This weekend is a great chance to sneak in some early 4th of July celebrating with a few fireworks spectaculars. There is also a reading celebration for parents and kids (who already miss their books), a chance to see the Emerald City on the big screen, opportunities to hear and play fabulous music and even drive a garbage truck.

Los Angeles

Play Music: On the Move
Babies through toddlers can sing songs and hear musical stories about planes, trains and automobiles. Fri., 10:30 am – 11:00 am. Miracle Mile. $10. Ages 0-5. Event details.

Beverly Hills

The Wizard of Oz
Step back in time to see this classic show on the big screen in gorgeous technicolor, just as it was originally intended, at the historic Saban Theatre. Sat., 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm. Beverly Hills. $20. Ages 5+. Event details.

Summer Reading Club Party
Kick off the Summer Reading Club for kids at the Beverly Hills Library with a party that features a performance by wonderful children’s musician Dan Crow. Sun., 5:30 pm. Beverly Hills. Free. All ages. Event details.


Kayamanan Ng Lahi at the Skirball
The whole family can experience the dance and music of the Philippines with Kayamanan Ng Lahi at the Skirball’s outdoor amphitheater. Sun., 12:00 pm & 2:00 pm. West L.A. $5-$10. All ages. Event details.

Sanitation Yard Open House
Oscar the Grouch would never miss the Open House at the West Yard with family fun, food, prizes, and even the chance to ride in a giant garbage truck and practice picking up and dumping garbage cans!  And neither should you. Sat., 9:00 am – 2:30 pm. West L.A. Free. All ages. Event details.


Rhythm Child at the Huntington
Everyone’s favorite family band is doing a show filled with lively percussion and infectious rhythms, including some toe-tapping tunes inspired by the new Huntington railroad exhibition. Sat., 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. San Marino. $10. All ages. Event details.

Worth The Drive

4th of July at Disneyland
Independence Day celebrations start early at the Happiest Place on Earth. Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky begins this weekend with fireworks and fun for everyone. Sun.- Wed., 8:00 am – 12:00 am. Anaheim. $81-$125. All ages. Event details.

Obon Festival
Enjoy a whole day of Japanese culture and cuisine featuring karate demonstrations, taiko drumming and the amazing Obon Odori dancing. Sat., 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. West Covina. Free. All ages. Event details.

Cars and Stripes Forever
Kick off the July 4th festivities with some early fireworks! In addition to fireworks there will be live music, classic cars, a dancing water show and plenty of food trucks. Fri., 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm. San Pedro. Free. All ages. Event details.

— Meghan Rose