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10 Things to Do Over Fourth of July Weekend 2017 in Los Angeles

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Updated: 8 June 2017
Independence Day occurs on a Tuesday in 2017, meaning many will stretch out the long weekend. Los Angeles is flush with a variety of celebrations, fireworks spectaculars, auto shows and even the unveiling of a new piece of public art. Here are 10 things Angelenos can do to celebrate the Fourth of July this year.
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Hollywood Red White & Brew Pub Crawl

Saturday, July 1st

California Nightlife is hosting a Fourth of July weekend pub crawl throughout several of Hollywood’s most popular watering holes. Each will feature specials, including $2 drafts, half-off cocktails, and $4 shots. To participate, guests must buy a ticket and then check in at The Outpost between 5–10 p.m. Then, use a map to find the participating locations. The crawl is 21+, of course, and guests should take public transit, walk or use a taxi service or rideshare app. Tickets are $4.

The Outpost, 1624 N Cahuenga Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 464 7678

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July 4th Fireworks Spectacular with Pentatonix

July 2nd, 3rd & 4th

A cappella act Pentatonix will perform with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for three nights in a row, each night beginning at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature patriotic songs and a fireworks show. Tickets are $7 and up, with kids 12 and younger half-off.

The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 850 2000

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9th Annual Port of Los Angeles Cars & Stripes Forever

Friday, June 30th

The Port of Los Angeles will host an annual celebration of classic and exotic cars, boasting over 100 cars made prior to 1971. Other festivities include live music, food trucks, a beer garden and a spectacular fireworks show. The events kick off at 5 p.m. Free admission.

Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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See a Dodgers game

Tuesday, July 4th

The Dodgers play the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday, July 4th. They’re offering a special ticket package that includes a 4th of July-themed Dodgers T-shirt, and there will be fireworks following the game. The event begins at 5 p.m., and fans are encouraged to wear “red, white and Dodger blue.”

Dodger Stadium, 1000 Vin Scully Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 866 363 4377

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L.A. Freedom Festival

Tuesday, July 4th

A new piece of public art is coming to Los Angeles on the 4th. At 6:30 p.m., the Freedom Sculpture will be unveiled to the public at Santa Monica Boulevard and Century Park East. According to event organizers, artist Cecil Balmond designed the crowd-funded sculpture that was “inspired by the humanitarian ideals of freedom, respect for cultural diversity and inclusiveness that originated with Cyrus the Great of Persia 2,500 years ago and which have been enshrined in the U.S. Constitution for all by the Founding Fathers.” The celebration will feature food, live music, lectures and more. Free admission. Learn more about the sculpture in the video below.

The Freedom Sculpture, 10000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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4th of July Block Party

Tuesday, July 4th

Downtown L.A.’s Grand Park will host a free Independence Day party featuring music, food, and fireworks. The event begins at 2 p.m., with fireworks to commence at 9 p.m. Guests may purchase food on-site or bring a picnic basket, but be advised that this is a family-friendly, alcohol-free event.

Grand Park, 200 N Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 231 972 8080

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Wicked Delight July 4th Cookout and Pool Party

Tuesday, July 4th

Skybar at Mondrian in West Hollywood is hosting a rooftop pool party and BBQ. BOT, Strange Club, Left/Right and Adam Auburn will join DJ Will Clarke for a full day of poolside fun from 1–7 p.m. Tickets start at $25.

Skybar at Mondrian, 8440 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 848 6025

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Cinespia

Tuesday, July 4th

Catch a favorite film with a fireworks show at Cinespia, the seasonal outdoor movie series taking place at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. On Independence Day, the movie of choice is action favorite Jurassic Park. Feel free to bring along snacks and dress up to take advantage of Cinespia’s ever-creative photo booth. Doors open at 7:15 p.m., and the movie begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $35. If dinos aren’t your thing, there will also be fireworks following July 1st’s screening of Dirty Dancing (1987).

Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 469 1181

Cinespia | © Kelly Lee Barrett / Cinespia.org

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AmericaFest

Tuesday, July 4th

The Pasadena Rose Bowl presents the 91st annual AmericaFest, a full day of family-friendly activities beginning at 2 p.m. Food, music, and entertainment goes on all day, all culminating in a fireworks show at night. Tickets are $15.

Rose Bowl Stadium, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, CA, USA, +1 626 577 3100

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Summer Kickoff

Monday, July 3rd

If having the 4th of July off means you’d rather stay out late on a Monday, Avalon Hollywood is throwing a “Pre 4th of the July Summer KickOff.” Avalon’s three separate rooms play a mix of hip-hop and EDM, and bottle service is available for those who desire it. Doors open at 9 p.m., and the party continues to 3 a.m. Admission is free for 21+ before 11 p.m., and $10 before 10:30 p.m. for those 19+. Pay at the door.

Avalon Hollywood, 1735 N Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 818 447 8427