Here are the highlights for things to do for Fourth of July in Los Angeles and surrounding cities, including LA fireworks, parades, and celebrations. This is not a comprehensive list of all the SoCal fireworks shows. But if you know of another notable event that you’d like to see on this list, tell us in the comments box below.
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AmericaFest 4th of July at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena: July 4 2012. Biggest Fireworks show in SoCal. Parking lot opens at 10am. Family entertainment outside the stadium at 2pm. Rose Bowl Stadium opens at 6pm. Fireworks at 9:05 pm. General Admission tickets $13 Children 7 and under free.
Alhambra Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza: July 4, 2012. Festivities at Almansor Park, 800 S Almansor St. See the show from anywhere in the park. There is unlimited parking, but arrive early and bring your own picnic or purchase from food vendors. Fireworks start at 9pm.
Cerritos Let Freedom Ring Celebration: July 4, 2012. 4-9pm at Cerritos Civic Center, 18125 Bloomfield Ave. Event features live entertainment, children’s activity area, food and game booths, and rides and attractions. Tickets for rides are $1 each or $20 for an All-Day Ride wristband. Pre-sale discounted wristbands available for $15 until July 2 at 4pm at Cerritos City Hall. Fireworks at Cerritos High School at 9pm.
Chino Hills Old Fashioned July 4th Picnic: July 4, 2012. 10am-2pm at Big League Dreams Chino Hills Sports Park, 16333 Fairfield Ranch Rd. Event features live music by the Skinny Little Twits, food eating contests, inflatables, BMX stunt show, water cannon blowout, water slides, bungee trampoline, and more. Decorate your bikes, trikes, and wagons in their Independence Day best and begin the day with your participation in the Patriotic Parade. Line up begins at 10:00 am at the gate entrance. Parade will begin at 10:30 am.
Culver City Fireworks Show: July 4, 2012. Gates open at 5 p.m., with entertainment at 6:30 p.m. and Fireworks at 9pm. Food available for purchase. Suggested donation of $2 per person. Culver City High School, 4401 Elenda St. Culver City, CA.
Diamond Bar 4th of July Blast: July 4, 2012. 5-9:30pm. Musical performance by Top-40 Latin band Bumptown. Gireworks display choreographed to music starting promptly at 9pm. Free parking and shuttle service is available beginning at 4pm.
La Habra Fourth of July Festival: July 4, 2012, 5-9pm, at La Habra High School Stadium, 801 W Highlander Ave, La Habra, CA. Live music, food vendors, games, fireworks, and more (free).
La Mirada Independence Day Celebration: July 3, 2012. 4:30-9:30pm at La Mirada Regional Park. Live music by country band The Silverados and U2 tribute band Zoo2. Fireworks at dark.
Norwalk July 4th Celebration: July 3, 2012. 6-9pm on the Civic Center Lawn, 12700 Norwalk Blvd. Independence Day Pageant followed by music, games, and food booths. Fireworks start at 9pm.
Long Beach Kid’s Bicycle Parade: July 4, 2012 at 10am. The out-and-back, two-mile parade route travels east along the bike path and continues down Bay Shore Avenue to Second Street — starting and finishing at 1 S. Granada Avenue, Belmont Shore, Long Beach, CA (at Ocean Blvd). Bring a chair and a cheering section for these youngsters.
Pacific Palisades: Fourth of July Parade, Concert and Fireworks – July 4, 2012. On Sunset Blvd, skydivers at 1:50pm, parade at 2pm. Gates at Palisades Charter High School open at 6pm, entertainment featuring The English Beat starts at 6:30pm. Fireworks at 9pm. Admission fee is $5, ages 12 and under are free.
Redondo Beach 4th of July Fireworks Show: July 4, 2012. 2-10:15pm. Event features kids’ activities and live entertainment. Free paddleboard experience 3:30-6pm. US Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer Demo 6-7pm. Kids Freedom Parade at 7pm. Puppet show at 8:30pm. Fireworks start at 9pm.
Rosemead Independence Day Celebration: July 4, 2012. Parade at 10am at Valley Blvd at Bartlett Ave and will travel east to Loma Ave then north to Rosemead Park. The parade will include 25-foot patriotic balloons floating high above spectators, along with local heroes and community groups. Celebration will continue at Rosemead Park with carnival rides, music, food, and fireworks.
San Fernando Valley, Hansen Dam 4th of July Celebration: July 4, 2012, 2pm until 9:30pm. Performances and appearances from Little Willie G (The Original Voice of Thee Midniter’s), Carry On Band, Operation Repor’s Lou Pizarro, the Sal Rodriguez Band and “Bobby N Blinky, starting at 2pm.”Fireworks start at 9pm.
Santa Clarita 4th of July Parade and Fireworks: July 4, 2012 (Free). Parade stars at 9am at Old Town Newhall, travels down main Street, Lyons Ave, and Orchard Village Rd, finishing at 16th Street. (scvparade.com). Fireworks Show starts at 9:15 pm at the Westfield Valencia Town Center. A broadcast of the show’s soundtrack is live on KHTS AM 1220.