Best Last-Minute Things to do in LA for the 4th of July

The 4th of July is celebrated on a grand scale in Los Angeles but can definitely be strange whenever it falls on a weekday. Usually, Angelenos have the urge to go out on the weekend and will wait until the last minute to decide on going out during the week. If you’re on the fence about your plans for Independence Day, here are a few last-minute things to do for the 4th of July!

Give Into Pier Pressure!

Go on a last-minute adventure and see some fireworks at the Redondo Beach Pier. It’s free admission and parking will be a breeze with the Pavemint app! Whether you’re going with friends or having a romantic outing, bring blankets, towels, and snacks to make your evening comfortable. The fireworks will start at 9 pm, so if you decide to hit the pier last minute, you’ll still have a chance to see some epic fireworks.

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If you’re closer to Orange County, then stop by the Huntington Beach Pier. They have a Pier Plaza Festival from 9 am – 10 pm (YUM) and they’ll be topping off the evening with fireworks at 9 pm.

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Park it and Party!

If you’re looking to avoid the beach but still fighting for your right to partaaay, then head over to Grand Park, located at 227 N. Spring St. in Los Angeles. There, you’ll find a block party starting at 2 pm, and a display of fireworks at 8:30 pm. So if you want to start celebrating early with a picnic, dancing, game playing and/or art making (for all ages), this last-minute plan is ideal. Plus, even your dog (or cat, or goldfish, or iguana) can have fun at this pet-friendly event! Bork.

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Another park that will be starting the party early is Exposition Park. Join them for a free concert and festival from 12 pm to 9:15 pm. If you choose to see fireworks there as well, they start at 9:15 pm and will last for forty-five minutes.

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Rise To The Occasion!

Are you hoping to avoid big crowds but still see the lights bursting in air? Well, there are still a few places in Los Angeles with great views of fireworks, minus the crowds (shhh). One of the best is Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, located at 6300 Metzler Rd, Culver City, Ca 90232. If you decide to make the journey, be sure to wear comfortable sneakers because it’s a bit of a hike. Trust us though, it’s well worth it. From this vantage point, you’ll be able to see multiple shows around the city.

Universal City Overlook is another place to take advantage of seeing the sky light up this 4th of July. Located at 7701 Mulholland Drive, Studio City, CA, you can see the twinkling lights from the valley and a beautiful show of pyrotechnic lights. Bonus? This vantage point can be accessed without the hike– just remember to layer in preparation for that breeze.

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Backyard and Chill!

Why not call up a few friends and create a last minute potluck? After all, there’s no place like home! If you’re hoping to add some “pizzazz” to your party, grab some ultra-patriotic decor and don’t forget to bring some games. All grocery stores will be open on the 4th, so shopping shouldn’t be a problem but if you live in the city, be sure to check for road closures due to the events taking place.

If the backyard idea isn’t enough and you want something slightly above chill, then see if that one friend with a rooftop deck is doing anything for the night. Instant celebration beneath the stars!

Have more amazing 4th of July celebrations we should have included? Let us know how you celebrate red white and blue!

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