What To Do If You're Spending Fourth of July Weekend In L.A.

Whether you want to spend a low-key day in the water or watch impressive firework displays in the city, Los Angeles offers a 4th of July celebration for you.

The year 2020 was nearly as memorable for the things that happened as it was for the things that didn’t happen. To keep people from crowding together on rooftops, beaches and balconies, there was hardly a proper fireworks show in all of Los Angeles County last July 4.

But now that COVID restrictions have finally been lifted and life is inching back to normal in a post-vax world, many—but not all—of the region’s fireworks displays will be lighting up the sky once again. 

So if you’re looking for things to do or events to attend, here are a few fun ways to celebrate America’s birthday.

Smorgasburg LA

Smorgasburg LA is back just in time for Independence Day and we know your foodie taste buds couldn’t be more excited. It’s the perfect food gathering place and bazaar to indulge in festive food while browsing for a day through dozens of pop-up shops and restaurant stalls.

Barbeque with friends and family

Get together with your friends and family and have a backyard BBQ. Catch up, enjoy a delicious meal together and watch the fireworks show from the comfort of your own home.

Spend a day at Disneyland

When was the last time you visited a theme park? Now that Disneyland is open, grab your Mickey ears, a few friends and spend the day at the happiest place on Earth. Go on rides, enjoy some good food and end the night with Mickey’s Mix Magic show.

Day trip to Catalina Island

If you don’t want to stay in the city, take a mini vacation to Catalina Island for a day full of festivities—including a golf cart parade and live music—and end the night with a fireworks show over the water. Plus, enjoy an exclusive view of fireworks from Ventura County to San Diego in the distance.

Watch fireworks at the beach

There’s something about watching fireworks over the ocean and the 4th of July is a great time to head to the beach. With so much for you to explore from coast to coast, pack your beach essentials and soak up the sun by the water.

Other places to see fireworks

As mentioned earlier, there are many places you can watch the firework displays, including your home, at Disneyland or by the ocean. But here are a few more to consider: the Rose Bowl, Hollywood Bowl, Pacific Palisades and yes, Big Bear.