Orange County Offers Creative Alternatives to Fourth of July Celebrations Amid Coronavirus

This year's outdoor Fourth of July festivities have been restricted by Coronavirus as some businesses are still closed and large gatherings have been put to a halt to adhere with social distancing guidelines.

However, the pandemic has sparked considerable creativity as many people have been finding new ways to celebrate with drive-throughs and virtual gatherings.

Fourth of July will still be celebrated with events throughout the county, and we're here to give you options to enjoy the occasion with a bite to eat and help you mark the occasion via your computer, in your car or in your back yard.

Panoringan: Vagabond Food Truck and Uprising O.C. Launch During Lockdown

Food columnist Anne Marie Panoringan interviews the owners of two new food concepts which have opened during the pandemic: Vagabond Food Truck and Uprising O.C.

Vagabond Food Truck hits the streets for the first time this holiday weekend. Its co-founders possess a passion for providing authentic cuisine that they grew up with. As you'll soon find out, Victor and Daniel are as relatable as friends from college, and that's what drew me to their story.

While the majority of Orange County's arts and culture organizations and venues remain physically closed; virtual/streaming offerings are thriving, and some outdoor venues are beginning their phased re-openings. Arts Orange County is pleased to combine its recommendations for online enrichment with some good news about places you can now visit personally. ArtsOC and Voice of OC continue to urge everyone to follow the State and County's current guidelines on distancing and masking as they venture out. 


Virtual July 4th Spectacular

An innovative musical salute to our country and its armed forces includes a guest performance from country singer Lee Greenwood and a virtual fireworks extravaganza  DETAILS »


The Promenade on Forest

A distancing-friendly, pedestrian-only outdoor plaza welcomes visitors to the heart of Laguna Beach for dining, shopping, arts and entertainment  DETAILS »


Virtual Veterans Collection at Heroes Hall

The institution at the OC Fair & Event Center dedicated to collecting the stories and experiences of American veterans has created a unique online exhibit of images and memorabilia  DETAILS »


Mindfulness for Creative Kids

The Arts & Learning Conservatory offers online classes to benefit all ages with tips on managing anxiety and building focus and attention span  DETAILS »


Together We Sing!

The first-ever online concert from the All-American Boys Chorus will feature both new work and classics from their performance archives, premiering on their YouTube channel  DETAILS »

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