Looking for the best way to celebrate the 4th of July? Here are a few local favorites from Westchester to Pasadena. The list includes a parade, festival, and of course fireworks!
Please note that fireworks are illegal in most of Los Angeles County, including the beaches. Illegally setting off fireworks could cost you up to $1,000 and/or your freedom. In Inglewood, fireworks are permitted, but only those purchased in Inglewood, and labeled “Safe and Sane.”
Annual Vision Outside 4th of July Jazz and Blues Festival in Leimert Park
Celebrate the 4th of July in the back lot of the Vision Theatre in Leimert Park, 3341 W. 43rd Pl., Los Angeles with jazz and blues, children’s arts and crafts, face painting, and delicious food. The event is free. For more info, call 213-202-5500, or visit www.culturela.org.
Mr. & Mrs. Muscle Beach, Venice Beach
Body-building pageant on the beach will be held at Venice Recreation Center, 1800 Ocean Front Walk from 9am to 5pm. Registration is from 7:30-9:30 am, pre-judging 10 am, finals 1 pm. Free to watch, $100 to compete. Visit californiabeachbodybuilding.com or call 310-399-2775.
July 4th Fireworks, Marina Del Rey
Traditional fireworks extravaganza over the main channel in Marina del Rey programmed to patriotic music broadcast over FM radio KXLU, 88.9 and relayed over loudspeakers in Chase Park. Show begins at 9pm at Chase Park, 13650 Mindanao Way (1 block west of Admiralty Way), Marina del Rey. Also viewable from Fisherman's Village and Marina Beach
Free. Paid parking in County lots. Call 310-305-9545 or visit www.visitmarinadelrey.com.
July 4th Fireworks in Culver City
The Culver City 4th of July celebration includes live music, food trucks, family-friendly midway games and a fireworks display at West LA College, 9000 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230. Gates open at 4 pm. Cost is $5 per person, children under 6 are free. Parking: $10, but discount offered for carpool. For info, visit www.culvercityfireworksshow.com.
Westchester 4th of July Parade
LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual parade with over 1,000 participants and 5,000 spectators. Floats, marching bands and community groups. Parade starts at 11am on Loyola Blvd. from Westchester Park (7000 W. Manchester Blvd.) to Loyola Marymount University. Free. For info, visit laxcoastal.com.
July 4th Block Party at Grand Park, Downtown L.A.
Grand Park and the Music Center celebrate Independence Day with an eight-block party culminating in a new rooftop fireworks show.
The festivities stretch from Temple to 1st Street between Spring and Hope. There are two main stages, one in Grand Park and the other on the Music Center Plaza with lots of picnic area in between. Entertainment includes LA musicians in a variety of different genres. Games for kids 4-14 will be organized on the Grand Park Event Lawn.
The fireworks show is free. Food and beverages will be available from over 25 food vendors. This is an alcohol-free event. No alcohol served or permitted and bags will be searched. The park opens at 2:00; fireworks start at 9:00. For info, visit grandparkla.org.
4th of July AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena
One of the largest fireworks displays in Southern California with music and food vendors in the nearby Arroyo.
July 4th, parking lot opens at 10 am, food court opens at 2 pm; stadium opens at 6:30 pm, Opening ceremonies begin at 7, Program 7:25, Fireworks at 9:05 pm. General admission is $13; reserved seating is $25; children 5 and under are free. Note: You can also see the Rose Bowl fireworks from outside the stadium at the free concert at Levitt Pavilion. For more info, call 626-577-3100, or visit www.rosebowlstadium.com/events/detail/america-fest.