4th of July Weekend in Los Angeles: Fireworks, Parades, and More Things To Do with Kids

118 years and counting! The parade, that is, not the 4th of July. Photo courtesy of the City of Huntington Beach
118 years and counting! The parade, that is, not the 4th of July. Photo courtesy of the City of Huntington Beach

Looking for the best things to do in Los Angeles this 4th of July weekend? The city is alight with fireworks, fun runs, parades, and more family-friendly events to add to your list for this weekend.

This weekend we celebrate our freedom. Freedom to see the red, white, and boom of 4th of July fireworks this weekend, which take place over water, sporting arenas, theme parks, and iconic amphitheaters … which will you choose? Freedom to watch the parades marching by, to go to carnivals and patriotic concerts, and more. You are free to revisit favorite summer activities in LA (like Shakespeare in the Park) and free to discover new ones (like a giant Nerf battle). You are free to have a spectacular red, white, and blue weekend.

These are just a few of our favorite 4th of July weekend events; for a complete list of all the amazing Fourth of July fireworks shows near you, check out our Ultimate Guide to 4th of July Fireworks in Los Angeles 2022. We also have the scoop on incredible 4th of July cruises and boat rides and all the Best At-Home Fourth of July Activities for Kids, if you choose to celebrate without the crowds this year.

However you celebrate, we wish you a Happy Independence Day, LA!

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More Things To Do in Los Angeles This Week With Kids:

Be sure to check with the venue for its COVID guidelines and requirements before heading out to any event. Many places in LA require guests to show either proof of vaccination or a negative test; masking guidelines differ from venue to venue.

Places featured in this article:


Kidspace Children's Museum

Harbor Boulevard & the Vincent Thomas Bridge

Various Locations in Downtown Sierra Madre

Brea City Hall Park

Main Street Farmers' Market

Palisades Charter High School.

Culver City Municipal Plunge

Verdugo Aquatic Facility Activity Pool

William Woollett, Jr. Aquatics Center

Howard Johnson by Wyndham Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

Frank G Bonelli Regional Park - San Dimas

Sandy Cove at Hume Lake
Annual Lighting of the Bay
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort - 4:00 PM Pick
Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting 2022
Rockefeller Center - 7:00 PM Pick
Mart Littles Music
Brentwood Country Mart - 10:30 AM
Hikari - A Festival of Lights
Tanaka Farms - 4:30 PM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides