4th of July events, from fireworks to family-friendly parades

Celebrate the red, white and blue at the LA's best 4th of July events, including parades, fireworks and family-friendly activities

Photo courtesy of Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Celebration
Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade.

Looking for 4th of July events or things to do with the family? Spend Independence Day hanging out at the beach, eating BBQ and having fun at these kid-friendly events and neighborhood parades. End the evening with a patriotic bang of dazzling fireworks in the night sky.

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Fourth of July Americafest

Americafest at the Rose Bowl is an explosive celebration of all things red, white and blue—from the classic American food, to the live music (Kenny G performs this year), to the world-renowned fireworks display. The Rose Bowl will open at 2pm Independence Day, at which time access to a goldmine of inflatable rides, games and crafts will be available for kid-friendly fun. Parking for the event will cost $20, but you can make it worth your while with an afternoon of tailgaiting outside the stadium. Americafest tickets go for $13 and kids under 7 get in gratis. Military with active ID can receive up to four free tickets, so take advantage if you're eligible. USA! USA!

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Studio City Fourth of July Fireworks Festival

Studio City's annual Fourth of July spectacular returns to the sprawling CBS Studio Center (4024 Radford Ave). The event features live music—this year's headliners are a Beach Boys tribute band—in addition to a car show, local business expo and kid-friendly activities. Pack your own picnic or load up on summer eats and cold brews when you arrive. In addition your regular admission (visit the website to reserve), you can purchase Kids Fun Zone wristbands or VIP tickets for food and alcohol tastings, roof access and more. The night will culminate with a dazzling fireworks show, after which you can return to your car (parked for free on Radford Ave), feeling satisfied that you did Independence Day right.

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Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade

Cruise on up to the Palisades for a beachy Independence Day extravaganza. Starting just before 2pm, a band of patriotic skydivers will descend from the stratosphere, kicking off the neighborhood's colossal parade. The baton twirlers and marching trombonists will begin their promenade on Sunset Boulevard, between Via de la Paz and Drummond. General admission to the parade is free, but if you want to avoid chauffeuring whipper snappers on your shoulders all day, splurge for VIP grandstand seating (from $25). The festivities continue with a concert and fireworks ($5 for both), leaving nothing amiss from this year's Fourth of July celebration.

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Huntington Beach Fourth of July Celebration

Make your Fourth of July an all-day blowout by heading down to the legendary Huntington Beach "Surf, Sun & Celebrate" Festival at the Huntington Beach Pier. The festivities kick off with the crack-of-dawn breakfast in Lake Park, followed by a 5K run and fitness expo. Walk the parade route to the beach from 10am til noon, and then put on your Uncle Sam hat for the pier plaza festival, where you'll find live entertainment, family activities and all-American eats. Grab your VIP tickets to the fireworks display at 9pm, which ends in an epic 500-round finale.

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Josh Groban July Fourth Fireworks Spectacular

Ring in another year of independence in the grand ol' USA to the vocal stylings of internationally beloved crooner, Josh Groban. The Hollywood Bowl proudly hosts its annual Fourth of July party, complete with patriotic tunage and dazzling fireworks. Tickets in the nosebleed section go for as little as $20.50, but this late in the game, you might need to shop around on the web to find multiple cheap seats. Or, consider springing for front section tickets—it is America's birthday, after all. Plus, there's a 50% discount for kids under 12, so you can celebrate with the whole crew.

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July Fourth Late Night BBQ

Celebrate Independence Day with the kids, a plate of barbecue and your best under-the-sea buddies. The Aquarium of the Pacific hosts a Fourth of July BBQ, in addition to late-night aquarium access and a magnificent fireworks show. Reserve tickets online for the 3pm or 6pm cookout ($42 adults, $32 kids), both of which will feature classic summer treats like coal slaw and burgers, in addition to fancier fare, including smoked brisket and dessert empanadas. A kid-friendly menu is also available for the little rascals in your posse. The aquarium is open all day, but discounted admission starts at 5pm.

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Fourth of July Block Party

If you're on the hunt for a cheap, lively way to celebrate Uncle Sam, shake it over to Grand Park, and watch Downtown LA light up for free! This Fourth of July, Grand Park hosts a unique block party, featuring scrumptious food truck fare, live music, a poetry slam and more. The music begins while the sun is still high in the sky, so bring yourself an all-day picnic and relax. Your four-legged friends are totally invited. Plus! If you're willing to brave public transport, attendees who take the metro to the Civic Center/Grand Park Station will receive a free pair of sunnies.

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Alex W
Alex W

Here's my 4th of July strategy: hit the Hollywood Bowl on July 2 to get the party started ASAP (I work with the LA Phil and it's always one of my fave events of the year), Cinespia on July 3, and then BBQ and hang with friends locally on the day itself...I love that you posted a couple weekend activities, too, I must check those out for a full 4th celebration!