Get into the Spirit of Independence at One of These July 4th Events!
Palm Springs: All-American Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular and Palm Springs Power Baseball
Celebrate America’s most famous pastimes, baseball, fireworks, and hot dogs. The Palm Springs Power stadium team plays the Palm Springs Collegiate League All-Stars, at 6:05 p.m.
Gates open at 8 p.m. and the fireworks start at 9:15 pm. Admission is free into the stadium and stadium seating. Palm Springs Stadium, 1901 E. Baristo Road, palmspringspowerbaseball.com/scheduleresults/promotional-schedule/july-4th-at-the-ballpark/
Palm Desert: Independence Day Celebration
Enjoy a night of food, family, friends, and fireworks on the sprawling Civic Center Park lawn. Picnic or pick from a variety of food vendors. The National Anthem starts the evening off at 7:15 p.m., and the Swing Cats Big Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. A 25-minute long fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m. Palm Desert Civic Center Park, 43900 San Pablo Ave. shadowmountainresort.com/events/palm-desert-independence-day-celebration/
Rancho Mirage: Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Fireworks Extravaganza
Arrive early to secure your spot for the fourth annual fireworks display, which will light up the night sky beginning at 9 p.m. a the Agua Caliente Casino Resort, 32250 Bob Hope Drive, www.hotwatercasino.com
Indio: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino’s Fireworks
Take the kids and show up early if you want to get a good spot for this fireworks display. The pyrotechnics blast off at 8:45 p.m. from the Eagle Falls Golf Course. Bring blankets and folding chairs and gather around the Eagle Falls Pro Shop and surrounding parking lot to enjoy the show. Eagle Falls Golf Course/Fantasy Springs Resort Casino 84245 Indio Springs Parkway www.PalmSpringsLife.com
Celebrate July 4th Above it All!
Big Bear Lake: Big Bear Fourth of July Fun Run
Start your Fourth of July with a run to support RunFar, a nonprofit organization that benefits the children of fallen soldiers and raises awareness about veteran suicide and PTSD. Bring the entire family. Sign up for a 5K, 10K, or 15K. Prizes will be awarded in a costume contest. Registration opens at 7 a.m., Meadow Park, 41220 Park Ave. runsignup.com/Race/CA/BigBearLake/July4FunRun.
Big Bear Lake: Fourth of July at 8,200 Feet
Touted as the largest fireworks display in Southern California, this event at Big Bear Lake requires a ride up the mountain. Take Snow Summit’s Scenic Sky Chair on a mile-long ascent to the peak. In addition to stunning views, you’ll enjoy a barbecue dinner and listen to live music while the kids enjoy activities of their own. The adventure begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $30–$55 (dinner included). Snow Summit, 880 Summit Blvd. bigbear.com/event/?id=11301
Idyllwild: 52nd Annual Fourth of July Parade
Enjoy a small town Independence Day parade at 5,413 feet above sea level. Sponsored by the Rotary Club, the parade is small-town Americana at its finest. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. from Fern Valley Corners down North Circle Drive. IdyllwildfourthofJulyparade
Been There, Done That? Try One of These
Palm Desert: Tommy Bahama
Watch the fireworks show from the second-story patio of Tommy Bahama’s while enjoying a cool-summer drink and tasty all-American foods. Make your reservations early to secure a table. Tommy Bahama Restaurant, 73595 El Paseo. tommybahama.com/restaurants/palm-desert
Palm Desert: Vista Point
Vista Point on Highway 74 is 5 miles up the mountain from South Palm Desert with stunning views of the valley below. This is a great spot to watch the various fireworks shows light up the skies. Pack some snacks and arrive early to secure a parking spot. Vista Point, Palms to Pines Highway (Highway 74) www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/Vista Point
Palm Springs: High Bar at the Rowan
The rooftop terrace at the new Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs hotel provides breathtaking panoramic views from the San Jacinto Mountains to downtown Palm Springs and beyond. This swanky spot is a prime location to view the local pyrotechnics. The terrace opens at 4 p.m. Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs, 100 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way rowanpalmsprings.com/
Summer is Here! Make it a Long, Tall, Cool One!
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Summer Pass
The Palm Springs Aerial rotates slowly over two-and-one-half miles along the cliffs of Chino Canyon, offering passengers breathtaking vistas of the valley below. Once at Mountain Station, 8,516 feet up, there are two restaurants, observation decks, natural history museum, two documentary theaters, gift shop, and over 50 miles of hiking trails.
A Summer Pass is the best way to play in the cool alpine mountains all summer long. Passes are valid through August 31, and includes unlimited Tram admissions, a 10% discount on additional Tram admissions (up to 6 in party), a 10% discount at Peaks Restaurant or Pines Café, and unlimited free parking. A Summer Pass costs $80 for adults and $40 for children ages 3-10. To purchase passes and vie summer Tram schedules visit online at www.pstramway.com.
Big Bear Lake – Clear Skies, Fresh Water and Cool Temps
Big Bear Lake is a mountain resort community with a fresh water lake seven miles long with over 22 miles of shoreline. The popular resort offers non-stop recreational opportunities such as fishing, water sports, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, tours, and winter sports. It also features a public zoo, a nine-hole golf course, seven public campgrounds, great restaurants, entertainment and lots of shopping.
Hollywood's Natural Back Lot
Big Bear was once a popular escape for movie stars and other Hollywood elite, today this area is still a top-notch filming location. Charming streetscapes, rustic cabins and elegant lakefront properties and alpine forests make it a first-rate backdrop for top productions like, When a Stranger Calls, Next, Dr. Doolittle II, Gone with the Wind, The Insider, Frankenstein, Magnolia, Beethoven's 3rd, and War Games. Television productions include, "Grey's Anatomy," "The King of Queens," "The Average Joe," "Next Great Champ," "Jimmy Kimmel," and "Extreme Dating."
A one-hour and forty-minute drive from Palm Springs takes you up to altitude ranges of 6,750 to 9,000 feet. With over 300 days of sunshine, summer daytime temps average around 80 degrees with nighttime lows about 45 degrees. Big Bear's airport is open 24 hours every day and is equipped for night landings. AirTaxi/Charter service is available. https://www.bigbear.com/
Idyllwild – Old Western Charm, Local Stores and Tasty Treats
Idyllwild is nestled in the San Jacinto Mountains among tall pines, sweet smelling cedars and giant boulders. The small-town charm with its locally owned shops and restaurants is the perfect summer retreat to beat the heat. Idyllwild is perfect for day hikes and weekend hikes, as well as the high country for the longer "overnight" hiking journeys. Summertime events such as Art and Jazz Festivals are a great way to spend the day. Daytime temperatures average low to mid 80’s and 50’s in the evening. Only a 45 minute to 1 hour drive from Palm Springs it’s a fun day trip. http://www.idyllwild.com/
How Cool, is This? Locally Grown, Farm Fresh Foods, in the Westfield Mall.
Westfield Mall, Palm Desert - Indoor Certified Farmers Market, through Sep. 16
What could be better! Get your food and clothes shopping done inside, and all in one stop! Every summer the Westfied Mall offers shoppers fresh off the farm, certified organic produce, gourmet foods, flowers, and entertainment. A great way to stay cool and keep summer meals healthy! For quick easy access to the Farmers Market, enter Macy’s from covered parking behind the store and head to level 1, near the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf store. July Schedule: Sunday’s 1, 8, 15, 22, from 9:00 am – 1:30 pm. www.WestfieldMarket.com
Summer Restaurant and Entertainment Picks
AJ’s on the Green & Splash! Bar and Lounge—Sunday Jazz Brunch and Live Entertainment, 7-days-a-week. Winner of Best of the Best and Best of the Valley Awards.
This classic Palm Springs lounge is considered a hidden gem by the locals. Located in a lovely park-like setting, it is known for generous pours and long day/night happy hours. The SPLASH! Bar & Lounge features creative bar bites—Patrick Evans' Fulvio Sausage Pizza Bombs, Fish and Shrimp Tacos, Moroccan Spiced Lamb Meatballs, Popcorn and Coconut Shrimp, and award-winning Haystack and Steakknife Angus Burgers.
Dining Room favorites include: Seasonal Prime Rib, Salmon, Bourbon Glazed Double Cut Pork Chops, Duck Breast, Red Wine Braised Short Ribs, Angus Rib Eye Steak, Chicken Marsala, Berryaki Glazed grilled Mahi Mahi. www.ajsonthegreen.com AJ’s on the Green, 36200 Date Palm Dr., Cathedral City
Ingleside Inn—Romantic Boutique Hotel, Fine Dining & Entertainment
Totally secluded at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, the historic Ingleside Inn is steps from the very heart of downtown Palm Springs and adjacent to Melvyn’s Restaurant & Lounge, famous for its food and entertainment. Serving Brunch, Lunch and Dinner, the menu is a combination of simple and sumptuous meals, and a variety too great to mention all. A few of my favorites are Steak Diane, Veal Oscar, Seared Scallops, Chilean Sea Bass, New York Steak a la Frank Sinatra (a 10oz steak with truffle Bordelaise) Yum! It’s a wonderful place to celebrate special occasions.
The Casablanca Lounge at Melvyn’s is best known for its nightly entertainment featuring performances by Mikael Healy and Ron Greenip at 8 p.m., and it’s very popular Sunday Night Jam sessions. www.inglesideinn.com Ingleside Inn, 200 West Ramon Road, Palm Springs.
The Nest—Great Food, People Watching and Dancing
The Nest offers an eclectic menu of exquisite and tasty dining experiences, from appetizers to entrees, you will have a hard time picking just one thing to eat. The menu includes items such as, Escargot, Australian Rack of Lamb, Weiner Schnitzel, Filet Mignon, Fettuccini Alfredo, Blackened Scottish Salmon, Spaghetti and Meatballs, and sampler plates of various Greek and other ethnic foods.
They are best known for their entertainment. Crowds of people descend on The Nest every evening for the fine food and festive atmosphere. People of every age and inclination arrive with only one thing in mind—to have fun and dance the night away. www.gotothenest.com The Nest, 75-188 Highway 111, Indian Wells.
Looking for a Million Dollar Home? We’ve Got That!
Luxury homes dominated the Coachella Valley’s May housing report with a whopping 42% gain in the number of multi-million dollar homes sold!
Trendvision’s™ year-over-year (May 2017 vs. May 2018), market statistics indicate that homes priced over one-million dollars are continuing to pick up steam, even as we make our way toward the summer months.
Most revealing was the Number of Homes Sold for 1+ million dollars is up (42.2%) from May 2017, and Average Sale Prices increased by (5.4%) to $2,519,000. What’s more, the Number of Days it takes to sell one of these goliaths dropped by (6.7%) to 128.
There are many reasons why people may be buying luxury homes—optimism about the future of our nation’s economy, rising home mortgage interest rates, transfer of equity from recent home and stock portfolio gains, and for sure, retirees (ten-thousand-a-month) ready and able to purchase a sweet retirement dream home. Oh, and the fact that, for the past year, there has been a steady decline in the number of luxury homes available for purchase—simply, supply and demand economics at work.
To find out how your city or area stacks up, visit www.thehamiltonregroup.com, or call Dan at (760) 625-7229.
The Hamilton Real Estate Group is evolving to meet all of our customer’s real estate needs. If you are ready to sell, call or email us, or for a FREE instant home valuation report, click here: What's My Home Worth?
The Days May be Hot, But the Nightlife is Sizzling!
July Entertainment Schedule
Fantasy Springs Casino
o Michael McDonald| July 7
o Counting Crows | July 13
o Pitbull | July 21
o Korean Concert-One Summer Night | July 28
For box office tickets click here Fantasy Springs Resort
Agua Caliente Casino
o Kenny Loggins | July 7
o The Ultimate Queen Celebration Starring Marc Martel | July 12
o Village People | July 14
o Donny & Marie Osmond | July 27
o Park Kang-Sung, Chu Ga-Yeoul & Kum Jan Di | July 28
o Hotel California: Salute to The Eagles | July 29
For box office tickets click here Agua Caliente Entertainment
o Bronco | July 14
o Los Chicos De 512: The Selena Experience | July 28
For box office tickets click here Spotlight 29 Casino
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino’s Fireworks, July 3. Start 8:45 p.m., from the Eagle Falls Golf Course. Show up with the kids or grandchildren early if you want a good spot for this fireworks display. Bring blankets and folding chairs and gather around the Eagle Falls Pro Shop and surrounding parking lot to enjoy the show. 84245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio. www.PalmSpringsLife.com
"Women Behind Bars" at the Desert Rose Playhouse, June 22 – July 29, Fri/Sat @8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m.Desert Rose Playhouse, 69-620 Hwy 111, Rancho Mirage. For box office tickets, or to view the entire 2018/2019 Season Schedule, click here www.desertroseplayhouse.org
Journey through the Desert-The Road Less Traveled at Palm Springs Art Museum, The Galen, Palm Desert. Summer Hours through Sept. 2, Fri – Sun. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., closed Monday through Thursday & Holidays. Features work by approximately 20 American photographers, beginning with an expansive presentation on the archive of Stephen H. Willard who captured the spiritual and natural beauty of the desert in the early part of the 20thcentury. For more information click here www.psmuseum.org/
VillageFest, downtown Palm Springs, every Thursday through July. Downtown Palm Springs transforms into a diverse array of artists, artisans, entertainers, and purveyors of fresh fruits and veggies, flowers, jewelry, snacks and sweets. Time/Place: 6-10pm / Palm Canyon Drive, Contact: www.villagefest.org
College of the Desert Street Fair, Every Sat. & Sun. Merchandise and services for all ages and any budget, the Street Fair offers more than 300 merchants, artists, a Farmer’s Market, entertainment, food and much more. Time/Place: 7 a.m.- 2 p.m. / 43500 Monterey Ave., Palm Desert, Contact: 760-636-7957 /www.codaastreetfair.com