It may not be all about the fireworks this year, but there are still ways of celebrating the Fourth!
The annual celebration of all things red, white and blue will look a little different this year—like all major events in 2020. However, there are still lots of activities, events and offerings to get involved in. Needless to say, much of it will be virtual and all the in-person listings will involve all the health & safety measures that you’re very familiar with. Here are some of the best ways you can celebrate Independence Day in 2020.
Sail straight into the celebrations with a glass of wine, gourmet d’oeuvres while taking in the spectacular views from Marina del Rey to the Malibu coastline and back. You can go on the luxury adventure with up to 6 of your favorite people and allow the California sun to paint the sky with a spectacular explosion of pink and orange. Get your tickets here.
Annual Rose Bowl displays have been canceled but there’ll still be another show to catch this year. The stadium parking lot has been turned into a drive-in cinema for the entire month of July as a part of the Tribeca Film Festival. The Wizard of Oz, Apollo 13, and Field of Dreams are the iconic films scheduled for July 4 which might be just as magical.
3. Catch the fireworks that are still going ahead
Every major display has been canceled in L.A. with Mayor Eric Garcetti banning all fireworks, there are a few neighboring places that are still going ahead. Here’s how you can catch the dazzling displays that are happening:
- Rancho Cucamonga will be launching a small fireworks display from the central location of Chaffey College, but no one will be allowed on campus. If you’re lucky enough to live in the surrounding area you may be able to see it. Otherwise, you can watch it on Facebook Live.
- Big Bear announced that the show will be taking place from around 8:45 pm and they will be set off from the middle of the lake for maximum visibility. While the display will be viewable throughout the valley, viewers are encouraged to watch from their homes or boats and maintain a six-foot distance. It can also be streamed live online and live from the Marina Resort.
- The City of Tustin Parks and Recreation Department will also be staging a small display which you can watch online here.
This super popular Paint and Sip from home class is doing a special 4th of July class. In this hour-and-a-half course, an expert artist will guide you through the creation of a painting inspired by the American flag. No experience is needed to join in and all supplies are provided. Release your creativity while the instructor guides you step by step! Get your tickets here!
(note: kits are no longer available but you can still join the online class)
This year’s patriotic bash will be a three-hour streaming that features local comedy and musical performances, online workshops and cooking tutorials so everyone can share in the moment together apart. There’ll be no fireworks this year, nor will the park be open. You can watch all the live action on KABC Channel 7 or the official YouTube channel.
While the skies may have fewer colorful explosions filling the sky, you can still look up to see the WWII fighter planes flyover at 2 pm, followed by a concert that evening at 8 pm streamed on Facebook Live or YouTube Live. The shows will feature Ben Harper, Rocky Dawuni, Louise Goffin, and others. And, if you’re lucky enough to be a resident you can join in a singalong of “This Land is Your Land” at 9 pm.
7. Tuck into the Fourth of July Extravaganza at Vitello’s
Enjoy their fresh seasonal ingredients in the form of American classics. You can enjoy an evening of outdoor cocktails and dining under the stars accompanied by live music in Vitello’s parking lot in Studio City, 7 pm on July 4. Tickets are $12.50 per person and you can get yours here.
To limit crowds, this year’s parade will be a procession of live entertainers, frontline heroes, members of the military, vets, and students all touring “touring” the Huntington Beach neighborhoods. The route map will be posted on the day of. You can also participate in the home decorating contest — which will keep the kids busy for a while.
9. Get into the spirit with the ‘Feels Like Summer’ audiovisual event that benefits the Los Angeles food banks
The immersive audiovisual that will be channeling “summer in Los Angeles” by DJ Illanoise, an L.A.-based DJ and podcast producer. The event will go on all day and you can take the party with you. After costs are covered, all proceeds will benefit Los Angeles food banks—making it the ultimate feel-good event. Get tickets here.
10. Tune into the virtual Americafest
This explosive celebration is going digital and the hour-long event will include a performance from Cello artist, Cecilia Tsan who will be performing live from the telescope dome on top of Mt. Wilson in honor of our Fallen Heroes and the first responders and frontline workers. There will also be a special art installation called “Sunstar” by artist Liliane Lijn and astrophysicist John Vallerga. which will shine a prism of pure color over Pasadena residents. Get your free ticket here.
11-12. Gather your patriotic pals and enjoy the incredible views at rooftop
- Perch gave just opened the 16th-floor rooftop where you can book a table for groups of 2 to 6 people. The sweeping views and glittering lights of the city will make up for the absence of all the usual pyrotechnics—who knows, maybe you might even see some in the distance. Plus, if you sign up for Fever SELECT membership, you’ll get free bottle champagne to make all the lights shine a little brighter. Make a reservation here.
- E.P. & L.P. has also reopened bringing that Hollywood glamour to new heights.
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