Fourth of July celebrations in Southern California are returning to their traditional, in-person formats this year. Here are 22 Independence Day-related events taking place around the region. Events are on July 4 unless noted.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY
AmericaFest Celebration at the Rose Bowl: The 96th annual Independence Day celebration will feature a 30-minute performance by TNT Freestyle Motocross and a performance by country singer Drake Milligan. Tickets are $20-$40 plus fees; parking is $45. People buying tickets to the Palamino Festival at the Rose Bowl on July 9 can get a free ticket to AmericaFest. Doors open at 5:30 pm, show begins at 7. 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena. rosebowlstadium.com
Council member Bob Blumenfield’s July 4th Extravaganza: Organizers expect more than 60,000 people to turn out in Woodland Hills for a free concert by The Convertibles followed by fireworks. 6-9:30 p.m. Warner Center Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. valleycultural.org
The Second 4th of July: Two events will take place at Recreation Park on July 4. Daytime activities from 10 am to 3 pm will include a hula hoop contest, balloon toss, sack races, pie-eating contest, watermelon-eating contest and food trucks. The evening event, 5-9 pm, will feature music, food booths and more. 401 Sheldon St., El Segundo. elsecond.org
Grand Park’s Fourth of July Block Party: The largest Independence Day gathering in LA County returns in-person this year, covering six city blocks with DJs and performers on two stages and interactive multi-media artworks. A massive fireworks display concludes the evening. 4-9 p.m. Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. grandparkla.org.
Hollywood Bowl July 4th Fireworks Spectacular with Steve Martin & Martin Short: The two comedians and stars of Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building” will perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Martin’s band the Steep Canyon Rangers. 7:30 p.m. July 2-4; 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. $21-$305. hollywoodbowl.com
La Verne 4th of July festivities: The holiday will begin with a pancake breakfast at 6:30 am at La Verne Methodist Church ($7 per person). The annual parade, this year with the theme “Home Sweet Home” starts rolling at 10 am at 10th and D streets. A fireworks show will cap things off at Bonita High School at 7 pm 3102 D St., La Verne. cityoflaverne.org
Pacific Palisades July 4 Celebration: The city’s 74th annual Independence Day festivities begin with a 5K run/walk and 10K run at 8:15 am and a half-mile Kids Fun Run at 9:30. A squadron of World War II-era plans will fly over at 2 pm followed by a parade Via de la Paz and Sunset Boulevard. The parade will include contests for best-decorated kids’ bikes and patriotic pups. The day will conclude with a concert and fireworks show at Palisades Charter High School starting at 6:30 pm Tickets for the concert and fireworks show are $10 for adults, free for children 6 and under. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 15777 Bowdoin St., Pacific Palisades. palisades4th.com.
Rancho Palos Verdes July Fourth Celebration: Families can enjoy carnival rides and games, pony rides, food trucks and other activities. Live music will include the Palos Verdes Symphonic Band and Fleetwood Mac tribute act Mirage. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., RPV Civic Center, 30940 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes. rpvca.gov
Pitch Country Fair: From 9 am to 3 pm, enjoy free festivities such as live entertainment, a kiddie parade, dog parade, classic car parade and food and merchandise booths. Swimming at the plunge will be available starting at noon for $3. City Hall Park, 401 S. Brea Blvd., Brea. www.ci.brea.ca.us
Huntington Beach 4th of July Celebration: What is billed as the largest Independence Day celebration west of the Mississippi began in 1904 and continues this year with four days of events. The Pier Plaza Festival with rides and vendors will take place July 1-4 at Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway. The Surf City 5K will kick off at 7a.m. July 4. The city’s famous parade returns this year in its traditional form and will roll down PCH and up Main Street starting at 10 am July 4. www.hb4thofjuly.org
Independence Day on the Back Bay: Gates open at 8 am at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort for a full day of fun and recreation. Visitors can buy grub from a fleet of food trucks, play lawn games such as giant Jenga or Bean Bag Toss and rent kayaks, pedal boats, stand-up paddleboards or Duffy Boats to cruise around the bay. The day ends with a fireworks show at 9 pm Event is free, but advance-purchase parking is $100; parking will also be available on July 4 and in a remote unpaved lot for $50. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach. www.newportdunes.com
July 4 Spectacular: The Music of Queen: Windborne Music will perform hits such as “We Are the Champions” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” with the Pacific Symphony. The program will begin with the symphony performing a set of patriotic music. 8 p.m. July 4, FivePoint Amphitheatre, 14800 Chinon Drive, Irvine. $39-$119. www.pacificsymphony.org
Los Alamitos Joint Armed Forces Training Base: The 35th annual 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular begins at 4 pm with food and merchandise vendors, music, a beer garden and fireworks at 9 pm Attendance is free; adults must have a photo ID to enter. www.cityoflosalamitos.org/recreation
4th of July Star Spangled Parade, Old Town Temecula: The annual parade will proceed down Old Front Street, from the south arch to the north arch. Festivities will continue at Ronald Reagan Sports Park, 30875 Rancho Vista Road, Temecula, starting at 2 pm. with a Kids Fun Zone, food vendors and music, ending with a fireworks show at 9 pm temeculaca.gov.
Main Street USA Parade, Corona: The annual parade, which runs along Main Street from Ontario Avenue to Olive Street, commences at 9 am Entertainment will start at 5 pm at Santana Regional Park, 598 Santana Way, with food vendors and music, culminating in a fireworks show after dark. Parking at the park is $10 in advance, $20 day-of. Free parking will be available, but there won’t be shuttles. coronaca.gov.
Moreno Valley Fourth of July Activities: The city’s parade will run from 9:30 am to noon, starting at Frederick Street and Alessandro Road and proceeding north on Frederick Street and west on to Towngate Boulevard. A Family FunFest will follow at Civic Center Amphitheater, 14705 Frederick St., from 2 to 9:30 pm with a beer garden FunZone and live bands, culminating in a fireworks show at 9.
Party in the Park, Lake Elsinore: The Kids Bike Parade will get rolling at 10:30 am Low-cost food will be offered by the Lake Elsinore Rotary Club. Event runs 10 am-noon. Summerly Park, 18505 Malaga Road, Lake Elsinore. Fireworks will be set off at the south end of the lake starting at 9 pm
San Jacinto Independence Day Celebration: The city’s parade starts the day at 9 am along Main Street followed by a street festival from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm Festivities include food and merchandise vendors and a performance by the band Midnight Ride. www.sanjacintoca.gov
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY
4th of July Fireworks Spectacular and Concert: LoanMart Field at the Rancho Cucamonga Epicenter will be the venue for a concert followed by fireworks. The stadium opens at 5:30 pm, music starts at 6:15. Tickets are $15 for individual seats or $125 for a table of four. 8408 Rochester Ave., Rancho Cucamonga. cityofrc.us
Big Bear Lake Independence Day Faire and Arts & Crafts Show: The 28th annual celebration in the mountains begins at 11 am with vendors selling home and garden decor, candles, toys and vintage clothing. Kids can enjoy a bounce house, arts and crafts activities and a balloon artist while grown-ups can take in the beer garden. The Convention Center, 42900 Big Bear Blvd. bigbearevents.com
Chino Hills Independence Celebration: Families can enjoy musical performances, strolling entertainment, games and an eating contest. Vendors will offer food and games. Music by the tribute band Petty and the Heartshakers. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Veterans Park, 14877 Eucaplytpus Ave. chinohills.org
Light up the Night: The City of Upland hosts this celebration at Cable Airport. Gates open at 5:30 pm with live entertainment from tribute band Electric Vinyl with food vendors, a Kids’ Zone and beer garden. Fireworks at 9. Attendees can bring chairs, blankets, coolers, food and non-alcoholic beverages; pets, fireworks, grills, drones or laser pointers are not permitted. Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the gate. 1749 W. 13th St., Upland. uplandca.gov.