4th of July Events

Here are some fun family events to help you celebrate the 4th of July!!

Eclipse Events

On Monday August 21st, all of North America will witness a solar eclipse. While we here in So Cal won’t get a total eclipse, we will have a pretty good event! It looks like about 65% (approximately) of the sun will be covered at the peak moment.

For our area the event will start around 9:06 AM and end around 11:45 AM. The most the sun will be covered is at 10:21 AM!

Below are a list of events in Orange County if you do not have the equipment to do this on your own and you don’t want to make a Pinhole Projector. (Information here: https://eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety/projection and here: http://www.discoverycube.org/blog/moment-science-solar-eclipse/)

Please do not look at the sun or let your children look at the sun during the event. This can cause terrible eye damage!

If you are purchasing, or did purchase, glasses so that you can watch the event, please check if they are counterfeit. Counterfeit glasses could lead to the same eye damage as if you weren’t wearing them!

Use these websites to find out if your glasses are on the approved list and how to spot counterfeits!


Now that you have some safety tips, here are the events!

  • Anaheim
  • Costa Mesa
    • Mesa Verde Library
      • *** Live stream event only! ***
      • 10 – 11 AM
      • Live stream from NASA
      • Mesa Verde Library (2969 Mesa Verde Dr E, Costa Mesa, CA 92626)
    • Orange Coast College
  • Dana Point
  • Fullerton
    • California State University, Fullerton
      • Free
      • Starting at around 9 AM
      • Telescopes with the appropriate filters and viewing glasses will be available for all attendees.
      • Dan Black Hall off of Nutwood Ave. (I am not posting an address because of the parking situation.)
      • Note: The fall semester starts the same day so parking will be CRAZY. Visit the website for parking information.
      • http://news.fullerton.edu/2017su/solar-eclipse-viewing.aspx
  • Garden Grove
    • Garden Grove Main Library
      • *** Live stream event only! ***
      • 10 – 11 AM
      • Live stream from NASA and snacks.
      • Garden Grove Main Library (11200 Stanford Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92840)
  • Irvine
  • La Habra
    • La Habra Library
      • *** Live stream event only! ***
      • 10 – 11 AM
      • Live stream from NASA
      • La Habra Library (221 E La Habra Blvd, La Habra, CA 90631)
  • La Palma
    • La Palma Library
      • *** Live stream event only! ***
      • 10 – 11 AM
      • Live stream from NASA and snacks.
      • La Palma Library (7842 Walker St, La Palma, CA 90623)
  • Orange
  • Placentia
  • San Juan Capistrano
  • Santa Ana
    • Discovery Cube
      • General Admission. Adults: $17.95, Ages 3-14: $12.95, 2 and under: Free.
      • 9 AM
      • They are having a viewing party.
      • There really isn’t a ton of info on the website so call for more information
      • BONUS:
        • The 19th – 21st they are doing eclipse related activities.
        • Learn about the eclipse, bring a box and learn to make a pinhole projector, and more.
      • Discovery Cube OC (2500 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92705)
      • http://oc.discoverycube.org/event/learn-grow-event-2/?instance_id=66739
    • Tessmann Planetarium

Can’t make an event or there isn’t one that close to you? Check out UCI’s live stream!


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