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Ready to celebrate the Fourth of July? Check out our essential guide on where to celebrate our country's independence in true LA style. From the coolest fireworks displays to fun outdoor restaurants and bars, it's time to make the most of July 4th in Los Angeles.
Updated: July 02, 2010
It's almost a rite of passage to see the fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom and this year will be no exception. Watch the nighttime spectacular as pyrotechnics whirl and visual effects dance in the sky to celebrate Disney stories and characters like Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Dumbo and Mary Poppins. (And if you can't make it on July 4th, not to worry--there's a fireworks show every night.)
Beginning at 9pm, this traditional fireworks show over Marina del Rey's main channel is free to the public. Show up early and enjoy one of the waterfront restaurants with the family or have a picnic at nearby Burton Chase Park or one of the local beaches. Fisherman's Village has great viewing spots, but any water view seat is a good one!
Nothing says independence like spending the day with 100,000 of your closest friends. The San Fernando Valley's enormous (and free) annual event is set to take place from 12pm to 10pm, with live entertainment, food, information booths, fireworks and swimming in the lake. Just make sure to show up early if you plan on getting a primo parking space. Event takes place from 3pm-10pm.
Considered the largest fireworks show in the state, the Rose Bowl will be celebrating "Americafest 2010" with food, family fun and musical performances. Festivities begin at 12pm with the fantastic fireworks finale starting at 9pm. More than 25,000 people are expected to show up, so be prepared for a little shoulder bumping.Tickets are $13 general admission; active military and children 7 and under are free.
Start out early in the morning if you're planning an Independence Day celebration here 'cause this is Doheny's busiest day of the year. The beach opens at 6am with the fireworks show off the barge of the harbor starting at 9pm. (Bringing your own fireworks is not allowed.) So pack up the car, stock the cooler and grab the sunscreen--it's a full-day experience for the whole family.
The Great American Kids' Bike Parade is once again taking to the streets of Belmont Shore with its firework-free celebration. (Perfect for young ones and Fido.) Watch as hundreds of local kids pedal along the boardwalk to show off their decorated Powder Puffs and Big Wheels for a chance to win cash prizes. It's free to register (just do so by 9:15am) and there will be prizes for the top ten picks based on originality, creativity, spectator appeal and display of red, white and blue. Parade starts at 10am on the beach bike path at the end of Granada Avenue.
This Long Beach landmark is hosting a two-day ?BBQ, Brews and Red, White and Blues? cookout celebration with 'cue from Carolina, Texas, Kansas City and St. Louis. The fun takes place Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4 from 11am-9 pm with a build-your-own strawberry shortcake station, a kids' bounce house, face painters and other strolling entertainers, a spectacular fireworks show on Sunday night at 9pm and dancing under the stars with a live DJ on the ship's stern from 7pm-11pm. Adults $24.95, children 5-11 are $12.95, military and seniors $21.95. Hotel packages also available, call for details.
Enjoy an "All-American High" Independence Day BBQ at this rooftop lounge with panoramic views of Venice Beach. Guests should come hungry for classic American grub like burgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, chips and dip, mac 'n' cheese, watermelon and a s'mores bar. There are two different BBQ parties, the first from 11am-4 pm ($50 for adults, $25 for kids) or the evening shift from 5pm to close ($100 adults only). Price includes entrance, all you can eat, champagne toast, tunes spun by Scratch DJ Academy, and of course, a cool fireworks show.
If you're gonna be in LA for the 4th, you may as well do it up Hollywood style. This hotel is celebrating all weekend with specials including the Tropicana's pool parties on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 12-8pm (call for rezzies), a poolside BBQ station (July 4th only, 12pm-5pm) with a choice of all-American burger, hot dog or BBQ chicken, with either potato salad or Caesar salad, chips and grilled corn on the cob for $10. (Vegetarian offerings available upon request.) There'll also be outdoor billiards in the garden during the weekend.
This ridiculously popular and boisterous Boys Town hangout is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, so you know it's going to be a real party. The outdoor courtyard is great for a little daytime food and drink and since the Abbey is pet-friendly, bring along your four-legged friend for some pyrotechnic-free fun. After all, Independence Day shouldn't go down as the worst day of the year for little Fifi.
What better way to see the city's fireworks than on the 21st floor penthouse of this downtown sushi and robata bar? To celebrate the evening, Takami is offering a special $13 TNT Roll (spicy yellowtail, romaine lettuce, soy paper and a dot of sriracha sauce to look like a firework stick), a Fireworks Chocolate Lava Cake with pop rocks ($8) and the Firecracker Cocktail ($12), another pop rock concoction that's poured tableside for your own popping firecracker display ... in a martini glass.
On July 4th from 4pm to close, this Westside favorite is hosting its first-ever Venice Beach Bash with live music from Jah Moon and an Americana-themed menu with sushi, small plates, specialty entrees, and $10 infusion cocktails with a red, white and blue twist.
Did someone say Hangover Brunch and Backyard BBQ? Oh yeah. Everyone's favorite "whatever, whenever" hotel invites you to celebrate July 4th with some good food (brunch a la carte options range from $10-$24), smokin' BBQ (barbacoa chicken, bratwurst, burgers and more) and poolside lounging. Sunday 10am-6pm. Call for cabana reservations.
Flexing muscle men + bikini-clad women + a horse-drawn carriage = a sweaty good time! The annual Mr. & Mrs. Muscle Beach contest is where you'll not only see peck-shaking bo-hunks posing for the crown, but you'll also witness the wedding of bodybuilders Jerome "Hollywood" Ferguson and Marnie Holley at 1pm. Horses or not, the free event is sure to be a spectacle.