The celebration of Independence Day this weekend may be a bit different than years past in Palm Springs, but for many, just being able to celebrate anything in public is its own cause for celebration.
Following a year when most events both public and private were cancelled due to COVID-19, the city plans to host four different events at four different locations, culminating with a laser light show after dark. The city’s traditional fireworks show will not be held this year after funding was voted down by the Palm Springs City Council in May.
The following events are all free to the public on Sunday:
- 4th of July Pool Party at the Palm Springs Swim Center, 405 S. Pavilion Way, from 3 PM until 9 PM. The public is invited to bring deck chairs, umbrellas and blankets and enjoy a day by the pool. A DJ will be playing music, and water games will be played throughout the day, including a cannonball contest. You can bring a cooler or purchase food from vendors in Sunrise Park throughout the evening. Registration is required for this event due to limited space. You can register here.
- 4th of July Independence Fest at Sunrise Park, 401 S. Pavilion Way, starting at 3 PM and concluding at the end of a movie that starts at dusk. The event will feature games, music, food in the park, and “Don’t touch a truck,” where children are invited to use their eyes, not their hands, to view city service vehicles on display.
- 4th of July Water Palooza at Victoria Park, 2744 N. Via Miraleste, from 11 AM until 1 PM. There will be free hot dogs and snow cones for the first 150 people in attendance, as well as water games and music.
- 4th of July Spectacular at Ruth Hardy Park, 700 Tamarisk Rd. In addition to food and games, the Dude Jones Band will play starting at 6:30 PM. The evening ends with a laser light show at 9:15 PM.
While city officials hope residents have a blast at these events, Palm Springs police and fire officials are reminding residents that it remains illegal to blast any fireworks — even those marked “safe and sane” — within the city limits. Each year, more fires are reported in the United States on July 4 than any other day of the year. Last year, more than 20,000 fires were reported on Independence Day across the country, police said in a news release Wednesday, and emergency departments treated more than 10,000 people for fireworks-related injuries.
Contributing to fire dangers in the desert, police said, “This year, the naturally occurring vegetation is exceptionally dry.”