The 4th of July events still happening in SoCal this year

The 10th annual Crescenta Valley fireworks display, in 2016.
We all want to look to the sky on the Fourth of July. But this year, there are far fewer options due to social distancing restrictions and public health concerns.
(Raul Roa / Glendale News-Press)

Many 4th of July events are now being canceled, or are expected to be canceled, due to the recent spike in coronavirus cases: Check websites, and social media before you head out so you’re not disappointed. And don’t forget your mask.

For fans of fireworks shows, this Fourth of July will feel like a rather subdued affair. Many traditional events in Southern California have been canceled due to the ongoing pandemic. Below, we’ve compiled a list events that are still on as well as virtual events you can safely enjoy from home.

Neighborhoods and cities near Los Angeles may still add or cancel outdoor or virtual events in the coming week. Know of something that should be on this list? Email us at

The L.A. County Department of Public Health also announced a ban on fireworks displays.


Outdoor Fourth of July events

Note that the Santa Clarita 2020 Spirit of America Fireworks Spectacular and the Rancho Cucamonga Community Fireworks Show, which had earlier been billed as some of the few outdoor fireworks shows in the area this year, have been canceled.

Avalon’s 4th of July Celebration. If you can make it out to Catalina Island, the city of Avalon is hosting a celebration on July 4. The day begins at 10 a.m. and activities are planned until 9 p.m.

A Front Yard 4th of July in Huntington Beach. This year’s parade will tour neighborhoods throughout Huntington Beach. The city also is hosting a home-decorating contest.

Drive-In Movie at the Rose Bowl. The Rose Bowl will screen drive-in-style movies on weekends this summer starting July 2. Tickets are per vehicle, and parking spots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. A full list of films and times is available on the website.

Fourth of July Extravaganza at Vitello’s. Alfresco dining in the Vitello’s parking lot in Studio City, 7 p.m. on July 4.

The Newsom administration is requiring Californians wear face coverings as coronavirus cases continue to rise in the state.

Virtual Fourth of July events

Grand Park + the Music Center 4th of July Block Party. Performances and more on Grand Park’s streaming platforms. July 4th (time TBA).

Fontana’s 4th of July Virtual Celebration. The city has taken the most memorable snippets of previous Fontana fireworks shows and compiled them into one show. The virtual watch party begins at 5 p.m. on local TV channels, the city website, YouTube or Facebook. The city also is hosting a recipe contest.

2020 RunnerMania Virtual Running Festival. The virtual festival has a 5K race, a half marathon and a 24-hour ultra marathon, which involves completing as many miles as possible over 24 hours. Participants competing in the 5K and the half marathon are expected to complete their distance over the weekend starting July 3 and ending July 5. (This relies on the honor system: You self-report your mileage and time.) Registration required.

Monterey Park Virtual Celebration. Decorate your home for Fourth of July and submit pictures. Photos will be included on the city website and shared on social media.

Feels Like Summer by DJ Illanoise. An immersive audiovisual livestream with a theme of “summer in Los Angeles” by DJ Illanoise, an L.A.-based DJ and podcast producer. Organizers said they are streaming all day on July 4. Tickets are $10. Net proceeds benefit Los Angeles food banks.


11:46 a.m. June 30, 2020: This story has been updated to reflect that many 4th of July events are in the process of being canceled due to spikes in coronavirus cases.