July 4th in Los Angeles

30 of the Best 4th of July Fireworks, Parades and Festivals in LA 2017

Grand Park Fireworks
••• Grand Park Fireworks. Photo courtesy of Grand Park

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!

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. 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.

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.

July 4th Block Party at Grand Park

Grand Park in the LA Civic Center is celebrating Independence Day with an eight-block party culminating in a rooftop fireworks display with special effects pyrotechnics.

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, 2016, 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. 
Cost: FREE
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.
Info: grandparkla.org

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.
Info: www.palisadesparade.org

3-Day July 4th Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl

For 2016, Chicago 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: $5-70+ + fee
Info: www.hollywoodbowl.com
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 Orioles.  
When: July 4, 2016, 7:10 pm, Saturday, game at 4:15, fireworks 8:45 pm.
Where: Dodger Stadium 
Cost: $25-$1050 + fee. Check Goldstar for discount tickets
Info: www.dodgers.com

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
Cost: Free
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
Cost: FREE
Parking: Paid parking in County lots
Info: 310-305-9545, www.visitmarinadelrey.com

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 4th of July Community Festival and Fireworks Show

Community concert, food, games rides and 45-minute fireworks display at the LA Memorial Coliseum and Expo Park Grounds.
When: July 4th, noon to 10 pm
Where: Exposition Park, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037, Entrances to Exposition Park are located at MLK & Hoover and 39th & Figueroa
Cost: Free
Parking: http://www.lacoliseum.com/index.php/parking/
Info: www.lacoliseum.comculturela.org

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.
Parking: $10
Info: www.culvercityfireworksshow.com
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.
Cost: FREE
Info:  laxcoastal.com

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, noon to 10 pm
Where: Cabrillo Beach, 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro
Cost: Free
Info: (310) 548-2909, www.lawaterfront.org/events.php

USS Iowa 4th of July

Battleship IOWA will celebrate its fourth anniversary in Los Angeles as it honors Independence Day on July 4. Active military, reservists, veterans and retired military will receive free tour admission for the day. Special $2 off discount tickets are available for advanced purchase.  
When: July 4, 10 am - 4 pm
Where: 250 South Harbor Boulevard , San Pedro, CA 90731
Cost: $19.95 for adults, $16.95 for seniors, and $11.95 for youth (ages 6-11). Children under 5 are free
Info: www.pacificbattleship.com

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


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.

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.
Parking: $20
Info: http://www.queenmary.com/events/july-fourth/
JULY 4th VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyF_ZYuCH6I
More: Queen Mary Visitors Guide

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 seatings at 5 and 6:30 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

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
Cost: Free
Parking: Free parking in Granada Beach Lot for the event, metered street parking
Info: http://justinrudd.com/bikeparade.html

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

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

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 

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 

More 4th of July Weekend Nightlife Options in LA 

July 4th in the Valley & Canyons 

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: $15-30, 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.

Annual San Fernando Valley Independence Day Celebration

A holiday celebration in the San Fernando Valley featuring music and other live entertainment, food, and fireworks. Take a swim in the 1.5-acre swim lake available for use during the day.
When: July 4, 10 am – 10:00 pm, Fireworks around 8:30 pm
Where: Hansen Dam Recreation Area, 11770 Foothill Blvd., Lake View Terrace
Cost: Free
Info: 1-888-LA PARKS (527-2757), www.laparks.org

July 4th Fireworks Festival in Studio City

This is a fun-filled family festival featuring exhibits, music, food, fireworks, a children’s fun zone, and a business exposition in a back lot at CBS Studios.
When: July 4, 5:00 – 9:30 pm, gates open at 4:30 pm (2016 details to be confirmed)
Where: CBS Studio Center, 4024 Radford Ave., Studio City, Los Angeles
Cost: Adults $20, Children 6-12 $10, add $20 for rooftop viewing access or pay $100 for VIP tickets.

Parking: Free
Info: 818-655-5916, www.studiocitychamber.com

4th of July Fireworks Show in La Crescenta

Music, rides and a line-up of food trucks, culminating in a fireworks show.
When: July 4, Gates open at 4 pm and close at 8:30 pm, Fireworks at 9
Where: La Crescenta Elementary School, 2800 Prospect Ave., La Crescenta, CA
Cost: General Admission $7 pre-sale, $10 at the gate, Children 7 and under free. Rides extra.
Info: www.cvfireworks.com

Annual Dennis P. Zine July 4th Extravaganza in Woodland Hills

Huge Fourth of July fireworks festival in the West Valley with food vendors, play zone, a free concert and fireworks show.
When: July 4, Concert 6:00 - 8:00 pm, fireworks to live music at 9:08 pm
Where: Warner Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills
Cost: Free
Parking: $20 in any of the Warner Center structures between Topanga and Canoga or Califa and Oxnard
Info: 818-704-1358, www.valleycultural.org

4th of July Spectacular in Porter Ranch

The Free festival and fireworks show at Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch includes moon bounces and face painting for the children, an outdoor stage show as well as optional food purchases from over a dozen local food vendors; all capped off with a twenty-one-minute aerial fireworks display.

When: July 4, 4:00 pm – 10 pm, Gates open at 4:00
Where: Shepherd of the Hills Church , 19700 Rinaldi Street, Porter Ranch, CA 91326
Cost: Free
Parking: Free
Info: www.theshepherd.org

July 4th Barn Dance and BBQ at Theatricum Botanicum

Not one of the biggest events, but I just had to include it because it sounds like fun - an Old Fashioned Barn Dance and Barbecue will take over the woodsy cove at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon for the afternoon on July 4th.  There will be children’s games, pie-eating contest, watermelon seed-spitting contest, cake walk, horseshoes, relay races, dunk bucket and more. Barbecue and fixins, beer and wine available for purchase. The fun ends at 5, so there's plenty of time to head out either side of the Canyon to find some fireworks or stick around for the performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

When: July 4, 11 am - 5 pm, Barn Dance with dance caller at 1 and 3 
Where: Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga CA 90290
Cost: Adults $20 ($22 at gate), kids 5-12 $8 ($10 at gate), under 5 Free
Parking: Street
Info: (310) 455-3723, www.theatricum.com

Here are the biggest and best 4th of July celebrations across Orange County, CA from the biggest Independence Day Parade west of the Mississippi and multiple fireworks shows to the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Independence Day Celebration and Parade in Huntington Beach

The “largest and oldest parade of its kind west of the Mississippi,” a 5K run/walk, bands, clowns, celebrities, floats and fireworks on “Surf City’s” famous Main Street.

When: Parade July 4, Festival July 2-4
Where: Festival at Pier Plaza at Huntington Beach Pier, Parade runs along Main Street from Pacific Coast Highway to Clay Ave.
Cost: Free, reserved parade seating and fireworks seating is available for a fee.
Info: www.hb4thofjuly.org
View HB Parade Photos.

Annual Reading of the Declaration of Independence by Shakespeare Orange County

An ensemble of actors and patriots reads the entire text of the Declaration of Independence to remind us what it is we're celebrating on Independence Day.
When: July 4, 10:30 am (takes about 35 minutes or so)
Where: Festival Amphitheatre, 12762 Main Street, Garden Grove
Cost: Free
Info: www.shakespeareoc.org, (714) 590-1575

Newport Beach 4th of July Celebration

Two-day festival with live music, food truck competition and fireworks at Newport Back Bay.
When: July 4, 1-5 pm
Where: Newport Harbor/Balboa Island
Cost: Concert Area $25-$50
Info: www.visitnewportbeach.com/4th-of-july/
Bonus: Newport Beach Fireworks Cruise Discount Tickets

Dana Point 4th of July Fireworks Show

The City of Dana Point presents an aerial sky show, featuring a musical simulcast presented by radio station KSBR 88.5 FM. Arrive early to picnic over the Harbor on the cliffs of Blue Lantern Park or Heritage Park. 
When: July 4, 9 pm, beach opens at 6 am
Where: Doheny State Beach, 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629
Cost: Free
Info: www.danapoint.org, (949) 248-3530
Note: Fireworks are NOT permitted on the beach.

Fullerton Community Fireworks Show and Festival

An old-fashioned Fourth of July party, the festival features live entertainment, games for all ages, food booths and a special aerial fireworks display.
When: July 4, 5-9:30
Where: Fullerton High School Stadium, Lemon St. & Berkeley Ave. Fullerton, CA 92832
Cost: Free. Fee for some activities
Info: www.cityoffullerton.com, (714) 738-6545

Disney's Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky

A special 4th of July fireworks display over Disneyland set to music.
When: July 1-6, 9:30 pm
Where: Disneyland California
Cost: Regular Disneyland Admission applies
Info: www.Disneyland.com
More: Disneyland Visitors Guide; What's New at Disneyland

Knott's Berry Farm 4th of July Fireworks

A special 4th of July fireworks display over Knott's Berry Farm.
When: July 1-6, 9:30 pm
Where: Knott's Berry Farm
Cost: Regular Knott's Admission applies. Check for Discount Tickets.
Info: www.knotts.com
More: Guide to Knott's Berry Farm, What's New at Knott's Berry Farm

More July 4th Events in Orange County

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.