Summer has arrived in Southern California and everyone is gearing up for the 4th of July weekend! Check out our recommendations below for the best 4th of July Los Angeles things to do near Santa Monica. Whether you’re looking for family-friendly activities, great views, or nearby Santa Monica fireworks, we have you covered!
Looking to stay in Santa Monica for 4th of July in the Los Angeles area? Check out great Santa Monica hotels and book a summer stay today. Get your ice cream, hot dogs & flip-flops ready for your best Fourth yet!
Please note: Santa Monica Beaches will be closed for the July 4th holiday weekend. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has ordered L.A. County beaches, including those in Santa Monica, to close from July 3 through July 6 at 5:00 a.m. to prevent dangerous crowding that results in the spread of deadly COVID-19. All public beaches, piers, public beach parking lots, beach bike paths that traverse that sanded portion of the beach, and beach access points will be temporarily closed to the public as of 12:01 a.m. on July 3, 2020, until 5:00 a.m. on July 6, 2020. For more information, please read the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s news release.
FREE 4TH OF JULY EVENTS
If you’re searching for free 4th of July events in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and the surrounding areas, look no further. Near Santa Monica you’ll find everything from food trucks to free concerts and fireworks displays.
Join the Parade
Annual Fourth of July Parade
Update: Due to COVID-19, this year’s Annual 4th of July Parade has been cancelled.
Produced by the Ocean Park Association, celebrate home and country at the 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 to enjoy all kinds of patriotic music and spectacles! The parade will begin at Pico Boulevard on Main Street and will conclude at the southernmost beach parking lot.
Pre-Holiday Santa Monica Firework Show
Independence Day Celebration at Santa Monica College
Update: Due to COVID-19, this year’s firework show has been cancelled.
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 live entertainment and special exhibits, and cap off the evening with a spectacular fireworks salute to America.
GET A GREAT VIEW OF 4TH OF JULY IN LOS ANGELES FROM SANTA MONICA
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 of the surrounding southern California area! Here are just a handful of Santa Monica spots known for their breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, so you can celebrate 4th of July LA style:
- 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 Areas Of Santa Monica Fireworks Shows
Update: Due to COVID-19, all fireworks shows have been cancelled.
Enjoy beautiful firework displays from famous Los Angeles locales like Pacific Palisades, Marina Del Ray & Grand Park, featuring concerts, baseball, and a wide variety of food options.
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
Don’t miss out on all the fun to be had on 4th of July in Los Angeles when you stay in beautiful, sunny Santa Monica. Keep the fun going all summer long with Santa Monica summer specials and events.