Are you searching for budget-friendly events or things to do on Independence Day? If yes, we have got you sorted. The 4th of July is a day to commemorate America’s Independence, and the Westside knows how to throw a party. From captivating firework displays to family-friendly parades and events, here’s your guide on where to celebrate this Independence Day. Bookmark this guide and gather your loved ones for a fun-filled day in West L.A.!

Marina del Rey 4th of July Fireworks

Marina del Rey throws a breathtaking fireworks show every Independence Day. The spectacular 20-minute display lights up the night sky over the waterfront and sailboats, with fireworks launched from a barge in the Main Channel. Viewers can enjoy the show from several spots around the Marina, such as Burton Chace Park, Fisherman’s Village, Venice Pier, Playa Vista, and Dockweiler Beach. If you’ve got the big bucks, you can also charter a yacht for the best view. The fireworks show usually begins at 9:00 p.m. I suggest arriving early to grab a good viewing spot, especially if you want to be near the action at Burton Chace Park or Fisherman’s Village.

Admission: Free

​​Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks Show

2024’s Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade’s theme is “Happy Days in the Palisades.” Visitors can expect a warm and welcoming ambiance with ​​​​​floats adorned in red, white, and blue, bands, local dance and sports teams, and vintage cars. It typically starts around 2:00 p.m. on Sunset Boulevard, between Via de la Paz and Drummond. In addition, the community of Pacific Palisades will also be hosting a music and fireworks show at Palisades Charter High School’s football stadium. Lee Dyson of Hey Mister DJ will begin DJing at 6:00 p.m., with fireworks starting at 9:00 p.m. Make your way to Pacific Palisades for family-friendly fun! 

Admission: Free admission for the parade; $10 for the fireworks show.

July Fourth Fireworks Spectacular with Harry Connick, Jr., The Hollywood Bowl

The Hollywood Bowl’s July 4th Fireworks Spectacular with Harry Connick, Jr. is a three-night event (July 2nd, 3rd, and 4th) headlined by the iconic performer. The Grammy and Emmy-winning Harry Connick, Jr. and his band will take the stage, singing popular songs for an evening of fun. Joining them will be the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Principal Conductor Thomas Wilkins. The L.A. Phil will begin the show with patriotic music, setting the mood for the festive occasion. Furthermore, a spectacular fireworks display will illuminate the night sky after the concert. This event is ideal for Harry Connick, Jr. fans and anyone looking for a unique way to celebrate July 4th in Los Angeles.  

Admission: Tickets for adults start at $29; half off for kids 12 and under.

Santa Monica Fourth of July Parade

The Santa Monica Fourth of July Parade is a lively community celebration, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on July 4th along Main Street. The parade will include a procession of iconic cars, marching bands from high schools, and artistically decorated floats that exhibit Santa Monica’s history and spirit. This year’s theme highlights the arts, so expect to see some extra creativity on display.  If you want a guaranteed seat, there’s a grandstand option in front of the Ocean Park Library. However, no matter where you watch, prepare for a festive atmosphere filled with music, cheers, and plenty of red, white, and blue!

Admission: Free

Rocky + Fireworks at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood

Spend your Fourth of July with a classic underdog story and a stunning fireworks display at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery’s Rocky + Fireworks event. Along with being a working cemetery, the venue is also an event venue in the city. This distinctive event combines an outdoor screening of the iconic boxing film “Rocky” on the big screen, followed by an awe-inspiring fireworks show. Gates open at 7:15 p.m. The movie screening starts at 9:00 p.m., after which a stunning fireworks display will go off. This event is an off-beat way to celebrate Independence Day. Who doesn’t love Sylvester Stallone and fireworks? We surely do! 

Admission: $32

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