By Marissa Willman

Independence Day, the patriotic holiday synonymous with backyard barbeques, pool parties and fireworks displays, is just around the corner. Although fireworks are illegal in Riverside County, there are plenty of places for locals to see some spectacular shows in the night sky. Here are Coachella Valley Weekly’s picks for celebrating our country’s birthday:

“Carnaval of Lights” in La Quinta
Kick off your Fourth of July celebrations with a pool party with the City of La Quinta. From noon to 5 p.m., the La Quinta Pool at Fritz Burns Park will host a “Fun Fourth of July Swim Party.” At 5 p.m., the “Carnaval of Lights” begins, bringing a light parade, entertainment, refreshments and a chili cook-off to La Quinta Community Park. The fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
Fritz Burns Park, corner of Avenue 52 and Avenida Bermudas; La Quinta Community Park, 77-865 Avenida Montezuma, La Quinta

“All American Fourth of July” Extravaganza at Palm Springs Stadium


What’s more American than a baseball game and a fireworks show? Join the City of Palm Springs and the Palm Springs Power baseball team for both at this year’s “All American Fourth of July” extravaganza. Power Baseball takes on the Casa Grande Cotton Kings at 6:05 p.m., followed by a fireworks show beginning at 9:15 p.m.
$7 adults, $6 seniors & students;1901 E. Baristo Rd., Palm Springs

Fireworks and Live Music at Palm Desert Civic Center Park

Bring your picnic baskets and blankets to Palm Desert’s Civic Center Park this Independence Day to enjoy fireworks and live music. The city’s free annual celebration begins at 7:30 p.m. The Swing Cats Big Band takes the stage at 7:30 p.m., kicking off the event with big band and swing hits and a few patriotic songs, too. The fireworks start at 9 p.m. and the 20-minute show will feature synchronized music provided by The Mix 100.5 FM.
73-510 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert

Independence Day Celebration to Benefit the AIDS Assistance Program

The AIDS Assistance Program, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting locals living with HIV/AIDS, will host an Independence Day celebration and fundraiser event at the historic O’Donnell House in Palm Springs. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be served starting at 7:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
$100/person; O’Donnell House, 412 W. Tahquitz Canyon, Palm Springs
AIDS Assistance Program, 760-325-8481,

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