Guide to 4th of July in Long Beach, California: Fireworks and Events

Independence Day in Long Beach and San Pedro

Queen Mary Fireworks

Kayte Deioma

Some of the most popular Fourth of July events in Southern California, such as the Queen Mary Fireworks and Belmont Shore Bike Parade, are in Long Beach and San Pedro where they have been expanding their patriotic Independence Day celebrations along the waterfront. Long Beach also sets off fireworks on July third over Alamitos Bay Marina 

Setting off personal fireworks—including "safe and sane" fireworks—in most of Los Angeles County, including the beaches, is illegal. If you take them a few blocks away from the small areas where they are sold, or if you bring them from out of town and set them off in LA, Long Beach, or other areas, you could be cited or even arrested. So plan for one of these public celebrations for the Fourth of July and stay within the law!

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Celebrate the 4th of July Aboard the Queen Mary

The Queen Mary in Long Beach
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The Queen Mary's 2019 All-American July 4th Celebration will be a festive all-ages party with entertainment, music, activities, and food. The All-American 4th of July is open to the entire family and children 3 and under are admitted free. 

With your July 4th Celebration ticket you can take ship tours, view the exhibits, and check out the engine room starting at 10 a.m. Enter the ship between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and you can visit all the Queen Mary attractions before the main festivities take place. 

As night falls, the decks will become front row seats to one of the best fireworks shows in Southern California. 

When: July 4, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m. All those entering the ship this day must have an All-American July 4th Celebration ticket.

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Enjoy BBQ at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Aquarium of the Pacific
Aquarium of the Pacific

Enjoy the Aquarium of the Pacific at night and get a fish-eye view of the Queen Mary fireworks. Combo tickets include admission to the aquarium plus an Independence Day BBQ buffet with home-style grilled entrees and decadent desserts.

When: July 4, BBQ, 6–8:00 p.m., Aquarium open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., BBQ seating at 6 p.m.

Parking: $8 with Aquarium validation

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Join the Block Party

Sailboats in Alamitos Bay. Long Beach, CA
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Boathouse on the Bay on Alamitos Bay Marina traditionally sponsors an annual fireworks celebration and block party the night before the 4th of July to benefit local charities. The block party celebration includes vintage aircraft flyovers, skydivers, a sailing regatta, music and dancing, and a fireworks show.  

When: July 3, 5:30–9:30 p.m.

Parking: Free parking in the marina/restaurant lot, but it gets full fast.

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Decorate Your Bikes and Join the Parade

Long Beach 4th of July Bike Parade
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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 Speech Contest and patriotic costume contest. To join in, the spot to be is Granada Ave at the bike path in Long Beach. 2019 details are pending. 

When: July 4, 9:30 a.m. speech contest, 9:50 a.m. costume contest, 10 a.m. parade

Parking: Free parking in the Granada Beach lot for the event plus metered street parking

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Take a Cruise to See the Fireworks

Enjoy the fireworks from the water on a Harbor Breezes cruise and don't forget to dress warmly. There are three cruises heading out for the fireworks on July 4 from 100 Aquarium Way, Dock 2, in Long Beach. 4th of July tickets ordered online must be pre-printed and brought with you to the dock.

When: July 4, 7:30 p.m. boarding

Parking: Paid parking can be found in the aquarium garage or Shoreline Village plus metered street parking

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Pier Pressure 4th of July Yacht Party from Long Beach

Pier Pressure gives you a special view of the Queen Mary fireworks this Fourth of July from the decks of the California King Yacht. There are three levels of fully-stocked bars and live DJs on each floor for dancing. Take in the sights of the city skyline as you cruise and enjoy the fireworks display at the end of the evening.

When: July 4, 2019, with two cruising times to choose from

Parking: $10–20

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Enjoy Classic Cars and More

On Friday, June 28, 2019, you can enjoy classic cars at the annual Cars and Stripes Forever event from 4–10 p.m. This free community celebration kicks off Independence Day weekend and features a classic car show, an exotic car display, motorcycles, live bands, food trucks, beer garden, and grand fireworks finale at 9:15 p.m. The event will be held on Harbor Boulevard and the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro.

When: June 28, 2019

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Go Over to Catalina Island

Catalina Island
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The city of Avalon on Catalina Island hosts an annual Fourth of July Golf Cart Parade (no cars are allowed on the island) and golf cart decorating contest at 1 p.m. and then a patriotic dinghy parade at 4 p.m. You can watch the evening fireworks display from anywhere on the beach or spring for the Casino Ballroom dinner with the USC Marching Band and a balcony view of the sky show.

When: July 4, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Parking: NA, arrival by ferry from Long Beach, San Pedro or Dana Point 

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