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By Halle Kowalewski

Lake Elsinore's Independence Day Celebration mixes tradition with new experiences


Last updated 7/1/2018 at 10:33pm

A classic song floats out of the car stereo. The familiar melody builds into a crescendo and a brilliant burst of light explodes overhead. The colorful flare reflects off the lake below, and the large crowd gasps. On a clear night, the light shows of neighboring cities can also be seen, just a few miles away.

This Independence Day, Lake Elsinore’s firework show, Storm baseball game and Party in the Park will showcase life in Lake Elsinore.

The festivities begin 9 a.m. with the inaugural Party in the Park. It will take place in Summerly Park, 18505 Malaga Road in Lake Elsinore. The park opened March 1.

Lake Elsinore Special Events Coordinator Melissa Houtz said that the event originated as a fun way to showcase the new city amenity and will be the first community gathering held at Summerly Park.

The Party in the Park will include a car show, a kids’ fun zone, vendors and music, as well as a kids’ parade. Children are invited to bring their bikes, scooters and skateboards and decorate them at city-provided stations. The parade will commence with a spirited lap around the new park.

“We wanted to do something for the families so they could enjoy different parts of the city,” Houtz said. The event ends at 1 p.m, so residents will have plenty of time to attend the evening Storm game.

At 6:30 p.m., the Lake Elsinore Storm will play its traditional Independence Day game, this year against the Visalia Rawhide. The Storm stadium will also host a hot dog eating contest.

The fireworks will begin 9 p.m. and will be launched from the T-peninsula. The city will provide free viewing areas in Lakepoint Park, Summerly Park, Whiskers Fishing Beach, Swick and Matich Park and part of the levee.

“(The show is) very unique,” Lake Elsinore Senior Management Analyst Nicole Dailey said. “There’s not a lot of places in the region that you can go and watch fireworks over a lake.”

It will also be timed to music, provided by classic hits station KOLA-FM 99.9. The station plays 80s music that is sure to appeal everyone, regardless of age.

Some families choose to watch the show from boats. Nighttime boat passes are available for $10. In past years, the lake has been very busy with as many as 250 passes sold.

This year’s celebration mixes the traditional Independence Day experience with local charm and new events. It aims to bring together families and the community into a day of festivities, Dailey said.

More information is available on the Lake Elsinore Events calendar, which can be found at

Halle Kowalewski can be reached by email at [email protected]


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