Celebrate America, friends, family, and summer this 4th of July all around Los Angeles. Check out some of our favorite 4th of July events:
1. Buena Park
Celebrate 4th of July at Knott’s Berry Farm with world class live entertainment and a spectacular fireworks show the whole family will love. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 pm, with bonus fireworks shows on July 1st and 2nd if you can’t make the 4th itself.
2. Palisades Beach
This beachy event is the perfect way to do July 4th, L.A. style. This spectacular parade is kicked off around 2pm by a group of patriotic skydivers jumping from the stratosphere. The official parader will then begin on Sunset Boulevard, between Via de la Paz and Drummond. General admission to the parade is free, but if you want to avoid the crowd, go for the VIP grandstand seating. The festivities continue with a concert at 6pm and fireworks at 9pm.
3. Grand Park, Downtown L.A.
Head on over to Grand Park for a free, family-friendly block party. Spend the day picnicking as you enjoy live music and performances. Experience an amazing light and pyro show in Downtown Los Angeles, beginning after sunset. Food options are provided by a variety of Los Angeles’s finest food trucks. Please keep in mind that no alcohol is permitted, but you may bring empty water bottles to fill at the event.
4. Marina Del Rey
The Marina Del Rey fireworks boast a twenty minute presentation followed by a spectacular finale. Watch the stunning display set to the synchronized music on KXLU 88.9FM from Burton Chance Park or Fisherman’s Village for the best viewing experience. Fireworks are shot from a barge across from the Marina’s main channel, lighting up both the sea and the sky. Though the fireworks start at 9 PM, you can spend all day at Marina del Rey. Bring a picnic and a blanket to spread out on the lawn, or make it a special occasion by dining at one of many seaside restaurants.
AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl is one of the most well-known 4th of July events in L.A. In fact, it features one of the largest fireworks displays in all of Southern California. The Rose Bowl opens at 2pm and fireworks at 9pm. This event is a full on American celebration with a motor cycle stunt show, live bands, and tons of kid-friendly activities including inflatable rides, games, and crafts. There will also be plenty of food and craft vendors for you to explore.
6. Studio City
This exciting event takes place every year at the CBS Studio Center. You’ll find live music and entertainment, a car expo, local business spotlights, and plenty of kid-friendly games and other activities. This year, they’ve revamped the concept and have increased the ticket prices significantly to make the entire event a VIP-style experience. If you’ve got a hefty budget, it may be worth checking out their special offerings! End the night with an exhilarating fireworks show!
7. Abroad the Queen Mary/Long Beach
Spend an entire day celebrating the history of America aboard the magnificent Queen Mary. Soak up live entertainment, games and activities for kids, special historic tours, and a patriotic film. This year they’re emphasizing the “All American” summer vibe, so there are plenty of seasonal festivities to enjoy. At the end of the day, their famous fireworks spectacular will go off, set to patriotic music against the summer sky. If you’re just interested in exploring this historic ship, then take a tour of the vessel on another day earlier in the weekend.