Looking for the best way to celebrate the 4th of July in Los Angeles? Here are dozens of July 4th celebrations, including parades, festivals, and of course fireworks!
This article includes events in Los Angeles, the West Side, the South Bay and Long Beach. See our articles on July 4th events in the LA Valleys and Canyons, 4th of July events in Long Beach and 4th of July events in Orange County for events outside the core metro area.
If you just want to hang out for the day at the beach, check out our guide to Los Angeles Beaches. If you want to use your day off to find some other kind of entertainment, check out my MEGA-Guide to Things to Do in LA.
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 with a $1000 ticket or arrested.
July 4th Block Party at Grand Park
Grand Park and the Music Center celebrate Independence Day with an eight-block party culminating in a new rooftop fireworks show. The festivities stretch from Temple to 1st Street between Spring and Hope. There are two main stages, one in Grand Park and the other on the Music Center Plaza with lots of picnic area in between. Entertainment includes LA musicians in a variety of different genres.
Games for kids 4-14 will be organized on the Grand Park Event Lawn. Food and beverages will be available from over 25 food vendors. This is an alcohol-free event. No alcohol served or permitted and bags will be searched. See website for restrictions - there are lots.
Note: The Park will close on Friday, July 3, 2017, at 10 pm until 2 pm on Saturday, July 4, so don't plan on getting their early.
When: July 4, Music begins at 2:15 pm, fireworks at 9:00
Where: 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.
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, Kids 5 and under free in GA section. Children require a ticket in Reserved seating. Active Military with ID Free (up to 4 tickets per family), Veterans get 1 free ticket, available from the ticket booth near Gate B, doesn't include parking.
Advance tickets on sale in May through www.ticketmaster.com. Box office a week before and cash only at the stadium.
Parking: $25 cash for cars
Info: 626-577-3100, www.rosebowlstadium.com/events/detail/america-fest
Note: You can also see the Rose Bowl fireworks from outside the stadium at the free concert at Levitt Pavilion.
Palisades Americanism Parade
Old fashioned Independence Day Parade followed by entertainment and a fireworks display.
When: July 4th, 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 & Fireworks $10, free for kids 6 and under, but ticket required.
3-Day July 4th Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl
For 2017, Pentatonix will be headlining the 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: $7-$266+ + fee
Hollywood Bowl Visitors Guide
Dodgers 4th of July Spectacular
The Dodgers will have a night of fireworks on July 4 after their game with the Diamondbacks.
When: July 4, 2017, 7:10 pm, Saturday, game at 4:15, fireworks 8:45 pm.
Where: Dodger Stadium
Cost: $40-58 + fee. Check Goldstar for discount tickets
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
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, $100 to compete
Info: californiabeachbodybuilding.com, 310-399-2775
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
Parking: Paid parking in County lots
Info: 310-305-9545, www.visitmarinadelrey.com
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: July 4th, Gates open at 4 pm
Where: West LA College, 9000 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230
Cost: $5 per person, children under 6 Free.
Bonus: Check the website for carpool deal if you can fit 6 or more in your vehicle.
Westchester 4th of July Parade
LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual parade with over 1,000 participants and 5,000 spectators. Floats, marching bands and community groups.
When: July 4th, 11 am
Where: Loyola Blvd from Westchester Park (7000 W. Manchester Blvd.) to Loyola Marymount University.
Soccer with Fireworks - LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake
LA Galaxy will take on the Real Salt Lake on July 4th with post-game fireworks at the StubHub Center in Carson.
When: July 4th, 7:30 PM
Where: StubHub Center, Carson CA
Cost: $25 and up, check Goldstar for discount tickets.
Parking: $15-45, Parking Info
Info: www.lagalaxy.com, 1-877-342-5499
Santa Monica Red White & Brew Pub Crawl
Pre-4th pub crawl kicks off at Circle Bar in Santa Monica..
When: July 3, 2017, 5 pm - 2 am, check in by 10 pm
Where: Circle Bar, 2926 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Cost: $4 and up
Info & Tickets
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, movie at 9
Where: Fairplex, 1101 W McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768
Cost: $18.50 and up, trackside and buffet options available
Parking: $10 at Gate 17 (Yellow Gate)
From an intimate Barn Dance at Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon to fireworks celebrations at the Rose Bowl, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley, La Crescenta, Porter Ranch, Studio City and more, find the best 4th of July celebrations on the other side of the La mountains.
Long Beach has celebrations from a beach bike parade for kids to grand fireworks off the Queen Mary that can be viewed from many points on land and water from the Aquarium of the Pacific to a tall ship cruise. Long Beach has two nights of fireworks on July 3 over Alamitos Bay and July 4th from near the Queen Mary. Setting off your own fireworks, including "safe and sane" fireworks, anywhere in Long Beach, even at the beach, is illegal.
The top Orange County 4th of July celebrations from a full reading of the Declaration of Independence to the huge Independence Day Parade and Celebration in Huntington Beach to fireworks shows from Anaheim to South County including theme park events.