It’s the start of summer in SoCal and the most patriotic day of the year is about to arrive. We at Lvyly decided to do the grunt work for you this year and give you a break down of the 4th of July festivities happening nearby. Grab some friends and strap in because if there’s one thing we Americans do best, its celebrate our country. Happy Birthday America!
If you want to see the fireworks
For us frugal observers
Marina Del Rey Fireworks in the Harbor
- Fireworks start at 9pm. If you are with your family you can watch from the shore at Burton Chace Park or the Fisherman’s Village. If you are really #livingYourBestLife you’ll charter a boat for a dinner cruise in the harbor.
Culver City Fireworks at West LA College
- Fireworks begin at sundown and are shown over the West LA college baseball field set to music. Parking is $10 and there is a suggested donation of $5 at the door (kids under five are free). Starting at 4 p.m., there’s carnival games, a live music cover band, and gourmet food trucks. I can’t think of anything more American than sitting on a baseball field watching fireworks while eating a mac’n’cheese dog and a deep fried twinkie.
Grand Park’s 4th of July Block party
- Free all day event that begins with live music at 2 p.m. and culminates in a fireworks show at 9 p.m. Outside food is allowed so you can bring a blanket and have a picnic while you listen to the music. There will also be food vendors selling classic fourth of July goodies. Be sure to bring a bathing suit so you can splash around in the fountain to cool off. Skip the parking hassle and take the Metro which stops right at Grand Park Station.
Palisades’ 4th of July Parade and Fireworks
- The parade starts at 2 p.m. and kicks off with people literally dropping from the sky into Palisades square. Then at 4 p.m. there’s a mini music festival, Palisades Rocks the 4th, at Palisades High School complete with local bands and gourmet food trucks. Tickets are 10$ for general admission. Fireworks start at 9pm and can be viewed from the baseball field of Pali High (if you paid to go to the festival) or at the Palisades Recreation Park for free.
El Segundo Recreation Park
- Fireworks start at 9 p.m. and can be best viewed from the Softball and Stevenson Fields at the El Segundo park. Entry onto the field requires a $5 wristband that also gives you access to live music and food stands that open at 5pm. Before that, there are some family friendly daytime events at the park like a pie eating contest and sack races.
Thousand Oaks at Conejo Park
- During the day there are tons of free and almost free activities happening in the area including free swim and a home run derby. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. and are best viewed from The Oaks & Janss Marketplace parking lots. Parking is free, and there is a free concert in the Conejo Park from 5-7 p.m. before the fireworks show. This is perfect place to go if you want to enjoy your freedom for free… (see what I did there?)
For the Big Spenders
Studio City’s Fourth of July Celebration
- Tickets are $125 for adults but that includes valet parking, all-you-can-try access to several gourmet food, wine, beer and cocktail tasting stations, and a private view of the fireworks from atop CBS studios. Celebrate in style, you deserve it.
- The Pentatonix are headlining this year’s Hollywood Bowl fireworks show. It seems 2017 is the year where acapella and fireworks sounded like a good idea (or maybe the LA Phil just wanted the weekend off). Tickets start at around $35, but be warned, many are already sold out.
- The ultimate American pastime, nothing spells U-S-A quite like a cold beer, a hot dog, and some baseball. The Dodgers play against the Diamondbacks this 4th and the fireworks show that follows is truly a fan favorite. Tickets start at about $40 for the nosebleed seats.
LA Galaxy at the StubHub Center
- Spend the 4th shouting “Goal” and watch the LA Galaxy face Real Salt Lake at the StubHub Center. There’s a pretty spectacular fireworks show after the game. Tickets start at $30 for general admission. Just make sure that you call it “soccer”.
If You Want to Get Wild
Iron-man Hermosa Beach
- We had to include this one because it’s too fun. A competitive event where participants paddle a mile, then run a mile, then chug a six pack of beer. The first one to finish without puking wins. Oh, and its from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. so you can start your independence day right and justify all those dogs and beers, America.
Mr. and Mrs. Muscle Beach
- Watch obscenely tan and ridiculously buff people compete in a body building competition on Venice beach, then enjoy happy hour at the nearby bars and restaurants. #CountryStrong