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City to host 55th annual Independence Day Festival and Fireworks

Escondido’s annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks has become a North County tradition, and for good reason. Each year, 25,000 festival-goers converge on the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (The Center) at Grape Day Park for the holiday festivities.
The event is back for its 55th year on Wednesday, July 4, with rockin’ live music, tasty treats, and games for all.
The day will commence with a special presentation by Escondido’s American Legion Post 149, VFW Post 1513, and DAV Chapter 70. This program honoring our nation’s veterans has begun the day’s festivities for many years.
Once again, the Center’s National Anthem Singing Competition will discover a local singer whose rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” will kick off the day’s events.
Taking the stage after the American Legion is the Moonlight Trio who will play old school rock ‘n’ roll with a cumbia twist. Next up is Finnegan Blue, a folk band that blends together Celtic, bluegrass, and secondline music with a punk rock edge. Lastly, Casey Hensley hits the stage with her unique blend of blues, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, and a voice that just won’t quit.
After key words from the Center’s Executive Director Jerry Van Leeuwen and Escondido Mayor Sam Abed, the crowd will be treated to the music of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band, who will lead into a dazzling fireworks display.
Throughout the festival, a wealth of other activities will be going on around the Center’s campus. The event’s Fun & Games area will be located behind the Center’s Museum. Free arts and crafts, face painting, and more—coordinated by the Center’s Education Department—will take place from 4-8 p.m. Additionally, Escondido Recreation will hold games and contests in the same area. Also, be sure to stop by So Cal Pro Wrestling’s ring to watch four different match-ups throughout the day.
Festival-goers can also visit the Escondido History Center, which will be free and open to the public from 4-7 p.m. on July 4th. The YMCA Baton Twirlers, will take to the Depot Stage closer to dark (7:30-8 p.m.) to showcase their amazing talents and flaming batons. A variety of food trucks will offer tasty treats for purchase throughout the day.
You can also join us from 4-9 p.m. for a VIP beer tasting experience with Stone Brewing Co. and Jacked Up Brewery. Enjoy preferred stage viewing, shaded and air-conditioned areas, private restrooms, giant Jenga, corn hole, and the best seat in the house for fireworks viewing.
Sponsors include the Linden Root Dickinson Foundation, City of Escondido, Escondido Disposal, Inc, and Chick-fil-A. The festival takes place on Wednesday, July 4 from 4-9:30 p.m. Visit for the full event schedule and details.

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