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Things to Do in Los Angeles in July
You'll have about 14 hours of daylight per day to explore Los Angeles in July.
July's Big Holiday: Independence Day
July 4th is a great time to be in LA, with fireworks in all kinds of places, including Disneyland and the Hollywood Bowl. Here's a roundup of the Independence Day goings-on in LA and the rest of California.
Los Angeles' Best July Events: Recommendations
This is the short list of things I have done myself and recommend to my friends when they go to LA in July.
Pageant of the Masters and Festival of the Arts: This annual event in Laguna Beach is hard to describe, but nearly everyone who goes is glad they did. It's a fool-the-eye performance event that will leave you shaking your head in disbelief.
Things That Look Like Fun to Do in July
I'm sharing my LA bucket list here, a selection of events and things to do that look like fun.
LA Street Food Fest: Held in Pasadena, this food event is a great chance to sample lots of LA's best gourmet food trucks all... in one place. Be prepared for heat and crowds - and wear your stretchy pants.Continue to 2 of 4 below.
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Things That Are Especially Fun in the Month of July
Summer's warm days and balmy nights bring out a bunch of fun evening activities. You can go to a movie outdoors, see a play, go to a concert - or opt for some of LA's more unusual summer night activities. Get some ideas for hot summer fun in Los Angeles here.
July is a good month to check out some of Los Angeles' best beaches.
March through August is time for something uniquely Southern California, the annual grunion run. Thousands of tiny, silver-colored fish spawn on the sand during the full moon (or the new one). See the schedule. At some Los Angeles beaches, "Grunion Greeters" are on hand to explain and help you get the most out of being there.
In LA, you can see whales nearly year round. Blue whales are the star of the show during the summer months. Find the best places to see them and when in the guides to Los Angeles whale watching and Orange County whale watching.Continue to 3 of 4 below.
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More About Los Angeles in July
What to Expect from Los Angeles Weather in July
July is one of the warmest, sunniest months of the year in LA. Unfortunately, the higher temperatures can also contribute to air quality issues, which are far better than they once were.
These averages are an indication of what to expect from Los Angeles weather in July. The weather varies by year, though and you should check the current forecast before you plan your travel wardrobe and pack your bags.
You should also know that the LA metro area covers a lot of geography and a variety of microclimates. Temperatures can be as much as 20°F lower near the coast than they are inland. Checking the current weather for a few days before you leave will give you a better idea of how much difference to expect.
- Average High Temperature: 82°F/28°C
- Average Low Temperature: 63°F/17°C
- Rain & Clouds Index: 0.01 inches (0.03 cm) rain, 96% sunshine
Use the weather averages to get an idea of what things may be like, but it might be different when you visit.... A winter day could even be so warm you'll wish you packed your shorts. And - of course - check the forecast, too.Continue to 4 of 4 below.
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What to Pack, What to Wear in July
June Gloom - that annoying weather phenomenon that blankets the coast in fog - occasionally lingers into July, leaving the residents wondering "Why?" When it happens, you'd might as well leave the bikini in the suitcase.
It's always cooler at the beach than you expect, which makes packing a light jacket for the evening a must. Otherwise, bring short-sleeved shirts and lightweight pants. Shorts will be comfortable most warm days, especially inland.
More Things to Do in Los Angeles by Month
If you're trying to figure out the best month for your LA vacation, any time will be fine. You can use our monthly guides to find out more about events and what to expect all year long.
Spring season starts in March and extends through April and May. Signs of spring are subtle, but the weather is... usually great — and except for spring break, attractions are still less crowded, up to the big holiday weekend at the end of May.
Summer busy season starts in June. So does the dreaded "June gloom" which can keep the beach areas foggy all day long. It can extend into July, too. By August it will be hot —sometimes very hot and mostly clear.
Beaches in Los Angeles are susceptible to so-called "red tides" when red-colored algae grow so fast that they "bloom," coloring the water in the process. It's unsightly for sure, and it's safer to avoid swimming while they're happening. Find out everything you need to know about red tides here.
After the big September holiday, things quiet down. Weather will still be good into October and the outdoor concert season extends into the middle of the month. November is variable. Sometimes it's more like fall and sometimes more like winter.