Singles Scene Rocks The Beach Cities on The 4th Of July
Anyone looking for a party atmosphere need search no farther than Hermosa and Manhattan Beach.
For it is at these side-by-side beaches just south of LAX where the red glare is caused not by rockets, but bloodshot eyes from all the partying.
There’s beach bums and beer, bikinis and martinis. Just about every house up and down “The Strand,” the concrete bike, walking and rollerblading path that runs along the sand, has some kind of activity. Some are small gatherings with just a few friends while others are huge ragers with multiple kegs and perhaps even a band.
Some of the bigger parties are just off The Strand on the walk stets. Hermosa Beach is the centerpiece of 4th of July activity in he South Bay and it’s primary a singles party scene straight out of college. Or a beer commercial.
Guys need to know someone at the party while good-looking girls can pretty much get into any house party.
DON’T flow like a fool. Drinking open containers on The Strand is not always tolerated and the cops patrol the place with the vigilance of a mother lion watching her cubs. (Granted, much of the time they are just checking out the girls, but take this warning seriously).
The unofficial start to the festivities is the Ironman, where participants run a mile, paddleboard for a mile and chug a 6-pack. This will take place about 11 a.m. For Ironman photos and more details about the 4th of July in Hermosa and Manhattan, click here.
For fireworks, look to the south (left) for the Redondo Beach fireworks, starting at 9:30 p.m.
Of course, all the single people are on The Strand or the beach, and the fireworks can be seen from several vantage points throughout the South Bay. Just be looking toward the Redondo Beach Pier.
If you’re in Manhattan Beach, you can also look to the north and see the fireworks from Marina del Rey.