July in Los Angeles: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

People sunbathing at Hermosa Beach on July 4
Sunbathing at Hermosa Beach in July.

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Los Angeles in July is peak tourist season. The days are long, the weather is warm (if not too warm), and the nights are custom-made for staying out late. On the downside, all the tourist attractions are packed, and it's hard to find bargain rates on hotels.

During July, you can celebrate Independence Day, attend a summer concert, or watch a movie in a cemetery. It's all up to you.

Independence Day in Los Angeles

July 4th is a great time to be in LA, with fireworks in all kinds of places, including Disneyland and the Hollywood Bowl. 

July Weather in Los Angeles

July is one of the warmest, sunniest months of the year in LA. Unfortunately, higher temperatures can also contribute to air quality issues.

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)
  • Water Temperature: 65-67 F (18-19 C)
  • Rain: 0.01 in (0.03 cm)
  • Sunshine: 96 percent
  • Daylight: You will have about 14 hours of daylight per day.

If you want to know what the weather is like in other months, use the guide to LA weather.

What to Pack

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 at home.

If you’re going to the beach, you may want to wiggle those ten fine toes in the sand. But getting that sand off your feet and out of everything else you own can be hard. To make it easier, pack a little bit of baby powder or cornstarch to put into your day pack. Sprinkle it on your skin and the sand will brush off much easier.

Even if the gloom is gone, pack a jacket for the evening near the water. Short-sleeved shirts and lightweight pants are fine most of the time and shorts are comfortable, especially away from the coast.

July Events in Los Angeles

  • Pageant of the Masters and Festival of the Arts 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.
  • Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa is one of the state's biggest and most popular county fairs.
  • Los Angeles Restaurant Week gives people a chance to sample some of the city's top restaurants at reduced prices.
  • Delicious Little Tokyo features giveaways, demonstrations, hands-on workshops, and tastings from selected Little Tokyo restaurants.
  • Hollywood Bowl is the quintessential LA summer concert spot, unique in its ambiance and beauty.

Things to Do in July

  • Go out at Night: One of the best things about summer in LA are the balmy nights that follow a hot day. During summer, 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. It's all in the guide to summer nights in Los Angeles.
  • Hit the Beach: July is an excellent month to check out some of Los Angeles' best beaches.
  • Watch the Grunion Run: 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.
  • Watch Whales: 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.

July Travel Tips

  • Hotel occupancy approaches the highest levels of the year in July. To avoid sellouts and high rates, reserve your room as far ahead as you can, making sure that there are no cancellation penalties if you change your mind.
  • June, July, and August are the most expensive months to fly to Los Angeles. To save money on airfare, plan your trip in other months instead.
  • Laguna Beach's Pageant of the Masters runs July through September, but January is the time to start making plans and buying tickets for the popular event, which can sell out far in advance.
  • If you want to attend a July 4 fireworks concert at the Hollywood Bowl, plan far ahead for that in May. By late June, you'll find only single seats left. Get an overview and review of the Hollywood Bowl here. To get a head start on ticket sales, go to the Hollywood Bowl website, like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.
  • Any time of year. you can use these tips to be a smarter Los Angeles visitor who has more fun and puts up with fewer annoyances.
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