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Southern California 4th of July Events

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It’s almost time for America’s favorite holiday, the 4th of July. BBQs, family gatherings, and fireworks set this summer holiday apart. Whether heading camping, launching into a nearby lake, or exploring downtown Los Angeles, there’s always something to do on this memorable holiday. 

Here, we round up some of the top fireworks spots in Southern California and some fun events lined up for this spectacular holiday. Let’s look at Southern California’s best 4th of July events without further ado. 

Where to See Fireworks in Southern California

Plenty of towns across Southern California host their own fireworks shows, so be sure to check near you for small celebrations on the 4th. However, if you’re looking to celebrate America’s birthday with a bang (pun intended), there are a few big events worth checking out.

In LA, you can check out the Los Angeles County display in Marina Del Rey, or head over to the Newport Beach display in Orange County. If you’re in for a digital celebration, downtown LA plans on setting off a large drone display, offering a dazzling light show of fireworks without the loud noises or chance of starting a fire. 

And of course, if you’re heading to any of the various amusement parks in the area, you can catch some spectacular fireworks at Disneyland every night. No matter where you go in Southern California, get ready to celebrate the 4th in style with incredible fireworks displays. 

Celebrate at Beloved Theme Parks

With so many iconic theme parks and event centers throughout Southern California, it’s no surprise you can celebrate our nation’s founding at any one. While Disneyland does fireworks every evening, their 4th of July celebration puts every other night to shame. 

Knott’s Berry Farm offers more than just berries, and every 4th of July, they kick things off with a bang with their annual July 4th celebration. Of course, Universal Studios Hollywood also gets in on the patriotic fun with a fireworks display. Six Flags Magic Mountain and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom set off fireworks for four days up to the 4th of July. 

Plenty of other theme parks and event centers in Southern California send off a celebratory salute on the 4th, so be sure to check out their website to find out when the celebrations kick off. 

Southern CA 4th of July Events

Now that you’ve mapped out where to see the best fireworks in Southern California let’s look at some of the events lined up for this fun holiday. From day celebrations aimed at families to a roaring block party, we’ve found some of Southern California’s biggest, loudest, fun events. 

Ronald Regan Presidential Foundation & Institute 4th of July Celebration

This family-focused celebration at the Ronald Regan Presidential Foundation & Institute is perfect for a fun day of activities before watching the fireworks. From a Sherif Department band, lawn games including a water balloon toss, and more, you will surely have a blast at this down-to-earth event. This year the museum unveils a statue of Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, making it an extra-special occasion. Check out their website if you’d like to learn more or plan ahead.

Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration in Poway

Have you ever wanted to experience the 4th of July like it was at the turn of the 20th century? Poway, CA, offers this unique experience with iconic costumes, old-fashioned games and crafts, and plenty of snacks and drinks. Anyone interested can catch a ride on a train for a small fee and enjoy everything this retro celebration offers. If you’re looking for a shuttle to and from the event, more information can be found on Poway’s town website. If you’re looking for a historical celebration of the 4th of July, you must visit this quaint town-run celebration. 

Downtown L.A. 4th of July Block Party

We swing wildly from the family-friendly, smaller-scale celebrations earlier on our list to the city-wide celebration that is Downtown L.A.’s 4th of July Block Party. This year’s festival features an introspective on Gloria Molina Grand Park’s 10th anniversary, meaning you know this will be a rocking celebration. Food, live music, including D.J. performances, dancing, and fireworks all set this incredible 4th of July party apart from others in the area. If you want to attend this fun event, arrive early and plan to either park at the designated lots or take public transportation, as this celebration will be packed. 

4th of July Surf City Soul at Huntington Beach

While you’d never expect to see the Minute Men hanging out on Huntington Beach, this 4th of July celebration will prove you wrong. With face painting, parades, events, and more, Huntington Beach shows the soul of Surf City with this incredible patriotic celebration. Huntington Beach puts on a rocking party, starting the day with a 5K race and parade and leading up to an amazing fireworks display over the ocean. If you’re looking for the party of the year, you must head to Surf City for this incredible 4th of July celebration.


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