Fourth of July Family Fun

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Fourth of July Family FunHere at Julie Clark, Attorney at Law, we love summer! There are so many fun, family-friendly activities to participate in around Hemet, CA, especially during the upcoming Fourth of July weekend.

Whether you’re looking for a vibrant celebration or a more subdued Independence Day, there’s something for everyone. And, all the activities below are in or near the Hemet area.

Local Events

4th of July Celebration Regional Park
Cost: Free
Where: Valley Wide Rec on Esplanade

Bring the whole family out for a full day of Fourth of July fun. The event begins at 12 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m. with a fireworks show in the evening.

4th of July Family Fun & Fireworks
Cost: $5 for the Kids Fun Zone (cash only)
Where: Ronald Reagan Sports Park, Temecula, CA

The Fourth of July festivities don’t kick off until 2 p.m., but the park opens at 8 a.m. if you’re looking to get an early start. For $5, your child will have unlimited access to the inflatable bounce area, games, prize wheel, and face painting in the Kids Fun Zone. The CRC pool will also be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entertainment will take place on the main stage from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. You can grab a bite to eat at the various food vendors around the park.

Star Spangled 4th of July Parade
Cost: Free
Where: Old Town TemeculaThis annual morning tradition kicks off at 10 a.m. with equestrians,

This annual morning tradition kicks off at 10 a.m. with equestrians, marchers, and floats. You’ll have access to the Old Town Parking Garage before the parade until 9:45 a.m.

Redlands’ Community Fourth of July
Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at the gate. Children under 3 get in free.
Where: Sylvan Park and the University of Redlands

This event is one of the biggest Fourth of July celebrations in California and includes a packed day of food, music, and games. Booths open in the park at 10 a.m., followed by a parade that marches around the park at 10:30 a.m. Live music begins at 11 a.m. Head over to the University of Redlands’ stadium for the opening ceremony at 7 p.m., which features a flag ceremony and USAF C-17 flyover with skydivers landing in the stadium. Then at 8 p.m., catch live music by the Yardogs before the much-anticipated fireworks show at 9 p.m.

Storybook Saturday
Cost: Free
Where: Temecula Valley Museum

On the first Saturday of every month, Temecula Valley Museum staff read stories to children that relate to special exhibits and cultural history.

Community Parks

Picnics at local Hemet parks are another great way to spend time with your family this holiday weekend. Check out some of these local parks to get in the Fourth of July spirit:

Diamond Valley Lake
Amenities at the lake include boat rental, sports fields, hiking trails, and more.

Gibbel Park
Across the street from Hemet Mall, this park includes tennis courts, baseball fields, two covered eating areas with BBQ pits, picnic areas, and kids play area, among other attractions.

Mary Henley Park
This park contains a large field that’s great for flying kites, two playgrounds, and several eating areas.

Stoney Mountain Park
At Stoney Mountain Park, you’ll find a gazebo, picnic tables, kids’ play area, and two half basketball courts.

Weston Park
Located in historic downtown Hemet, Weston Park has many picnic tables, a playground, shuffleboard courts, and turf areas.

All-American Eats

After a day at the park, head over to one of Hemet’s BBQ restaurants to fill up on an American culinary tradition.

Sweet Baby Jane’s is a casual eatery serving BBQ mainstays. Enjoy patio seating and live music.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is a BBQ chain eatery featuring house-smoked meats, stuffed baked potatoes, and other classic sides.

Have Fun and Stay Safe This Holiday Weekend

Though the Fourth of July is a great opportunity to get together with your family and friends, the holiday weekend can be a dangerous time. According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, on average, 161 people die in motor vehicle accidents every year on the Fourth of July. This is all the more reason to be mindful of other drivers and make sure you’re focused on the road. Leaving ample time to reach your destination will help reduce the stress of traveling with so many other drivers on the roads.

Fireworks are a fun Fourth of July tradition that can be highly dangerous, especially for children. Never let your child play with fireworks or ignite them. Even though they may want to participate in the festivities and help mom or dad, it is important to protect them from severe injuries. If you choose to give your child sparklers this Independence Day, make sure they keep them outside and point them away from the face, skin, and clothing to avoid burns.

Happy Fourth of July!

Whether you choose one of these Independence Day activities or another event, everyone at Julie Clark, Attorney at Law wishes you a fun and safe Fourth of July with your family!

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Julie M. Clark graduated from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. She has been practicing law in Riverside County since February of 1992. Julie Clark's Google+ Profile

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