Start July with a bang! Of course you’ll find plenty of holiday hoopla- from fireworks to parades and everything in between. But once you finish the picnic and the sizzlers in the sky are but a memory, loads of other fabulous family events are here to fill your weekend, from the Beatles to Big!World!Fun!, Frida Kahlo to Earthworm Ensemble and so much more, you’ll be busy ’til the dawns early light.

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Breakin’ at Grand
Tonight’s free concert at Grand Performances is with local artists who deliver mad turntable skills, reggae, and old school-influenced funk.  There’s also an old-school break dance contest that will delight the kids. Sat., 5 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event Details.


“A Hard Days Night”
“Can’t Buy Me Love”, “I Should Have Known Better” and a bunch of other Beatles classics all turn 50 this summer.  To celebrate, “A Hard Day’s Night” will be back on the big screen. You’ll love it, the kids will love it, and if you bring Grandma and Grandpa, they’ll feel young again! Sat. & Sun., 7:30 p.m. Hollywood. $12. Ages 5 and up. Event details.

Big!World!Fun! with Adaawe
One of the best concert series for kids kicks off this weekend with Adaawe’s fusion of African music, R&B, pop, jazz, funk, Latin, reggae and gospel harmonies. Sat., 10 a.m. Hollywood. $5 adults, kids free. Ages 2-8. Event details.

¡Feliz Cumpleaños Frida!
Celebrate the life and art of Frida Khalo when you pop into the art studio at the Zimmer Children’s Museum to paint your own self-portraits. Eyebrows optional. Sun., 3 p.m. Miracle Mile. $5-$8. Ages 2-8. Event details.


Earthworm Ensemble
At the Skirball today you can enjoy the family-friendly tunes of this Americana and folk band. Rock along to songs about ladybugs, raising chickens, composting and recycling. Sun., 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. West LA. $5-$10. All ages. Event details.

Pacific Palisades Parade
If we could only go to one 4th of July Parade for the rest of our lives, this would be the one. It’s got it all, from skydivers to marching bands to horses, and if you stick around there’s a concert and fireworks show later in the evening. Fri., 1:50 p.m. Pacific Palisades. Free. All ages. Event details.


Studio City Fireworks Festival
Spend the day on the lot.  With a Beatles tribute band (this is the summer of the Beatles!), magic shows, Mutiny Magazine Pirates, The Television Motion Picture Car Club, a kids fun zone and (of course) spectacular fireworks. Fri., 4:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Studio City. $10-$100 (Kids under 6 are free). All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Independence Celebration at the Printing Press Museum
Celebrate Independence Day with some founding fathers (Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams) learning about the origins of the holiday. Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Carson. $12/person or $40/family of 4. Ages 5 and up. Event details.

Galaxy Game & Fireworks
World Cup fever has struck, and we’ve got it. Check out this chance to see world class soccer played live, and then stay for the fireworks show over the stadium. Fri., 8 p.m. Carson. $20-$80. All ages. Event details.

Seaside Lagoon Community Celebration
The best seats in the South Bay for fireworks are here – it gives you a place to play and picnic for the day, and a reserved ringside seat. There are also tons of activities (paddleboard lessons, science workshops, marionette shows, obstacle course and more) and music for the whole family throughout the day. Fri., 2 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Redondo Beach. $15-$22. All ages. Event details.

Need more suggestions on ways to spend your 4th of July? We’ve got the complete roundup on parades, concerts & fireworks happening all around town.

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Great American 4th of July Kids Bike Parade via facebook and John Morgan via Creative Commons.