Independence Day Weekend Roundup of Places to Go

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Fireworks2Celebrate early with Fireworks on the 2nd at Fantasy Springs  

When: Thursday, July 2nd * FIREWORKS BLAST OFF AT 9PM

Where: Eagle Falls Golf Course * 84-245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio

The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians and Fantasy Springs Resort Casino invite the community to attend a free fireworks event, before Independence Day.

  • Watch the fireworks from area around Eagle Falls pro shop and surrounding parking lot
  • All ages welcome
  • Bring blankets and folding chairs
  • Refreshments available for purchase
  • Come early for a good spot
  • Public parking permitted in the dirt/gravel parking lot closest to the Eagle Falls Golf Course Pro Shop (follow signs for Eagle Falls) and in the casino’s west and north lots

Music/Fireworks Simulcast on The Eagle — 106.9FM

Any questions, call or email Bradley Ryan, Public Relations Manager, at (760) 238-5873 or bryan@fantasysprings.net.

spalsh playground photoPalm Desert Aquatic Center Open for Viewing Civic Center Fireworks on July 4th

The Palm Desert Aquatic Center (PDAC), a one-of-its-kind water park in the Coachella Valley, remains open extended hours on July 4th until 10 p.m. giving guests an opportunity to swim and watch the City of Palm Desert fireworks display while keeping cool in the pool.

Valley residents and out of town visitors can enjoy the facility for recreational swim and water fun from 11 a.m. through the fireworks show, which takes place at about 9 p.m.  Guests at the pool during the day can leave and return for the fireworks without an additional admission fee for the show, but should consider parking options due to expectations of a full parking lot and street closures at the facility after 4 p.m.  Convenient shuttle buses are available adjacent to  The Gardens on El Paseo at cross streets San Pablo and El Paseo, to and from Civic Center Park from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

While the pools will remain open after 7 p.m., the diving boards, slides and water play areas will be closed.  The concession stand remains open through the evening with barbeque burgers, All-American hot dog and burger combo meals, pizza, nachos, traditional snacks, and fountain soda drinks (bringing outside food and drinks into the Aquatic Center is not allowed).

Admission on July 4th is the daily admission rate beginning at $2.50 to $4, depending on age, for Palm Desert residents with I.D.; or $3.75 to $6 for non-residents. While pools are monitored by trained lifeguards, children 6 years and younger must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult and must have an adult in the water if they are not swimmers.

For more information visit www.pdpool.com or call (760) 565-7467. PDAC is located at 73751 Magnesia Falls Drive, behind Civic Center Park.

PSfireworks“All American Fourth of July” Fireworks Spectacular and Power Baseball on Tap for City’s Independence Day Celebration in Palm Springs

Come celebrate Independence Day in Palm Springs at the City’s much loved “All American Fourth of July” fireworks spectacular and Power Baseball extravaganza on Saturday, July 4 at Palm Springs Stadium.

To keep cool, hop in the pool at Palm Springs Pavilion, 401 S. Pavilion Way. Hours of operation on July 4 are 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Then stop by Sunrise Park for a picnic and head to adjacent Palm Springs Stadium, 1901 E. Baristo Road and watch the Power take on the San Francisco Seals at 6:05 p.m. followed by patriotic fireworks at 9:15 p.m. FREE admission for the fireworks show begins at 8 p.m. Everyone is invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs and sit on the field.

“When it comes to celebrating Independence Day, Palm Springs does it like no place else,” says Mary Jo Ginther, Director of the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism.

“Bring the whole family, your patriotic spirit, and your red, white and blue and come celebrate an All American Fourth of July in our one-of-a-kind city.”

For more information, call Palm Springs Parks and Recreation at (760) 323-8272.

Independence Day Celebration benefitting AIDS Assistance Program

Saturday, July 4th, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Historic O’Donnell House * 412 W Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Join supporters of AIDS Assistance Program at the legendary O’Donnell House for a dazzling celebration. The evening includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. Valet parking provided. Advance purchase required. Contact 760-325-8481 or purchase online at aidsassistance.org.

4th at MiramonteMiramonte Resort & Spa Events

Join us for a weekend celebration of independence with a star-studded lineup of events, entertainment, and fun. Stay and play with us this summer for an unforgettable resort experience.

Saturday, July 4

Poolside barbecue with live music and signature cocktails

11:00AM – 4:00PM Award-winning DJ Gabe Vega, house and nu-disco music

Fireworks displays in Palm Desert, Palm Springs and City of Indio

Contact our concierge for details.

Sunday, July 5

Poolside barbecue with live music and signature cocktails

11:00AM – 4:00PM Award-winning DJ Gabe Vega, house and nu-disco music

6:00PM – 8:00PM Live acoustic set with Michael Keeth in the Vineyard Lounge

Room packages and specials available, visit MiramonteResort.com for details and pricing.

45000 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells, CA 92210 *  800-237-2926

Family Stone Spotlight 29CELEBRATE 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND AT SPOTLIGHT 29 CASINO.
Concert by The Family Stone, Amazing 4th of July Buffet, and Cash Prizes

Spotlight 29 Casino is proud to present a special weekend to commemorate the 4th of July.  Guests can enjoy a variety of fun and exciting events, including a concert on July 3 featuring the Family Stone, an all American buffet at Café Capitata on July 4th, a chance to enter to win a brand new Mercedes E Class Coupe, and a chance to qualify for an all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas to compete for $1,000,000 in the TournEvent of Champions Million Dollar Event.

Kick off the festive weekend with a concert in the Spotlight Showroom featuring The Family Stone on Friday, July 3 at 8 p.m. The infectious high-energy funk of The Family Stone will entertain the crowd with sing-along tunes and great music to dance to. Tickets for the show are $30 or $35 per ticket and are available at www.Spotlight29.com, Star Tickets.com, (800) 585-3737, or the Spotlight 29 Box Office and Gift Shop. Doors open at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, July 4, Café Capitata is offering a special All American buffet featuring favorite summertime dishes fit for an Independence Day celebration. The All American buffet is available all day for just $12.95 per person. Enjoy Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and BBQ Ribs, along with classic sides like macaroni and cheese and coleslaw, to name a few. A decadent dessert display of pies, cakes, cookies, chocolate dipped strawberries and more will satisfy every sweet tooth.

Guests will not want to miss out on the chance to qualify to win an all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas and a chance to win a $1,000,000 1st place prize in the TournEvent of Champions Million Dollar Event. A qualifying round will be held on Saturday, July 4 from 5-10 p.m., where session winners win a spot in the Finals on July 25, and share in more than $4,000 in prize money.  Qualifying rounds also occur every Saturday in July through July 18th.

CELEBRATE THE 4TH OF JULY AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO WITH A FREE CONCERT AND FOOD SPECIAL

Hamburgers and live music; two American classics will be offered at Tortoise Rock Casino in celebration of the 4th of July.  A Live at The Rock Free Friday concert featuring a Tribute to the original All American band, The Beach Boys, and guests can enjoy a tasty Hamburger and Fries food special July 4th.

Kick off the 4th of July holiday weekend with “Fun, Fun, Fun” and the music of The Beach Boys on Friday, July 3 featuring Woodie & the Longboards. Sing along with all of The Beach Boys hits like “Surfin’ U.S.A.,” “Good Vibrations,” “Help Me Ronda,” and more.  This concert is free and all guests 18+ are welcome.

Then on Saturday, July 4, Oasis Grille will offer a delicious Hamburger and French Fries with a drink for just $4.99 all day long!  Additional toppings are available for a small additional cost.

Tortoise Rock Casino can be found by taking a right on Adobe Road at Highway 62 going east. Everyone 18 years of age and over can join the non-stop sizzling gaming action at Tortoise Rock Casino.

WestinThe Luxurious Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa Explodes this Summer with Continuous Activities, Events, and a 4th of July Celebration

Rates start as low as $88 per night

The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa offers something for everyone this summer, notably with spectacular room rates and other deals. From a plethora of kid activities to spa, golf, tennis, entertainment and more for adults, as well as an extra special celebration for 4th of July, guests will never have to leave the resort to create a memorable vacation full of fun. Plus, the Summer Chill photo contest awards winners a free stay and more.

Several room deals are offered this summer, making a visit to The Westin an affordable option based on different schedules and interests. With the Crazy 8 special, room rates start at a mere $88 per night for a two-night stay.  There is also the Chillin Promotion with 32% off the resort’s best available rate for stays through September 30, 2015. In addition, The Westin Mission Hills honors teachers, military and first responders by offering discounted room rates for a two-night minimum stay while waiving the resort fee. For those staying four nights, the Sunsational Savings package awards the fourth night free, plus guests receive a $75 food and beverage credit and a complimentary room upgrade at check-in (based on availability).*

The Westin caters to kids and boasts numerous options for adults to enjoy. Overall, there are refreshing pools, a 60-foot water slide, DJ Dracer entertainment at the pool (during Sundown Saturdays from 2 to 6 p.m.), bicycle rentals, championship golf courses, tennis and tennis clinics with PBI Pros, exceptional dining, live entertainment, and renewing spa treatments. To celebrate summer, guests can “Chill” at The Spa with the special 50-minute Swedish massage or a 50-minute hydrating facial for only $79.

Specific to kids, there are special activities scheduled every day of the week such as visiting and feeding resident wildlife, ping pong contests, batting practice, squirt gun painting, movie nights, craft hours, and plenty of games such as bag toss, ring toss, twister, and more. The Westin also offers Desert Rangers, a program created for children ages 5 through 12 to have a unique experience during their stay at the resort, learning about desert area wildlife and habitats while also making a special off-property visit to The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. The cost of Desert Rangers is $75.

For golf and tennis enthusiasts there are two championship golf courses and seven lighted tennis courts. The resort was selected as a “Top 75 Tennis Resorts in the World” for 2015 by Tennis Resorts Online, while Golf Digest named the resort one of the “Top 75 resorts in North America,” and Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards recognized it as a “Top 10 California Golf Resort.” Two championship courses offer a completely different type of experience to challenge even the most extreme golf enthusiast and features stunning desert scape and mountain skyline views. Daily golf and tennis clinics are also offered for both adults and children of all skill levels.

A special 4th of July celebration is planned, featuring a poolside barbeque followed by a fireworks video and a themed DIVE-IN Movie. During the day, children can visit a petting zoo and have pony rides, as well as participate in other games and activities taking place throughout the resort.

For reservations and additional information visit www.westinmissionhills.com or call (866) 716-8108 or (760) 328-5955. For the Crazy 8 room rate, reference booking code CRAZY8. For the teachers, military and first responders rate reference TEACH or HEROES. For the Sunsational special use booking code promo code ZS4.

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