Los Angeles Free Friday – The 4th of July Edition

Jul 02, 2010 by Lisa Newton

As most of you are probably aware of, this upcoming Sunday is the 4th of July, the annual day the United States of America celebrates its Independence from the British. Victorious in a hard fought Revolutionary War, the USA became an Independent nation.

Tradition holds that the 4th of July is celebrated with picnics, BBQs, music, being outdoors, fireworks, and fun for the whole family. This being the case, Los Angeles has no shortage of free events throughout the city.

So no matter where you live you can easily find an event close by:

Palisades Americanism Parade

In Pacific Palisades, starting at 2:00pm, between Via de la Paz and Drummond St., the beach enclave is hosting an old fashioned Independence Day Parade with sports legend, actor and activist, Jim Brown, as the grand marshal. They’re closing Sunset Boulevard to celebrate the birth of our great nation, and to ensure that you’ll have a good time. To sweeten their celebration, they’re also hosting the second annual Palisades Rocks 4th of July concert at Palisades Charter H.S. Admission to the concert is only $2.00, but the final act of the day, the fireworks start at 9:00pm.

July 4th Fireworks, Marina Del Rey

Launched from a floating barge located in the waters of the main channel between Fisherman’s Village and the Breakwater in Marina del Rey, the July 4th Fireworks can usually be seen throughout the marina, and from the waterfront side of most hotels, restaurants, beaches, apartments and anchorages. You may be able to glimpse the fireworks from afar from Playa del Rey and the Venice Beach Pier. They start at 9:00pm, and to accompany the fireworks,they’ll have music coordinated with the fireworks display hosted on KXLU FM radio, 88.9 on the dial, and will also be relayed over loudspeakers in Burton Chace Park.

July 4th Fireworks at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

If you’re close to Exposition Park on the 4th, then be sure to catch the 8th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza. Teaming up to present this event are Councilman Bernard Parks of the 8th District, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Starting at 5:00pm, KJLH will be providing the music from a stage located at the east side of Christmas Tree Lane, which is situated just east of the Coliseum. The main event, the fireworks, start at about 9:00pm.

Annual Vision Outside 4th of July Jazz and Blues Festival in Leimert Park

Before heading over to the Coliseum, why not celebrate the 4th of July at the historic Vision Theatre in Leimert Park, famous for its jazz and blues. Kid-friendly events like arts and crafts and face painting are only two of the fun activities planned. Oh, and don’t forget the free watermelon. Everything starts at 1:00pm in the Vision Theatre back lot at 3341 W. 43rd Pl., LA.

4th of July Celebration in San Pedro

In its 59th year, the 4th of July events at Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro features live Americana music, tours of Coast Guard Cutters at Berth 46, ringing of the Historic Korean Bell at Angels Gate Park which is then followed by fireworks. The tours start at 9:00am, the Bell rings at 10:30am, and the rest of the day is for fun at the beach, ending with the fireworks at 9:00pm. So pack a picnic, bring the kids, and don’t forget the suntan lotion.

Independence Day Celebration at Hansen Dam

With the chosen theme of “Skies Over America", the Hansen Dam Recreation Area, in the San Fernando Valley, is offering a unique fireworks show orchestrated to patriotic music that’s dedicated to “all the hard working men and women across this great country whom regardless of their cultural backgrounds, work together to keep America Moving.” This daylong fun- filled family oriented event includes food, music, games, rides, prizes, and other entertainment. All of the fun starts on Saturday, July 3rd from 11:00am–6pm, and starts back up again on July 4th, from 3:00pm-10:00pm.

Redondo Beach Fireworks Celebration

Celebrating the 4th of July on the beach, Redondo Beach is pulling out all the stops for this year’s 4th Annual Seaside Lagoon event. With paddleboard lessons, races and demonstrations, a Freedom Parade, Mad Science workshops and shows, arts and crafts, and an awesome 72 foot long obstacle course and a 16 foot slide sponsored and staffed by Beach Cities Health District AdventurePlex, it’s a day chock full of festivities at the beach for the entire family. Head over to the gates at 200 Portofino Way, at Redondo Beach’s Seaside Lagoon, starting at 2:00pm, until the fireworks are blaring and coloring the evening which starts at 9:00pm.

Long Beach Kids’ July 4th Bike Parade

Designed in mind for the inner kid in all of us, both children and adults are encouraged to decorate their bikes and themselves, and head to Long Beach for the Long Beach Kids’ July 4th Bike Parade. The fun also includes a watermelon spitting contest, a Patriotic Oratory Competition, face painting, and a patriotic costume contest. All the fun starts at 10:00am at Granada Avenue in Long Beach. Just look for the beach path.

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