19 Fabulous Events Happening in Southern California This July 4th Week

Nile Rodgers and Chic headline the Hollywood Bowl's July 4th Fireworks Spectacular. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)

Celebrate the 4th of July with music, fireworks and holiday-themed film screenings. The Anime Expo rolls into town, too, with concerts and afterparties.

TUESDAY, JULY 2; 4 - 8 p.m.
Free Family Night
Kidspace Children's Museum — 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena
Make art and music by playing rhythm in a "found object" band, build a simple instrument and listen to the Pasadena Conservatory of Music's Brass Trio presentation of "The Maestro Plays" at 6 p.m. in the Stone Hollow Amphitheater.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, JULY 3; 4:30 p.m.
Brownies & Lemonade Block Party LA
Shrine Expo Hall + Grounds — 665 W. Jefferson Blvd., University Park
Get ready to dance into the weekend. The multi-stage lineup includes live DJ sets from Baauer B2B Party Favor, Cosmo's Midnight, Getter: Visceral, Manila Killa B2B Chet Porter, Medasin, Moksi, Nina Las Vegas and from the Brownies & Lemonade All Stars. The event also features food vendors, games, art and merchandise for sale. The event is 18+.
COST: Tickets start at $29 - $60; MORE INFO

The Thomas Jefferson (a madeira Manhattan) at the Rebellion Bar, a July 4th pop-up. (Rebellion Bar)

WEDNESDAY, JULY 3 - SATURDAY, JULY 6
Fourth of July Pop-Up Bar: Rebellion Bar
Rebellion Bar — 7276 Melrose Ave., Fairfax
If it's part of your patriotic duty to raise a glass to pur country's founders, then check out this secret hideout dedicated to the American Revolution. Located next to Severance Wine Bar, the pop-up features champagne, beer, punches and wine-based cocktails along with re-imagined American favorites from BBQ to Apple Pie. The bar also screens patriotic movies (Independence Day, Die Hard) through the run. Tickets include a cocktail or sparkling wine or beer flight.
COST: Tickets: $20; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, JULY 3; 5 p.m. doors
Otaquest Live
The Novo — 800 W Olympic Blvd., downtown L.A.
Showcasing some of the biggest names from Japan's music industry and club scene, the lineup includes m-flo, CAPSULE, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, HIROOMI TOSAKA and CrazyBoy. Stay for the afterparty, which starts at 10 p.m. (but additional tickets required).
COST: $40 - $250, $30 for the afterparty; MORE INFO

Cinespia screens 'Mad Max: Fury Road' and 'E.T.' (Courtesy of Cinespia)

WEDNESDAY, JULY 3 - THURSDAY, JULY 4; 9 p.m.
Cinespia Celebration Screenings
Hollywood Forever Cemetery — 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood
What better holiday than the 4th of July to watch Mad Max: Fury Road (which screens on Wednesday) and E.T. (on Thursday)? Each night ends with a fireworks display. Complimentary Aperol Spritz cocktails will be available to those 21+ while supplies last.
COST: $38; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, JULY 3; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial Re-Dedication
Fort Pioneer Memorial Monument — 451 N. Hill St., downtown L.A.
The memorial is the largest bas relief military monument in the U.S. sitting on the site it commemorates. Originally dedicated in 1958, the memorial includes a terra-cotta wall, an 80-foot waterfall and a pylon/flagpole. The wall depicts scenes of the L.A. settlement after the Mexican-American War.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, JULY 3; 8 - 11 p.m.
Yankee Doodle Dandy
Sierra Madre Playhouse — 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre
The playhouse inaugurates a screening series, Off the Screen @ SMP, that shows films related to its live mainstage productions. During the current run of Dames at Sea, an homage to movie musicals of the 1930s and 1940s, watch the patriotic Warner Bros. black-and-white 1942 film starring James Cagney as Broadway legend George M. Cohan, who wasresponsible for songs like "Yankee Doodle Dandy," "You're a Grand Old Flag" and "Over There." Dames at Sea ends its run on Aug. 3.
COST: $10; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JULY 4; 7 a.m.
Surf City Run 5K
Worthy Park — 17th and Main Sts., Huntington Beach
Get an early start on July 4th with a family 5K run/walk. If the kiddies can't run 3.1 miles, there are separate races for humans 6 years and under (0.5 miles) and ages 7 to 12 (1 mile).
COST: $20 - $40; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JULY 4; 12 - 6 p.m.
4th of July Pool Party
The Standard, Hollywood — 8300 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
Swim, dance and drink on the Fourth at a party hosted by Billy Francesca, Lina Bradford, Derek Monteiro and Dr. Annie Biotixx. The event is 21+.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JULY 4 - SUNDAY, JUNE 7
Anime Expo
Los Angeles Convention Center — 201 S. Figueroa St., downtown L.A.
The largest anime and manga convention in North America returns to showcase Japanese art and culture. AX features film and TV screenings, workshops, art, gaming, karaoke, a fashion show, comics, cosplay and music performances.
COST: $35 - $126; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JULY 4; 6 - 8 p.m.
2019 Summer of Music on The Redondo Beach Pier
Redondo Beach Pier —100 Fisherman's Wharf, Redondo Beach
The summer concert series kicks off with indie rock from South Bay band Big Mess. The music is followed by a fireworks display, beginning at 9 p.m. The other concerts in the series take place on Thursdays and Saturdays through Aug. 31.
COST: FREE, but July 4 parking is $20 flat rate; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JULY 4; 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Brea Country Fair
City Hall Park — 401 S. Brea Blvd., Brea
Start the day with a Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at 7 a.m. followed by the Brea Ministerial Association Morning Service. For those who want to sleep in, head to the fair when it opens at 10 a.m. with live entertainment, kiddie parade, food, games, exhibits and a craft marketplace.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

Grand Park + The Music Center's 4th of July Block Party takes over downtown L.A. (Courtesy of Grand Park/The Music Center)

THURSDAY, JULY 4; 3 - 9:30 p.m.
Grand Park + The Music Center's 4th of July Block Party
Grand Park — 200 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A. (specific entrances on Hill, and 1st and 2nd streets)
L.A. County's largest free July 4th party spans six city blocks. Attendees can bring picnics (or buy from food trucks and vendors), listen to music, dance and end the night by watching the largest fireworks display in DTLA, which launches from the rooftop of The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Boogaloo Assassins headlines the music lineup. New this year: A 75-foot ferris wheel with great views of the city (tickets required).
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JULY 4; 6:30 - 11 p.m.
Red, White & Boom Party
Whiskey Red's — 13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey
Watch fireworks in MDR while enjoying BBQ and listening to live music (starting at 7 p.m.). To keep things interesting, the restaurant holds eating contests throughout the night. The buffet includes BBQ pork ribs, brisket and mac n' cheese. There are also drink specials.
COST: $35 - $75 for patio seating, $25 - $55 for inside seating; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JULY 4; 2 - 9:30 p.m.
Americafest
Rose Bowl Stadium — 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena
Before SoCal's largest fireworks display begins at 9 p.m., you can tailgate, play in the Family Fun Zone and watch TNT Freestyle Motocross, Apollo 11: The Immersive Live Show, SoCal VoCals and Disney's DCappella live Lion King performance.
COST: GA tickets start at $15. children 5 and younger are admitted for free; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JULY 4; 12 p.m.
Red Dawn / Rocky IV
The New Beverly — 7165 Beverly Blvd., Fairfax
This July 4th double feature starts with the screening of Red Dawn, a 1984 film about a Soviet invasion of America. Directed by John Milius, the film stars Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Charlie Sheen, Lea Thompson and Jennifer Grey. At 2:25 p.m., Rocky Balboa fights on behalf of the U.S. against cold war villain Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren).
COST: $10 (for the double feature; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JULY 4; 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
INSANIME Night Festival
Belasco Theater — 1050 S. Hill St., downtown L.A.
After a day at the Anime Expo, head to an afterparty with dancing and plenty of video games.
COST: Tickets start at $30; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JULY 4; 3 - 10 p.m.
All-American 4th of July Celebration & Royal Rendezvous
The Queen Mary — 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach
The ship-wide event offers multiple stages of live entertainment, family-friendly activities, patriotic-themed food and a vintage aircraft flyover. The night ends with a spectacular fireworks display that starts at 9 p.m.
COST: $29 - $119; MORE INFO


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