By Crystal Harrell
Celebrate red, white, and blue with these local events and activities for Fourth of July in the desert. A Fourth of July Pre-Party will take place July 1 & 2 at 7 p.m. exclusively at Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City. A Hot Dog Eating Contest will take place July 2, and a Roller-Skating Rink will be available both days from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. for all ages, and 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. for 21+ only. Pricing per session is $10 per skating session and $5 skate rental.
This pre-party leads to an epic Fourth of July at Agua Caliente Casinos, where guests can celebrate with DJs, Giveaways, Promotions, and mouthwatering Dining Specials. Don’t miss the 9th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza at Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage on July 4th. Free parking and admission is available. Parking opens at 3 p.m. and the Drive In Experience starts at 7 p.m.
A Fireworks Spectacular will also take place July 1 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Mission Springs Park in Desert Hot Springs. Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. and the event includes free food and music.
The City of Coachella will hold an Independence Day Celebration at Bagdouma Park on July 1, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Festivities include fireworks, games, local food vendors, live music, and fun for the whole family.
The City of Palm Desert will mark July 4 with a festive celebration highlighted by a concert and fireworks at Civic Center Park. The evening’s events officially kick off at 7:30pm at the park’s amphitheater with a free concert of pop favorites. At 9 p.m., the sky will light up with a spectacular 20-minute-long fireworks display synchronized to patriotic-themed songs simulcast on two local radio stations.
A variety of food trucks and vendors will be on hand with tasty treats and cool beverages. Attendees may also bring picnic dinners, but alcoholic beverages, smoking, and portable barbeques are prohibited. Everyone is encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to enjoy the show, and a flashlight 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. Private fireworks are illegal in Civic Center Park and throughout Palm Desert. The dog parks at Civic Center Park will also be closed that day because they lay within the pyrotechnics safety zone.
Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella will also host a 4th of July Spectacular with a fireworks show starting at 9 p.m.
Come celebrate with Palm Springs POWER and the City of Palm Springs on July 4th. The POWER will take on the PSCL All-Stars at 6 p.m. The gates to the stadium will open to a Firework extravaganza, which will begin after 9 p.m. Kick off your 4th of July weekend starting on July 1 in the Palm Springs downtown park at 7 p.m. with a free tribute band concert featuring The Long Run – Experience the Eagles followed by, on the 4th of July at 7:30 p.m., Led Zepagain – A tribute to Led Zeppelin. The concert series is free and open to everyone.