Latest Best of LA

Best Fourth Of July Parties In Los Angeles

June 26, 2014 5:00 AM

View Comments
(credit: Steve Grayson/Getty Images)

(credit: Steve Grayson/Getty Images)

(credit: Hollywood Bowl)

(credit: Hollywood Bowl)


Make your own Declaration of Independence on July 4th at a time when all Americans let out cheers and more to honor breaking free of the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1776. That said, celebrate in a manner that means a lot to you. Ideas are presented in a previous CBS post about how to spend your time on July 4 in the Southland, while the following fresh list tells you top bets on the calendar for 2014 as Angelenos get ready for their own revelry to take place in the City of Angeles at the beginning of next month.

Related: Best Places To See July 4th Fireworks In LA.

Fireworks explode over the Rose Bowl during 4th of July Taste of America. (Photo by Steve Grayson/WireImage)

Fireworks explode over the Rose Bowl during 4th of July Taste of America. (Photo by Steve Grayson/WireImage)


Americafest
Rose Bowl Stadium
1001 Rose Drive
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 577-3100
www.rosebowlstadium.com
Date: July 4, 2014 at 2 p.m.

This is the 88th year for this event held at the storied Rose Bowl Stadium and topped off with what is billed as the largest fireworks show in Southern California. Before blast off, participants will ease in collective patriotic moods by watching daredevils execute motorcycle stunts that are hard to believe while listening to the Beatles tribute band, Liverpool Legends, sounding just like the Fab Four. The event, which boasts a fireworks show that is sure to amaze, will also be emceed by CBS 2 News anchor Paul Magers.

(credit: Aquarium of the Pacific)

(credit: Aquarium of the Pacific)


July 4th Late Night and BBQ
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 590-3100
www.aquariumofthepacific.org
Date: July 4, 2014, at 5 p.m.

What’s the Fourth of July without a proper barbecue? Lacking. The Aquarium of the Pacific comes through with a full-on buffet for the annual occasion along with an aquatic enhanced view of the annual fireworks blasting over the Queen Mary, also in Long Beach. Expect hamburgers with all of the trimmings and chicken augmented by a special spicy glaze from the grill. Also on the well-executed menu is mac and cheese cooked in an untraditional way and fresh lemonade, too. Admission to this fishy venue comes with the price of this gourmet ‘do.

(credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

(credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)


Mr. and Mrs. Muscle Beach
Venice Recreation Center
1800 Ocean Front Walk
Venice Beach, CA 90291
(310) 399-2775
www.californiabeachbodybuilding.com
Date: July 4, 2014 at 9 a.m.

Body building of all levels causes contenders from all over the world to strive to become Mr. Muscle Beach or Mrs. Muscle Beach on Independence Day. Although not exactly a patriotic pursuit, this annual competition help every 4th of July is one for Southland residents to consider for an offbeat way to spend a fun day on the beach in Venice. Either watch these tough lads and lasses pick up weights that match all classes, from beginners to experts, or get in the action by joining as part of the main event. Both options will definitely satisfy the Arnold Schwarzenegger in all of us.

Related: Best Summer Backpacking Trips Near Los Angeles

(credit: Grand Park LA)

(credit: Grand Park LA)


Fourth of July Block Party
Grand Park
200 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-8080
www.grandparkla.org/4th-of-july-block-party
Date: July 4, 2014 at 1 p.m.

Pursing the slogan “Launching the biggest fireworks in DTLA,” Grand Park starts celebrating Independence Day by hosting a massive downtown block party that takes over four city blocks. Expect to whoop it up between Hill Street and Grand Avenue all day long, followed by an evening of zooming stars, stripes and light shows sure to impress even the most jaded spectator.

Photo Credit: Hollywood Bowl via Facebook

Photo Credit: Hollywood Bowl via Facebook


July 4th Fireworks Spectacular
Hollywood Bowl
2301 N. Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90068
www.hollywoodbowl.com
Date: July 2-4, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Sometimes Independence Day requires three days of celebration, that being the case at the iconic Hollywood Bowl where headliners for this patriotic event include all kinds of acts to entertain, from the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West to Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers to the Los Angeles Philharmonic with John Morris Russell conducting. Fireworks are ordered for every night of this big time event, making a splash all over the area, so be sure to look up if you’re in the vicinity after nightfall.

Related: Safe Summer Activites For Kids

(credit: Thinkstock)

(credit: Thinkstock)


July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza
Warner Center Park
5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
(818) 704-1358
www.valleycultural.org
Date: July 4, 2014 at 6pm

Celebrate this July 4th by visiting the Lou Bredlow Pavilion in Warner Center Park for a July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. The highlight of the night, other than the fireworks will be headliner Mrs Robinson’s DECADES, a tribute band paying homage to some of the world’s most iconic rock stars from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Beginning at 6pm, the concert will open with Urban Xtreme, the teen pop group sensation which has gained a global following from the Disney Channel. Bring a picnic with your family and enjoy an early evening out listening to the sounds of the night.

Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist. Check out her articles on Examiner.com.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,541 other followers