Fireworks, The Hermosa Beach Ironman & Sailboats Headed To Hawaii Highlight Top Things To Do In L.A.
With ideal weather, miles of beaches and the Southern California lifestyle, Los Angeles is one of the top places in America to spend the 4th of July.
There are also a lot of events, from one end of the shining sea of the Santa Monica Bay to the other, and beyond, as there are several fireworks shows along the coast, house parties along the beach, free concerts in the mountains and truly bizarre, unique-to-California-event.
This is a rundown of all things happening in Los Angeles for the 4th of July weekend 2017, with a particular focus on the party hotspot of Hermosa Beach.
Los Angeles On The 4th Of July Fireworks Shows
An area as big as Los Angeles is bound to have a number of fireworks shows and it does, including the Rose Bowl, Marina del Rey, Redondo Beach and at the Queen Mary in Long Beach.
Lake Arrowhead Concerts & Fireworks – The Beach Boys & The Beatles
The Beach Boys & The Beatles play the weekend leading into the 4th and the fireworks are Sunday night, July 2.
Long Beach; Transpac & The Queen Mary Fireworks
The start of the Transpacific Yacht Race (July 3, noon) with fireworks off the Queen Mary, which also has a themed party. For the Transpac, boats leave Rainbow Harbor in front of Gladstone’s starting at 9 a.m. The best viewing spot is the cliff at the San Pedro lighthouse, known as Point Fermin.
THE 4TH OF JULY IN HERMOSA BEACH
Here’s a 4th of July Weekend tip: Stock up NOW on your beer and cocktails for the weekend. On Tuesday there are lines out the liquor stores (especially Mickey’s in Hermosa) that rival those at Las Vegas nightclubs.
The Strand in Hermosa is home of the house parties. Some are intimate, with just a couple dozen people while others have DJs and bands. There are not nearly as many of these house parties as in previous years – there used to be one about every other house as well as block parties on walk streets – but it’s still a scene.
Of course, the scene on The Strand is something to experience, as well.
If you’re new to the area, this is pretty much all in Hermosa Beach. Note that in front of the bigger parties, you’ll have to walk your bike because The Strand is co crowded with people. The parties will start to break out on Saturday and will reach a peak on Monday.
As you might expect, PubClub has saturated the Internet with stories about the 4th, what to do, what not to do, a schedule of the “unofficial” events including the Michael Jackson party. A funny thing happened with one of these articles; it has photo of a couple girls walking down The Strand and one went to Twitter to say it’s important to be on alert the whole time because you may wind up on PubClub.com!
DRINKING IN PUBLIC ON THE 4TH OF JULY
You know the drill – if you do it on the beach or on The Strand, hide it. The cops actually set up a “command post” at 2nd Street on the 4th. But just to review, here’s the rules.
DEALING WITH HOUSE PARTY CRASHERS
This is a story PubClub.com is going to have to post, for it applies to all house parties regardless of occasion. When you have a party crasher, don’t feed the kitty. The best way to get someone to leave is not to serve them any booze.
Make sure they do not get any – on their own, from you or from another guest. Soon enough, they will move on to bother another party.
A party crasher is like one of those sharks on Shark Week – it will hang around only if there’s a good “food” supply, and in this case that food supply is alcohol.
THE HERMOSA BEACH IRONMAN
Exercise and socialize, Hermosa Beach 4th of July style! If you go to be a spectator, just be sure and stand clear when people are downing the last cans of those 6-packs and don’t get too close to the mosh pit!
FIREWORKS FOR THE 4th IN THE SOUTH BAY
The Redondo Beach fireworks start at 9 and if you’re on the beach by the water and look to the north, you can probably also see the Marina del Rey fireworks. If you’re curious about the “party” at Seaside Lagoon in Redondo that at one time had a bar and bands, it’s a non-alcohol event this year. So forget it, right!?
— Kevin Wilkerson
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