Can you think of a better place to be for a National Holiday than the Los Angeles area with its beaches, fresh fruits and vegetables, and endless list of world famous attractions? We sure can’t! The Santa Monica 4th of July celebrations, and those taking place throughout LA County put this area on the top of the list for places to enjoy Independence Day. Don’t miss the opportunity to check out the famous Santa Monica Pier when it is decked out with patriots ready to laud their nation’s achievements over the last 239 years of its independence. Known for its party culture, the LA area is the perfect place to get down with America this year!
Here are some of the best Santa Monica 4th of July events to check out while in town.
- Santa Monica 4th of July Parade
Drawing thousands of spectators each year to Main Street, Santa Monica, this parade has become famous throughout the area for its extravagant performers celebrating the United States of America’s rich history. Whether you’re traveling with little ones or not, this is a show worth catching and will take place in the morning on Saturday, July 4th.
- Jaws Outdoor Movie Event
Eat|See|Hear is an outdoor movie series presented by SHOWTIME. Their 4th of July movie will be showing at Santa Monica High School, with a food truck park opening at 5:30 for the ultimate dinner and a movie event. Come grab some delicious grub, hear some live music, and settle in for a classic oceanside thriller. Tickets for the night out are $12 in advance, or $14 at the door.
- Santa Monica Farmers Market
Serendipitously falling on one of the four days a week when you can find a farmers market in Santa Monica, swing by the Downtown market in the morning to pick up last minute provisions for your epic 4th of July grill feast!
The Santa Monica Pier no longer hosts their own fireworks show, but there is one close by at Marina del Rey that can be seen from many points throughout Santa Monica. Whether you want to brave the crowds and get close, or find a neighbors rooftop or boat to watch from, this annual show over the water is always epic. Get all the parking and closure info here.
- Mr. & Ms. Muscle Beach
A typical Venice Beach event, this body building competition is another 4th of July tradition in the area and is held at this quintessential LA beach just south of Santa Monica. This is a great source of entertainment where you will witness a unique aspect to the area’s culture – big muscles!
If you’re planning a trip to celebrate a Santa Monica 4th of July, check out these vacation rentals in the area that will give you the freedom you would have if you were at home. Whether you’re in Malibu, Laguna Beach or some another coveted town in this gorgeous area, the events will be endless, and the party unending. Don’t miss the opportunity to soak up a Santa Monica 4th of July!