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

You’re looking for things to do on 4th of July and Fireworks shows in Long Beach? Well, good news. This is just the list you’re looking for.

Still up in air the about how to celebrate our nation’s birthday this 4th of July? Long Beach will be chock-full of fireworks, parades,  block parties, and people blasting that Martina McBride song, “Independence Day.” (Fun fact: that song is actually about a lady murdering her abusive husband, so yeah, not the most patriotic song, but it certainly doesn’t stop people from loving the song come 4th of July.) 

If you’re new to 4th of July in Long Beach, here’s the drill for most of the city: heading to the bluff along Ocean Blvd early in the day and staking out a spot to hang out all day and watch the Queen Mary fireworks at 9PM. The area fills up fast, but I’ve arrived as late as 7pm 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.

There’s also a show on the other side of town on July 3rd around Alamitos Bay, so that area and around Bayshore and the Bay fills up by mid-afternoon as folks get off work and prepare for some picnicking. 

Folks used to love heading up to Signal Hill to see all the fireworks shows at once, and don’t get me wrong, it’s still popular. However, the City of Signal Hill has cracked down and closed the streets around the hill starting at 6pm on the 4th. So if you plan on heading there, get there early.

But, those are certainly not the only show in town for Independence Day, read on for all the haps this July 4th.

 In this post you can check out:

July 3rd Celebrations

July 4th Daytime Celebrations

July 4th Fireworks Shows

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July 3rd Celebrations

This year 4th of July falls on a Thursday, so July 3rd celebrations abound. Celebrate Independence Day eve and ditch the worry of waking up early after a long July 4th night.

The best spot to enjoy the fireworks is over Alamitos Bay. Enjoy dinner catered by Naples Rib Company. Celebrate Independence Day with family style dinner and dancing at Boathouse on the Bay!

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.

To catch the July 3rd fireworks show from the water, head to Gondola Getaway. 

Boats can accomodate up to 14 people. Chocolate covered strawberries will be for sale. As always, BYOB!

In honor of Independence Day, enjoy a program of patriotic music with vocalist Beck Martin and the Studio Band.

Celebrate 110 years of the Long Beach Municipal Band Come out with your family and friends for music under the stars. Bring a blanket, chairs and food and enjoy the sounds of big band, pop, jazz and more.

Join Prince Charters for a fun night of Fireworks with a cruise to Alamitos Bay.

The voyage begins at 7:00 pm in Huntington Harbour with a cruise through a calm harbor with exquisite views of the harbor and sunset. They will be serving BBQ pulled pork and chicken sliders with side dishes and desert buffet style while we cruise to Alamitos Bay.

Anchored in Alamitos Bay, enjoy spectacular views of the fireworks returning to Huntington Harbour around 11 pm.

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.

16th-annual: MORE THAN 500 kids expected in Justin Rudd’s “Great American 4th of July Kids Bike Parade” presented by Rudd’s nonprofit 501c3 “Community Action Team (CAT).”

• Kids patriotic speech contest, 9:40 a.m., free, register on-site
• Kids patriotic costume contest, 9:50 a.m., free, register on-site
• Bike parade, all ages, 10 a.m., free

– Bike Parade will start at the Granada Ave. boat launch ramp and head east down the bike path, cross the street at Ocean Blvd., and continue south on 54th Place and Bay Shore Drive, then U-turn at Second Street. 54th Place and Bay Shore Drive are closed to vehicles that morning.

Annual July 4th Parade Around Whaley Park

Get your Red, White and Blue ready!

Finish at the corner of San Anseline and Los Santos for donuts, lemonade, coffee and Los Altos neighborliness.


July 4th Bluff Heights Block Party

Come out and show your patriotic spirit and reconnect with old neighbors and friends, or meet some new ones. There will be old favorite activities like the cake walk and the dunk tank — plus there will be some new fun surprises.  

All Day:

Chili Tasting Contest (Meat & Vegetarian options) *
Patriotic Pools
Community Booth

Enter the Chili Contest by bringing a working large Crock Pot containing your Super Secret and Special Chili. Meat and Vegetarian options are welcome! Bring your chili early (12:00) to get the most votes!
Enter the Cake Walk by Baking/Bringing a Patriotic Cake

Bring your Beach Chair and Sunscreen!

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 4th of July Celebration aboard the Queen Mary!

Experience a red, white, and blue celebration like no other as live entertainment, family games, arts & crafts, special historic tours, and so much more fill the decks of the ship. To top off the night the Queen Mary will present its signature fireworks spectacular with the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. There is no better place to celebrate the 4th of July holiday than aboard the legendary Queen Mary. The event sells out each year, so get your tickets early to secure your spot in this All-American celebration!

All-American 4th of July is open to the entire family from 3pm-10pm.

Celebrate the Fourth of July with explosive Major League Soccer action as the LA Galaxy host Toronto FC, followed by one of the largest fireworks displays in Southern California.

Led by the one-and-only Zlatan Ibrahimović and the steady Daniel Steres, the Galaxy are looking to once again take the league by storm. Following the match, stick around for the annual 4th of July fireworks show, the longest consecutively running 4th of July fireworks show in professional sports.

Join the City of Cerritos and the Let Freedom Ring Committee at the 46th 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.

The City of Artesia is celebrating their 60th Anniversary, so this year’s Fourth of July Celebration is going to be bigger and better than ever!

They’ll have a mile run, a parade, games, contests, bands, fireworks, music, and more! The fun will last ALL DAY at Artesia Park, so bring your friends and family for the best Fourth of July party in town!

Enjoy a Fuego barbecue and stay for the Queen Mary fireworks this Independence Day celebration in Fuego at Hotel Maya on Wednesday, July 4 from 6-9 p.m.

Fuego will also present live music at the water’s edge.

The Fuego Fourth of July Barbecue and Fireworks costs $79.00 per adult and children, 13 and older; $33.00 for children, 12 and under; kids 5 and under feast for free; plus tax and gratuity. For Fourth of July reservations, which are strongly encouraged, please call 562-481-3910 or visit

Join about 15,000 patriotic locals for one of the best July 4 fireworks shows in So Cal! Food court, vendor booths…and King Salmon on the big stage from 4 – 6pm. Gates open 4pm, fireworks 9pm. And it’s free like you and me!

Enter through Lexington or Orangewood gates.

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:


Celebrate Independence Day with the red, white, and blue fish at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Experience the ambiance of the Aquarium at night, view the Long Beach fireworks, and enjoy some fresh grilled BBQ this Independence Day. Guests may enjoy the Aquarium during extended hours until 10:00 p.m.

Enjoy Best Views of the Fireworks in Long Beach and an All-American BBQ buffet overlooking Queen’s Bay.

Featuring Chef on the Grill with Sausages, Sliders, Hot Dogs, BBQ Ribs, Chicken, Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad, Apple Pie, Peach Cobbler, Corn on the Cob, Baked Beans and More!

Harbor Breeze Cruises is hosting their annual 4th of July Celebration on the waters of Long Beach Harbor. 

Observe the awe-inspiring firework displays. Start a new tradition and celebrate our nation’s independence from the water.

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