Summer has arrived in Southern California and everyone is gearing up for the 4th of July weekend! Whether you’re looking for family-friendly activities, great views, or nearby fireworks, we have you covered!
Join the Parade
12th Annual Fourth of July Parade
July 4, 9:30am-12pm
Produced by the Ocean Park Association, celebrate home and country at the 12th annual Santa Monica 4th of July Parade. The Santa Monica Fourth of July Parade has grown every year and brings together families, musicians, civic groups and exhibitionists of all stripes. Come in your red, white and blue! The parade will begin at Pico Boulevard on Main Street and will conclude at the southernmost beach parking lot.
Pre-Holiday Firework Show
Independence Day Celebration at Santa Monica College
June 30, 4pm-10pm
Bring your family and friends to Santa Monica College for a star-spangled salute for a Independence Day Celebration. Come early, picnic on the lawn, enjoy continuous entertainment and special exhibits, and cap off the evening with a spectacular fireworks salute to America.
Esters Wine Shop & Bar
July 4, 2018
Esters Wine Shop & bar will be opening early on July 4th for a very special boozy brunch! From 10:00am-2:30pm, lounge on the outdoor patio over Micheladas and Coffee-Chile Negronis. Tuck into hearty, new dishes from Executive Chef Jessica Liu He, like Frittatas made-to-order with onion, kale, shiitake mushroom, sun-dried tomatoes and a reading, provolone and cheddar cheese blend or Shrimp ‘n Grits with fresh corn, bell peppers, honey, BBQ beer glaze and pickled Fresno chiles. They’ll be closing at 3:00pm for the holiday.
With a group of friends? Get the party started with Esters’ new Brunch Mimosa Service, which comes with a bottle of Prosecco and three fresh juices like orange, grapefruit and lemon mint for $28 or crack open a 4-Pack of Canned Radlers, Beer or Wine for $24, playfully served chilled in an ice bucket. Don’t forget, it’s $25 off bottles of bubbles too!
Sweet Rose Creamery
July 4, 2018
Sweet Rose Creamery will be opening early at 8am for the Fourth of July! They’ll be serving up sweet and savory breakfast hand pies, cold brew and hot coffee until noon (or until supplies last) to tide everyone over until the parade starts at 9:30am. The Sweet Rose delivery truck will also be driving in the parade, with the team passing out free, mini fruit popsicles!
July 3-4, 2018
Put on your red, white and blue and get ready to bust a move this 4th of July at The Bungalow Santa Monica! Join us on July 3rd + 4th for our specialty Stripes Cocktail, a hot dog cart + hits from DJ MaxV. Open 5pm-2pm on July 3rd + Noon-10pm on July 4th. Can’t wait to see you there!
Get a Great View
Although there are no firework shows offered in Santa Monica on the 4th of July, grab a few friends or the whole family and create your own 4th of July viewing party! Here are just a handful of Santa Monica spots known for their breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean:
- Atop the Pacific Park Ferris wheel on Santa Monica Pier
- On Santa Monica Beach
- The Penthouse at Huntley Santa Monica Beach
- Santa Monica Place dining deck
- ONYX at Hotel Shangri-La
- Or try any of the restaurants on Ocean Avenue
Surrounding Fireworks Shows
Pacific Palisades 4th of July Parade
Pacific Palisades Charter High School
15777 Bowdoin St.
Los Angeles, CA 90272
Cost: $10 (free for children under six years)
Marina Del Rey Fireworks Celebration
Burton Chace Park
13650 Mindanao Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Culver City July 4th Fireworks
West LA College
9000 Overland Ave
Culver City, CA 90230
Cost: $5 (free for children under five years)
Westchester Fourth of July Parade
Loyola Boulevard from Westchester Park to LMU
Los Angeles, CA 90045
The Hollywood Bowl July 4th Fireworks Spectacular
2301 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Cost: Price depending on seat selection
4th of July Block Party at Grand Park
200 N Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012