Top Celebrations At The Rose Bowl, In South Bay & The Queen Mary
From its shining sea to its magical mountains, Los Angeles explodes with excitement on the Fourth of July, making it one of the country’s top destinations for Independence Day.
All over this vast landscape, parties and events are as prevalent as palm trees. Families gather by the thousands at the historic Rose Bowl for the biggest fireworks show in town. People picnic in scenic Marina del Rey and gather in Long Beach for a waterfront performance.
At the beaches, it’s the home of the brave. The brave partier, that is. All up and down the coast, starting at the South Bay Beach Cities and continuing to Newport Beach in Orange County, it’s a days-long celebration full of kegs bursting not in air, but on decks of oceanfront houses.
It is here on PubClub.com that you will find facts on all the events, fireworks and parties throughout Los Angeles. Written by residents, it has the inside insight that only locals can provide.
Here’s an example: For those undecided on where to spend the 4th of July in L.A., take this advice: Families head to the Rose Bowl, MDR or Long Beach. Singles should slap on the sandals and hit the beach.
– L.A’.s 4th of July Celebrations & Fireworks –
• THE ROSE BOWL – The legendary stadium is perfectly set up for a big celebration, the 92nd Americafest. There’s a big parking lot, an adjacent golf course but more importantly, a huge grass area that is ideal for an all-day picnic. Public bathrooms are located by “the backstop,” an actual ballfield backstop near the stadium’s signature Rose Bowl end zone entrance.
Concessions will be available inside and outside the stadium beginning at 2 p.m. But of course, feel free to bring your own picnic items.
At 7 p.m., there will be entertainment with live music. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
Parking is a whopping $30 and admission to the Rose Bowl is $15 free for kids under 7 and active military and their families) for GA, $30 for reserved seating and $100 to be on the field. There is no alcohol sold inside the stadium.
More Information: Rose Bowl “Amerifest” Website. (626) 577-3100.
HUNTINGTON BEACH – This huge celebration starts with a 5K run, includes a parade and finishes with a fireworks display over the pier (some tickets are sold, for $10 & $15 tho you can see the fireworks for free for miles up and down the coast).
The schedule is as follows: 5K (along PCH & Main Street)– 7-10 a.m. Parade (down Main Street) – 10 a.m.-Noon. – Fireworks – 9-9:30 p.m. There is also a festival at Pier Plaza.
Parking is $25 at the beach lots, $30 at the promenade parking structure (cash only).
• MARINA DEL REY – A coastal show for those in the Westside, Santa Monica, Venice and surrounding areas. People gather at Chase Park for a pre-fireworks Fourth of July picnic and gather around the various “fingers’ of the Marina. The fireworks, which begin at 9 p.m., can be seen for miles up and down the coast.
Earlier in the day, there’s a parade in adjacent Westchester, from Loyola Blvd. to Loyola Marymount University.
More Information: Event Website.
• LONG BEACH: The best combination of families and singles is in the scenic seaside city of Long Beach. There are two primary viewing spots to see fireworks in California’s fifth-largest city – Shoreline Village (downtown) and Belmont Shore. The former features fireworks off the Queen Mary, which also has an all-day celebreation of various American cultures (this is a ticketed event).
For singles, there’s a good array of bars to visit afterward downtown and the Pike area (expect the Auld Dubliner on lower Pine to be packed).
Fireworks can be seen from several places along Marina Green and the patios of the seaside bars in Shoreline Village and Rainbow Harbor (free). Down the beach at the Belmont Pier, there is a food court and beer garden building up to the fireworks show. This part of town has many of Long Beach’s singles so it’s sure to be a party.
Fireworks 9 p.m.
The South Bay is the one of the wildest place to be for the Fourth of July in Los Angeles, so this is where singles should go for the 4th (especially single girls). PubClub has several articles on the Fourth of July in Hermosa Beach so go there for more about that, but the fireworks are in Redondo Beach at 9:30 p.m.