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
13th Annual Fourth of July Parade
July 4, 9:30am-12pm
Produced by the Ocean Park Association, celebrate home and country at the 13th 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 29, 5pm-10pm
Bring your family and friends to Santa Monica College for a star-spangled salute for an 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.
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
- The Santa Monica Place dining deck and Sonoma Wine Garden
- Lounging at Élephante Beach House
- The rooftop bar/pool at Santa Monica Proper Hotel
- Or try any of the restaurants on Ocean Avenue
Surrounding Fireworks Shows
Pacific Palisades 4th of July Parade, Concert & Fireworks
Parade: 15120 – 15140 Sunset Blvd
Concert and Fireworks: 15777 Bowdoin St, Pacific Palisades
Cost: $10 (free for children under two years)
Marina Del Rey Fireworks Celebration
Enjoy the show with synchronized music at either Burton Chace Park (13650 Mindanao Way) or Fisherman’s Village (13755 Fiji Way).
July 4th Fireworks Spectacular with Nile Rodgers & CHIC
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
4th of July at Dodger Stadium
1000 Vin Scully Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Cost: Free with purchase of July 4th game ticket
Keep the fun going all summer long with Santa Monica summer specials and events.