Summer is finally here and it's time to make your plans for the biggest holiday of the season. The Fourth of July is a time to be with family and friends, celebrating freedom, culture and, of course, fireworks. If you'll be in the Los Angeles area for Independence Day this year, you'll have some wonderful options for enjoying the day.
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Once you've made your reservations, it's time to decide where you'll be driving that car on the big day. The Fourth of July is on a Monday this year, so you can take an extra-long weekend for your vacation—and whether or not you'd like to stay in the city itself, you'll have plenty of options for fun.
Here are some ideas for celebrating a Southern California Fourth of July:
The AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl
The party at the Rose Bowl kicks off long before the 9:05 PM fireworks show, so get there early and enjoy your day. The stadium opens at 6 PM, the food court opens at 2 PM and the parking lot opens at 10 AM. $13 will get you a GA ticket, and it's $25 to park your car (pretty average for Los Angeles). Experiencing the Rose Bowl fireworks is a quintessential LA experience. But if you'd rather not pay the stadium prices, you can catch the show for free at the Levitt Pavilion.
The Three Day Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl
The Fourth of July shouldn't be limited to just one day, right? From July 2-4, you can celebrate with music at the Hollywood Bowl. Chicago is headlining, and best of all, you can enjoy finishing the party with fireworks each night.
Mr. and Mrs. Muscle Beach at Venice Beach
Looking for something a little unorthodox? Venice Beach is vibrant, eccentric and beautiful. This body building pageant goes down on the beach each year from 9-5 at the Venice Recreation Center, and it's free to watch. Afterwards, you can enjoy a fireworks show on the Venice Pier.
The Fourth of July Barbecue at the Aquarium of the Pacific
This is a fun, family-friendly way to spend Independence Day. The Aquarium is open from 9 AM – 10 PM, and from 5-10 they'll be hosting a delicious BBQ. Combination tickets ($29.95 for adults) include admission to the Aquarium and the BBQ buffet with grilled entrees and desserts. Best of all, you'll get a great view of the Queen Mary Fireworks.
Fourth of July Fun in Culver City
For a laid back day, cruise to Culver City. For just $5 admission and $10 to park, you'll enjoy live music, food trucks, midway games and an evening fireworks display at West LA College.
Balboa Island Celebration
Balboa Island is just a five minute ferry ride from the mainland of Newport Beach, and it's a perfect place for a day trip from the heart of LA. Every Independence Day the island hosts the American Legion 4th of July Boat Parade, California's largest patriotic boat display. Whether or not you're into boats, you'll definitely be into this experience.
Head South to Pacific Beach
San Diego is one of the most beautiful cities on Earth, and it's only a two hour drive from LA. Pacific Beach is where the twentysomethings tend to gravitate, but it's fun for all ages. If you want to shy away from the traditional Fourth of July festivities but still have an amazing time, this is your spot. And if you decide you just have to have some patriotic music and classic American food in your life, head to the San Diego County Fair to catch the 9 PM fireworks display.
Fourth of July Fireworks Show in La Crescenta
If you'll be in the La Crescenta area, you can relive your childhood all day. This event has music, carnival rides and a delicious lineup of food trucks, all culminating in a fireworks show at 9 PM. General admission is just $7, or $10 at the gate.
Disney's Celebrate America! Fourth of July Concert in the Sky
Speaking of reliving your childhood, sometimes only a trip to Disneyland will do. Disney spares no expense for celebrating Independence Day, and they're geared up for an epic fireworks display at 9:30 PM. Disneyland is both expensive and crowded, so if you want to go, plan ahead and get there as early as you can. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but it usually takes some strategizing (and some patience).
However you end up celebrating the Fourth of July in Los Angeles, remember to allow plenty of time for traffic. If you're making alternative transportation arrangements so you can enjoy some adult beverages, come up with a plan for a place to safely park your rental car. Stay hydrated, use sunscreen and have an amazing time.