For Immediate Release: 55th Annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks

Escondido, California — :

Bring your Family for some Fun, Food, & 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, 2018 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 be kicking off the day’s events.

Taking the stage after the American Legion is the Moonlight Trio who will be playing 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.  Be sure to stop by SoCal Pro Wrestling’s ring to watch 4 different match-ups throughout the day. After key words from the Center’s Executive Director Jerry VanLeeuwen and Escondido Mayor Sam Abed, the crowd will be treated to the music of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band, who will lead us 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 4:00-8:00pm. Additionally, Escondido Recreation will be holding a number of 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 4:00-7:00pm on July 4th. The YMCA Baton Twirlers, will take to the Depot Stage closer to dark (7:30-8:00pm) to showcase their amazing talents and flaming batons.  A variety of food trucks will be offering tasty treats for purchase throughout the day.

You can also join us from 4:00-9:00pm for a VIP beer tasting experience with Stone Brewing Co., Karl Strauss Brewing Co., and Jacked Up Brewery! This year we are also partnering with the San Diego Food Bank. Donate items from this list to receive a ticket for one free 4 oz. taster per item donated (limit of 3 free tasters)!  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.

This event, with all of its music, art, and activities would not be possible without the generosity of its sponsors. The Linden Root Dickinson Foundation, City of Escondido, Escondido Disposal, Inc, and Chick-fil-A contributed to the success of this community celebration. The festival takes place on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 4:00-9:30PM. Please visit for the full event schedule and details.



About the California Center for the Arts, Escondido 

A 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Center’s creation was sparked by a civic vision—one that recognized the vital role that the arts play in strengthening and uniting the community. Our commitment to enriching lives and improving access to the arts, especially for low-income individuals and families, is exemplified through our extensive educational programming and robust series of free community events. The Center is guided by an enthusiastic Board of Trustees and passionate staff who are dedicated to furthering arts education and access, and to creating programs that provide cultural enrichment for residents of North County and beyond.

You can join this inspiring mission by becoming a donor.  Visit or email to start a conversation about how you or your company can make a difference right here and right now in your arts community.


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