Get ready to celebrate the red, white and blue with our guide to the most unforgettable events taking place in every LA neighborhood. From a small-town parade on the Westside to a barn dance near the Valley (and, of course, fireworks everywhere), your 4th of July plans await.
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.
Grand Park + Music Center 4th of July Block Party
Pack a picnic and head to Grand Park for a day of family-friendly fun, culminating in fireworks under the DTLA skyline. (Food and non-alcoholic drinks will also be available for purchase.) Don’t forget a change of clothes for the kids—the fountain is perfect for splashing around so little ones will probably/definitely get drenched. 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.
AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl
This year, the Rose Bowl Stadium will host its 93rd annual AmericaFest. The Family Fun Zone opens at 2p.m., entertainment starts at 7p.m., and the fireworks begin at 9p.m. Price for general admission is $15; children 5 and under are free. 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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