Celebrating the Fourth of July on Catalina Island is like nowhere else on earth. The combination of island ambiance and enthusiastic spirit creates a festival-like atmosphere that must be experienced to be believed. Let’s face it, is there anywhere else you’d rather be on Independence Day?
This year the scheduled fun starts the day before with a concert by the USC Trojan Marching Band on July 3 at 3 p.m. on Wrigley Stage and doesn’t end until 11 p.m. on July 4.
Here’s where you need to be when to take it all in:
Kick your morning off at Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co, which opens at 5 a.m. to fuel you up for staking out your spot for parade viewing.
At 10 a.m. the official festivities start with parade judging on Descanso Avenue. At 12:30 p.m., parade participants will need to line up at the Casino Building. The parade begins at 1 p.m. This year’s parade theme is “Making of the Magic Isle: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, Celebrating 100 Years of Wrigleys on Catalina.”
Live music will be happening at several locations around town including from 12 to 1 p.m., 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Wrigley Stage and from 2:30 to 6 p.m. at the Fuel Dock.
Speaking of the Fuel Dock, it will be the location of the Casino Cookout, with food and drink available from noon to 6 p.m.
At 3:30 p.m. the Catalina Island Yacht Club will organize a dinghy parade through Avalon Harbor.
From 6 to 9 p.m. there will be a Beach BBQ Buffet at Descanso Beach complete with a concert and performance by the USC Marching Band and Song Girls from 8 to 9 p.m.
At about 9 p.m. you’ll want to look to the skies for the fireworks display over Avalon Harbor.
And then, if you still have the energy, there will be another concert on Wrigley Stage followed by a DJ and dancing in the sand at Descanso Beach.