The Best Fourth of July Events in Los Angeles

Celebrate Independence Day and July 4th Weekend in L.A.

Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world, so it’s no surprise that spectacular Fourth of July events are taking place throughout the city. From Independence Day concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and Rose Bowl Stadium, to sports events at Dodger Stadium and StubHub Center, read on for the best places in LA to celebrate America’s 243rd birthday. All events take place on Thursday, July 4 unless otherwise noted.

"Freak Out" with Nile Rodgers & CHIC

"Freak Out" with Nile Rodgers & CHIC | Photo: Hollywood Bowl

Nile Rodgers & CHIC - Hollywood Bowl (July 2-4, 2019)

An Independence Day tradition returns to the landmark Hollywood Bowl, which hosts its July 4th Fireworks Spectacular concerts on Tuesday-Thursday, July 2-4. It's going to be a funky Fourth of July with legendary hitmakers Nile Rodgers & CHIC, star-spangled American favorites performed by the LA Phil, a pre-concert Disco Throwdown, and of course dazzling fireworks. The Bowl is offering a 50% discount for children 12 and under. Ticket limits apply.

July 4th Fest - Six Flags Magic Mountain (July 3-6, 2019)

For a pulse-pounding Independence Day and holiday weekend, visit Six Flags Magic Mountain (aka the “Thrill Capital of the World”) and experience the annual July 4th Fest from Wednesday-Saturday, July 3-6. Thrillseekers can enjoy Exclusive Early Ride Times when they bring a can of any Coca-Cola® product with a paid admission ticket, Membership, or Season Pass. The one-hour early entrance features X2, Tatsu, Full Throttle, Goliath, Twisted Colossus, and CraZanity. Other highlights of the July 4th Fest include the All-American Food Festival, Coca-Cola® Cool Zone, and a Nighttime Fireworks & Laser Show.

Spire 73 & La Boucherie - InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown (July 4-6, 2019)

Elevate your Fourth of July at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, perched atop the tallest building west of Chicago.  Located on the 73rd floor, Spire 73 is the tallest open-air rooftop bar in the Western Hemisphere. From July 4-6, Spire 73 presents See the City Sparkle - a three-day celebration featuring a resident DJ, festive cocktails, and tasty bar bites. Tickets for each day are on sale at Eventbrite.

  • July 4: Jack Daniel's Party in the U.S.A. (4pm-2am)
  • July 5: Red, White & Ice Party feat. Moët Ice & Grey Goose (4pm-2am)
  • July 6: Clicquot & Constellations feat. Veuve Clicquot & Magdala (noon-2am)

The hotel's Wine Spectator award-winning steakhouse, La Boucherie boasts breathtaking city views from its location on the 71st floor. On July 4th, La Boucherie presents City Lights & Sparkling Skies, a six-course "Sparkling Tasting Menu" that includes access to the Spire 73 event. Pricing is $165 per person, with an $85 optional wine pairing.

For a truly unforgettable Independence Day, book the Starlight Booth Package, which begins with Dom Pérignon and caviar at the bar; then enjoy an eight-course tasting menu with reserve wine pairings in a private Starlight Booth, and a box of house-made macarons. Pricing is $800 per couple.

4x4 Room Package - Sportsmen's Lodge (July 3-7, 2019)

One of LA's most historic hotels, Sportsmen’s Lodge invites guests to celebrate the Fourth of July in style with their new 4X4 Room Package available exclusively for the holiday weekend. Guests that book a four-night stay from Wednesday, July 3 to Sunday, July 7 will receive four welcome “swag bags” that include a Signature Sportsmen’s Lodge tote bag, sunglasses, house-made kettle chips and a bottle of artisan water, as well as four complimentary breakfast meals at the retro Patio Café.

Friday Night Fireworks at Dodger Stadium

Friday Night Fireworks at Dodger Stadium | Photo: Los Angeles Dodgers, Twitter

Dodgers vs. Padres - Dodger Stadium (July 4-7, 2019)

The Los Angeles Dodgers host the San Diego Padres for a four-game homestand at Dodger Stadium that begins with a July 4th game at 6:10pm, featuring a postgame Holiday Fireworks show. Other highlights include Friday Night Fireworks on July 5, Cody Bellinger Jersey on July 6, and the annual Jewish Community Day on Sunday, July 7.

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Fireworks over Dorothy Chandler Pavilion | Photo courtesy of Grand Park, Facebook

Grand Park + The Music Center 4th of July Block Party

Billed as L.A. County's largest free July 4th celebration, Grand Park + The Music Center 4th of July Block Party features picnicking, music, dancing and a fireworks show high above Downtown L.A. This year, for the first time, the event will feature a 75-foot Ferris wheel for attendees to ride (paid tickets required). The event will feature two stages with DJs and live music performances throughout the celebration. Fireworks begin at 9:00 p.m., soaring nearly 500 feet high from the roof of The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, making them visible throughout Downtown LA and the surrounding neighborhoods. The event offers a wide range of dining options from more than 40 vendors and gourmet food trucks. Taking place 3:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m., the 4th of July Block Party will encompass the entire park, from Grand Avenue to Spring Street, plus the surrounding streets. Admission is free.

Angel City Brewery

Celebrate the 4th of July at Angel City Brewery, which is hosting an all-day party from noon to 6pm at its Arts District brewery and Public House. Live music by The Vignes Rooftop Revival, food by Downtown Taco Co. and Burnt To A Crisp Texas Smokehouse. RSVP at Eventbrite.

July 4th Celebration at Universal Studios Hollywood

July 4th Celebration | Photo: Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood lights up the night sky with its first-ever July 4th fireworks celebration, inviting guests to enjoy a spectacular aerial display that will take place in multiple locations throughout the theme park. This exciting new addition is included in the price of admission. Guests can enjoy the theme park’s world-famous rides and attractions before the festive pyrotechnics extravaganza - synchronized to a score of Universal Studios-themed music and patriotic favorites - begins at 9:30pm.

In addition to the fireworks display, guests can delight in the return of “Dark Arts at Hogwarts™ Castle” as it illuminates the evening sky with nightly shows featuring lights, music and special effects within The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™. The program runs through Sunday, August 11.

Red, White & Blue Steak Topping at STK Los Angeles

Red, White & Blue Steak Topping at STK Los Angeles | Photo: Max Milla

Red, White & Blue Steak Topping - STK Los Angeles

Celebrate America's Birthday all week long at STK Los Angeles with a $25 Dining Credit towards their dinner reservation, $17.76 Red, White & Blue Steak Topping (Lobster Tail, Blue Corn Tortilla & Garlic Cream); plus Watermelon Margaritas and Blue Gin Sours. On July 4th, enjoy all-day Happy Hour featuring $2-$8 bites, half-price specialty cocktails, and $10 Justin Cabernet and Vievite Rose.

$25 Dining Credit available for a la carte dinner reservations only. Valid one credit per reservation/table. Must book reservation in advance by calling (646) 624-2400) and mentioning “STEAKcation25.” Cannot be combined with any other offer. Valid July 1-7, 2019. Offer subject to change.

Muscle Beach Venice July 4th

Photo: Muscle Beach/Venice, Facebook

Mr. & Ms. Muscle Beach - Venice Beach Recreation Center

World-famous Muscle Beach in Venice hosts its annual bodybuilding and figure competition every July 4th. Pre-judging begins at 10 a.m. and the final takes place at 1 p.m. The competition is open to all amateur athletes with a $100 entry fee. Admission is free to the public.

4th of July Barn Dance - Theatricum Botanicum

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum is recognized internationally for its interpretation of Shakespeare’s work. On Indedepence Day, celebrate the 4th in Topanga Canyon with a good ol' fashioned hoe-down! The 4th of July Barn Dance features live music, and throwback activities like a barn dance, pie-eating contest, watermelon seed-spitting contest, cake walk, horseshoes, relay races, dunk bucket, family games and more. Barbeque and fixin’s, beer and wine available for purchase. Presale tickets are $22 for adults and $10 for kids age 4-12.

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Fireworks in Marina del Rey | Photo courtesy of Visit Marina del Rey, Facebook

Fourth of July Fireworks - Marina del Rey

Bring your chairs, blankets and picnics to enjoy the spectacular Fourth of July Fireworks Show in Marina del Rey. The 20-minute fireworks display will start at 9 p.m. The pyrotechnics will be synchronized to music at Fisherman's Village (13755 Fiji Way) and Burton Chace Park (13650 Mindanao Way). Early arrival is strongly suggested. While ample paid parking is available, alternative access options include the WaterBus, the Beach Shuttle, the Free Ride, and rideshare services.

Hornblower Cruises will offer special July 4 cruises: a brunch excursion and a 2-hour observation cruise with light bites timed to watch the fireworks. Reservations at Alternatively, you can charter a private yacht to get the ultimate close-up view. Find information about companies properly licensed to operate charters in the Marina at the Visit Marina del Rey website.

Americafest fireworks at Rose Bowl Stadium

Americafest fireworks | Photo: Rose Bowl Stadium

Americafest - Rose Bowl Stadium

The landmark Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena hosts the 93rd annual AmericaFest on Thursday, July 4th featuring the "biggest fireworks show in Southern California." Entertainment includes the TNT Freestyle Motocross, National Anthem performed by Maximo Marcuso and the PCDA NoteAbles Choir, Apollo 11: The Immersive Live Show Preview, SoCal VoCals Live Performance, and Disney's DCappella Live Lion King Performance. The Family Fun Zone in Area H opens at 2pm, then gates for all seating at 5:30pm. Performances start at 7pm and the fireworks begin at 9pm.

The Korean Bell of Friendship in San Pedro

The Korean Bell of Friendship in San Pedro

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4th of July Community Observance - Korean Bell of Friendship

The 43rd annual 4th of July Community Observance is taking place from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Angels Gate Park, the home of the Korean Bell of Friendship. One of San Pedro's most famous landmarks, the Korean Bell was presented by South Korea to the American people in 1976 to commemorate the bicentennial of the U.S. and to symbolize the friendship between the two nations. The Community Observance will begin with a processional to the bell led by percussion drummers. The ceremony includes the posting of the colors by the LA Air Force Base Color Guard and remarks by area dignitaries. To conclude the ceremonial portion, the assembled guest speakers will lead the audience in reciting the names of the 13 original American states. As they read the names, representatives of the San Pedro and Korean Communities will strike a battering ram into the massive bell, ringing once for each state.

Fourth of July Celebration - Ronald Reagan Library

Located in Simi Valley, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is hosting a full day of family-friendly activities for its annual Fourth of July Celebration. Taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., this year’s festivities include patriotic music by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Band, family entertainment, games, crafts and more. Activities include face painting, carnival and picnic games such as sack races and water balloon tosses, and more. Come meet and have your photo taken with Betsy Ross and Presidential look-alikes, and join in the fun for presidential bingo. All outdoor activities are free. Admission rates apply to view the Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum, Air Force One Pavilion and the special exhibit, The World of da Vinci.

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Aquarium of the Pacific's July 4 Fireworks | Photo courtesy of Aquarium of the Pacific

July 4th BBQ & Late Night - Aquarium of the Pacific

For a unique Independence Day with the family, visit the red, white and blue fish at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Families can experience the Aquarium at night and get a “fish-eye” view of the Queen Mary fireworks display. Besides exploring the wonders of the sea, visitors can enjoy an all-American barbecue. July 4th BBQ & Late Night is taking place 5-10 p.m. and the BBQ starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the Aquarium website.

Queen Mary All-American 4th of July

All-American 4th of July | Photo: The Queen Mary

All-American 4th of July - The Queen Mary

Celebrate an All-American 4th of July aboard the Queen Mary! From 3pm to 10pm, experience an unforgettable Independence Day as special live entertainment, family games, arts & crafts, special historic tours, and much more fill the decks of the legendary ship. This year, in addition to the festivities aboard the Queen Mary, Cunard Line’s namesake Queen Elizabeth will greet the Queen Mary in the harbor for a “Royal Rendezvous.” This reunion will mark the third time the sister ships have crossed paths since 1967. There's also a Best Dressed Competition - come in your most patriotic July 4th attire and you could win prizes like a one-night stay aboard the Queen Mary, Royal Sunday Brunch for two, and more. To top off the night, at 9 p.m. the Queen Mary will present its signature fireworks spectacular with the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. Tickets are now on sale at the Queen Mary website.