“All American Fourth of July” included full weekend of events
PALM SPRINGS — After a lack-luster laser light show failed to impress in 2021, fireworks will make a triumphant return this year as part of the city’s “All American Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular” at Palm Springs Stadium.
The Palm Springs City Council in May 2021 voted 3-2 against an agreement with a fireworks company to provide the annual show in 2021, citing concerns over the negative impacts of fireworks on the environment, pets, veterans, and people with PTSD.
Then-Mayor Christy Holstege and Councilmember Grace Garner dissented.
Just two months later, the City Council voted 4-0 to direct city staff to plan fireworks for the city’s Veterans Day and Fourth of July events. Councilmember Geoff Kors, who opposed the Fourth of July fireworks in May, was not present for the vote.
Fast forward to today. The City of Palm Springs Parks and Recreation Department on Wednesday announced a series of free, fun and patriotic festivities over Fourth of July weekend that will celebrate Independence Day at city parks and at the Palm Springs Swim Center, culminating with a July Fourth pool party, Power baseball and the City’s much loved “All American Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular” at Palm Springs Stadium.
Here is a rundown of family-friendly events planned for Fourth of July Weekend in Palm Springs:
- Friday, July 1, Family-Friendly Dive in Movie “Jungle Cruise” at Palm Springs Swim Center, 405 S. Pavilion Way, 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, July 2, Drone Show and Concert, featuring “Petty and the Heartbreakers” in the Downtown Park, Museum Way at Belardo Road, adjacent to the Forever Marilyn sculpture, 6:30 p.m.
- Sunday, July 3, Family-Friendly Movie “The Goonies” in Ruth Hardy Park, 700 Tamarisk Road, 7:30 p.m.
- Monday, July 4, Family-Friendly Pool Party at the Palm Springs Swim Center, 405 S. Pavilion Way, featuring water games, inflatable slide, music, and great food, 3 p.m. – until the fireworks are over. Watch the City’s “All American Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular” at Palm Springs Stadium from the pool!
- Monday, July 4, Concert in the Park featuring “Turn the Page, Tribute to Bob Seger” in Sunrise Park, 480 S. Sunrise Way, 5:30 p.m.
- Monday, July 4, Palm Springs Power Baseball “All Stars Summer Collegiate Game,” Palm Springs Stadium, 1901 Baristo Road, 6 p.m.
- Monday, July 4, “All American Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular” at Palm Springs Stadium, 1901 Baristo Road, 9:15 p.m. sharp!
“The City of Palm Springs is delighted to offer a patriotic, fun-filled weekend of terrific family-friendly events that we hope everyone will enjoy as we celebrate America’s independence this Fourth of July,” City Manager Justin Clifton said in a prepared statement. “Everyone is invited!”
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