Fourth of July events near Santa Monica

Please note the events and specials listed below are for 2021. Check back for 2022 events and specials.

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!

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 movies to parades and fireworks displays.

Head to Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park from July 1 to 6, from dusk to 11:35pm, to see the Pacific Wheel’s special red, white, and blue display, in celebration for Independence Day.

Santa Monica’s Annual Fourth of July Parade and the Independence Day Celebration at Santa Monica College have been cancelled for 2021.

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 Independence Day LA style:

Surrounding Areas Of Santa Monica Fireworks Shows

Enjoy beautiful firework displays from famous Los Angeles locales like Pacific Palisades, Marina Del Ray & the Hollywood Bowl, featuring live music, movies, and parades.

Pacific Palisades 4th of July Parade & Fireworks
Parade: 15120 – 15140 Sunset Blvd
Concert and Fireworks: 15777 Bowdoin St, Pacific Palisades
Cost: $5 (free for children under two years), tickets must be purchased in advance. No sales at the door.

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).
Cost: Free

July 4th Fireworks Spectacular with Kool & The Gang
2301 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Cost: Price depending on seat selection

Dirty Dancing + Fireworks at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Cost: $15-42

LAX Coastal on Parade
Loyola Blvd.
Westchester, CA
Sunday, July 4 from 11:30am to 1pm

The 95th Annual Americafest at the Rose Bowl
1001 Rose Bowl Dr
Pasadena, CA 91103
Cost: $20+

Fireworks at the Long Beach Waterfront
Free viewing areas at Shoreline Village, Lions Lighthouse, and Rainbow Harbor.
Cost: Free

Discover Santa Monica Events

Santa Monica is a great place to attend an event thanks to the year-round mild weather, close proximity to Los Angeles, and unique event venues. Walk, bike, or hop on the Metro Expo Line and enjoy numerous Santa Monica Events. This seaside escape has unique events and entertainment year-round – many that are free and take place outdoors! Take the family to experience the iconic Pacific Park, or plan your perfect Saturday outing when you discover events in Los Angeles this weekend.

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