4th of July 2013 in Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach
Check out the South Bay Events' full listing of what's going on in the South Bay for the 4th of July, 2013!
Fourth of July Weekend
This year America's birthday lands on a Thursday, giving hope to millions of Americans for making an extended four day holiday weekend a possibility. With summer in full swing, the South Bay is notorious for being one of the best spots in the country to enjoy the holiday. This Thursday, the South Bay will party like diligent patriots armed with red cups and a gaggle of beach cruisers because it's the Fourth of July in the Beach Cities. The legendary Ironman is on again for the 36th year, the only time alcohol is accepted on the beach all year (under heavy police presence, of course). Here's a breakdown of the week's activities.
Wednesday night is shaping up to be a big night in the area, with many bars expecting huge crowds. Join the cult following of one of the better 80's bands out there - the Spazmatics will be tearing it up live at Saint Rocke on Tuesday evening. Local favorite DJ DIK will be spinning into the early hours Tuesday evening at Ocean Bar. Patrick Molloy's will be having a GLOW party beginning at 9:00 p.m., complete with glow sticks and shades for the first 100 guests. Live music is back at Baleen every Saturday night from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Grab a bottle of red, white, or rose and make a date for Zanes in Hermosa Beach - there is no corkage fee which always complements a reasonably-priced tasty dinner. Stay classy with a brunch at the Strand House in Manhattan Beach or relax on the tacky side of King Harbor with a Sunday brunch at Halibut Corner. Take the kids to see "Torrance Movies in the Park." Bring your own lawn chair, blankets and snacks for a movie about baseball, dreams and determination shown under the stars, 8 p.m. Saturday, McMaster Park.
Fourth of July Day
One of the biggest days of the year is coming to the South Bay- the 4th of July! Residents of Redondo, Hermosa and Manhattan Beach celebrate the peak of the summer more so than any other spot in Los Angeles, and maybe the whole U.S.A. From crazy house parties, crowded bars and a swollen bike path plus several Fireworks shows, the biggest party of the year should be experienced at least once.
The bars will be busy early, but there are other options away from the mayhem as well, and the Beach Cities have a full lineup this year:
Fireworks Shows: 2013 will have the traditional Fireworks shows, which are getting more impressive each year.
There is a major show at the Redondo Beach Pier which will be visible from the Pier and Harbor areas and will feature live music and all-day entertainment at Seaside Lagoon. With budget cuts canceling the traditional huge shows at Wilson Park in Torrance, the Redondo show will be one of the largest in southern Caifornia. Seaside Lagoon opens at 2pm with many activities for kids and families including live bands, arts/crafts, workshops, water activities, dancing, food & beverage and more! Fireworks show will begin at 9pm, choreographed to patriotic music. Other shows that are currently open to the public are going to take place at Cabrillo Beach and Malaga Cove in Palos Verdes (shot from a barge offshore). The shows all begin between 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. and more info can be found at Redondo Fireworks.
Torrance Beach fireworks. The Briles family of Torrance will once again have its privately funded fireworks show off the coast of Torrance beach. Jackie Briles, 93, covers the cost of the show in honor of her late husband. The pyrotechnics will begin between 9 and 9:15 p.m. from a barge.
El Segundo fireworks. El Segundo's annual Fourth of July celebration will take place beginning at 10 a.m. in Recreation Park, 401 E. Sheldon St. There will be food, games, contests and music. The fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. To buy wristbands for grandstand seats and resident priority seating, call 310-524-2700.
Marina Del Rey. Marina del Rey's firework show is back with a new budget thanks to donations from local sponsors. The roughly 20-minute show starts at 9 p.m. over the Main Channel. Presented by Zambelli Fireworks, the pyrotechnic display will be choreographed to music that will be broadcast over KXLU-FM 88.9 and relayed over loudspeakers in Burton Chace Park. To find out more about where the best spots are for this show, visit the MDR site.
Fourth of July 5K Run/Walk: Village Runner hosts their annual 5K Run/Walk at the Riviera Village in Redondo Beach. It begins at 8:00 a.m. and is open to everyone. Check out the Village Runner site for more info.
Other Special Events: The city of Manhattan Beach is throwing a pool party at Begg Pool for the kiddies from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
The city of Palos Verdes Estates is having their annual Independence Day celebration this year beginning at 9:30 a.m., including a bicycle parade and pie-eating contest.
Rancho Palos Verdes: The city's 37th annual Independence Day celebration will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Upper Point Vicente Park, 30940 Hawthorne Blvd. The event will feature music by the Palos Verdes Symphonic Band and a country band, arts and crafts, rides, games, hula hoop contests, a petting zoo, helicopter rides and more. Admission is free, and a complimentary shuttle will run from the Hawthorne Boulevard Ralphs store to the lot adjacent the Point Vicente Lighthouse on Palos Verdes Drive West. On-site parking costs $5 per vehicle.
American Legion picnic. The American Legion Post 184, 412 S. Camino Real, Redondo Beach, will host a picnic Sunday, July 4, from noon to 3 p.m. Donations will be accepted to provide calling cards for the troops at Christmas.
Make sure you stay tuned to South Bay Events for updates of house parties, insider tips and more information as the biggest day of the year gets closer!!
The most unique event that makes July 4 so legendary around here is the HERMOSA BEACH IRONMAN competition. In this extreme athletic test, participants must run a mile, paddle a surfboard a mile and then consume a 6-pack of their favorite beer! The first one to hold down their beverage(s) successfully wins, and you may want to keep your distance from the center of the action or you're at risk of getting drenched. For pics of the event's crazy action, check out the Ironman gallery. The action starts at 11:00 a.m. and anyone over 21 is eligibile to enter- just make sure you know that close to 1,000 spectators will be monitoring your skills. For those interested in participating, the Ironman is $20 and you will need to bring your own surfboard and 6-pack to join in. Keep in mind that alcohol fines are TRIPLED in Hermosa Beach on the 4th, and you will need to be very discreet if you choose to partake in the activities, especially soon after the Ironman. If you're interested in registering, you'll need to go to GAME CHANGERS from 1:00 P.M. - closing on JULY 3!
VIDEO FROM A PREVIOUS IRONMAN
After kicking off the day in true Hermosa Beach style, the Strand fills up very quickly and by noon it's almost impossible to walk. The entertainment options are plentiful and each year, and in the past there has almost always been an impromptu performance by local legends such as Pennywise. From 1-7 p.m. on 2nd Street and The Strand, there is a fundraiser that culminates in the 6th Annual Margarita Wrestling Competition! For only $25, you get unlimited cocktails and proceeds go to the Barbara K. Robinson Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Another South Bay classic event occurs every July 4th between 7th and 8th Street in Hermosa Beach. The annual production is a tribute to Michael Jackson and it has been around as long as we can remember, complete with a light show and authentic dancing. A local lookalike steps out on a balcony high above the beach and puts on a show that is worthy of the King of Pop. With the recent passing of the Gloved One, this year promises to be the craziest show of all time. The show begins as soon as the fireworks end, and you won't be able to miss the huge crowd that gathers in front of the Strand house before showtime.
Finally, if you're under the age of 21 and think you can get away with some shenanigans, the HB Police Dept. wants you to think otherwise:
Get ready, because you never know what the 4th will bring in the South Bay...