Family-Friendly 4th of July in and Around Long Beach

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July 3rd Celebrations

Especially with 4th of July falling smack-dab in the middle of the week on a Wednesday this year, July 3rd celebrations abound. So celebrate Independence Day eve and ditch the worry of waking up early after a long July 4th night.

Band on the Sand is the ultimate beach party to celebrate 4th of July eve in Seal Beach. Taking place on July 3rd with tons of live music, entertainment, kids area and more, admission to Band on The Sand is free of charge. There is also an opportunity to purchase VIP tables complete with a decorating contest.

A long-standing 4th of July traditions: Alamitos Bay Fireworks on July 3rd. This is closer to the Belmont Shore side of the world, and the beaches fill up early. If you want a good spot, we recommend getting there by at least 3pm (though the truly hardcore camp out there starting first thing in the morning).

To do it up big for the Alamitos Bay Fireworks show on July 3, head to Boathouse on the Bay (though you’ll need reservations) for the Big Bang on the Bay Block Party!

Block Party Seating is $50/person (Kids 10 & Under $30) Visit for block party tickets!

To catch the July 3rd fireworks show from the water, head to Harbor Breeze Cruises.

Observe the awe-inspiring firework displays. Start a new tradition and celebrate our nation’s independence from the water on one of their beautiful boats.

Don’t miss the pageantry and entertainment that leads up to Norwalk’s spectacular fireworks display. Music, games, and food booths open at 6 p.m., followed by the fireworks display that begins promptly at 9 p.m.

July 4th Celebrations

Go for it and skip ahead if you’re looking for the fireworks, this portion of the list is all about the daytime activities going down on Independence Day.

All residents of Bluff Heights are invited to the Annual July 4th Block Party on E Vista (between Orizaba and Obispo) on Wednesday, July 4 from Noon – 4:30pm to kick off the summer. Some of your old favorite activities will be there — like the cake walk and the dunk tank — plus there will be some new fun surprises. 

Bring your bikes, strollers, or yourself decorated in red white and blue! Follow your neighborhood drummers around Whaley Park. Meet at the corner of Whaley Park and San Anseline.

Celebrate Independence Day and ride your decorated bike along the Shoreline Bike Path in the 4th of July Bike Parade. Contests for patriotic speech and costume and watermelon seed spitting are part or the fun.

July 4th Fireworks Shows

This is what you came here for. I’ll be honest, though the Queen Mary fireworks show is one of the best in the Southland, in our immediate vicinity there aren’t a ton of other options.

It’s an All-American summer aboard the Queen Mary. Tickets are $44, but if you’re willing to spring for it, it’s the best seat in the house for fireworks. Enjoy live entertainment, family games, arts & crafts, special historic tours and a patriotic theatrical movie in the Queen Mary Theatre and so much more fill the decks of the legendary ship.

With that said, it sure seems like 99% of Long Beach catches this show from the bluff along Ocean Blvd. Ocean fills up fast, but I’ve arrived as late as 8pm before and still got a decent place to stand and view the fireworks. If you’re looking to picnic and make a day of it, get there early.

Los Alamitos Fireworks Celebration gates open at 4 p.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m. Go for the food court, booths and more.

Join the City of Cerritos and the Let Freedom Ring Committee at the 45th Annual Let Freedom Ring Celebration. The celebration will be held at the Cerritos Civic Center and includes food trucks, game booths, rides, and entertainment. The evening will culminate with a fireworks show at Cerritos High School at 9 PM.

This may be even more popular than the Queen Mary show, and it does get packed. Click on the event listing for a runthrough of the best way to stake out a spot for the Huntington fireworks show.

A day of Summer fun at Artesia Park culminating in a fireworks show at 9pm.

Sponsored by the Port of Los Angeles and hosted by the Cabrillo Beach Boosters, this FREE all day celebration by the shore features music, family activities, a food truck festival, and culminates in a spectacular firework show at 9 p.m. on Cabrillo Beach. Admission is free.

Several waterfront businesses do special events on 4th of July to offer good seats for the fireworks show. A few happening on the Long Beach waterfront this 4th of July are:


More Long Beach Summer Happenings

We’ve got an entire bucket list of family-friendly Summer activities for you with #nobummersummer!

Coming July 7, we’re hosting a Character Breakfast in Long Beach for your kiddos to meet their favorite characters!


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