Best Places to Celebrate Fourth of July in L.A.

Marina del Rey’s annual fireworks show is one of So Cal’s most spectacular.

Sure, we’ve got fireworks, plus lots of other things to see and do on the Fourth of July in L.A. Run a race, watch a parade, eat great food, and lots more. Check out our list of Fourth of July best bets.

Edited by Will Yelles.

4th of July Block Party
July 4.
For the sixth year running, Grand Park and the Music Center team up to present this patriotic party, complete with live music, food trucks and a fireworks display launched from the roof of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. 3-10 p.m. Free. Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.8080.

All-American 4th of July
July 4.
Celebrate Independence Day with family-friendly festivities aboard historic ocean liner the Queen Mary. Expect entertainment, family games, arts and crafts, special historic tours, a patriotic movie screened in the Queen Mary Theatre and fireworks. 2-10 p.m. $24-$59; VIP $99-$109, under 4 free. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 562.499.1739.

July 4th at the Marina
July 4.
Showy fireworks display over the water set to synchronized music; picnic in the park, enjoy a waterfront dinner with fireworks views, or charter a yacht for a front-row seat. 9 p.m. Free. Viewing at Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way; Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey.

“Footloose” and Fireworks
July 4.
Cut loose with Cinespia with a screening of 1984 musical classic Footloose followed by fireworks. A prom photo booth and picnic with beer and wine add to the festivities. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Movie starts at 9 p.m. $35. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood.

‘Merica Fest @ Angel City Brewery
July 4.
Angel City Brewery’s annual celebration promises plenty of tacos, music and beer (of course). Noon-6 p.m. 216 Alameda St., Los Angeles, 213.622.1261.

Rose Bowl AmericaFest
July 4.
The granddaddy of all SoCal Fourth of July celebrations once again returns to the Rose Bowl for the 92nd annual AmericaFest. The monster fireworks show is preceded by hours of family-friendly entertainment, including a performance by recent “American Idol” winner Maddie Poppe. 2 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, 626.577.3100.

Monster trucks and motocross plus fireworks at the Pomona Fairplex.

Kaboom! Fairplex Pomona
July 4.
If fireworks aren’t enough excitement for you, head to the Fairplex for the annual Kaboom! monster trucks and motocross show. One lucky monster truck will attempt to do a backflip for the grand finale. Get there early to meet the drivers in the pit, then relax and enjoy an epic buffet. 5 p.m. gates open; 8 p.m. showtime; 9:15 p.m. fireworks. $18.50-$27.50. See website for buffet menu and prices. 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, 909.623.3111.

Marina del Rey Block Party
July 4.
Food, drinks, music and games will be had all day seaside at and around the Marina del Rey Hotel. Sixteen breweries will offer tastings, while a DJ spins tunes on the Pool Deck. A pie eating contest adds to the fun. Stay after the party to watch fireworks. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. $10 cover charge to enter the Pool Deck; other areas are free with food and drink for purchase. Marina del Rey Hotel, 13534 Bali Way, Marina del Rey, 310.301.1000.

Fourth of July 5K
July 4.
Before indulging in a day of beer and BBQ, start your holiday off with a scenic run along the Pacific Ocean at the 25th Annual Fourth of July 5K run/walk and kids’ Firecracker Dash. All participants will receive a t-shirt, with age division awards and cash prizes for the top finishers. A portion of the proceeds benefits Redondo Beach Education Foundation. 8 a.m. $40 per entry (adults); $30 (kids 4-12). 1811 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach, 310.375.2626.

Rooftop Barbecue
July 4.
WP24 by Wolfgang Puck celebrates Independence Day atop the 26th floor of The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles. Enjoy elegant poolside dining and stay for a fantastic view of the area’s many fireworks shows. 3-9 p.m. $55; reservations required. 900 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, 213.743.8824.

Pacific Palisades Celebration
July 4.
The seaside enclave parties all day starting with a 5 & 10K race and kids’ fun run through the beautiful village streets. Then the annual holiday parade takes over Sunset Boulevard between Via de la Paz and Drummond. The fun continues with a concert, food truck festival and fireworks show at Palisades Charter High School. 8:15 a.m. race; 2 p.m. parade; 4-9 p.m. festival, followed by fireworks. See website for complete schedule, race registration and event ticket prices.

The Los Angeles Galaxy take on D.C. United on the Fourth of July.

Los Angeles Galaxy Fireworks Show
July 4. The LA Galaxy will host their 23rd annual Fourth of July Fireworks Show following the team’s match against D.C. United. It’s the longest-running Fourth of July fireworks show in professional sports. See website for ticket prices. 7:30 p.m. StubHub Center, 18400 S Avalon Blvd, Carson, 877.342.5299.

Fireworks at Fuego
July 4.
Latin-infused restaurant/lounge Fuego in Long Beach presents a special holiday barbecue menu and live classic rock, along with great views to take in the fireworks display from the nearby Queen Mary. $80; $29 (ages 6-12); kids under 5, free. Reservations suggested. 6-9 p.m. Hotel Maya, 700 Queensway Dr., Long Beach, 562.481.3910.

Fourth of July Brunch
July 4.
Santa Monica’s aptly named beachside eatery The Independence will be offering bottomless mimosas, toast towers, banana french toast, hangover poutine, and more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 205 Broadway, Santa Monica, 310.458.2500.

Culver City Fireworks
July 4.
West Los Angeles College once again hosts Culver City’s annual holiday celebration featuring carnival games, live music, food trucks and topped off with fireworks. Fundraiser for local service organization The Exchange Club. Gates open at 4 p.m. $5 suggested admission; $15, parking. 9000 Overland Ave., Culver City.

Santa Monica Parade
July 4.
Produced by the Ocean Park Association, the 12th annual Santa Monica Fourth of July Parade has grown every year, bringing together families, musicians and civic groups. The parade runs along Main Street from Pico Boulevard to the southernmost beach parking lot. 9:30 a.m.-noon.

All-American BBQ @ Prank
July 4.
Downtown L.A.’s walk-up outdoor bar is hosting an All-American barbecue featuring grilled racks of ribs and half chickens served alongside mac n’ cheese, coleslaw and fries. 2 p.m.-midnight. 1100 S. Hope St., Los Angeles, 213.493.4786.

Music on the Meadows
July 4.
Celebrate summer and Fourth of July with Terranea Resort’s annual oceanfront concert Music on the Meadows. Enjoy an afternoon filled with locally inspired food, craft beers and musical headliners Al Jardine of Beach Boys fame, Ambrosia, Stephen Bishop and more. $65-$125. 2:30 p.m. 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes.

Marina del Rey fireworks photo courtesy @marinadelrey_ca/Instagram. Monster truck photo courtesy @fairplex/Instagram. LA Galaxy photo courtesy @lagalaxy/Instagram.

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