On Thursday, July 4, there is a major show inside Redondo Beach’s Seaside Lagoon which will be visible from the Pier and Harbor areas and will feature live music and all-day entertainment. With budget cuts canceling the traditional huge shows at Wilson Park in Torrance, the Redondo show will be one of the largest in the South Bay. The Redondo Beach Independence Day Celebration at Seaside Lagoon starts at 2:00 p.m. with many activities for kids and families including live bands, arts/crafts, workshops, water activities, dancing, food & beverage and more! Fireworks show will begin at 9:00 p.m., choreographed to patriotic music.
Torrance fireworks: The City of Torrance will be hosting a giant 4th of July fireworks show at the Toyota Sports Complex at the Torrance Civic Center. No tickets are required this year and it will be on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call the Community Services Office at (310) 618-2930. All other viewing areas will be 1st com, 1st serve. The street closures around the area will begin at 5:00 p.m. so plan accordingly. A map of the parking, launch location and more can be found here.
El Segundo fireworks: El Segundo’s annual all-day Fourth of July celebration will take place beginning at 10 a.m. in Recreation Park, 401 E. Sheldon St. There will be food, games, contests and music. Other Gundo-like festivities happen throughout the day in this small town, seaside hamlet: Hula Hoop contest, water-balloon toss, sack races, pie-eating contest, and watermelon-eating contest. Live music from 5:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. and the fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. To buy wristbands for grandstand seats and resident priority seating, call 310-524-2700.
Marina Del Rey fireworks: Marina del Rey’s firework show is back with a new budget thanks to donations from local sponsors. The roughly 20-minute show starts at 9 p.m. over the Main Channel. The pyrotechnic display will be choreographed to music that will be broadcast over KXLU-FM 88.9 and relayed over loudspeakers in Burton Chace Park. The park is at 13650 Mindanao Way (one block west of Admiralty Way) and Fisherman’s Village is at 13755 Fiji Way. To find out more about the show including some of the best spots to see the fireworks, check out their site.
San Pedro: The Port of Los Angeles sponsors the 69th Annual John Olguin July 4th Fireworks Spectacular at Cabrillo Beach, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive in San Pedro at 9:00 p.m. Information: 310-732-3568.
Carson: The LA Galaxy will host their 24th annual fireworks show, a 15-minute presentation set to music by DJ Vick One at StubHub Center, 18400 S. Avalon Blvd., Carson. 7:30 p.m. $26-$100. Show is after the Fourth of July match against D.C. Information: 877-342-5299, www.lagalaxy.com/tickets
RAT Beach fireworks are Cancelled: The Briles family previously hosted its privately funded fireworks show off the coast of RAT beach near Palos Verdes. After a hiatus, the show has been officially cancelled according to The Easy Reader, while lack of funding was the main issue.
Other Special Events
- The city of Manhattan Beach is throwing a pool party at Begg Pool for the kiddies from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. For more information, check out their page or feel free to contact Parks and Recreation Department at (310) 802-5448 or via email.
- Waterfront Fourth: Doubletree by Hilton hosts Fourth of July Celebration Waterfront Party at 2800 Via Cabrillo Marina in San Pedro. 5-10 p.m. Cost is $35 for adults, $15 for children under 12. Information and tickets, email@example.com.
- 4th of July Dog Parade being held at Eastview Park in Rancho Palos Verdes
- Ironman Triathlon:
The most unique event that makes July 4 so legendary around here is the HERMOSA BEACH IRONMAN competition. In this extreme athletic test, participants must run a mile, paddle a surfboard a mile and then consume a 6-pack of their favorite beer!
The first one to hold down their beverage(s) successfully wins, and you may want to keep your distance from the center of the action or you’re at risk of getting drenched. For pics of the event’s crazy action, check out the Ironman gallery. The action starts at approximately 9:00 a.m. and anyone over 21 is eligible to enter- just make sure you know that close to 1,000 spectators will be monitoring your skills. For those interested in participating, the Ironman is $20 and you will need to bring your own surfboard and 6-pack to join in. Keep in mind that alcohol fines are TRIPLED in Hermosa Beach on the 4th, and you will need to be very discreet if you choose to partake in the activities, especially soon after the Ironman.