Looking for the best way to celebrate the 4th of July in Los Angeles? Here are dozens of July 4th celebrations from the LA Valley to Orange County, including parades, festivals, and of course, fireworks!
If you just want to hang out for the day at the beach, use this LA beach guide to find the best spot. And if you want to explore the city around the holiday, here's a guide of the best things to do in Los Angeles.
Note: Setting off 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.
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July 4th Block Party at Grand Park
Grand Park and the Music Center celebrate Independence Day with an eight-block party culminating in a rooftop fireworks show. The festivities stretch from Grand Avenue to Spring Street and nearby side streets.
There are two main stages, one in Grand Park and the other on the Music Center Plaza, that will feature DJs and live music throughout the event. Games for kids (soccer, tag, chalk art, etc.) will be held Grand Park Event Lawn, and food and beverages will be available from over 40 food vendors, including gourmet food trucks. This is an alcohol-free event. No alcohol served or permitted and bags will be searched. See website for restrictions - there are lots.
When: 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. from the roof of the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Where: 200 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Grand Park from City Hall to the Music Center, Spring Street to Hope Street and from Temple Street to 1st Street , entrances at Hope & Temple, N Broadway & Temple, 1st & Broadway, 1st & Hill and 1st & Grand.
Parking: $10 under the park or at the Music Center, Bike Valet at 1st and Hill. More Parking info
Metro: Red Line to Pershing Square Station (Civic Center/Grand Park station will be partially closed). Metro users are encouraged to load their TAP card with round trip fare in advance, either online or on their way into the station, in order to bypass the TAP vending machine lines later in the evening.
Event info and updates: Check this website
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3-Day July 4th Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl
For 2018, The Go-Go's will be headlining the three-day Independence Day celebration with fireworks ending each night at the landmark Hollywood Bowl.
When: July 2-4th, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Ave, Hollywood, CA 90068
Cost: varies by ticket prices
Event info: Hollywood Bowl
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Palisades Americanism Parade and Fireworks
Old fashioned Independence Day Parade followed by entertainment and a fireworks display.
When: 1:50 p.m. skydivers, 2:00 p.m. parade, 4 p.m. food/gates open, 6 p.m. main stage entertainment, 9 p.m. fireworks
Where: The parade will take place on Sunset Boulevard, between Via de la Paz and Drummond. The following events will be held at Palisades Charter High School.
Info and tickets: www.palisadesparade.org
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July 4th Fireworks, Marina Del Rey
Traditional fireworks extravaganza launched from multiple barges over the main channel in Marina del Rey.
When: 9 p.m. (Street closures will begin as early as 1 p.m., so plan on getting there before then and staying all day.)
Where: Fireworks can be enjoyed from Burton Chace Park or FIsherman's Village
Parking: Paid parking in nounty lots
Info: Marina del Rey
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Dodgers 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
The Dodgers will have a night of fireworks on July 4 after their game with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
When: Game at 5:10, fireworks afterward
Where: Dodger Stadium
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July 4th Fireworks in Culver City
The Culver City 4th of July celebration includes live music, food trucks, family-friendly midway games and a fireworks display at West LA College.
When: Gates open at 4 p.m.
Where: West LA College, 9000 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230
Cost: suggested donation of $5 per person, children under 6 Free.
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LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce Parade
LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual parade with over 1,000 participants and 5,000 spectators, plus floats, marching bands, and community groups.
When: July 4th, 11 a.m.
Where: Loyola Blvd from Westchester Park (7000 W. Manchester Blvd.) to Loyola Marymount University.
Info: laxcoastal.comContinue to 9 of 11 below.
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LA Galaxy Game With Fireworks
Soccer team LA Galaxy will take on DC United on July 4th with post-game fireworks at the StubHub Center in Carson.
When: July 4th, 7:30 PM
Where: StubHub Center, Carson CA
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Santa Monica Red White & Brew Pub Crawl
Pre-4th pub crawl kicks off at Circle Bar in Santa Monica.
$4 Draft Beers
2-for-1 Well Drinks
When: July 3, 2018, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., check in by 10 p.m.
Where: Circle Bar, 2926 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Cost: $4 and up
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KABOOM! Monster Trucks, Motocross and Fireworks at the Fairplex in Pomona
Monster Trucks, Moto X Extreme, and the Human Cannonball provide the pre-fireworks entertainment for KABOOM! at the Fairplex in Pomona.
When: July 4th, gates open at 5, show at 8 p.m., fireworks at 9:15 p.m
Where: Fairplex, 1101 W McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768
Tickets and Info: fairplex.com/events/kaboom