In a recent article, The Desert Sun’s Xochitl Pena takes a look at fireworks celebrations of Independence Day in the Coachella Valley. She notes that most fireworks, those that explode, shoot into the air or move along the ground, are illegal in California. Only “safe and sane” fireworks, which include sparklers, snaps, snakes, wheels and fountains, are allowed. In the Coachella Valley, Safe and sane fireworks are only allowed in Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs and Indio. Because of the extreme fire danger in Southern California, fire officials are encouraging residents to watch fireworks at community Fourth of July celebrations like. Community celebrations in the Desert are listed below:

Indio:  Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84245 Indio Springs Drive: Independence Day is being celebrated a day early, with fireworks starting at 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday at the casino’s Eagle Falls Golf Course Accompanying music will be simulcast on The Eagle 106.9 FM.  Revelers can gather around the Eagle Falls Pro Shop and the surrounding parking lot to watch. Bring blankets and low-back folding chairs. For more info: Call (800) 827-2946 or go to

Palm Desert Civic Center Park, 73510 Fred Waring Drive: The event kicks off on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Civic Center Par and includes food trucks and a concert featuring the Swing Cats Big Band. The 20-minute fireworks show starts at 9 p.m. and will be synchronized to songs simulcast on The Mix 100.5 FM and 93.7 KCLB radio station. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic, chairs and blankets to enjoy the show. A free shuttle service will be provided from 6 to 10 p.m. between The Gardens on El Paseo and the park.  For more information: Call (760) 568-1441.

Palm Desert Aquatics Center, 73751 Magnesia Falls Drive: People can enjoy the city’s 9 p.m. fireworks show from the pool at the Palm Desert Aquatics Center. The pool will be open from 11 a.m. until the conclusion of the fireworks. Lounge chairs, table seating and a large grassy area surrounding the pools will be set up for viewing of the show.  For more information: Call (760) 565-7467 or go to

Palm Springs Power Baseball and Fireworks, Palm Springs Stadium, 1901 E. Baristo Road: Catch a game of baseball as the Palm Springs Power take on the Palm Springs Collegiate All Stars, starting at 6:05 p.m. on Wednesday. Starting at 8 p.m. there is free admission for people who want to watch the fireworks, which start at 9:15 p.m. Bring blankets and lawn chairs to sit on the field. People can also watch the fireworks from Sunrise Park next door to the stadium. For information: Call (760) 323-8272.

Palm Springs Swim Center, 405 S. Pavilion Way: The swim center will host a pool party at 2 p.m. with music, games and a large inflatable slide. Folks can stick around to watch the Palm Springs fireworks at 9:15 p.m. while relaxing in the pool. Cost is $2 for children and $6 for adults. Parking is off Ramon Road. For information: Call (760) 323-8272.

Palm Springs O’Donnell House: AAP Food Samaritans is holding their annual Independence Day Party starting at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the historic O’Donnell House. The home overlooks the O’Donnell Golf Course in Palm Springs and is a great place to watch the 9:15 p.m. Palm Springs fireworks. Tickets for the fundraiser are $150 and will include open bar, barbecue fare, entertainment and valet parking. For information and tickets: Call (760) 325-8481 or go to

Rancho Mirage: Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, 32250 Bob Hope Drive: Agua Caliente Casino, in partnership with the city of Rancho Mirage, is hosting its fourth annual fireworks show at 9 p.m. on Wednesday. The fireworks display is synchronized to music on The Eagle 106.9 and will be simulcast on KPSE and then shown again at 11 p.m. on KMIR. Admission and parking is free. For more information: Go to

Yucca Valley, Brehm Park on Little League Drive: The fireworks show, hosted by San Bernardino County Fire, runs from 9 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday. For more information: Go to

Know the Law:

Illegal fireworks include:

  • Sky rockets
  • Bottle rockets
  • Roman candles
  • Aerial shells
  • Firecrackers
  • Other fireworks that explode, go into the air, or move on the ground in an uncontrollable manner

Only "Safe and Sane" State Fire Marshal approved fireworks, such as sparklers, snaps, snakes, wheels and fountains, are allowed in California. Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs and Indio are the only desert cities that allow such fireworks. Here are tips on using “Safe and Sane” fireworks from fire officials:

  • Always have an adult present. 
  • Always read and follow label directions.
  • Have water (garden hose/bucket) and a fire extinguisher within reach
  • Use outside on a firm surface, like a sidewalk or pavement
  • Never alter fireworks
  • Never re-light “dud” fireworks
  • Homemade fireworks are often deadly; leave the making of fireworks to the experts
  • Never point, throw or mishandle fireworks

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