The Santa Monica Fourth of July Parade - a delightfully old-fashioned, community-centric celebration with all the funky beach town accents you'd expect - begins marching down Main Street at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The Main Street Parade, which drew more than 10,000 participants, volunteers, and spectators in 2016, will begin its southward trek at the intersection of Pico Boulevard and Main Street, marching its way toward an 11 a.m. conclusion at beach parking lot #5.
The 11th annual Santa Monica fourth of July celebration brings together families, musicians, civic groups, and exhibitionists of all stripes is presented by the Ocean Park Association.
The parade typically features a wide variety of local participants, such as Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, local bands, service organizations like the Kiwanis, school marching bands, and local politicians.
Come dressed in patriotic red, white, and blue!
(And if you can't find festive attire, rest assured the many shops on Main Street can outfit you and the rest of your entire family.)
The Santa Monica Pier July 4 Fireworks have been a thing of the past (sadly) for a couple years now.
But that doesn't mean you have to go without a stellar show in the sky if you come to Santa Monica for Fourth of July.
You can create your own viewing party and forgo the crowds and post-display parking snarls at several prime viewing spots in Santa Monica.
From anywhere on Santa Monica State Beach, on the 17th-floor Penthouse bar and restaurant at the Huntley Hotel, and from the newly revamped Onyx rooftop bar at Hotel Shangri-la, you're in prime viewing territory for the fireworks shows in Pacific Palisades to the north, and the Marina del Rey, Culver City, and Westchester fireworks shows to the south.
A Santa Monica Fourth of July is - in short - a day filled with traditional festivities, and nontraditional ways in which to enjoy them. Let the Independence Day adventure begin!