South Bay Events

4th of July 2016 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, 2016!

Fourth of July Weekend

This year America's birthday lands on a Monday, making it a guilt and worry-free three day weekend celebration with a little more pre-party reserved for Saturday and Sunday . 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 Friday, 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 Weekend in the Beach Cities. The legendary Ironman is on again for the 42nd year, the only time alcohol is accepted on the beach all year (under heavy police presence, of course). Here's a breakdown of the weekend's activities.

Yacht Rock docks top-side at Saint Rocke Friday night when the quintessential hits from the 70s & 80s are performed by Mustache Harbor. Mustache Harbor delicately re-creates a Soft Rock Explosion the likes of which has not been seen since the days when Christopher Cross, Steely Dan, Ace, Kenny Loggins and The Little River Band created A.M. Gold.

Patrick Molloy's will be hosting a 4th of July style breakfast all weekend beginning at 9:00 a.m., complete with jello shots and cocktails. 4th of July weekend at BALEENkitchen starts Friday with tunes provided by Donna Butler. An early morning "Make Your Own" Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar set the table nicely for live music all weekend in the Lounge and Living Room Bar . On the premise and hidden just below BALEENkitchen, are actual fire pits that can be frequented on any given weekend but, could also make for an intimate staging point for the fireworks show that blasts off around 9pm from Redondo Beach's Seaside Lagoon.

Ocean Bar in Hermosa Beach celebrates a July 4th Independence Bash produced by Beryy Bly complete with two floors of music with 10 Dj's spinning all day, a rooftop deck and a view of the ocean.

South Bay’s biggest free Summer Concert Series returns to Redondo Pier this week when three concerts perform on the 4th of July; free summer concerts on the Redondo Pier happen every Thursday and Saturday through September 3rd. Stay classy with a brunch at the Strand House in Manhattan Beach or relax on the tacky side of King Harbor with a craft beer at Naja's Place. A couple steps down from Naja's is King Harbor Brewing Company's Waterfront Tasting Room which just celebrat3d their one-year anniversary.. Follow the craft beer trend during the daytime inside one of the South Bay's most influential bottle shops at Select Beer Store just off Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo Beach. A stop here druing the daytime can elevate your craft beer IQ and at the same time act as a nice whistle stop before the bombs burst in air.

A couple pre-fourth of July events happen on Saturday & Sunday and cater to the entire family. In Carson, the International Printing Museum brings history to life when visitors get a chance to print a copy of the Declaration of Independence on a colonial style printing press. Stick around and learn how the country came to be from Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams the paly "The Confounding Brothers."

On Sunday, Manhattan Beach pays tribite to local South Bay service members with their second annual Salute to the Troops event at Polliwog Park's amphitheatre from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The first 1,000 veterans and active duty military will receive a free Salute to the Troops Challenge Coin.

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, Manhattan Beach and citizens from all around the South Bay 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.

Many bars will be having special events all day as well, including American Junkie, DJs at Ocean Bar, Sharkeez, Saint Rocke and more.

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: 2016 will have the traditional Fireworks shows, which are getting more impressive each year.

    There is a major show inside Redondo Beach's Seaside Lagoon which will be visible from the Pier and Harbor areas and will feature live music and all-day entertainment, the Redondo show will be one of the largest in southern Caifornia. The Redondo Beach Independence Day Celebration at Seaside Lagoon starts 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. More info can be found at Redondo Fireworks. Please note, this event is alcohol free; no alcohol sales inside the Lagoon and no outside alcohol will be allowed.Redondo Beach Fireworks

    Torrance Beach fireworks. The Briles family of Torrance will once again have its privately funded fireworks show off the coast of Torrance beach. The late Jackie Briles and her family cover 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.

  • City of Torrance. This year Torrance brings back their free fireworks show! The show will take place Monday, July 4, in the Civic Center area. The internal Civic Center parking lot will be closed for the launching of the fireworks, however surrounding parking lots will be open for the general public to view the show. Gates open at 7:00 p.m. and show blasts off around 9:00 p.m. In addition, the Toyota Sports Complex and a portion of the Courthouse parking lot will be open for public viewing. Tickets (free) are required to view fireworks show inside Toyota Sports Complex; visit the Cultural Arts Center Box Office Tuesday through Friday from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. and noon to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday to reserve tickets.

    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. Other Gundo like festivities happen throughout the day in this small town, sea-dide hamlet: water-balloon toss, pie-eating contest, and watermelon-eating contest. Live music from 5 to 7pm and the fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. To buy wristbands for grandstand seats and resident priority seating, call 310-524-2700.

    Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro. 66th Annual John Olguin July 4th Spectacular: This free event will take place at Cabrillo Beach, San Pedro, and will include a food truck festival at 2 p.m., along with a fireworks show at 9 p.m. to end the night. Best address for Cabrillo Beach is 3720 Stephen M. White Dr. in San Pedro.

    Marina Del Rey. The roughly 20-minute show starts at 9 p.m. over the Main Channel. 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. The park is at 13650 Mindanao Way (one block west of Admiralty Way) and Fisherman’s Village is at 13755 Fiji Way. To find out more about the show including some of the best spots to see the fireworks, Take a look at this document.

  • 4th of July 5K Presented by UCLA Health Systems: The 23rd Annual 4th of July 5K will take place in Redondo Beach on Independence Day. This race benefits the American Cancer Society. Partnering through Relay for Life, a percent of the proceeds will support the charity’s cancer research and free patient programs. This event has grown to over 3000 runners participants. The race, on a fast, flat, scenic course that winds along the Redondo Beach waterfront, is popular with runners and walkers from throughout the South Bay Beach Communities. Runners also come in from across the country and from around the world! Participants range from 4 years old to up to 90 years old. There will be a costume contest, a two-day Health & Fitness Expo, Firecracker races for children, and a post-race party. 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. There will be water games, water balloon tossing, swimming, and music. No food will be provided but you're more than welcome to bring a picnic to eat on the grass area. $5.00 fee per person; Begg Pool is located at 1402 North Peck Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

  • 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 40th 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, 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.

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! Hermosa Beach IronmanThe 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 approximately 9:00 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. 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.


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.

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. 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...