Celebrate our Independence from the Brits in true Southern California family style. From family friendly parades, muscled and tanned men and women competing at the beach to fireworks spectaculars you’ll find the best family friendly 4th of July events listed below.
Mr. and Mrs. Muscle Beach
Venice Recreation Center
1800 Ocean Front Walk
Venice Beach, CA 90291
Take the family to the infamous “Muscle Beach” for a unique 4th of July celebration this year. Muscled and toned men and women will be competing in a body building contest in the quintessential Venice Beach style. Have what it takes to compete? You can enter the contest too; the entrance fee per contestant is $80. Winners will be featured in Iron Man Magazine. It’s free to be a bystander to the tanned, muscled glory. Judging starts at 10am.
Annual 4th of July Parade, Fireworks Display, Dinner at the Casino – Catalina Island
#1 Green Pier
Avalon, CA 90704
Have an Island style 4th of July on the gorgeous island of Catalina. The most celebrated holiday on the island is not complete without a golf cart parade down Crescent Avenue beginning at 1pm. Followed up by a delicious a BBQ Buffet Dinner with Music from the USC Marching Band in the Casino Ballroom. To top off the holiday enjoy premium balcony viewing for the fireworks display over the gorgeous city of Avalon.
The Great American Kids Bike Parade
START/FINISH Meet at the boat launch ramp:
1 South Granada Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Join over 500 patriotic kids for the Great American Kids Bike Parade hosted by Justin Rudd. Along with the patriotic bike parade, there will be a costume contest, patriotic speech contest and watermelon seed spitting contest for all kids over 12 years old– entries are free! Be sure to be lined up and registered for the parade by 9:50. The parade starts promptly at 10a.m.
Newport Harbor Old Glory Boat Parade
215 East 15th Street
Newport Beach, CA 92663
The annual Newport Harbor Old Glory Boat Parade is sponsored by the American Legion Yacht Club. This year’s theme is “It Stands For Freedom” and it starts at 1pm. Boat registration for the parade is free. The all day 4th of July festival at the American Legion Post 291 starts with a Pancake Breakfast from 7-11am. A BBQ lunch and dinner 12-5pm with live music and festival dancing from 1-5pm.
108th Huntington Beach 4th of July Celebration
325 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
The city of Huntington Beach knows how to celebrate our independence birthday in true Americana style. Starting off with a Kiwanis pancake breakfast at Lake Park at 6:30am, followed by the infamous Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade at 10am to 12pm and ending with a dynamic and dazzling fireworks display blasting over the ocean starting at 9pm. Check website for more details.
July 4th Spectacular on Big Bear Lake
40770 Lakeview Drive
Big Bear, CA, 92315
This annual Fourth of July celebration at Big Bear Lake is a cut above the rest. With crystal clear blue skies, mountain fresh air and the pristine Big Bear Lake it is no wonder so many love this annual celebration. The Big Bear Rotary Club will be hosting a BBQ at the Marina Resort with prime seating for the firework display. Admission starts at $10, food tickets start at $20. The firework display is free and is shot off a barge in the lake. The dazzling show will begin at 8:45pm and can be seen anywhere lakeside.
KABOOM – 4th of July Celebration at the Pomona Fairplex
1101 West McKinley Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768
The 26th annual KABOOM celebration at the Pomona Fairplex is a night of exciting shows on the Fourth of July complete with Monster Trucks and Motocross. The show starts at 8pm with a dazzling finale of fireworks. Tickets start at $15 for general admission.