Santa Monica Fourth of July Activities for All Ages

Santa Monica Fourth of July celebrations — and those occurring throughout Los Angeles County — help rank this area among the best places to celebrate Independence Day. A famous Santa Monica Pier decked out with patriots, parties and fireworks: What’s not to love? If heading to southern California during holiday, here are some of the best Santa Monica Fourth of July events.

Santa Monica Fourth of July: Top Events for Fun and Entertainment

Santa Monica Fourth of July Parade

Drawing thousands to Main Street each year, this parade has become famous throughout the area for extravagant performers celebrating the country’s rich history. The event welcomes performers, civic groups, families, residents and businesses to join the fun and celebrate. All ages are welcome, and arrive before 9 a.m. for a good spot.

Jaws Outdoor Movie Event

Eat|See|Hear is an outdoor movie series presented by SHOWTIME. Their July Fourth movie shows at Santa Monica High School, with a food truck park opening at 5:30 p.m., providing a dinner and movie event. Come grab some grub, hear live music, then settle in for a classic suspense thriller. Jaws caters to audiences over the ages of 13 and parental guidance is recommended.

Santa Monica Farmers Market

Swing by the downtown market in the morning to pick up last minute items for a July 4th feast. Santa Monica oversees four farmers markets, and the Sunday market on Main Street draws big crowds. Shop fresh produce, fresh-made foods, hot items, full meals, and crafts. In addition to shopping, visitors enjoy kids’ activities and live music.

Fireworks Shows

Santa Monica Pier no longer hosts fireworks shows, but the one at Marina del Rey can be seen from many points throughout Santa Monica. Other area celebrations include the pre-holiday show at Santa Monica College, and festivities in Pacific Palisades, Culver City and Hollywood Bowl.

Mr. and Ms. Muscle Beach

This Venice Beach body building competition ranks as an area and occurs during the July 4th holiday. Visitors enjoy live entertainment, big muscles and action-packed competitions.

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