Sure, you could choose to attend a bevy of events, parades, and firework shows around Southern California this year. Or, why not BBQ with friends? Visit these spots with friends, family and loved ones to create your own special 4th of July party this year!

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Echo Park Lake
Echo Park Lake
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Echo Park Lake wasn’t always the place to bring your family, but after a makeover it has become a premier destination. For the 4th of July, it’s a great place to sit back, relax, set up a picnic and enjoy the surroundings. You can even get out on the lake with a paddle boat. Spend the day with a picnic and then head to a fireworks show, or spend the entire day there and point your head to the sky and see if you can spot fireworks off in the distance.

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Dockweiler State Beach
12001 Vista Del Mar
Playa del Rey, CA 90293

What makes Dockweiler State Beach so great is that this three mile long shoreline offers a picnic area and concession stand. The wide beach is also beneath the takeoff path from LAX airport so while you’re cooking up your BBQ, or sharing picnic items with friends on the beach, you can watch planes take off! It’s a great spot for families and with the fire pits, it’s a no brainer for a perfect place to celebrate the 4th. In fact, it’s one of the only places in the city that allows bonfires.

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Elysian Park
835 Academy Rd
Los Angeles

Open daily from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Elysian Park sits in the heart of the city near Dodger Stadium, Echo Park, Silver Lake and other surrounding areas. The huge park offers up picnic tables, restrooms, and plenty of greenery making it a great place to throw a party with friends. There’s also a lot of great and convenient parking. You can even see some of the fireworks from Dodger Stadium if you stay late enough at the park!

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Pan Pacific Park
7600 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 939-8874

What makes Pan Pacific Park perfect for a 4th of July BBQ? Aside from its central location, there are picnic tables, and places to cook up food if you don’t bring your own. There is also plenty of parking, beautiful green open spaces, and other great spaces to play games like basketball. Spend your 4th of July with friends, and family here.

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Griffith Park
4730 Crystal Springs Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 913-4688

Griffith Park is massive. With so much land, there’s plenty of space to come by on the 4th of July and set up a great picnic with friends and family. Grab some BBQ food or great Picnic Food To Go and head over to this legendary park to celebrate the 4th this year!