Where To Celebrate 4th of July in LA/OC
Updated: Sep 26, 2019
America's Bday is coming! It's one of the most important and most celebrated holidays of the year, and if you don't have plans yet, here's some of the places you can enjoy festivities and fireworks in LA & OC areas:
Huntington Beach - 4th of July Pier Plaza Festival
The celebration kicks off with a 5K run and fitness expo. The super traditional parade along Main St goes from 10am until noon, and then go enjoy the beach and the pier plaza, where there'll be live music, activities for the entire family and plenty of American food. The event is completely free and fireworks go off at 9pm.
There's VIP seats available for purchase to watch the fireworks from the pier.
Here's some pics of last years' event:
Dana Point - Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza Something quite different happens here. It's that at 8:45 pm, you gotta tune your radio to KSBR 88.5FM, and look to the skies over Doheny State Beach to experience the patriotic fireworks synchronizing to a captivating musical score. They say that if you haven’t heard the music with the fireworks, you’re really missing out!
Newport Beach - Newport Bay Fireworks & Parade Cruises
Newport Landing will have 3 cruises for the 4th Of July including the Firework Spectacular evening cruise. Witness Newport Harbor as it is full of the Spirit of America.
2 1/2 hour daytime cruise times - 1:00pm to 3:30pm & 4:00pm to 6:30pm.
Night time fireworks cruise will run 7:00pm to 9:30pm.
At approximately 9:00 p.m. the City continues its annual tradition with a spectacular fireworks display from the Municipal Pier. The fireworks display can also be seen from many beaches and hilltop areas in and around San Clemente.
The end of the Pier will close at noon on July 3rd for preliminary preparation and the entire Pier will close on July 4th at 8:00 a.m.
On July 4, 2019, get in the star-spangled spirit as brilliant fireworks animate the night sky to the sounds of patriotic songs. It's the Disney’s Celebrate America! – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky. Required theme park admission.
Buena Park - Knotts Berry Farm
Knott’s Berry Farm offers one of the area’s best July 4th events, with special family-friendly entertainment during the day and spectacular fireworks in the evening.
Park hours: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fireworks: 9:30 p.m.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY
Watch the Long Beach fireworks (at 9pm) from aboard the Queen Mary, where you’ll be able to scope out concerts, family-friendly activities and patriotic-themed events. Alternatively, find a spot anywhere along the waterfront including Belmont Pier, Veteran's Stadium or aboard a harbor cruise.
Marina del Rey - 4th of July Fireworks
Every year in Marina del Rey, the fireworks extravaganza gathers many people from all over. You can view the show from virtually anywhere in Marina del Rey, Venice Pier, Playa Vista and Dockweiler Beach.
Fireworks start at 9pm and last for about 20 minutes. Parking shuttles available, but you gotta arrive early.
Pacific Palisades - Palisades Charter High School
Starting just before 2pm, a band of patriotic skydivers will descend from the stratosphere, kicking off the neighborhood’s colossal parade. The festivities continue with a concert (4pm) and fireworks (9pm), leaving nothing amiss from this year’s Fourth of July celebration.
AmericaFest starts at 2pm with inflatable rides, games and crafts. If you don’t want to go into the stadium and pay the entrance fee, the 9pm fireworks can be viewed from the areas around the Arroyo, even from parking garage rooftops in Old Pasadena.
The Hollywood Bowl proudly hosts its annual multi-day 4th of July party, complete with a concert and fireworks. Nile Rodgers and Chic bring a bit of disco and funk to this fireworks-filled spectacle.
Los Angeles - Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Bring your picnic blanket to the South Lawn of Exposition Park, just next to the Coliseum, and enjoy an afternoon of music, games and kid-friendly activities, followed by a free fireworks show at 9pm.
Los Angeles - Universal Studios Hollywood & Universal CityWalk
Celebrate Independence Day like never before at Universal Studios Hollywood’s first ever salute to the stars and stripes, featuring a spectacular firework show. Enjoy holiday-themed décor, food, and special character interactions. And keep the fun going into the evening with a dazzling display of fireworks synchronized to Universal-themed music and patriotic favorites.
Festivities included with the price of General Admission.
Come down to Grand Park, and watch DTLA light up for free (at 9pm, shot off from the Music Center)! There will also be an unique block party, featuring food trucks, live music and more. No alcohol allowed, only empty water bottles. This celebration is pet-friendly, and good news for Angelenos, the event is Metro accessible.
Have fun & let's celebrate America!!
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