We’ve got your guide to the most boom-tactic (albeit scaled-back) 4th of July events taking place in a LA neighborhood near you. From a small-town parade on the Westside to a disco-fueled night at the Hollywood Bowl, here are all places to celebrate July 4th in Los Angeles with kids.
Grand Park + Music Center 4th of July Block Party
Grand Park and The Music Center presents L.A. County’s largest free July 4th celebration with the annual Grand Park + The Music Center’s 4th of July Block Party. The family-friendly event will feature DJs and live bands and will be capped with one of Downtown L.A.’s largest fireworks shows, launched from the roof of The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Event details.
Smorgasburg LA is back just in time for Independence Day and our foodie tastebuds couldn't be more excited. While this event ends starts early in the day and ends in the afternoon, if you have little ones that won't stay up late and make it to any fireworks anyway, then this is your stop for festive food—without any of the effort or clean-up.
777 Alameda St.
If you live in the South Bay, consider a trip to Huntington Beach, aka "The Surf Capital of the USA," for a day of Fourth of July festivities. The city hosts the largest Fourth of July parade west of the Mississippi River, complete with celebrity grand marshalls, sky divers, vibrant floats and more. At night, visitors can watch a massive fireworks display over the ocean from the pier or around a bonfire pit on the shore. And if you are ready to celebrate for more than just the day, they'll have patriotic programming Jul. 2-4 that includes a parade, a 5K, festival and contests. Event details.
AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl
This year, the Rose Bowl Stadium will host its 95th annual AmericaFest. The parking lot opens at 5 p.m., entertainment starts at 7 p.m., and the fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Event details.
Hollywood Bowl 4th of July Spectacular
Get ready to get funky: This year, the Bowl's Independence Day concert is headlined by Kool & the Gang—the band will perform their disco hits concluding with a spectacular fireworks show. Event details.
San Fernando Valley
Calabasas Splash Party & Fireworks Spectacular
Beat the heat at Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center's pool, where there will be games, prizes and music. Post-splash, head to Calabasas High School (22855 W. Mulholland Hwy.) for a Family Fun Zone featuring inflatables, arts and crafts, stilt walkers and more. There will also be a live musical dance party and fireworks at 9p.m. Event details.
July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza
Head to Woodland Hills to hear live music, peruse offerings from local restaurants and arts and crafts vendors, and check out one of the most spectacular fireworks shows in the valley—all for free. Event details.
LAX Coastal 4th of July Parade
In big cities like LA, true “hometown” events are rare. So this small town Norman Rockwell-esque parade in Westchester is a throwback treat to a simpler time. Event details.
See the 4th of July fireworks from the best possible spot—the water—with Cruise Newport Beach where you'll motor along the coastline, catch a stunning sunset and then have a front row seat to the one of the largest fireworks displays in SoCal.
If the late evening cruise sounds too late for your family, you can still get on the water with their 2.5 hour cruises and witness all the fun, 4th of July festivities—maybe even catch sight of a dolphin or whale.
To make a reservation call: (949) 675-0551.
Hours: 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $65 per person
309 Palm St.
Head to Long Beach and book a ticket aboard one of three boats from Harbor Breeze Cruises offering water-side firework vantage points.
Hours: La Espada departs at 7:30 p.m., the Christopher and Caroline depart at 8 p.m.
Rate: $50 per person, under 3 are free
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