June 26th, 2018


Get your sparklers ready, fire up the BBQs, dust off your beach chairs and put your eyes to the skies because Independence Day is just one week from tomorrow! If you’re into the best 4thof July tradition in the west, then we know where you’ll be on the big day—Marina del Rey, of course. Our town’s free annual Fireworks Show is epic, with its spectacular display over the water, tons of fun-loving people and synchronized music playing from Burton Chace Park and Fisherman’s Village.

Here are all the details, plus some intel on a couple nifty PRE-4th of July celebrations happening in other coastal towns in the area.

What Time Does Are the Fireworks? 

The Marina del Rey Fireworks Show launches at 9 pm sharp and lasts for 20 dazzling minutes. Get to your viewing spot early because this is a massively popular event!


Where Are the Best Places to Watch

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1. Burton Chace Park, Mother’s Beach, Fisherman’s Village and the North Jetty are prime viewing locations that will fill up fast. Make sure you get there early with a blanket or beach chair to get a nice comfy spot.

2. You could also plan a late dinner at a harborside restaurant like El Torito,Whiskey Red’s or Sapori Italian where you could get an awesome view of the fireworks from one of their outdoor tables.

3. Another tempting option? Slumber party the night away at one of the Marina’s gorgeous hotels like the Marina del Rey Hotel or theRitz Carlton—you can watch right from the hotel or easily walk to one of the public viewing areas.

4. If you live at a waterfront community like Esprit, you can just step out on the waterfront promenade to view the show.

5. Last outstanding idea—book a seat on Hornblower Cruise’s July 4th Fireworks Observation Cruise to see the light-filled magic unfold while gliding across the harbor. (P.S. The Fireworks Dining Cruise is already sold out!)


Is there Parking Available?

If you’re not living within walking distance of Marina del Rey (poor you!), you can park at any of Marina del Rey’s public parking lots. Just remember, parking spots will fill up incredibly quickly on the 4thso the earlier you arrive, the better. You could also take an Uber or Lyft to the Marina—or rent a Bird in Venice, helmet up, and scooter on over to the fun (just lock your Bird by any bike rack when you arrive).

Remember, the summer-only WaterBus is also operating so if you want an easy way to skip around Marina del Rey that day, you can hop on the floating taxi for just $1 each way! Boarding locations include Fisherman’s Village, Burton Chace Park, Waterfront Walk by the Ritz Carlton, Mother’s Beach, Dolphin Marina on Panay Way, Esprit, Harbor at Marina Way, and Del Rey Landing.


Okay, so you’ll be at the Marina del Rey fireworks extravaganza on Wednesday, July 4th—that’s a given. But what are your weekend plans heading into the holiday? Well, if you’re in the mood for some PRE-4thof July happenings, we’ve got some ideas for you right here. Check it out.


Santa Monic College is hosting its own Independence Day Celebrationout on Corsair Field. Picnic on the lawn, enjoy some festive entertainment and watch fireworks at 9pm.


Bike or scooter down to Redondo Beach on Sunday for their fireworks show at Seaside Lagoon. The event is super family friendly with arts and crafts, supervised swimming, giant inflatable slides, music, and a special menu from Ruby’s Diner. Tickets are $25 and you can purchase them here.


Are you ready to celebrate the red, white and blue this week? Let us know your plans! Happy 4th, everyone!