Four Free Fun Things to Do for the Fourth in L.A.

July 2, 2011 |  by  |  Holiday

Where can you find free fun on the Fourth of July in Los Angeles? Right here! Check out our rundown for Monday, July 4:

4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza @ LA Memorial Coliseum

Free 60-minutes of fireworks bursting in air! Launched near the Coliseum, not inside, the pyrotechnic show can be viewed from areas around Exposition Park. Try Christmas Tree Land or the South Lawn near the Natural History Museum. lawn. Bring blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy the show. Show begins about 8:45pm or dusk. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Besides fireworks, there will be free live entertainment and children’s games starting at noon. Parking at 39th & Figueroa St.; Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. & Hoover St.; and at USC.

Long Beach Kids’ July 4th Bike Parade

It’s family-friendly free fun before the big fireworks Monday evening. Kids and adults can decorate their bicycles (or tricycles) and themselves for these annual parade wheels down the beach bike path in Long Beach. Register by 9:15 a.m. Parade at 10 a.m. Free parking in Granada Beach Lot for the event.

Mr & Mrs Muscle Beach Bodybuilding and Figure Championships @ Venice Beach

Worship the golden rays of the sun as this annual event crowns its champions. Pumping up for competition, glistening, sinewy, limber contestants abound over a comprehensive contest that spans over 24 classes – from teens to ultra-masters age 60 +.   Pre-judging 10 am, finals at 1 pm.  Watch as  eight-time Champion of the Ms. Olympia title – Lenda Murray is inducted into the Muscle Beach Venice Hall of Fame. This honor includes the unveiling of a barbell monument for the inductee on the Walk of Fame which surrounds the foundation of the “weight pen” and includes such Venice Beach notables as Cory Everson, Mickey Hargitay and Rachel McLish.

Warner Center July 4th Fireworks & Concert

Have a blast at the biggest FREE 4th of July extravaganza in the San Fernando Valley. Part of Warner Park’s summer-long Concerts in the Park series, the evening begins at 6pm. Listen to the James Taylor Tribute band “Taylor Made” and a patriotic set by the 100-piece Los Angeles Pierce Symphonic Winds. Plenty of shade under the trees where visitors can stretch out and enjoy the FREE music before the evening finishes off in the grand tradition with an incredible 26-minute fireworks show that starts just after 9PM. The downside? Nearby parking is $15 to $20 so carpool!