Apple Valley, CA has an awesome 4th of July celebration every year at Brewster Park. Admission and parking are free, too! It starts at 2PM and ends at 10PM. Before the fireworks, there are really good rock bands, food booths, bounce houses, the fire department’s junior combat challenge, and fun vendors. At 3PM the fire department points their hoses at the sky and everyone runs around to get wet in the artificial rain. We have been to the Brewster Park 4th of July celebration all three years since we moved here.
Brewster Park is at 21024 Otoe Road Apple Valley, CA 92307. Here is a Google map.
Brewster park in Apple Valley, CA has the best fireworks in the high desert, too. The fireworks show starts at 9PM and goes for a whole hour. Brewster Park plays background music that ranges from Chicago’s “Saturday in the Park” to Neil Diamond’s “They’re Coming to America”. You can see the fireworks from anywhere in or near the park. No seat is a bad seat. The fireworks are to the North side of the park, on the side away from Otoe Road.
The BBQ ribs, beans, and pulled pork is our favorite food booth at the Brewster Park 4th of July celebration in Apple Valley, CA. There are also usually booths that sell Mexican food, breaded catfish and fries, hot dogs, nachos, snow cones, lemonaid, baked goods, and homemade candies. The prices are reasonable. You can buy dinner there for about $10 per person including drinks. Bring $10 additional for each kid so they can go in the bounce houses and do the other fun activities. Of course if you want to spend more there is tons of fun stuff for sale at all the booths.
Once it gets dark everyone wears or holds glow in the dark toys and jewelry. It looks so cool!
Just about everyone in Apple Valley, CA comes, too. They bring blankets and lawn chairs and shade tents and their whole family hangs out all day. They let you bring in your own food if you want. The only rules are you can’t bring in any alcohol and you can’t bring anything in a glass container. There is a beer garden area where they sell to the adults. All beer has to stay in the garden.
After the first year we got smart and bought a large wagon. Our lawn chairs, cooler, towels, coats, warmer clothes for after dark, sunscreen, and the stuff we buy all fit in the wagon. We pull it around to all the different booths with us, because it is just the two of us. Neither of us wants to sit with the stuff while the other has fun going to the booths. Last year a guy there told me, “Wow, how smart, a wagon! I’m going to copy you next year!” So I bet lots of people bring wagons this year.
In case you are new to Apple Valley, CA, I will say it can get up to 120 degrees F here in the daytime in July. It can also get cool though if the wind kicks up. Evenings can be quite chilly even in July. We usually dress for the warm weather but we bring long pants and coats for after dark. There are port-a-potties where you can change clothes. Don’t forget to bring a hat and some sunscreen. Water is available from fountains in the park, but it is a good idea to bring sports bottles and fill them up so you have water with you at all times.
At 10PM when the fireworks are over and everyone in Apple Valley gets in their cars it can take up to half an hour to get out of the parking lot if you leave on Otoe Road toward Dale Evans Parkway, the way you came in. An insider secret is you can leave southward through the dirt of the parking lot onto Zuni Road. See the map for where you are going from there. I recommend driving this once in the daylight so you will know where you are going when you leave southbound through the dirt at night.