Less than 24 hours to go and the beach is crowded. I’ve never seen so many people driving around for the Long Beach July 4th, 2018 events here in Long Beach, downtown Long Beach, Belmont Shore and Naples.
Are you ready for the 4th of July 2018????
This great holiday is all about celebrating what it means to call America home. So put down the work. Step away from your computer. It’s time to push the pause button.
Just sit back, relax and soak in this time and food with your family and friends.
Long Beach Fireworks 2018 List of Locations
Fireworks in Long Beach are illegal so watching them at the various locations below is the best way to enjoy Independence Day.
July 3rd Events
Our first event of the celebration is actually tonight, July 3rd, over at the Alamitos Bay Marina area of the Boathouse on the Bay, Malarkays and Ballast Point Brewery//.it is called “Big Bang on the Bay“. This is an annual event with vintage aircraft flyovers, skydivers, sailing regatta, music and more. The event starts at 5:30 and goes until 9:30 pm at 190 Marina Drive in Long Beach.
- Boathouse on the Bay is having a family style dinner event from 6 pm to 8 pm. Block Party Seating $50/person (Kids 10 & Under $30) Visit childrentoday.org for block party tickets!
- Where is Boathouse on the Bay? 190 Marina Drive
Map of Big Bang on the Bay July 3rd 2018
For local residents, some of the best places to view Big Bang on the Bay is at the end of the Peninsula neighborhood on Ocean Blvd. At the end of the street is Alamitos Park and you can watch from there.
- Go to Bay Shore and relax on the sand of the bay and watch the fireworks show over Naples Island.
- You could go to the Marine area over by Joe’s Crab Shack in Long Beach to view firework show.
- Or the Long Beach Yacht Club area at the end of Appian Way in Naples.
If you live in Seal Beach or want to view the fireworks from there, I would suggest the beach near the Getty around 1st street. I’m just going to take a walk down Ocean Blvd toward Bay Shore….that’s about a mile. If I walk to the end of Ocean, that’s 2 miles one way yikes.
There is a cool community in Seal Beach called River Beach Townhomes on the jetty with a little water view and probably a great viewing location for the residents there. One of the benefits of living in River Beach is you get to watch the firework every year from the backyard or your balcony…just sayin’
Long Beach July 4th 2018 Events
1.) Queen Mary Spectacular Events with live music and actives for everyone to enjoy. Their main activities start at 2 pm and the firework show starts about 9 pm. 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach. For Queen Mary tickets, go to www.queenmary.com
2.) You could view the Queen Mary Fireworks show by taking a Harbor Breeze Cruise at 7:30 pm on July 4th 2018 at 100 Aquarium Way, Dock #2 in Long Beach. For $35, they will be cruising the harbor before the big firework show…so basically you have a front row seat on the water…that would be cool. I just took a boat ride on Harbor Breeze. Call them 562-983-6880. Tickets.
3.) Justin Rudd’s 4th of July Kids Bike Parade – The Great American 4th of July bike parade will be at 10 a.m. All events take place at 1 Granada Ave., Long Beach, CA 90803. For information, go to http://www.justinrudd.com/bikeparade.html for details.
4.) July 4th 2018 Late Night BBQ at Aquarium of the Pacific: this is the unique late-night Long Beach Aquarium access to view the waterfront firework show of the Queen Mary. You can get your tickets online to catch the fun, which begins at 5 p.m. July 4 at the aquarium, 100 Aquarium Way. http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/ or call them at 562-590-3100
5.) Red, White & Boom Party at The Reef Restaurant at 880 South Harbor Scenic Drive in Long Beach. Call 562-435-8013. Cost: Adults $48 | Children $24. Tickets for The Reef.
6.) The Port of Los Angeles sponsors the 69th Annual John Olguin July 4th Fireworks Spectacular at Cabrillo Beach,
3720 Stephen M. White Drive in San Pedro. 9 p.m.
7.) July 4th Pier Pressure Long Beach Fireworks Cruise at 1046 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802-6329; Starts at 6:30 pm. Tickets are needed. See Facebook event page.
8.) 114th Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade – it starts at 10 am on Wednesday morning until about 12 pm. Go to Pacific Coast Highway at Main Street….which is at the Huntington Beach Pier.
9.) 4th of July Parade at 3539 Faust Ave, Long Beach, CA 90808, Wednesday 9:45 am to 11:00 am.
What do local residents to watch the Queen Mary Fireworks?
We go to the beach, of course. It’s free. Residents from Long Beach neighborhoods like Belmont Shore, Belmont Park, Belmont Heights, Buff Park and Downtown Long Beach all head to the sand. Around 8:45 pm or so.
- Even though the Long Beach Fire Department wants you to know fireworks are illegal, I’ve seen people in past years with their own on the beach. I’m sure the police will be there.
Long Beach July 4th 2018 Events
Bluff Heights Block Party – is an all-day event on Vista Street, between Obispo and Orizaba starting at 12:30 pm to 6 pm. Bluff Heights Neighborhood is a mixture of different architectural designed homes including Craftsman-style bungalows. There is a potluck picnic at 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. I believe this is for residents of Bluff Heights. Visit http://www.bluffheights.org/
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Have a Happy 4th of July,
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