Unless you’re gay, non-Christian, have a questionable immigration status, want to take drugs, smoke cigarettes, pay for sex, actually use your freedom of expression, want to circumvent the mechanized corporate entertainment machine, skip out on paying taxes (a la the Founding Fathers) or have more than one spouse, then yeah, the U.S. is a shining beacon of freedom in a murky global sea of repressive regimes.
Traditionally, Independence Day is celebrated by kicking back in a nice air-conditioned living room, watching Twilight Zone reruns and knocking back tall cans of malt liquor. But this year, since the holiday falls an epic five days after payday, the booze fund may be non-existent, so try celebrating your purported freedom in typical Founding Fathers fashion—for free. Almost every IE city puts on some sort of Independence Day celebration, especially since you no longer have the freedom to set off your own fireworks. There’s sure to be plenty of grilled meats, melted ice cream, and parades complete with marching bands and tiny cars. It’s a great chance to see what the rest of your town does with its free time instead of drinking. And it’s sure to be more surreal than 10 hours of Rod Serling. (Phil Fuller)
A brief list of IE Fourth of July celebrations, listed alphabetically by city:
●Brewster Park, 21024 Otoe Rd., Apple Valley, (760) 240-7880. 2 p.m.-9 p.m.
●Nicolet Middle School Football Stadium, 101 E. Nicolet St., Banning, (909) 922-3243. 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
●Marina River Resort, Lakeview Dr., Big Bear, (909) 866-2112. 5 p.m.
●Corona High School, 1150 West 10th St., Corona, (909) 736-2241. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Adults $3, Children $2.
●Fontana High School Stadium, 9453 Citrus Ave., Fontana, (909) 428-8360. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. $2 per person or $5 for family of four.
●Empire Polo Club, 81-800 Avenue 51, Indio, (760) 342-6532. 6:30 p.m. Parking $3.
●On Lake Elsinore, (909) 674-3124 ext. 265. 8:30 p.m.
●Mountain View Middle School, 13130 Morrison St., Moreno Valley, (909) 413-3280. 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
●Norco Community Center, 3900 Acacia Ave., Norco, (909) 270-5632, noon-9:00 p.m.
●Westwind Park, 2425 Riverside Dr., Ontario, (909) 395-2020. 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
●Civic Center Park, 73510 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert, (760) 346-0611. 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
●Palm Springs Stadium, 1901 E. Baristo Rd., Palm Springs, (760) 333-8694. 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.
●Ramona Oaks Park, 25386 Pappas Rd., Ramona, (760) 789-0999. 10 a.m. Games, food and entertainment. ●Fireworks display at Oliver Pierce Middle School, 1521 Hanson Ln., Ramona. Show starts at dusk.
●Sylvan Park, Section A on University Street near University of Redlands, (909) 748-0637. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. $6-$8.
●La Sierra Park, 5215 La Sierra, Riverside, (909) 826-2000. 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. $2.
●Fourth of July Parade, starts at 8th and E Street, ends at Rialto and E Street, San Bernardino, (909) 384-5133. 10 a.m.
●Fireworks display at Arrowhead Credit Union Park, 280 S. E St., San Bernardino, (909) 888-9922. Fireworks after the Inland Empire 66ers game.