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4th of July Events in Monterey County

The 4th of July festivities might look a little different this year, but there are still plenty of ways to celebrate safely in Monterey County. Read below for events and ideas for celebrating Independence Day where California was first born.

Donut Miss Breakfast

MY Museum and the Monterey Firefighters’ Association are hosting Donut Breakfast Pick-Up on July 4th, from 10am-11am. This first-time event is a fundraiser for “Raising Dough for MY Museum” and will offer a delicious option to start the day off while supporting this family-favorite museum in Monterey.

Drive & Dine in Pacific Grove

Grab a festive meal at the Fourth of July Drive and Dine event in downtown Pacific Grove. Order food for take-out or dine-in at local restaurants while enjoying live music, a free Pacific Grove shirt giveaway and patriotic decorations adorning the downtown area.

See a Movie & Virtual Fireworks

Hop in the car and enjoy the magic of cinema at the new Drive-In movie theater at Monterey County Fair Ground. Movies will be playing every Friday and Saturday night all summer long, including special showings and a virtual firework show on July 4th. There will also be a drive-through food fair, so you don’t have to worry about dinner.

Sip Specialty Cocktails in the Sun

Celebrate the Red, White and Blue with lunch at Lucia Restaurant & Bar in Carmel Valley. The alfresco seating, warm hospitality, and picturesque view makes it the perfect place to celebrate. Enjoy live music and all-American barbecue favorites highlighting the peak of summer while cocktail artisans serve up specialty hand-crafted libations inspired by Independence Day.

Tune-In for a Virtual Concert

The annual Monterey County Pops! Independence Day concert “The POPS! Celebrates Freedom” will be virtual and broadcast live at 1:00 p.m. on Comcast and live-streamed for free.

Watch the Sunset

Who needs fireworks when you have a west coast sunset? On July 4, 2020, the sun will set in Monterey County at 8:30pm and the sky is sure to be spectacular as the sun dips below the horizon. 

Celebrate Responsibly

The Monterey Fire Department reminds everyone that fireworks of any kind, including “safe and sane” fireworks, are prohibited in the City of Monterey and carry a significant fine of $1000. If you celebrate in a small group at the park, or other public location, please do not leave behind any refuse (including used masks and gloves). 

Whether you choose to enjoy some virtual festivities, an outdoor adventure, or a local event, remember to practice social distancing, wear a face covering, and refrain from congregating in groups of more than 12 people. We hope you have a safe and happy 4th of July in Monterey County!

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