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A beach singles guide to the biggest 4th of July parties in South Bay L.A.

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For South Bay residents and L.A. Singles, 4th of July marks one of the biggest party events of the year with virtually every beach city from Palos Verdes to Marina Del Rey being among the hottest spots in Los Angeles to get your independence on. While the biggest fireworks show is at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, all the biggest parties are happening at the beach.

If you still don’t have any 4th of July plans, rest assured knowing that the options are plentiful when celebrating Independence Day in South Bay L.A. As a general rule of thumb, you’ll most likely find families hanging out more inland while you can find all the singles partying along the coast. Consider this little tidbit when weighing your options, which follows:

  • Rose Bowl 4th of July Fireworks & Activities: The biggest firework show in Southern California is at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The Americafest 2011 festival begins at 2 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. Performances start at 7 p.m. Americafest Fireworks start at 9:05 p.m. General admission is $13. Parking is $15. This event attracts 25,000+ people so plan on tailgating beforehand near the Rose Bowl’s signature entrance.
  • El Segundo 4th of July Fireworks & Activities: Food, games and music will be available at Recreation Park on Sheldon Street starting at 10 a.m. Day time events include hula hoop competitions, pie eating contests, sack races and water balloon tosses. Evening events include live music from “Rod Lightening” and “Dayton Borders Band” starting at 5 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. with seating available for $5 at Stevenson Field.
  • Hermosa Beach 4th of July Singles Scene: If you’re looking for more of a party scene then a firework scene, then head over to “The Strand” where you will be sure to find all sorts of activities from small house parties to huge keggers with perhaps even a local band performing. The festivities along “The Strand” begin long before noon, starting with The Ironman as early as 10 or 11 a.m. If you’re single and ready to mingle, make sure to bring your A game, a trusted wing (man/woman) and plenty of sunblock! This is a singles community event.
  • Palos Verdes 4th of July Activities: While there won’t be any fireworks show up “the hill”, the Palos Verdes Estate Community will still be celebrating an Old-Fashioned 4th of July at Malaga Cove School starting at 9:30 a.m. There will be plenty of daytime activities to partake in before heading “downhill” for the fireworks show in Redondo Beach. This is a free community event.
  • San Pedro 4th of July Fireworks & Activities: The festivities at Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, including US Coast Guard Demonstrations, begin at noon and end around 10 p.m. right after the 4th of July fireworks show. This is a free event for the whole day. Fireworks start at 9 p.m.
  • Long Beach 4th of July Fireworks & Activities: There are two hot spots where you can enjoy the fireworks - you can party on the Belmont Pier in Belmont Shore, or you can wine and dine yourself at the Pike in Shoreline Village. Tickets to party on the Pier are $20 and are available at BelmontPier.com. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. In Shoreline Village, however, there will be a special fireworks preview event starting at 6 p.m. in Rainbow Harbor. It’s a free evening hosted the the Downtown Long Beach Associates featuring family-friendly entertainment and activities. Fireworks commence at 9 p.m. Good luck with parking.

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