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14 Last Minute Ideas For What To Do on The 4th of July in L.A. [2015]

July 2, 2015 by Brian Champlin

Let’s be honest.

It’s July 2 and you still have no idea what you’re doing on July 4.

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Maybe you’ll be out and about watching fireworks, maybe you’ll be celebrating America’s independence from the comfort of your couch.

But whatever you end up deciding on the day in question the fact is that right now you need options.

And here are a few ideas to get you started.

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1. A 4th of July Cruise

Pier Pressure is a three-hour boat party on The Dutchess of Catalina  (departing out of Long Beach) that features DJs, dancing, cocktails, and of course spectacular views of the nearby July 4 fireworks display. Get more information and discount tickets for the cruise via our friends at Goldstar.

2. The Queen Mary’s 2015 All-American July 4th Celebration

The Queen Mary’s 2015 All-American July 4th Celebration will be a festive all-age party presenting 100 years of American spirit and tradition. The decades will come alive through entertainment, music, activities, food and fun the whole family will enjoy. As night falls,The Queen Mary’s decks will become front row seats to one of the best fireworks shows in Southern California.

3. Terrine’s 4th Of July All-You-Can-Eat BBQ Feast

If you watch Knife Fight on Esquire (I do!!!) you know Kris Morningstar as the kooky, fun loving judge. He’s also the kick ass chef at Terrine and this 4th he’s manning the grill for a good-old-fashioned American barbecue. From 10:00 am to 1:00 am Terrine will be cooking up brisket with chimichuri, smoked pork ribs, pickle-brine fried chicken and swordfish brochettes. Wait there’s more! The kitchen will also be serving up comfort-food sides like spicy charred green beans, macaroni and cheese, potato salad and summer corn. At just $35, eating at one of LA’s hottest restaurants is a steal. God Bless America!

4. Le French Festival Starts

In a celebration of French artisans and culture in Los Angeles, Selavi Global and Canard Duchêne Champagne have teamed up to launch the brand new Le French Festival set to take place across Los Angeles from July 4th to 14th. The event will end with a closing night party produced by French Tuesdays on Bastille Day, July 14th at Riviera 31 at the Sofitel Hotel.

5. ‘Merica Fest

Angel City Brewery’s parking lot and new shed space will be transformed into a summertime backyard with lawn games, a beer garden and BBQ food trucks and firecracker pops from Si Paletas. The event is free!

7. July 4th Block Party At Grand Park

The Music Center will present Downtown LA’s largest July 4th celebration and light up the downtown sky with the 3rd Annual Grand Park’s Fourth of July Block Party. The free celebration will run from 3:00 pm to 9:30 pm and will take over all of Grand Park and it’s adjacent streets with DJs, musicians, dancers, jump rope experts, spoken word artists and more. Celebrants can also paint giant murals and enjoy a fireworks display shot from the rooftops around the park.

8. 4th of July Jazz On A Summer’s Day BBQ

What’s more American than Jazz? Hangout with the Cinefamily and celebrate freedom and our greatest American art form. Jazz On A Summer’s day will be screened plus a sneak preview of the once-banned premiere of IFC’s The Spoils Before Dying. Huge bonus of the day is the free-flowing barbecue, beer and live jazz on the patio.

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9. Fourth of July Americafest at the Rose Bowl

Take part in Americafest at the Rose Bowl and get down with tons of classic American food, a motorcycle stunt show and of course the world-renowned fireworks show at 9:00pm. The Rose Bowl will open at 2:00pm for the kiddos with inflatable rides, games and crafts. Folks are allowed to tailgaiting outside the stadium as well. Tickets are $13, kids under 5 get in free and military with an active ID can receive up to four free tickets!

10. OC Block Party

Taking place at Angel’s Stadium this massive party will have a huge lineup of food vendors a Hot Import Nights showcase of over 150 custom import cars and a firework show set to light up the OC sky at 9:45 pm.

11. CAAM’s July 4th Celebration at Twilight

The California African American Museum (CAAM) and Target Corporation presents a July 4th CAAM Celebration! With live performances and special guests, CAAM encourages the community to bring the entire family to the largest fireworks extravaganza in Los Angeles. There will be spots on their lawn for event goers to watch the sparkling fireworks show. The galleries will open for the holiday from 11:00 am to 6 pm. In addition at noon, local artist and educator, Teresa Toliver, will conduct an art workshop. The Special Evening Program with live performances starts at 6p.m. and fireworks begin at dusk. This event is free and open to the public.

12. Fireworks at the L.A. Coliseum

A day-long celebration at The Coliseum begins at noon with games, rides, live music and multiple food vendors on site. It’s free to get in, but parking is $10 during business hours. Alternatively, take METRO and save even more!

13. Redondo Beach 4th of July Fireworks

Hang out at Redondo Beach for their Second Annual Seaside Lagoon Independence Day Celebration. Reserve a table or grab a seat in the sand right under the fireworks show synced to patriotic music. There will also be reserved parking and shuttles, awesome kids activities, great local bands and restaurants, even a adorable Annual Kids Freedom Parade. My pick for a great family 4th!

14. Everything Else…

Need more ideas?

Check out this massive list of places in L.A. County that are having fireworks celebrations on the 4th.

Surely you can find something!

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