Looking for things to do this 4th of July weekend in the L.A. area? Take advantage of the holiday and embark on a relaxing getaway to L.A.
From parades to fireworks, there are plenty of ways to get your patriotism on!
If you’re looking for Los Angeles 4th of July Weekend 2018 ideas, check out some of these local activities and fun things do in Los Angeles in July, including…
- Knott’s Berry Farm Celebrates The 4th Of July
- Aquarium of the Pacific 4th of July BBQ
- 4th of July Block Party – Grand Park
- Marina del Rey Fireworks
- AmericaFest Celebration – Rosebowl
- and more…
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Regular admission to a number of these attractions are included on the Go Los Angeles Card.
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Please note, some of these special July and 4th of July weekend events may be separately ticketed and not included on the Go Los Angeles Card.
Knott’s Berry Farm Celebrates The 4th Of July
July 4th, 2018
Celebrate Independence Day at Knott’s Berry Farm with world class live entertainment and a spectacular fireworks show the whole family will love. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 pm, with bonus fireworks shows on July 1st and 2nd if you can’t make the 4th itself.
With extended hours, 10am – 11pm, there is more time to enjoy all that Knott’s has to offer. Visit knotts.com for the entertainment show schedule.
Getting In: Knott’s Berry Farm tickets are included with the Go Los Angeles Card.
July Fourth Late Night BBQ at the Aquarium of the Pacific
July 4, 2018
Take the whole family to the Aquarium of the Pacific for a unique July 4th you’ll never forget. This Fourth of July BBQ features a ton of great local grilled fare plus adult beverages and much more.
Then, you’ll also get late-night access to the Aquarium itself, which is a really cool way to encounter some of their rare sea creatures. The aquarium will be open until 10:00 pm.
Enjoy the perfect view for the waterfront fireworks show, too, set off by the Queen Mary historic haunted vessel (more on her below!)
Getting In: General admission Aquarium of the Pacific tickets are included with the Go Los Angeles Card. July Fourth Late Night BBQ is separately ticketed and is not included on the pass.
All-American 4th of July Aboard the Queen Mary
July 4, 2018
Spend an entire day celebrating the history of America aboard the magnificent Queen Mary. Soak up live entertainment, games and activities for kids, special historic tours, and a patriotic film. This year they’re emphasizing the “All American” summer vibe, so there are plenty of seasonal festivities to enjoy.
At the end of the day, their famous fireworks spectacular will go off, set to patriotic music against the summer sky.
If you’re just interested in exploring this historic ship, then take a tour of the vessel on another day earlier in the weekend.
Insider tip: Buy tickets early, as this is a very popular local event.
Getting In: General admission Queen Mary tickets are included with the Go Los Angeles Card. This event is separately ticketed and is not included with the pass.
Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade
July 4, 2018
This beach-centric event is the perfect way to do July 4th, L.A.-style. The start of this massive parade is heralded by a group of red-white-and-blue themed skydivers descending from the heights – talk about spectacular!
Then, enjoy all your usual parade fanfare — with everything from dance and baton-twirling to music and more — along Sunset Boulevard.
Getting In: The Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade is free to watch.
4th of July Block Party – Grand Park
July 4th, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Head on over to Grand Park for a free, family-friendly block party.
Spend the day picnicking as you enjoy live music and performances. Experience an amazing light and pyro show in Downtown Los Angeles, beginning after sunset.
Food options are provided by a variety of Los Angeles’s finest food trucks. Please keep in mind that no alcohol is permitted, but you may bring empty water bottles to fill at the event.
Getting In: Grand Park 4th of July Block Party is free to attend.
Marina del Rey Fireworks
July 4, 2018 @ 9:00pm
Returning again this year, the Marina Del Rey fireworks boast a twenty minute presentation followed by a spectacular finale.
Watch the stunning display set to the synchronized music on KXLU 88.9FM from Burton Chance Park or Fisherman’s Village for the best viewing experience.
Fireworks are shot from a barge across from the Marina’s main channel, lighting up both the sea and the sky.
Though the fireworks start at 9 PM, you can spend all day at Marina del Rey. Bring a picnic and a blanket to spread out on the lawn, or make it a special occasion by dining at one of many seaside restaurants.
Ample parking options are provided nearby for a small fee.
Getting In: Marina Del Ray Fireworks are free to watch.
Americafest Celebration – Rosebowl
July 4, 2018
AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl is one of the most well-known 4th of July events in L.A. In fact, it features one of the largest fireworks displays in all of Southern California.
This event is one rocking celebration. You’ll enjoy delightful music from premier bands. Everyone will love the amazing pyrotechnics and motorcycle stunts.
There will also be plenty of food and craft vendors for you to explore.
Getting In: AmericaFest is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go Los Angeles Card.
Studio City Fourth of July Fireworks Festival
July 4, 2018
This exciting event takes place every year at the CBS Studio Center. You’ll find live music and entertainment, a car expo, local business spotlights, and plenty of kid-friendly games and other activities.
This year, they’ve revamped the concept and have increased the ticket prices significantly to make the entire event a VIP-style experience. If you’ve got a hefty budget, it may be worth checking out their special offerings!
End the night with an exhilarating fireworks show!
Getting In: The Studio City Fourth of July Fireworks Festival is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go Los Angeles Card.
Explore the Great Outdoors
Even though the weather is likely to be on the warmer side, it’s still a great time of year to explore the great outdoors during your 4th of July weekend getaway.
Spend some time in lovely Santa Monica, with perfect boardwalks for biking, strolling, and rollerblading. There’s also a nice, classic amusement park the whole family will enjoy.
Or, head to Griffith Park for some picnicking, running, hiking, and more. While you’re there, hit up the L.A. Zoo and Botanical Gardens!
Remember to Save on Attraction Admission
There you go – plenty of fun ideas for things to do in Los Angeles in July to help you plan your 4th of July weekend itinerary.
Remember, many of these great ideas are included on the Go Los Angeles Card, where you can save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.
We really hope you consider adding a few of these popular options to your upcoming plans. Enjoy!