What to Do: Firework shows and celebrations in Long Beach
Big Bang on the Bay: Enjoy a family style celebration on July 3rd from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Boathouse on the Bay. There will be a full bbq dinner, dancing, a firework show and more! Get details and tickets here.
Lakewood 4th of July Parade: The parade starts at 10:00 a.m. at Lakewood Blvd. and Cambria Ave.
All American 4th of July on the Queen Mary: Beginning at 2:00, the Queen Mary will turn into a Coney Island style carnival and circus. There will also be a Nashville themed tailgate, a Hollywood party, and a spectacular firework show.
Great American 4th of July Kids Bike Parade and 5k: In addition to the parade at 1 Granada Ave., there will be a patriotic speech contest as well as a costume contest.
July 4th Late Night & BBQ at the Aquarium of the Pacific: Enjoy a special night time view of the aquarium, a BBQ dinner, and a prime view of the firework show at the Queen Mary.
Party on the Pier: Enjoy live music, dancing, food, drinks, and more at the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier on Saturday and Sunday.
Where to Watch the Show for Free:
You don’t have to be aboard the Queen Mary to witness the beautiful firework show. Pack a picnic, blankets, and watch the sky light up from a prime viewing spot in Long Beach. Here are some of the best places to watch from:
- Shoreline Village
- Bluff Park
- Belmont Pier
- Alamitos Bay
Have fun, but stay safe
If you live in Long Beach you don’t need to travel far to enjoy stellar 4th of July festivities. However, the long holiday weekend is a time that’s notorious for accidents occurring. Stay safe this year by following a few extra safety precautions.
- Fireworks are illegal in Long Beach, so first and foremost, DO NOT attempt to set off your own. Leave it to the professionals and enjoy the show from a safe distance.
- According to the National Fire Protection Association fireworks caused an estimated 15,600 fires in the U.S. in 2013. Given California’s current drought conditions, this risk is only amplified.
- Though sparklers are legally allowed in some parts of California, it is extremely important to be careful when using them. In 2014, the majority of firework related injuries were a result of sparklers.
- If you plan on lighting sparklers, don’t point them at yourself or others and don’t let children handle their own
- Drink safely. If you plan on enjoying adult beverages, please drink responsibly. Remember, drinking and driving a boat is just as dangerous as drinking and driving a motor vehicle.
- Spending time at the beach or pool is a popular 4th of July activity. If you plan on doing so, limit the risk of drowning accidents by following standard water safety practices: Use life jackets, monitor children, drink responsibly, and keep a first aid kit on hand.
- Grilling is also a popular 4th of July festivity. Before you get your grill on, check for gas leaks and set up away from buildings, branches, and outdoor equipment that could catch fire.
- Expect a lot of traffic over the weekend. Allow more time than usual to get to your destination and be extra cautious while driving.