Things to do for a Los Angeles 4th of July

Timeout Los Angeles has compiled a fantastic list of things to do for a Los Angeles 4th of July —- from firework displays, to pie eating contests, they’ve got you covered.  Here’s some highlights from their article:

When it comes to summer in Los Angeles, 4th of July is absolutely one of the season’s highlights. For one, this really is the land of the free (things to do—there’s a ton of them!). Second, we can’t think of a better place to admire our shining sea than from the city’s best beaches. Third, LA is the city where dreams come true—just think about how many actors and musicians got their big break on the Sunset Strip. Keep reading our guide to find 4th of July events, fireworks shows, parades and other ways to celebrate our glorious country. ‘MERICA.

Hollywood Bowl 4th of July

Hollywood Bowl 4th of July

Hollywood Bowl

Ring in another year of independence in the grand ol’ USA with Smokey Robinson. The Hollywood Bowl proudly hosts its annual Fourth of July party, complete with patriotic tunage and dazzling fireworks. Grab your tickets early; seats in the nosebleed section go for under $20. Or, consider springing for front section tickets—it is America’s birthday, after all. Plus, there’s a 50% discount for kids under 12, so you can celebrate with the whole crew.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

You couldn’t pick a better film to screen in celebration of Independence Day than Top Gun. Fess up, you know you want to show up to Hollywood Forever clad in your best jumpsuit and aviators. Come out the night before for a Goonies screening and fireworks show as well. Cinespia’s pulling out all the stops for their July 4th celebration, amping up their festivities with a themed photobooth, DJ and fireworks show.

Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade

Cruise on up to the Palisades for a beachy Independence Day extravaganza. Starting just before 2pm, a band of patriotic skydivers will descend from the stratosphere, kicking off the neighborhood’s colossal parade. The baton twirlers and marching trombonists will begin their promenade on Sunset Boulevard, between Via de la Paz and Drummond. General admission to the parade is free, but if you want to avoid chauffeuring whipper snappers on your shoulders all day, splurge for VIP grandstand seating (from $25). The festivities continue with a concert and fireworks ($10 for both), leaving nothing amiss from this year’s Fourth of July celebration.

Check out their website for tons of other great information.  Remember that personal fireworks are illegal in most cities around Los Angeles.  Don’t even think about lighting up a sparkler near the Hollywood Hills.  The fines can be enormous, especially considering our drought conditions and the dryness of our Santa Monica Mountain Range.

Have a safe and sane Los Angeles 4th of July from Glitterati Tours!