June 29, 2016

Family Friendly Fourth: your guide to family friendly 4th of July events in Southern California

California travel guide family friendly fourth of July events in Southern California

There are lots of family friendly events happening this Fourth of July in Southern California! We’ve listed a few of our top picks, from North to South along the Southern California coast! Find your location, and take a look!


Events in Los Angeles County:

AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl Stadium:
July 4th marks the 90th annual Americafest at the Rose Bowl Stadium. This event is going to be huge, and includes one of the largest fireworks displays in Southern California, as well as lots of food, music, and games for kids.

The Rose Bowl parking lot opens at 9:00 AM. Plan your visit and find more info on the Rose Bowl Stadium website .

4th of July Block party at Grand Park:

For a thoroughly LA experience, check out the Block Party at Grand Park. Admission is free, and parking is just $10. Food trucks, live music, and of course a lively fireworks display make the block party a fun, laid back way to celebrate.

Grand Park enforces a lot of regulations to make sure this event stays safe for everyone. Take a look at the rules and start planning here .

All American 4th of July at the Queen Mary:
Not only does the historic Queen Mary offer a spectacular view of a giant fireworks extravaganza, but on July 4th the Queen Mary will also be a hub of family fun including carnival games, face painting, hula lessons, line dancing, and more!

Plan your visit and find more information on the Queen Mary Website .

4th of July BBQ at The Aquarium of the Pacific:
Hang up your apron and let the Aquarium of the Pacific take care of the grilling while you enjoy an evening of ocean exploration! The Aquarium not only offers delicious 4th of July dining and incredible aquarium exhibits, but also has a great view of the Queen Mary 4th of July fireworks!

More information and tickets available here .


Events in Orange County:
The 112th Huntington Beach 4th of July Celebration:
Since 1904 the Huntington Beach 4th of July parade has been a favorite local event in Orange County. The parade has been called one of the largest and oldest of its kind, and the fireworks on the beach, a 23 minute spectacular display, attract hundreds of thousands of spectators!

More info on the Surf City celebration here .

Disneyland Fireworks
Of course, Disneyland puts on breathtaking fireworks displays all year round, so you can be sure that when you visit for the 4th of July you’re in for quite a show! The park will also feature patriotic live musical entertainment all throughout the weekend.

More details on the Disneyland Website .

4th of July at Newport Beach:
Newport Beach has too many family friendly 4th of July activities for us to pick just one! Take a Fireworks dinner cruise, watch the Old Glory Boat Parade, or watch the fireworks at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort!

Take a look at the local events and plan your day here .

Dana Point Harbor July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza:
In Dana Point you’ll see one of South Orange County’s best aerial fireworks displays synchronized to a musical score broadcasted on KSBR 88.5 FM. The event is free, so bring a picnic, reserve a spot in one of the local parks, and relax!

Find more info here .

Events in San Diego County:

Red White and Boom at Legoland:
Enjoy a kid-friendly day of colorful fun at LEGOLand accented by additional 4th of July activities and games. The celebration lasts from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM with fireworks at 8:30.

See more and start planning here .

Big Bay Boom:
The Annual Big Bay Boom is officially the largest fireworks display in the county with fireworks launched from four barges out on the North San Diego Bay. Fireworks can be viewed from anywhere along the bay, and the reflection of the colors and lights on the waters of the bay make the display twice as awesome!

See pictures and start planning here .

Old Town 4th of July:
If your family vacation includes young travelers with an early bedtime, or little ones who think fireworks are scary, your family will love the mid-day celebration in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. This free event lasts from 11 AM to 4:00 PM and includes games, dancing, and a parade.

More Resources:
If you're planning a beachy 4th of July for the family, make sure to take a look at our Southern California Beach Guide ! It's full of recommendations for the best local beaches and beach tips to make your beach day a success!

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