The Palm Desert Aquatic Center (PDAC), a one-of-a-kind water park in the Coachella Valley, has extended hours on July 4th, giving guests an opportunity to watch the City of Palm Desert fireworks display while keeping cool in the pool or poolside.

Valley residents and visitors alike can enjoy the facility for recreation swim from 11 a.m. through the fireworks show will take place at 9 p.m. Guests may also attend solely for the evening, or leave and come back 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. 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 to 10 p.m.

After 7 p.m. the pools will be open and lighted, however the diving boards, slides and water play areas will be closed. The concession stand remains open through the evening with hot dogs, pizza, nachos and traditional snacks (bringing outside food and drinks into the Aquatic Center is not allowed).

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.

Daily admission to PDAC is $2.50 to $4, depending on age, for Palm Desert residents with I.D.; or $3.75 to $6 for non-residents. Pricing remains the same for the July Fourth celebration.

The Palm Desert Aquatic Center is located at 73751 Magnesia Falls Drive, behind Civic Center Park. For class schedules, hours and other information, call (760) 565-7467 or visit the website at A new pre-paid Family Summer Punch Card is now available for $150 for Palm Desert residents or $200 for non-residents. The card can be used for multiple admissions on a single day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Aug. 31, 2014.