Guide to Independence Day in Los Angeles: Festivals, Events, Things to Do

Fireworks over Downtown Los Angeles, California

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Los Angeles is known for its thriving artist communities, fantastic weather, and awesome events, which makes it the perfect California city to enjoy any holiday season. As a result, there are many ways to celebrate Independence Day each year, from watching the fireworks over the city skyline to attending a festive parade and spending the day at a beach party.

In addition to the events in LA, the West Side, South Bay, and Long Beach, there are plenty of Fourth of July gatherings nearby in the LA Valleys and Canyons as well as in Orange County. However, keep in mind that while some cities allow fireworks that are "safe and sane," fireworks are illegal in LA County's unincorporated communities.

Many of these events have been altered or canceled in 2020. Check the details below and event websites for more information.

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Fourth of July Block Party at Grand Park

Grand Park in L.A.
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While Grand Park will be closed to the public on July 4, 2020, you will be able to watch the event virtually on the holiday. Check the event website for updates.

Every year Downtown LA comes to life on July 4 with more than five blocks of partying, including music at two main stages, a variety of family-friendly activities, and over 25 different local vendors selling food and beverages.

Immediately following the block party, there is a rooftop fireworks show over the Grand Park Event Lawn. The festival takes place at Grand Park from City Hall to the Music Center and is free to attend, though there are parking costs.

02 of 09

AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl

Americafest 2013 - 87th Annual Fourth Of July Celebration At The Rose Bowl
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This event has been canceled for 2020.

If you're looking to experience a real LA tradition on July 4, head to the northeast side of the Valley for one of the largest fireworks displays in Southern California, which will end the annual AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Usually, AmericaFest events kick off at noon when the parking lot opens and tailgating begins (check guidelines if you plan to pre-party in the lot). The Family Fun Zone, which includes activities, games, and contests for kids of all ages, opens at 2 p.m., but the main event doesn't start until 7 p.m.

You will need to purchase tickets to attend. Guests can also view the fireworks from outside the stadium, either by paying to park in the lot or by heading over to Levitt Pavilion, which has excellent views of the skyline and the stadium's firework display.

03 of 09

Palisades Fourth of July Celebration

Palisades 4th of July Parade
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The run, parade, concert, and fireworks are canceled for 2020. However, you can still see a community-wide flyover of World War II fighter planes at 2 p.m. and watch the previous year's concert virtually. See the event website for details.

Tucked away along the northwest coast of LA, the community of Pacific Palisades has hosted an annual parade each Independence Day since 1948.

If you feel like getting up early on July 4, head to the Palisades Recreation Center at 8:15 a.m., when official celebrations kick off with the annual Palisades Will Rogers 5 and 10K Run.

The Pacific Palisades Parade usually takes place on Sunset Boulevard between Via de la Paz and Drummond Street, starting with skydivers at 1:50 and the official procession at 2 p.m. Although the parade is free to attend, the concert and fireworks display in the evening at the Palisades Charter High School require a ticket.

04 of 09

Fireworks Spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl

Fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl
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This event is canceled for 2020.

Each year in early July, popular musicians team up with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a three-night star-spangled celebration at the Hollywood Bowl's annual Fireworks Spectacular concert in the Hollywood Hills of northern Los Angeles.

At 7:30 p.m., performances start with the headliners, followed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic taking the stage for the fireworks finale concert.

Arrive early to enjoy food and wine options in the marketplace, which also offers picnic boxes, or you can order suppers in your box seats. Either way, you'll need to get tickets in advance to attend one of these three concert events.

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05 of 09

Fourth of July at Dodger Stadium

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The games are postponed for 2020. Check the official website for updates.

For three days in early July, the Los Angeles Dodgers host home games followed by wonderful firework displays to end the night. Dodger Stadium is just north of downtown LA, easily accessible from the city.

Afternoon and evening games are followed by fireworks, which typically go off around 9 to 10 p.m., though this may be delayed if the game goes into extra innings. Tickets are required for both games and regular concessions are available even during the holiday; arrive early if you want to tailgate in the parking lot.

Although there aren't any additional games or activities outside the regular ballpark amenities, spending an evening at Dodger Stadium is about as patriotic as you can get.

06 of 09

Mr. and Ms. Muscle Beach

Muscle Beach, on the Venice Boardwalk, hosted more than the usual beef Wednesday. July 4 brings in t
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This beach event has been canceled for 2020.

Each year, the famous "Muscle Beach" area of Venice Beach along Ocean Front Walk hosts its annual body-building pageant at the Venice Beach Recreation Center all day on July 4.

Competitors are judged on a variety of categories including bodybuilding, bikini, figure, men's physique, classic physique, women's physique, vintage, couples, and wheelchair. Initial judging will take place at 10 a.m. and the final round will be judged at 1 p.m. The competition is open to all amateurs for a $100 entry fee, but it is free to watch.

07 of 09

Fourth of July at Marina Del Rey

Marina Del Rey at sunset, Los Angeles, USA
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Just south of Venice, the community of Marina Del Rey puts on a traditional and free fireworks display, which is the biggest public show in the city. You can see the sparkling event at 9 p.m. from Marina del Rey, Venice Pier, Dockweiler Beach, and Playa Vista. Synchronized music will be played at either Burton Chace Park or Fisherman’s Village. Another fun option is taking a special two hour, 30-minute four-course dinner and champagne cruise timed so you can watch the fireworks.

It is a good idea to arrive in the early afternoon to park in local county lots and use parking shuttles or take advantage of ride-share options.

08 of 09

LAX Coastal Fourth of July Parade

Fourth of July parade with LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce

LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce

The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce parade has been canceled for 2020, but a new tradition will kick off this year with a Fourth of July Parade Home Decorating Contest. Participants may adorn their homes in the spirit of the parade by June 26 and email or upload their photos to the chamber's social media. Details are available on the official website. Also, look for banners, a pop-up art display, patriotic pylons at Los Angeles International Airport, a community flyover, and more.

Since the year 2000, the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce has hosted an annual July 4 parade starting at 11 a.m. and running along Loyola Boulevard from Westchester Park to Loyola Marymount University (LMU).

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09 of 09

KaBoom! at Fairplex in Pomona

Kaboom event in Fairplex


This event is canceled for 2020.

For something completely different (but also featuring fireworks), head east of LA to the city of Pomona, where Fairplex hosts its annual KABOOM! event.

Gates at the Fairplex open at 5 p.m. when you can meet monster truck riders (and get their autographs), purchase motorsports memorabilia, or take a photo in front of a Monster Truck. At 7:50 p.m., the California State Honor Guard officially starts the event with a performance of the "Star-Spangled Banner," followed immediately by the main KABOOM! event before the close-out fireworks start at 9:15 p.m.

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