Weekly I receive promotional emails for events and fun happenings from all over.
And this week there were no shortage of suggestions for the July Fourth holiday.
Sorting through them — from the traditional to the odd — I could see something for everyone.
Whether you bring a motor home to camp out in for a few days or just for the Fourth, you might consider Newport Dunes. It's one of my top picks.
It offers a full day and night of family fun.
In addition to the amazing fireworks show, this year a concert by KC and the Sunshine Band will be featured from 7:30 to 9:15 p.m.
Daytime family festivities include water activities, kids' attractions and games, and artisan and merchant booths.
A Food Truck War will allow foodies to vote for their favorite truck.
VIP packages range from $150 per person to $200 for a family of four and include special perks, such as VIP seating, parking and dining.
General concert admission tickets are $25 to $50.
The Dunes charges for parking — $50 for cars, $5 for bicycles — if you don't buy one of the VIP packages.
For more information, and to buy purchase tickets, visit http://www.newportdunes.com/event/4th-of-july-newport-beach.
Surf City parade
Of course, as far as Fourth of July parades go, Huntington Beach does it like no other city. The 110th Huntington Beach Parade starts at 10 a.m. and goes until noon.
As you can imagine, it's crazy crowded, so getting there really early to get a decent viewing spot is a good idea.
I see by the site, http://www.hb4thofjuly.org, that the parade has an interesting history.
It started in 1904, when Huntington Beach commemorated the arrival of the first electric passenger train linking the area with Long Beach and Los Angeles.