Of late, it’s an unfortunate reality that our country’s political scene has been fraught with discord and controversy. This year, coming together to share a peaceful and community-oriented Independence Day is more important than ever. Though we have many differences, we have far more in common than meets the eye. Across even the greatest of political divides, we all wish for peace. We love our families. We want safe neighborhoods for our children, opportunities for growth and prosperity, and a sense of connection. The means of achieving such goals is bitterly debated, but at the center of the conflict remains a nation of strong, diverse, amazing individuals.

America is a relatively young country, and most of us can look back into our family histories long enough to recall how we came to be Americans. Each story has something in common- the dream of freedom, justice, and endless possibility. These stories of ourselves, our neighbors, and our fellow Americans are what we come together to celebrate. Not the dark aspects of our nation’s history or the conflict in Congress, but the strength and beauty of our countrymen.

In El Segundo, we have much to celebrate- a welcoming community, a safe city, good schools, and a coastline to die for. This Fourth of July, you can enjoy all of these wonderful aspects of the South Bay at the following local events.


4El Segundo Celebration

A family-friendly celebration with traditional entertainment including water balloons, hula hoop contests, sack races, and pie eating contests. Evening events begin at 5 pm with live music, food, and a fireworks display at 9 pm.

When: July 4 from 10:00am to 10:00pm

Where: Stevenson Field- 408 Eucalyptus Dr, El Segundo, CA 90245

Price: $5 per wristband

From El Segundo Recreation & Parks

The 4th of July is almost here! Wristband sales begin June 1st and can be purchased at the Checkout and Clubhouse Facilities through July 3rd. A maximum of 4 free wristbands per adult will be issued per 2018 Adult Rec ID Card.

The Daytime event will take place from 10 am – 3 pm on Stevenson Field. There will be community booths hosting games, selling food and much more! Stay tuned for details on our hula-hoop contest, watermelon eating contest and three-legged races!

The Night event will begin at 5 pm with the Main Street Band playing your favorite hits on Stevenson Field with firework beginning at 9 pm.

Wristbands are REQUIRED for entry to Softball and Stevenson Fields during evening events, free for children 2 and under.

SOFTBALL FIELD: El Segundo Resident blanket seating open @ 8am – 9am.
Re-entry begins at 5 pm.

Stevenson Field: $5 General Admission, free for children 2 and under.
* Rec Park Playground will be open till 3pm, all other areas of the
park (except Softball/Stevenson) will be closed for the celebration.

3Manhattan Beach

Pre-4th of July Pool Party

Independence Day party at Begg Pool for all ages. Play games, toss water balloons, swim, and enjoy music. Bring a picnic to eat on the grass!

When: July 4th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Where: Begg Pool- 1402 North Peck Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Price: $5


2Redondo Beach

Seaside Lagoon Fireworks Spectacular

First come first serve seating with a special menu available at Ruby’s Diner. All day supervised swimming, arts and crafts, inflatable slides, and more followed by a special fireworks display.

When: July 1 from 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: Seaside Lagoon- 137 N Harbor Dr. Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Price: $25.

4th of July 5K

The 25th Annual 4th of July 5K will take place in Redondo Beach – the race begins at 8 am which starts and ends at Riviera Village. More info here.


The 5K Run/Walk begins at 8:00am.

The Firecracker Dash for the Gold heats are separated by age groups and start approximately at the times listed below.

9:30am Ages 10-12 Distance: 1/4 Mile
9:40am Ages 8-9 Distance: 1/4 Mile
9:45am Ages 6-7 Distance: 1/4 Mile
9:50am Ages 4-5 Distance: “Dash”

4th of July Carnival

All ages carnival with classic food, games, a pet and bike parade, and a costume contest.

When: July 4th from 10:00 am to 3 pm

Where: Redondo Beach Elks Lodge- 315 Esplanade Ave

Price: Free admission, tickets for games and food

Shade Hotel Pool Party and Fireworks Viewing

Early 4th of July celebration at Shade Hotel’s Redondo Beach rooftop Aquadeck! Enjoy dancing, music, and handcrafted cocktails. 21+ Event

When: July 1 from 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Where: 655 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA

Price: $20 cover charge, includes one cocktail


1Marina del Rey

Hornblower Cruises offers July 4th cruises to enjoy fireworks and appetizers or dinner.

When: July 4th, boarding starts at 6:30 pm. Visit website for details.

Where: All cruises depart from Fisherman’s Village Marina, 13755 Fiji Way

Price: $75- $110 per person