Ontario Independence Day Activities

June 27, 2022

Celebrate community pride with the Ontario Recreation & Community Services Department as we host several family-friendly events for Independence Day on Monday, July 4, 2022. 

Independence Day Parade
Begin your morning with the annual Independence Day Parade starting at 9:00 AM along the southbound side of Euclid Avenue, beginning at Fourth Street and ending at B Street.  Bring your family, friends, furry friends, and neighbors, and enjoy all things red, white and blue.  This year’s parade will feature 80+ entries, consisting of floats, marching bands, and community organizations. 

This year’s theme is Bold Stripes, Bright Stars and Brave Hearts.  Through bold patriotic colors and symbols, we celebrate our brave, fellow Americans of the past and present.  

Following the Independence Day Parade will be the All-States Picnic.  This annual event has been an Ontario staple that dates to 1916 when the original idea began at an Annual Chamber of Commerce Dinner, where attendees sat in groups of states from where they grew up.  The All-States Picnic has been a historical event surrounding Independence Day, where thousands of picnickers would gather along Ontario’s famous Euclid Avenue at the World’s Longest Picnic Table.  Two miles of tables would be placed on the Euclid Avenue median, where people from every state would meet to renew old friendships and make new ones.  Today, Ontario is committed to preserving this historical tradition by continuing to line Euclid Avenue with picnic tables and flags representing each state.  Participate in this historical marker, and do not forget to bring your own picnic basket. 

Also occurring following the Independence Day Parade at approximately 10:30 AM is a concert that will feature a performance of patriotic music by the Ontario/Chaffey Community Show Band.  This free concert will be held at Ontario Town Square, located at 224 N. Euclid Avenue. 

Note that street closures on Euclid Avenue between Sixth Street and Holt Boulevard will begin at approximately 4:00 AM and last through approximately 12:00 PM. 

Fireworks Spectacular 
As you take a break from the morning festivities and spend time with friends and family, end your evening with the Recreation & Community Services Department at Westwind Park, located at 2455 E. Riverside Drive, for additional free family festivities and the annual Fireworks Spectacular. 

Free parking and shuttles to Westwind Park are available at the Ontario Police Department parking lot, located at 2500 S. Archibald Avenue.  Shuttles will be provided throughout the evening. 

Gates at Westwind Park will open at 5:00 PM.  The evening will be filled with live entertainment by the band Liquid Blue beginning at 6:00 PM.  Additional activities will include carnival games, food vendors, photo locations, and a ninja-style obstacle course.  The Fireworks Spectacular show will begin at approximately 9:00 PM and last for about twenty minutes. 

As a reminder, possession, and use of any fireworks within the City of Ontario is prohibited.  The City of Ontario wants everyone to enjoy a safe Independence Day celebration and encourages all citizens to take advantage of the free Fireworks Spectacular at Westwind Park. 

Note that street closures on Riverside Drive between Vineyard Avenue and Archibald Avenue will begin at 3:00 PM. 

Event Information
All Independence Day events are free to attend, and all ages are welcome.  For detailed information on street closures, spectator information, and answers to some frequently asked questions, please visit www.OntarioCA.gov/IndependenceDay or call the Recreation & Community Services Department at (909) 395-2020.  

The City of Ontario looks forward to celebrating Independence Day with you! 

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About the City of Ontario
The City of Ontario is enhancing the quality-of-life by creating urban lifestyle districts that create sustainable places to live, work and play.  Located just east of Los Angeles and Orange counties, the City of Ontario is ideally situated as a gateway to Southern California. With major freeways, rail transportation and an International Airport, Ontario invites the rest of the world to be a part of a culturally diverse community with rich history that is well positioned for quality development and economic sustainability for its residents. Complementing its business and residential core, Ontario offers premium entertainment venues such as the Ontario Convention Center, Toyota Arena, and Ontario Mills. To learn more about the City of Ontario, visit OntarioCA.gov  or call (909) 395-2000..

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