In a city the size of Los Angeles there is going to be a ton of things to do, and I certainly cannot cover all the events. These are some of the more popular and accessible events that will take place on July 4th in Los Angeles:
This is one of the largest fireworks displays in Southern California for the past 86 years. The parking lot opens at 10:00 a.m. and there will be family entertainment outside the stadium starting at 2:00 p.m., including crafts, rides, and exhibits. The stadium will open at 6:00 p.m. where food will be served. The fireworks display will start at 9:05 p.m. For more details and ticket prices visit Americafest 2012.
The Queen Mary 4th of July Celebration in Long Beach
For those of you who can get away, this will be a full day of events from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. There will be live entertainment. The fireworks will being at 9:00 p.m. Visit the Queen Mary’s site for more information.
Marina Del Rey 4th of July Fireworks Celebration
Marina Del Rey is one of the few communities in Los Angeles which still puts on an official event. Fireworks are launched from a barge in the bay, and the show starts at 9:00 p.m. and lasts approximately 20 minutes. For more information, including parking visit the event official site.
4th of July Festivities at Dodger Stadium
If you are a baseball fan, this is the venue for you. The Dodgers will be playing the Cincinnati Reds. The game starts at 6:10 p.m. There is no further information from the Dodgers’ site itself, but keep checking.
Studio City’s 4th of July Fireworks Festival
This event will take place from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. at CBS Studio Center. It will include music from Diane Lotny and the Boogie Knights, a model airplane and car show and a business expo. Food will also be available for purchase. Proceeds from this event will go to The Lopez Foundation helping under-privileged children and adults meet health and education challenges, and North Hollywood High School Music Department and Zoo Magnet. For more details visit the event site.
63rd Annual Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade
Starting at 2:00 p.m. this has become one of the top Independence Day parades in the country, and this year the Grand Marshal is Jerry Mathers. Dave Wakeling and The English Beat will head a two-hour concert, and the culmination will be the annual fireworks at Stadium by the Sea. For more information visit Palisades Americanism Parade Association.
17th Annual Hansen Dam 4th of July Celebration
Festivities commence at 11:00 a.m. and include gourmet food trucks, music, and raffles. For the kids there will also be performance by Shrek, sponsored by Shrek The Musical which is coming to the Pantages Theater July 12-31. The fireworks show will commence at 9:00 p.m. For more information visit the event site.
L.A. Galaxy 4th of July Celebration
If you are a soccer fan, you can watch the L.A. Galaxy play Philadelphia Union, followed by a fireworks display. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information and tickets visit the L.A. Galaxy site.
Culver City 4th of July Fireworks Show
This will take place at Culver City High School. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. and the fireworks show starts at 9:00 p.m. There will be food available and a raffle courtesy of the Exchange Club of Culver City, with proceeds going to the prevention of child abuse, their main cause. Visit the event site for more details.
So far, Malibu has issued 4 permits for fireworks to be launched from barges, starting at 9:00 p.m. These are private events, but you may catch a glimpse if you can find a vantage point. The permitted areas are the 21500,22300, and 27900 blocks of Pacific Coast Highway and Malibu Colony Drive.
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