4th of July 2014 in the South Bay | Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach Manhattan Beach

4th of July 2014 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, 2014!

Fourth of July Weekend

This year America's birthday lands on a Friday, making it a guilt and worry-free day to let loose. 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 in the Beach Cities. The legendary Ironman is on again for the 37th 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.

Thursday 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 Thursday evening. Baja Sharkeez Hermosa Beach will be hosting DJ Dangerhouse on Thursday, July 3. 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. Live music starts at 3pm at BALEENkitchen for the 4th with tunes provided by Mark McMillen & Friends. An early morning "Make Your Own" Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar set the table nicley for a gourmet burger bar availabe from 3-6pm during BALEENkitchen's 4th of July Celebration. On the premise and hidden just below BALEENkitchen, nestled against the Portofino Marina, 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.

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 craft beer at Naja's Place. 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. Select Beer Store always has a well curated selection of dafts and bottles, with a solid focus on local breweries. 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.

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: 2014 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. The 8th Annual Independence Day Party 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. Other shows that are currently open to the public are going to take place at Cabrillo Beach and Torrance Beach (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.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. Jackie Briles, 94, 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. 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.

    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. 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 where the best spots are for this show, visit the MDR site.

  • 4th of July 5K Presented by UCLA Health Systems: The 21st Annual 4th of July 5K will take place in Redondo Beach on Independence Day. The race will begin at 8 a.m., starting and ending at Riviera Village while encountering a panoramic ocean view along the way. The race has become the fastest growing event in the South Bay area, beginning with a few hundred runners in the inaugural event and growing to an anticipated 5,000 runners for this year’s race. Rock & Brews PCH will host the post-race party at its location near the finish line.More Info

  • Independence Day – Ports O’ Fun Weekend Celebration at Battleship IOWA: Climb aboard and tour the battleship. Grab a bite at our All-American BBQ. Check out the vintage military vehicles on display. Get your face painted or try and conquer the challenging obstacle course. During 4th of July Weekend Battleship Iowa will host a three-day Celebration, Friday through Sunday, from 10am to 4pm. 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 38th 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.

  • American Legion picnic. The American Legion Post 184, 412 S. Camino Real, Redondo Beach, will host a picnic Friday, 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! 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 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. 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.


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. 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...

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