Some of the most popular 4th of July events in Southern California, such as the Queen Mary Fireworks and Belmont Shore Bike Parade are in Long Beach. San Pedro has also been expanding their patriotic Independence Day celebrations along the waterfront.
Long Beach also sets off fireworks July 3rd over Alamitos Bay Marina (see item 3).
Note: Setting off 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 narrow 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 with a $1000 ticket or arrested.
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All-American 4th of July on the Queen Mary
The Queen Mary's 2017 All-American July 4th Celebration will be a festive all-age party with entertainment, music, activities, food and fun the whole family will enjoy. Catch a special performance by the hit 80’s artists The Pointer Sisters. As night falls, the decks will become front row seats to one of the best fireworks shows in Southern California. Guests MUST have an All-American 4th of July ticket to board the ship on July 4th.
When: July 4, 2pm to 10 pm, Fireworks on the 4th at 9:00 pm
Where: The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802
Cost: Advance $44 Adult online presale/$49 same day/box office, $24 children 4-11 online presale/ $29 same day/box office. 3 and under Free, $99 VIP Tickets box office or online. VIP tickets include access to a special VIP viewing area. Check Goldstar for discount tickets.
JULY 4th VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyF_ZYuCH6I
More: Queen Mary Visitors Guide
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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 desserts.
When: July 4, BBQ 5:00 - 10:00 pm, Aquarium open 9 am - 10 pm, BBQ seating at 6 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 before 5 pm is $29.95 Adult, $17.95 child 3-11, $26.95 seniors, Aquarium plus dinner $64 Adult, $28 Child (3-11). Premium seating $79 Adult, $38 child. Advance reservations required for dinner. Member discount.
Info: 562-590-3100, www.aquariumofpacific.org
More: Aquarium of the Pacific Visitors Guide
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Big Bang on the Bay Block Party July 3rd
Boathouse on the Bay on Alamitos Bay Marina 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, 2017
Where: 190 N Marina Dr, Long Beach, CA 90803
Cost: Block party seating $50 Adult, $20 Child 10 and under, VIP tables available; restaurant seating is $65 indoors and $100 on the patio.
Parking: Free parking in the marina/restaurant lot, but it gets full fast.
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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
Info: http://justinrudd.com/bikeparade.htmlContinue to 5 of 10 below.
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Harbor Breezes Fireworks Cruises from Long Beach
Enjoy the fireworks from the water on a Harbor Breezes cruise. As above, don't forget to dress warmly. Long Beach has fireworks on both July 3rd and July 4th. There are cruises both nights.
When: July 3 & 4, 7:30 pm boarding for 9 pm fireworks (2017 TBA)
Where: 100 Aquarium Way, Dock 2, Long Beach, CA 90802
Cost: July 3, $30; July 4, $35 ages 3 and up
Parking: Paid parking in Aquarium garage or Shoreline Village, metered street
Info: tickets.harbor-cruises.com, (562) 983-6880
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Pier Pressure 4th of July Yacht Party from Long Beach
A three hour DJ dance party on the water with a front and center view of the Queen Mary Fireworks. Note: Alcohol and seasickness are not good companions.
When: July 4, 7 pm check-in, 7:30 pm boarding, 8-11 cruise
Where: Catalina King Yacht, 1046 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802
Cost: $49 and up. VIP options available. Check Goldstar for discount tickets.
Parking: Paid parking
Info & Tickets
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Tall Ship Cruises from San Pedro to Long Beach Fireworks
The LA Maritime Institute (LAMI) will be setting sail in their two tall ships from San Pedro to Long Beach on July 4th to watch the sunset and the Queen Mary fireworks. Guests are encouraged to bring their own picnic and blanket. Don't forget to dress warmly. It can be cold out on the water. This is a fundraiser for LAMI's youth programs.
When: July 4, 6:30 pm boarding for 9 pm fireworks
Where: Berth 78, Ports O'Call, San Pedro
Cost: $75 adults, $25 12 and under
Parking: Ports O' Call parking lot
Info: www.lamitopsail.org, (310) 833-6055
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4th of July Celebration in San Pedro
This free community celebration features live music, family activities, food trucks, and a fireworks show at 9 pm at Cabrillo Beach.
When: July 4, 2017
Where: LA Waterfront and Cabrillo Beach, 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro
Parking: Cabrillo Beach lot for a fee
Info: lawaterfront.org, (310) 548-2909Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Catalina Island 4th of July Parade, Dinner and Fireworks Show
The city of Avalon on Catalina Island hosts an annual 4th of July Golf Cart Parade (no cars are allowed on the island) and golf cart decorating contest at 1 pm and a patriotic dinghy parade at 4 pm. 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, 2017
Where: Avalon, Catalina
Cost: Free to watch the parades and fireworks; dinner price TBA
Parking: NA, arrival by ferry from Long Beach, San Pedro or Dana Point
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More 4th of July Events Nearby
If you want to venture outside of the Long Beach area for the holiday, check out the:
- Top 4th of July Events in Orange County
- Top 4th of July Events in Los Angeles
- Top 4th of July Events in the Valleys and Canyons
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 LA Travel Expert with updates and corrections.