Celebrate July 4th Across The High Desert

By Nikki Garrett Metzger

(Victor Valley) – It is a holiday celebrated by cookouts, family get togethers, and, of course, FIREWROKS!  As we all know, fireworks are illegal for all parts of the High Desert except within the city of Adelanto, so most fireworks fans seek out local professional shows to enjoy a spectacular display on the 4th of July.

There’s a new way to celebrate the 4th of July in Victorville. The Taste of the High Desert Street Festival is a new event taking place at the Fairgrounds from 2:00 -9:00 pm. This outdoor food sampling event and street party will feature a taste of food from various High Desert restaurants, spirits, music, and shopping at the vendor booths. Also included is the freedom festival with bands, inflatable water slides, and of course the fireworks starting at 9:00 pm. Admission is free, unlimited food sampling wristbands are $15. This outdoor 4th of July festival will be fun for the whole family.

The Town of Apple Valley will host their 15th Annual Freedom Festival at Lenny Brewster Sports Center starting at 2pm. Festivities include the Apple Valley Fire District Jr. Combat Challenge, multiple bounce houses and inflatable games, afternoon water spectacular, and a wide array vendor booths. There will be a variety of food booths plus the Victor Valley Sunrise Rotary beer garden. Southbound, a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band will take the stage from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. The Lenny Brewster Sports Center is located at 21024 Otoe Road in Apple Valley.

In Adelanto there will be a fireworks show following the Mavericks game with the Lake Elsinore Storm. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. at Stater Bros. Stadium.

Just a reminder – the CHP and sheriff’s officials will be taking part in a maximum enforcement period over the Fourth of July holiday. Stay safe, designate a driver, and don’t drink and drive.

The Automobile Club of Southern California is offering its free Tipsy Tow during the 4th of July holiday for the 15th consecutive year.  The community service is available through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, July 4.  Motorists, bartenders, restaurant managers, party hosts or passengers of a drinking driver may call 1-800-400-4AAA for a free tow home of up to seven miles.  Callers simply tell the Auto Club operators, “I need a Tipsy Tow,” to receive the free tow and ride home.

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