While most of LA’s in-person Independence Day events have been cancelled to help limit the spread of COVID-19, a few of our favorite 4th of July celebrations are going online. Check out the roundup of virtual fireworks below, and bookmark the rest of our guide so you can be the first to know about next year’s festivities.
Virtual Fourth of July Events in LA
Grand Park + The Music Center's 4th of July Block Party
Although Grand Park will be closed to public gatherings and picnics on July 4, the annual will be virtual with performances and family fun in the works. Stay tuned for more details!
94th Annual Virtual Americafest Celebration
The 1-hour virtual event will honor military veterans and feature messages from the local community thanking first responders, frontline workers and their personal heroes for their work during COVID-19. The online event will culminate with a flyover of Pasadena and its most historic landmarks. The flyover will be viewable from many Pasadena homes, as well as streamed online. More details.
Fontana's Fourth of July Virtual Celebration
In lieu fireworks at Fontana High School, Fontana's event will take place online and on TV. The city has cut together the most memorable clips of previous Fontana firework shows and compiled them into one epic video. More details.
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July 4th at the Marina
Find a spot at Burton Chace Park or Fisherman's Village for the most popular fireworks show on the westside. The fireworks start at 9a.m., but with street closures and crowds, you'll want to arrive early to see this spectacular display over the water. Event details.
Pacific Palisades Parade & Fireworks
Following a morning 5K and 10K (plus a kids fun run), Pacific Palisades hosts its 71st July 4th parade, complete with marching bands, equestrian groups, drill teams and more. Post-parade, head to Palisades Charter High’s Stadium by the Sea for family-friendly live music, kids activities and food trucks, followed by—you guessed it—fireworks. 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.
4th of July Community Festival & Fireworks Show
Join thousands of friends and neighbors for a fun-filled celebration that's entirely free. Enjoy live music from radio station KDAY, along with food and activities for the family. The picnic-style event is happening the South Lawn at Exposition Park. 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 by blues artist Ryder Green, 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.
4th of July at Universal Studios Hollywood
For the first time, Universal Studios will celebrate Independence Day with patriotic-themed decor, food and characters, and a dazzling display of fireworks synchronized to Universal-themed music and red, white and blue favorites. Event details.
Shepherd Church 4th of July Spectacular
This Porter Ranch church will host its 21st annual family-friendly event. Gates open at 4:30p.m. for an afternoon of kids crafts, bounce houses, obstacle courses, live music, aircraft flyovers and more. When the sun goes down, enjoy the 21-minute fireworks show. Event details.
4th of July Barn Dance
From the 101, head west on Topanga Canyon Blvd. and you'll discover Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum, where an old-fashioned hoe-down will be going down. Expect everything from a watermelon seed-spitting contest to horseshoes at the folksy daytime celebration. Event details.
Madison Heights Neighborhood Association Parade & Picnic
Everyone loves a parade—especially when you and your family can join the procession to Allendale Park in Pasadena. At the park, they'll have crafts for the kids and live entertainment, along with festive food and snacks. Event details.
Hollywood Bowl 4th of July Spectacular
Get ready to get funky: This year, the Bowl's Independence Day concert is headlined by Nile Rogers & Chic—the band will perform disco hits including “I’m Coming Out” and “Let’s Dance." Arrive early for a pre-concert '70s-themed party where DRUMLine will perform. Event details.
ET & Fireworks at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
If your kids are a little older and you don't mind keeping them up past their usual bedtime, treat them to an out-of-this-world night with a screening of ET the Extra-Terrestrial followed by fireworks at this outdoor movie destination. Event details.
A Queen Mary 4th of July
Enjoy an afternoon of family-friendly activities (like carnival games and a vintage aircraft flyover) and live entertainment aboard the historic Queen Mary. To end the night, the Queen Mary will present its signature fireworks spectacular filled with patriotic music. Event details.
Aquarium of the Pacific BBQ
Experience the ambiance of the Long Beach aquarium at night, enjoy some fresh-grilled BBQ and view the Long Beach fireworks at this Independence Day celebration. Event details.
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.
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