The 13th annual Santa Monica Fourth of July Parade - a delightfully old-fashioned, community-centric celebration - begins marching down Main Street at 9:30 a.m. on July 4, 2019.
The Santa Monica Fourth of July Parade has grown every year and brings together families, musicians, civic groups, and exhibitionists of all stripes.
The parade begins at Pico Boulevard and Main Street, marching its way toward a 1 p.m. conclusion at beach parking lot #5.
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 your entire family, nicely!)
Although there are no fireworks shows in Santa Monica on the 4th of July, you can create your own viewing party and forgo the crowds and post-show 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, Marina del Rey to the south.
The nearby Marina del Rey 4th of July Fireworks Show, a spectacular 20-minute fireworks display over the water in Marina del Rey begins at 9 p.m.
Enjoy the show while listening to synchronized music at either of two premier viewing locations:
Transportation and parking: Beach shuttle runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; WaterBus runs 11 a.m. to midnight. County parking lots $7 - $15. For more information, including parking and street closures: visitmarinadelrey.com, 424.526.7900
For more information, including parking and street closures: visitmarinadelrey.com, 424.526.7900
A Santa Monica Fourth of July is - in short - a day filled with traditional festivities, and myriad ways in which to enjoy them. Let the Independence Day adventures begin!