Watch fireworks from a hilltop
WHAT: Enjoy Irvine’s Independence Day fireworks show from the highest hill in the city. Join Irvine Ranch Conservancy docents for a hike past Irvine’s avocado orchards to the top of Orchard Hills. Bring a blanket and get ready to ooh and ahh from a unique vantage point.
WHEN: 7-10 p.m. July 4
50th anniversary of Apollo landing
WHAT: On July 20, 1969, NASA’s Apollo 11 lunar module touched down on the moon, capping a decade of scientific exploration, study and innovation. Celebrate this moment in history at Irvine’s Pretend City, where children can spend the day learning about space exploration through interactive STEM activities, stories and artwork.
WHERE: Pretend City (29 Hubble)
WHEN: July 20
Laugh with Jay Mohrat the Improv
WHAT: Don’t miss former “Saturday Night Live” headliner Jay Mohr at the Irvine Improv. Mohr began performing stand-up at age 16 and has appeared in 25 feature films, including “Picture Perfect” with Jennifer Aniston, and “Jerry Maguire” with Tom Cruise. He’s also been named one of the top 100 comedians of all time by Comedy Central.
WHERE: Improv at Irvine Spectrum Center
WHEN: July 26 and 27
Watch a movie in Mason Park
WHAT: Enjoy Mason Park’s 9-acre lake, butterfly garden and trails, then let the kids watch a movie under the stars. As part of its Summer Cinema Series, OC Parks will host a free screening of “The Incredibles 2.” All are welcome.
WHERE: Mason Park (18712 University Drive)
WHEN: July 26 at sunset