What to do, where to go and what to see in and around Los Angeles for the all American July 4th week. It’s not all fireworks and Americana this week, though – plenty to do all of the other days.
Monday July 2nd
Spend an evening within the heart of the Temecula wine country exploring “behind the scenes” of the gorgeous South Coast Winery. The tours are held daily Monday through Sundays at 11am and 1pm. Tours are 1 hour long, conclude with wine and cheese and cost $40 per person.
Tuesday July 3rd
Take your lady out on the town for a night of good old fashioned sock hop swing dancing at the Atomic in Irvine. DJ’s Amber and Jofflyn play swing era music all the way up to classic rock and roll. There is an $8 cover charge; all that fun starts at 8:30pm.
Wednesday July 4th
Start your holiday off right with the city of Corona’s annual 4th of July “Main Street USA” Parade at 10am. The small town feeling parade starts at Ontario and Main Streets, goes down Main and concludes at Olive Street. Then get festive at Santana Park for the 4th of July Celebration at 4pm. Entrance is free at the festival; live music, a child’s “fun zone” and food will be available along with tons of fun. Grab a spot on the lawn; the dazzling firework show begins at 8:30pm.
Thursday July 5th
Thursday July 5th sets off the start of the LevittLA Summer Concert Series at MacArthur Park. LevittLA presents 50 concerts performed by budding artist to seasoned, award winning professionals. All concerts start at 7pm and are free. Pack a picnic, grab your blanket and lawn chair and enjoy the music under the stars.
Friday July 6th
From July 6th through July 13th, downtown LA will come alive with independent cinema. The festival, which will showcase original features, documentaries and shorts will represent downtown LA’s unique cultural diversity. Check website for ticket information.
Saturday July 7th
(Between Argyle Avenue and El Centro Avenue)
Enjoy a balmy summer night in hipster Hollywood with exotic foods, shopping and a homemade craft beer garden. Entrance is free, the shopping is eclectic, the food is gourmet and delicious, and the atmosphere is warm and divine. Hours are 2pm to 10pm. Goods include things like these Good Luck Soy candles from The Surprise Store, pictured at right.
Sunday July 8th
Join other peace and love makers for the 4th annual Woodstock weekend at the Orange County Marketplace. Two whole days from 10am to 4pm of free family fun will be full of tie dye crafts, food trucks, face painting and even an ice cream eating contest presented by Farrell’s and much more.