

Contributed by local news sources

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