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Celebrate 4th of July in Dana Point

June 19, 2024

A Spectacular Coastal Experience!

As the summer sun reaches its zenith and the scent of barbecues fills the air, there’s no better place to celebrate America’s Independence than in the charming coastal town of Dana Point. Our city offers a unique blend of natural beauty, community spirit, and patriotic fervor that makes it a standout destination for 4th of July festivities. View firework details and activities below.

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Firework Shows

Dana Point will light up the sky on the 4th of July at 9:00 p.m. with fireworks launching from a barge off the coastline of Doheny State Beach. Fireworks can be seen from both Doheny State Beach and Dana Point Harbor, making it the optimal destination to view the night sky full of magic. Families and friends gather on the beach with picnic blankets and beach chairs, enjoying picnics and camaraderie as they wait for the main event.

Resort guests and members staying at Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club will be dazzled by a radiant Fireworks Show for 4th of July. Enjoy specialty seating and dining at 33 North, AVEO, and Bourbon Steak, or gather with the family on the Grand Lawn. Learn more

Fireworks Cruises

Enjoy the ultimate firework viewing experience at sea! Hop on board for a water cruise to watch the fireworks. Book your reservation with Dana Wharf Whale Watching, Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, or Ocean Institute.  

Water Wars

Make a splash at this time-honored tradition! Each year, people of all ages make their way to the main channel in the Dana Point Harbor in small boats, kayaks, stand-up-paddleboards, and inflatables for the ultimate water war. That’s right – anybody on the water is fair target! While there is no official start time, water wars can be seen throughout the day, while the epic-scale battle happens around Noon. Spectators can view the fun from land on the Island Way bridge in the harbor.  

Spectacular Stays

Fireworks can be seen from many of the resorts and hotels in Dana Point – or are a short walking distance from viewing locations! Book an overnight stay, join in on the festivities, and explore Dana Point! Some resorts offer exclusive 4th of July themed activities from breakfast kickoffs for the holiday, poolside fun that is sure to make a splash, and spectacular viewing areas to see the fireworks from the resort and hotel balconies. 

Dazzling Dining 

No 4th of July celebration is complete without delicious food, and Dana Point delivers on that front as well. Local restaurants and eateries offer special menus and themed dishes, ranging from classic American fare like burgers and hot dogs to fresh seafood caught right off the coast. Whether you’re craving a gourmet meal with ocean views or a casual beachside barbecue, Dana Point has plenty of options to satisfy your appetite. View dining options 

Summer Trolley

Cruise the coast on the FREE Dana Point Trolley! Visitors and locals alike can hop on the Dana Point Trolley and explore all parts of town while on the North Route or South Route. Visit for a live trolley tracker. Trolleys will be in service from 10:00am – 8:30pm on 4th of July. View all service hours here.

We hope this 4th of July brings you joy, laugher, and lifelong memories with loved ones. Remember to stay safe, take care of each other, and cherish the freedoms we hold dear. Happy Independence Day from Visit Dana Point! Share your day with us on social media and tag #VisitDanaPoint