Nightlife & Fun in Los Angeles

Fourth of July in Los Angeles

June 24, 2013
By Cynthia Blondeel-Timmerman

Single in Los Angeles and looking for a way to celebrate our nation’s birthday? We have some great ideas on where and how to celebrate your Fourth of July.

Fourth of July in Los Angeles

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For a holiday that thrives on sizzling summer fun, Los Angeles, with its sunshine, vast beaches and French Riviera-like weather is the perfect place for singles to celebrate America’s independence in SingularCity style. From marathons, to sports events, to firework displays over the ocean and more, here is Singular magazine’s list of the best Fourth of July events in L.A.

Josh Groban July 4th Fireworks Spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl

Josh Groban July 4th Fireworks Spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl – Celebrate the 4th at the iconic Hollywood Bowl with multi-platinum selling singer, songwriter, musician, actor, and record producer Josh Groban as he performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, followed by a spectacular fireworks show accompanied by a plethora of patriotic interludes. If you’re looking for a relaxing evening of jazz, classical music, and the sweet voice of Josh Groban (um, yes!) this is the event for you. Look for tickets, seating, and event info on the Hollywood Bowl website.

Surf City 5k Run and Fitness Expo

Surf City 5k Run and Fitness Expo - Held at Huntington Beach High School, the Surf City 5k Run and Fitness Expo is a great way to not only celebrate the Fourth of July, but get healthy while doing it. The 5k kicks-off at 7 a.m. at the high school, located at 1905 Main St Huntington Beach, CA, and goes until noon. For those who prefer to relax rather than run, the festival promises live music, food vendors, and interesting exhibits at its Fitness Expo, which will include health and fitness experts to answer your questions and offer samples of their products. Registration for the marathon costs $35 and can be done on the event’s website. So buckle up, tie those running shoes on, and get ready for a day of sand, surf, and sweat – the good kind.

July 4th Late Night and BBQ at the Aquarium of the Pacific

July Fourth Late Night and BBQ at the Aquarium of the Pacific - Take a trip under the sea for an aquatic  July Fourth celebration in Long Beach that includes a late night BBQ and fireworks spectacular. Guests will enjoy a dinner of pastas, salads, marinated meats, desserts, and freshly made sides, as they witness the amazing ambience of nightlife at the aquarium and enjoy fireworks over the bay. The aquarium will be open from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. with the BBQ going on from 3-8 p.m. The Aquarium of the Pacific will offer discounted prices for admission if you arrive at 5 p.m. Cost of admission is $15 and children under 3 years are free. Dinner is $42 and includes entrance to the aquarium.

65th Annual Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade

65th Annual Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade - Take a step back in time with this old fashioned celebration of America’s independence. For 65 years, the Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade has warmed the hearts of parade spectators with musical performances, beautiful floats and old-time flair with just the right amount of “corny” added to the mix. The parade has grown to be one of the greatest Independence Day celebrations in California.  This year’s Grand Marshal is actor Ed Asner.

The celebration begins at 1:50 p.m. with skydivers and then the parade starts and winds its way through Pacific Palisades with a cornucopia of red, blue, white, and most of all, fun. The parade is free but you can purchase reserved seating for $50 with discounts for group tickets and free parking. The parade takes place on Sunset Boulevard, between Via de la Paz and Drummond in Pacific Palisades, CA.

Fourth of July Hermosa Beach Ironman

Fourth of July Hermosa Beach Ironman Think you’ve got what it takes to be Hermosa Beach’s next Iron Man? Put your athletic skills to the test in this ‘Merica-style macho-man competition. Participants who are tough enough to take on the challenge will have to run a mile, paddle through the ocean for a mile on their surfboard, then guzzle down an entire six-pack of their favorite beer. The winner of the competition is the one who can keep down their alcohol.

Fair warning to the audience; keep your distance because things can get real messy, real quick. But hey, at least you get to be a part of Hermosa’s version of “Guys Gone Wild!” The battle starts at 11 a.m. on the stretch of beach across from Game Changers at 1220 Hermosa Ave in Hermosa Beach, CA. The entry fee is $20 and you’ll need to bring your own surfboard. Don’t forget to sign up at Game Changers prior to  July 4 to guarantee your spot in the contest. Good Luck Iron Men!

87th Annual AMERICAFEST at the Rose Bowl

87th Annual AMERICAFEST at the Rose Bowl - Celebrate America with great musical performances, delicious food, and amazing fireworks at the 87th annual fourth of July celebration at the Rose Bowl. A tradition more than eight decades old, AMERICAFEST is an all-out American carnival that celebrates America’s independence in grand style. The festivities begin at 2 p.m. with a carnival outside of the stadium that includes food vendors. At 7 p.m., there will be special performances by the Mariachi Divas and Kenny G, followed by one of the largest fireworks show in Southern California presented by PyroSpectaculars. Tickets are $13. For more information, visit the website.

The Becky’s Steampunk Independence Day

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The Becky’s Steampunk Independence Day – If you’re looking for a quirky and unique 4th of July celebration you’ll never forget, here’s the event for you. The Becky’s, an all-female troupe known for their daring dance performances inspired by 1940s fashion, is hosting an all-night “birthday bash for America” at The Other Door in North Hollywood at 10437 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA. The event will feature art exhibits, professional DJs, specialty drinks, dinner, plenty of “railroad couture,” and surprise guest appearances. Be sure to get dressed up in your steampunkiest red, whites, and blues to participate in this one-of-a-kind party. Buy your tickets on Eventbrite for special early bird pricing, or pay $25 at the door.

All American Fourth of July aboard the Queen Mary

All American Fourth of July aboard the Queen Mary - Calling all connoisseurs of history; here’s the celebration for you. The Queen Mary Independence Day Celebration is a multi-era tribute to significant decades in American history. The celebration starts with a 1920s Golden-Era themed party and moves forward in time with live bands playing music from the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 90s and all the way to present day. Of course there’s also a breathtaking fireworks show, DJs, and even “Independence Day” screened under the stars. There’s a variety of ticket options to select from, ranging from $39.99 to a Fourth of July overnight package that includes lodging in the ship’s hotel.

Check out this complete list of fireworks shows in Los Angeles County: http://www.safejuly4th.org/fwshows.htm

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