All events take place on July 4 unless otherwise noted.
Aliso Viejo July 4th Celebration & Fireworks
6-9:30pm / Grand Park, www.avca.net
Anaheim 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks
7am-9:30pm / Canyon High & Peralta Park
Disneyland 4th of July Fireworks
9:30pm / Disneyland, www.disneyland.com
Brea July 4 Country Fair
7am-3pm / City Hall Park, www.cityofbrea.net
Buena Park July 4th Fireworks – July 1, 2 & 4
9:30pm / Knott’s Berry Farm, www.knotts.com
Costa MesaMusic of Chicago w/Fireworks
8pm / Pacific Amphitheatre, www.pacificsymphony.org
Dana Point Ocean Institute Fireworks Cruise
7:30-10:30pm / 24200 DP Harbor, www.ocean-institute.org
Doheny Beach July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza
9pm / Dana Pt Harbor/Doheny Beach, www.danapoint.org
Capt. Dave’s Fireworks Spectacular!
8-10pm / Dolphin & Whale Safari, www.dolphinsafari.com
Dana Point 4th of July Fireworks Cruises
7:30-9:30pm / Dana Wharf Sportfishing, www.danawharf.com
Fullerton Festival and Fireworks Show
5-9:30pm / Fullerton High Stadium, www.cityoffullerton.com
Huntington Beach Parade, Celebration, Fireworks July 1-4
10am-9pm / Downtown HB, www.hb4thofjuly.org
Irvine Concert on the Green & Fireworks Festival
3-9:30pm / Irvine High School Stadium, www.irvinepa.org
La Habra 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks
4-9:45pm / La Bonita Park, www.lahabraca.gov
La Palma Fitness Run for Fun & Fun Zone
7:30-10:30am / Central Park, www.cityoflapalma.org
Laguna Beach Fourth of July Fireworks
9pm / Heisler Park, www.lagunabeachcity.net
Laguna Hills Fourth of July Celebration
4-9:30pm / LH Comm. Center, www.ci.laguna-hills.ca.us
Laguna Niguel July 4th Celebrations & Fireworks
7:30am-9:30pm / Crown Valley & LN Regional Parks
Lake Forest 4th of July Parade
10am-12pm / Toledo Wy/Ridge Route, www.lakeforestca.gov
Los Alamitos, Cypress, Rossmoor & Seal Beach
4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
4-9:30pm / Joint Forces Training Base, cityoflosalamitos.org
Mission Viejo Street Faire & Firework Spectacular
12-9:30pm / Olympiad & Marguerite, www.mvactivities.com
Newport Beach Old Glory Boat Parade
1-3:30pm / Newport Harbor: Collins Island, www.alyc.com
American Legion Festivities & Fireworks
9:30am-8pm / Post 291: 215 15th Street, www.al291.com
4th of July Cruise & Fireworks
7-9:30pm / Newport Bay, www.cruisenewportbeach.com
Independence Day on the Back Bay w/Fireworks
2-9:30pm / Newport Dunes Resort, www.newportdunes.com
Orange 3rd of July Celebration
4-9pm / El Modena High, http://ca-orange.civicplus.com
Rancho Santa Margarita
Star Spangled Spectacular with Fireworks www.samlarc.org
8am-9:30pm / Lago Santa Margarita Beach Club
San Clemente Fireworks Show
9pm / San Clemente Pier, www.san-clemente.org
San Juan Capistrano Celebration & Fireworks – July 4, 6-8
Wed/Sat/Sun 12-10pm, Fri 4-10pm / SJC Sports Park
(949) 493-5911 / www.sanjuancapistrano.org
Santa Ana 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks
4-9:30pm / Centennial Park, www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us
Tustin July 4th Celebration & Fireworks
6:30-9:30pm / Tustin High School Stadium, www.tustinca.org
Yorba Linda 4th of July Spectacular & Fireworks
5-9:30pm / Veterans Sports Park, www.yorbalindaca.gov
Laguna Niguel Summer Concerts Through Aug. 10
Bring your family and friends to enjoy a night of music under the stars! Food and dessert will be available for purchase from gourmet food trucks.Crown Valley Community Park, Laguna Niguel
949-425-5100 / www.cityoflagunaniguel.org
La Habra Movies in the Park Through Oct. 12
Join the Recreation staff for an outdoor, family-friendly movie on Friday nights. Participants should bring their own lawn chairs and blankets and can enjoy food vendors and the Bamboo Kids Club. Movies begin at dusk.See website for schedule.
562-383-4200 / www.lahabracity.com
Huntington Beach Concert Band Summer SeriesJune 24-Sept. 2
Sundays. Bring out your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic blankets for this Huntington Beach tradition. The HB Concert Band hosts a free eleven-week series featuring various music groups, like concert bands, Latin bands, and hot swinging big bands.
5pm / Thomas Ridley Central Park Bandstand
714-891-6856 / www.hbconcertband.org
Laguna Beach Sawdust Festival June 29-Sept. 2
Art! Three stages of live music and entertainment! Cheap beer and wine! Outdoor eateries and cafes! Free hands-on art classes and daily art demonstrations such as glassblowing!
10am-10pm / 935 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach
949-494-3030 / www.sawdustartfestival.org
Fountain Valley Concerts in the ParkJuly 5, 12, 19, 26
Thursdays. The concerts are a family, fun, and free event to the public. Come early for the Fountain Valley Market in the Park & Food Truck Frenzy from 4:30-8:30pm.
6-8pm / Recreation Center & Sports Park
714-593-4400 / www.fountainvalley.org
Laguna Beach Festival of Arts July 5-Sept. 1
The show features the original artwork by 140 award-winning artists from Orange County. Art-related attractions and special events include jazz concerts, wine and chocolate pairings, and guided and audio art tours throughout the eight-week run.
650 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach
949-494-1145 / www.foapom.com
Mission Viejo MissionFest – Wine-Food-Music July 7
MissionFest™ brings unique and entertaining outdoor events with a flair of elegance, created and themed to honor the California Missions. Wine, craft beer, fine food and music enthusiasts are all invited to join in these unique celebrations.
12-6pm / Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park at SJC
Laguna Beach Pageant of the MastersJuly 7-Sept. 1
Audiences are amazed and enchanted by ninety minutes of tableaux vivants (“living pictures”), incredibly faithful re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces.
650 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach
949-494-1145 / www.foapom.com
Huntington Beach German Heritage Day July 8
Enjoy Free Food for the First 500 People, as well as the Donau Schwaben Folk Dancers, German American Brass Band, Carnival Games, Face Painting, and Wiener Dog Races.
2-6pm / Old World Village Festival Hall
Irvine Sizzlin’ Summer Concert SeriesJuly 8, 15 & 22
Grab your lawn chairs, picnic baskets and dancing shoes. Gourmet food trucks with be on-site.
5:30pm / Mike Ward Community Park
949-724-6606 / www.cityofirvine.org
Costa Mesa The Orange County Fair July 13-Aug. 12
Offering a wide variety of exhibits, foods, entertainment, rides and hands-on activities. There is something for everybody at the Fair including the summer headline concert series, working farm and petting zoos, thrill rides, contests, and games.
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
Hyatt Regency Newport
Beach Summer Concert SeriesJuly 13-Oct. 12
Fridays. Another incredible summer filled with world-class music, fine wine and dining at the intimate Back Bay Amphitheatre of the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach.
7pm / 1107 Jamboree Road
Campout At the Sports Park July 14-15
Enjoy the evening playing games, making crafts and singing campfire songs under the night sky. Participants must provide their own tents, sleeping bags and any other personal items. Don’t forget to bring your appetite because dinner, dessert and breakfast are included!
5:30pm-10am / Lake Forest Sports Park
949-461-3400 / www.lakeforestca.gov
Dana Point Concerts in the Park July 15-Sept. 12
Sundays. A Spirit Garden will be available to purchase alcoholic drinks with the proceeds benefiting the 5th Marine Regiment Support Group. BBQ food items will be for available for purchase and the proceeds will benefit the Dana Point Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9934.
3-6pm / Sea Terrace Park www.danapoint.org
San Clemente Ocean Festival July 21-22
Celebrating over 40 years of “The Greatest Show on Surf!”. Competitions, Beach runs, Bodysurfing clinics, Fishing Derby, Woody Car Exhibit, Ocean Art Show and Children’s Events.
San Clemente Pier www.oceanfestival.org
Taste of Yorba Linda July 27
Unlimited Food and Drink Tastings with purchase of a wristband. Wristbands: $55 presale or $65 at the door. Hosted by the Yorba Linda Chamber of Commerce.
6-11pm / Yorba Linda Community Center
714-993-9537 / www.yorbalindachamber.org
Cypress Community Festival July 28
Includes an early morning 5K / 10K run, a pancake breakfast, car show, chili cook-off, family games, food booths, the Chamber of Commerce business expo, children’s rides, arts and crafts booths and four stages with continuous entertainment.
9am-5pm / Cypress Community Center, Oak Knoll Park
714-827-2430 / www.cypressfestival.com
Huntington Beach OC Yoga Fest July 28
Tons of yoga and meditation classes all day along with live music, healthy food, reiki, crystal bowl sound healing, card reading, vendor booths and fun with the local yoga community. The vendors village will be on 5th street outside for everyone to enjoy with live music and fun.
8am-10pm / Shorebreak Hotel, Huntington Beach
Huntington Beach Vans U.S. Open of Surfing July 28-Aug. 5
In addition to the surf competition, includes skateboarding and BMX bike competitions, movie premieres, vendor exhibitions, demos and art exhibitions.
Huntington Beach Pier www.vansusopenofsurfing.com
Both parties are happy with the price, the appraiser shows up and the property appraises for less. A story we see too often.
The lack of “comps” can dictate short appraisals in a declining housing market.
If the agreed-upon-price is $450,000 and the appraisal comes in at $395,000, who will cover the difference? The lender will only cover the $395,000. This can throw a wrench in the whole process.
Another thing to consider is the Home Valuation Code of Conduct (HVCC), which prohibits Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Lenders from having direct contact with the appraisers.
This results in lenders working with appraisal management companies which can include appraisers with limited experience and knowledge of the area being appraised.
Tips for getting the best appraisal.
Request an appraiser from your lender that works frequently in the county the property is located in. It is important to also make sure your appraiser has a professional designation and a residential appraiser certification. A couple of examples are: Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI) and Appraisal Institute’s Senior Residential Appraisar (SRA). Be present when the appraisal takes place. Mention any information regarding short sales, foreclosures and local comps that you are aware of.
Before ever listing your home, get an appraisal. Find a certified, qualified appraiser in your area. This will help you set a realistic price for your home. Make your pre-appraisal available to any interested buyers and the buyer’s appraiser. If an appraisal comes in low ask questions. Something may have been missed.
Best of luck on your next appraisal experience!
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