Independence Day. America’s Birthday. 4th of July. Whatever you call it, the biggest national holiday of the summer is right around the corner! While you could settle for the same old BBQ in the backyard, there are many different fun and exciting ways to celebrate 4th of July in Long Beach and surrounding areas. No matter what your celebration style is, there is something for everyone.
July 3rd – Big Bang on the Bay: 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Don’t want to stick to just one day to celebrate America’s Independence? Come to Boathouse on the Bay for an early celebration! This night features family style fun, music, dancing, aircraft flyovers, a sailing regatta, and more. Dinner is served from 6-8 pm and includes American favorites such as BBQ chicken and St. Louis Ribs. A full fireworks show over Los Alamitos Bay will start at 9 pm. Adult tickets start at $40 per person and proceeds benefit the ASK Foundation. For information and reservations, call 562.493.1100.
July 4th – Kids Bike Parade: 10 am – 11 am
Decorate your bike, wagons, and children and show off your stars and stripes as you ride in the annual bike parade in Belmont Shore. The parade starts at Granada Beach Parking Lot at 10am with a patriotic costume contest and bike parade awards ceremony to follow.
July 4th and 5th – Party on the Pier: Noon – 11 pm
Enjoy a Summer Beach Party presented by the Port of Long Beach and Alfredo’s Beach Club at the Belmont Veteran’s Memorial Pier. There will be live music, DJs, a food court, art and craft vendors, and beer & cocktails for guests 21 and over. This event also provides the perfect viewing spot for the nighttime fireworks shows. There will be a $10 entrance fee each day.
July 4th – Bluff Heights Block Party: Noon – 4:30 pm
Looking for some classic neighborhood fun, just like when you were a kid? Then the Bluff Heights Block Party is the place to be! Starting at 12pm on July 4th, Vista St (from Obispo to Orizaba) in Long Beach will be closed and transformed into the biggest block party in town. This event will have everything you can think of including a Patriotic Pooch and Bike Parade, watermelon eating contest, cake walk, dunk tank, dozens of games, and a huge potluck meal. This is an event that the whole family can enjoy.
“All-American 4th of July” at the Queen Mary: 2 pm – 10 pm
Stroll aboard the Queen Mary and visit your favorite era of Independence Day spanning from 1910 to the 2000’s. Listen to live music, dance, and be entertained by a vintage traveling circus, just to name a few features! It is sure to be a day filled with family fun actives. Tickets start at $44 for adults and $22 for children 11 and under. VIP tickets are available and include access to special themed parties like a 20’s Gatsby Garden, a 30’s Hush Hush Cotton Club, and a 2010 Country Themed Ranch Tailgate. End the night with a front-and-center viewing spot of Long Beach’s best firework extravaganza.
July 4th BBQ and Late Night at the Aquarium of the Pacific 5 pm – 10 pm
Red fish, blue fish…are you in the mood to spend your 4th of July under the sea? The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach is hosting a Independence Day BBQ, complete with a full menu featuring chicken, hot dogs, hanger steak, pulled pork sliders, several sides, salads, and traditional American desserts. This event also includes exclusive access to the aquarium at night, and with it’s prime location, you are sure to get a fish eye view of the fireworks show. The event opens at 5pm, with food being served from 6-8pm. Tickets are $59 for adults (12+) and $25 for children.
4th of July dinner at The Sky Room – 5:30 pm and 8 pm
The Sky Room in downtown Long Beach is offering a special 4th of July Dinner Celebration, including a three course meal, live music, and dancing. There are two seatings available for this event; the first at 5:30 and 6:00pm ($69 per person) and the second at 8:00 and 8:30pm ($89 per person). If you choose to attend the second sitting, each guest receives a complimentary glass of champagne during the Long Beach fireworks show at 9pm! The Sky Room provides a spectacular view of the Long Beach harbor, with opportunities to see all of the fireworks shows up and down the coast. Please call ahead for reservations.
July 4th Free Spots to see the fireworks in Long Beach
Shoreline Park – Located at Aquarium Way
Signal Hill Park – Located at 2175 Cherry Ave.
Bluff Park – Located at the intersection of Ocean Blvd. and Redondo Ave
July 3rd – 5th – 111th Huntington Beach 4th of July Celebration: 10 am – 11 pm
This year marks the 111th Annual Huntington Beach 4th of July Celebration, with their 2015 theme being “Sounds of Freedom”. Festivities start on July 3rd with the three-day long Pier Plaza festival. Only July 4th, there are many ways to celebrate such as the Lake Park breakfast, Surf City 5k, and of course the 4th of July Parade starting at 10am. Fireworks will start at 9pm at the Huntington Beach pier. With 1,300 rounds of fireworks over the course of 23 minutes, it’s a show you won’t want to miss!
July 4th – Joint Forces Training Base: 4 pm – 10 pm
Independence Day is a wonderful reminder to honor all of our servicemen and women. Come celebrate your holiday at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos for their 28th Annual Fireworks Spectacular! This event will feature a food court, vendors, a Kids Fun Zone, and even a WWII Reenactment. Festivities will take place on the airfield with the fireworks starting at 9pm. The event is free to attend, and only $5 per vehicle for parking. Please keep in mind that dogs, RVs, alcohol, and personal fireworks are strictly prohibited.
July 4th, 1776 was the day this great nation came to be. This year, we celebrate 239 years of independence, freedom, and America! With all of these local options and many more, your 4th of July is sure to be extraordinary. So break out the stars and stripes, and whatever you choose to do, remember to be safe and enjoy your holiday!