From fireworks shows and pool parties to barbecue packages and menu specials, here’s a roundup of the best ways to celebrate Fourth of July in Los Angeles.
July 3-4. Celebrate good times—and Independence Day—with the ultimate hitmakers, Kool & the Gang. The disco-funk greats bring the party to the Bowl for two days at the annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular, while conductor Thomas Wilkins and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra perform patriotic favorites. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., performance begins at 7:30 p.m. 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A., 323.850.2000.
July 4. SLS Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Beverly Hills—in partnership with DJ Skemaddox—present “Above the Clouds” Independence Day pool party. Sit atop Beverly Hills while sipping cocktails and listen to vibes from some of the hottest DJs in Los Angeles, including Skemaddox, Jena Red, On Deck, Mer Bear, and Zavala on drums. This is a very exclusive rooftop pool that is typically reserved for hotel guests only! Cabanas and day beds are available along with bottle service; email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve. Noon-7 p.m. Tickets extremely limited; $20-$35. 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.247.0400.
July 4. There’s no better place in Los Angeles to see Fourth of July fireworks than at the marina! Enjoy dinner at waterfront restaurants in Marina del Rey with the amazing firework views. Charter a yacht for the ultimate close-up, or head to Burton Chace Park (limited entry after 5 p.m. only this year) or Fisherman’s Village for a family-friendly party atmosphere. The fireworks start at 9 p.m. and last 10 minutes. 4701 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 424.526.7900.
July 4. The annual fireworks pageant at Palisades Charter High School is back and will be presented once again by world famous Pyro Spectaculars. Gates open at 8 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m. Bring a blanket to sit on (no chairs allowed). No food or drinks allowed, and there will be no food or drink sales. $5 per person, free for ages 6 and under. No ticket sales at the door. Palisades Charter High School, baseball field, 15777 Bowdoin St., L.A.
Slab Barbecue | Takeout
Preorder by July 1. Have an Independence Day feast at home without breaking the bank, or a sweat, with Slab’s July Fourth package. You and the family can enjoy 1 pound of brisket, half a chicken and a choice between 1 rack of ribs (Tony’s or spare) or 1.5 pounds of pulled pork. To accompany the mains, guests receive of two large sides of their choice: coleslaw, potato slaw, baked beans, collard greens and mac ‘n’ cheese. It also comes with white bread, barbecue sauce and pickles. Preorder by July 1 with curbside pick-up on July 4 (11 a.m.-9 p.m.). $100 for four people. 8136 W. 3rd St., West Hollywood, 310.855.7184.
Black Angus Steakhouse | Takeout, Delivery
July 2-4. For those who are celebrating at home, Black Angus Steakhouse is offering two different Fourth of July party platters that can feed up to 10 people. The first platter ($269.99) comes with the choice of two Steakhouse Starters platters, a garden salad with choice of dressing, top sirloin center-cut steaks (6-ounce per person), home-style mashed potatoes, fresh broccoli with garlic butter, and two dozen chocolate chip cookies. Pictured above is the second platter ($299.99) comes with the choice of two Steakhouse Starters platters, a garden salad with choice of dressing, four racks of barbecue baby back ribs, fire-grilled chicken breasts, home-style mashed potatoes, fresh broccoli with garlic butter, mac ‘n’ cheese, and two dozen chocolate chip cookies. Guests can order the platters for delivery through the website only and pick-up between July 2-4. Multiple locations.
Messhall Kitchen | Dine-in, Takeout, Delivery
July 2-4. Get together with friends and family for a memorable Fourth of July filled with American food and drinks at neighborhood favorite Messhall Kitchen. Available all weekend long, there’s a new, limited-time smoked beer can chicken special ($51) which includes a whole chicken, peel-n-eat corn, baked beans, red white and blue potato salad, housemade biscuits, and Kansas City barbecue sauce. Guests can add on a six-pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer for $6. Opens at 11 a.m. for dine-in. 4500 Los Feliz Blvd., L.A., 323.660.6377.
BOA Steakhouse | Takeout, Delivery
Through July 4. Elevate your Fourth of July backyard barbecue with kits and baskets featuring premium steak from BOA Steakhouse. Options include a barbecue Wagyu burger basket (feeds 8), a DIY dinner for two, the Italian dinner for two and the Brooklyn dinner for two. Herbed chicken, salmon and Alaskan halibut are also available. All orders are available with white-glove curbside pickup and delivery. 9200 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.278.2050; 101 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.899.4466.
The Waterfront | Dine-in
July 4. Looking to eat out? The beloved beachside destination, situated between Rose and Navy on the famous Venice Beach Boardwalk, presents a special Fourth of July menu for fans to come and enjoy. First up on the menu is a fresh seafood tower featuring a dozen Kumiai oysters, a dozen Mexican Gulf shrimp, snow crab claws, ahi tuna crudo, accompanied by saltines, drawn butter, cocktail sauce, and hot sauce. Additional menu highlights include a lobster roll, hotdog and tots, grilled corn, and a bucket of wings (by the dozen or two dozen). 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 205 Ocean Front Walk Venice, 424.309.5331.
Photo credits: Hollywood Bowl courtesy Hollywood Bowl. Messhall Kitchen courtesy JS2 PR.