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10 Exciting Things To Do & Eat In LA This 4th Of July Weekend

4th of July weekend is upon us, and that means community BBQs, pub crawls, and fireworks everywhere.

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Updated June 30th, 2021

Even though we’re still recovering from Pride last weekend, the summer isn’t stopping for anyone. Next up: 4th of July. There are community BBQs, pub crawls, and a whole bunch of firework shows. Basically, unless you’re a dog, this holiday weekend is shaping up to be pretty damn thrilling. Stay cool, stay hydrated, and please, check in on your dog.


Smorgasburg LA


$$$$ 777 S Alameda St.

After a 16-month hiatus, the massively popular outdoor food festival at The Row is returning this Sunday, July 4th from 10am-4pm. Expect close to 100 different food and lifestyle vendors ranging from Broad Street Oyster Co. to Bridgetown Roti to Little Fish. Plus, there’s a big beer garden as well. Admission is free, but pets are not allowed.



Little Fish



Black Pride LA

Black Pride LA

$$$$ 131 E 6th St.

July 1st is the first day of Black Pride LA, and you can expect a weekend filled with dance parties, DJs, and food trucks. Venues that are participating range from Redline in Downtown to Rocco’s in Weho, so check out their website for all the details.


This Thursday, July 1st and Friday, July 2nd, The Original Farmer’s Market is bringing back their nighttime summer music series. From 5-7pm, performers will be singing Frank Sinatra and other big band classics, all while you go to town on food from one of the many excellent vendors.



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Santa Monica Pub Crawl

Santa Monica Pub Crawl

$$$$ 1351 3rd Street Promenade.

Looking to celebrate our nation’s independence with a giant group of drunken strangers? There’s a massive pub crawl happening in Santa Monica on Saturday, July 3rd from 1-8pm. Check in at Barney’s Beanery, and from there, the debauchery is taken out on the town. Expect drink specials like $4 beers and 2-for-1 well drinks, and probably a lot of questionable outfits. Buy your tickets here.


Taste The Jerk

Taste The Jerk Backyard BBQ

$$$$ 1820 W Florence Ave.

There’s a big Jamaican jerk BBQ happening in South LA on Saturday, July 3rd from 11am-8pm. They’ll be DJs, drinks, and a lot of jerk chicken. Admission is free.



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Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood Bowl

$$$$ 2301 Highland Ave.

This weekend also marks the official return of The Hollywood Bowl. Their July 4th Fireworks Spectacular runs July 3rd and 4th, and will feature music from Kool & The Gang and arguably the best firework show in town accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Tickets are available here.

Marina Del Rey

$$$$ 13755 Fiji Way

If you’re on the Westside this weekend, the best place to see the fireworks is in Marina Del Rey. There are plenty of free vantage points like the Fisherman’s Village, but if you don’t feel like craning your neck around a man with two children stacked on his shoulders, check out any of the marina restaurants who all are offering drink and food specials, and most importantly, a table to sit at.



$$$$ 6000 Santa Monica Blvd.

The Cinespia series is back this weekend with two movies and firework shows. The first one is Dazed And Confused on Saturday, July 3rd and the second is Dirty Dancing on Sunday, July 4th. Gates open at 7:15pm, but be sure to get in line well before that. And for anyone who hasn’t been before, the line is just as much fun as the party inside the cemetery. Grab tickets here.

The ROse Bowl

$$$$ 1001 Rose Bowl Dr.

The annual AmericaFest Celebration at The Rose Bowl is back this year for its 95th edition. While you watch the firework display from outside the stadium (The Colorado St. bridge is a great spot), if you buy tickets, you’ll be treated to a night of stunt shows, musical performances, BBQ, and more.

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Universal Studios Hollywood

$$$$ 100 Universal City Plaza

Is watching fireworks with the Hogwarts castle looming in the background the only way to ever watch fireworks? We say yes. If you agree with us, grab tickets for Universal Studios on July 4th. The fireworks show is included in the daily ticket admission price.

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