There are dozens of festivals and celebrations for the 4th of July around Los Angeles and Orange County. The first page here includes major events from the core of Los Angeles to West Side, the South Bay and Long Beach. Page 2 is July 4th events in the Valley and Page 3 lists 4th of July events in Orange County. If you just want to hang out for the day at the beach, check out my guide to Los Angeles Beaches.
4th of July AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl
One of the largest fireworks displays in Southern California with music and food vendors in the nearby Arroyo.
When: July 4th, parking lot opens at 10 am, food court opens at 2 pm; stadium opens at 6:30 pm, Opening ceremonies begin at 7, Program 7:25, Fireworks at 9:05 pm.
Where: The Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena
Cost: $13 GA,$25 reserved, $30 premium, Kids 7 and under and Active Military with ID Free, advance tickets on sale in May through www.ticketmaster.com. Box office a week before and cash only at the stadium.
Parking: $20 cash for cars
Info: 626-577-3100, www.rosebowlstadium.com/RoseBowl_Americafest.php
Palisades Americanism Parade
Old fashioned Independence Day Parade followed by entertainment and a fireworks display.
When: July 4th, Skydivers 1:50 pm, 2:00 parade, 6:30 pm entertainment, 9 pm fireworks
Where: Parade on Sunset Blvd. in Pacific Palisades between via de la Paz and Drummond St., Entertainment and fireworks at Palisades Charter High School.
Cost: Parade Free, reserved grandstand tickets for a fee, Concert $5
July 4th at Grand Park
One year after opening, Grand Park in the LA Civic Center is celebrating Independence Day with a four block block party. There won't be full-sky fireworks, but a light show combining special effects with pyrotechnics. The Main stage and viewing area are located between Hill Street and Grand Avenue.
When: July 4, Music begins at 3 pm, light show at 9
Where: All four blocks of Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles 200 N. Grand Avenue, between Grand Avenue and Spring Street
Parking: $10 under the park or at the Music Center
Metro: Red Line to Civic Center/Grand Park
3-Day July 4th Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl
For 2013 Josh Grobin will join the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a three-day Independence Day celebration with fireworks each night at the landmark Hollywood Bowl.
When: July 2-4th, 7:30 pm
Where: Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Ave, Hollywood, CA 90068
Cost: $15-$243 + fee
Hollywood Bowl Visitors Guide
Annual Vision Outside 4th of July Jazz and Blues Festival in Leimert Park
Celebrate the 4th of July at the Vision Theatre in Leimert Park with jazz and blues, children’s arts and crafts, face painting, delicious food, and free watermelon.
When: July 4, 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: Vision Theatre back lot, 3341 W. 43rd Pl., Los Angeles
Info: 213-202-5500, www.culturela.org
Mr. & Mrs. Muscle Beach, Venice Beach
Body building pageant on the beach.
When: July 4th, 9 am to 5 pm, registration 7:30-9:30 am, pre-judging 10 am, finals 1 pm
Where: Venice Recreation Center, 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach
Cost: Free to watch, $80 to compete
Info: californiabeachbodybuilding.com, 310-399-2775
4th of July BBQ at the Aquarium of the Pacific
Enjoy the Aquarium at night and get a fish-eye view of the Queen Mary fireworks. Combo tickets include admission to the aquarium plus an Independence Day B-B-Q buffet with home-style grilled entrees and decadent deserts.
When: July 4, BB* 3:00 - 8:00 pm with two seatings, Aquarium opens 9 am - 10 pm
Where: Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, 320 Golden Shore, Long Beach
Cost: Aquarium Admission is $14.95 for everyone after 5 pm. Regular admission is $25.95 Adult, $14.95 child 3-11, $22.95 seniors, Aquarium plus dinner $37 Adult, $32 Child. Advance reservations required for dinner.
Info: 562-590-3100, www.aquariumofpacific.org
More: Aquarium of the Pacific Visitors Guide
Queen Mary BBQ, Brews and Red, White & Blues
The Queen Mary Independence Day celebration will be multi-era Tribute to Classic Americana through the Decade that time travels through the day beginning with a 1940s golden ara party from noon to 4 pm, followed by 60's tribute bands, DJs spinning music of the 1970s, 80a and 90s, and after the fireworks the 2010s, including a patriotic movie screening. There will multiple DJ and live music stages, strolling entertainers and a children's area, culminating in the spectacular 4th of July fireworks show. Special hotel rates are available.
When: July 4, noon to 11 pm, Fireworks on the 4th at 9:00 pm
Where: The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802
Cost: $39.99 Adult, $19.99 children 3-11, 2 and under Free, $59 VIP (includes movie), $9.99 Movie under the stars. Tickets at the box office or online.
More: Queen Mary Visitors Guide, Queen Mary Nightlife Guide, Queen Mary Restaurant Guide
Long Beach Kids' July 4th Bike Parade
Children and adults are encouraged to decorate their bikes and themselves for this annual patriotic procession on wheels that takes place on the beach bike path in Long Beach. In addition to the bike parade, the event will include competitions for children 12 and younger, including a Patriotic Oratory Competition (advance submission required), watermelon seed spitting, and patriotic costume contest.
When: 9:15 registration to participate, 10 am parade, followed by competitions
Where: Granada Ave and the bike path, Long Beach, CA 90803
Parking: Free parking in Granada Beach Lot for the event, metered street parking
4th of July Celebration in San Pedro
Live music, U.S. military exhibits, tours of a Navy frigate, armed forces, and U.S. Coast Guard demonstrations, displays by the LA City Fire Department’s firefighting boat, and the Washington Artillery Reenactment group followed by fireworks.
When: July 4
Where: Cabrillo Beach, 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro
Info: 310-548-7401, http://www.laparks.org/dos/aquatic/facility/cabrilloBeachPool.htm
Soccer with Fireworks - LA Galaxy vs. Columbus Crew
LA Galaxy will take on the Columbus Crew on July 4th with post game fireworks at the Home Depot Center in Carson.
When: July 4th, 7:30 PM
Where: Home Depot Center, Carson CA
Cost: $20 and up, check Goldstar.com for discount tickets.
Parking: $15-40, Parking Info
Info: www.lagalaxy.com, 1-877-342-5499
July 4th Fireworks, Marina Del Rey
Traditional fireworks extravaganza over the main channel in Marina del Rey programmed to patriotic music broadcast over FM radio KXLU, 88.9 and relayed over loudspeakers in Chase Park.
When: July 4th, 9 pm
Where: Chase Park, 13650 Mindanao Way (1 block west of Admiralty Way), Marina del Rey. Also viewable from Fisherman's Village and Marina Beach
Info: 310-305-9545, www.visitmarinadelrey.com
Continue to 4th of July Celebrations in the Valley
Continue to Orange County 4th of July Celebrations
Information was accurate at the time of publication. Please check with organizers for the most current information. If you are the organizer of one of these events, you can Contact the Guide with updates and corrections.