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Celebrate July 4th in Santa Monica

A rundown of where to be on Independence Day in Santa Monica.

  • Family Friendly

SANTA MONICA 4TH OF JULY PARADE
Where/When: Main Street; 9:30 a.m. Wednesday
Why go: Enjoy watching the annual 4th of July parade march down Main Street. Accept some weirdness, this year's theme is science and technology.
Pricing: Free

FERRIS WHEEL DISPLAY
Where/When: , 380 Santa Monica Pier; 8:08 p.m. Wednesday
Why go: Pacific Park's Ferris wheel will be lit in red, white and blue and patriotic patterns until midnight in honor of Independence Day.
Pricing: Free admission

  • For 20-Somethings

FOURTH OF JULY BASH
Where/When: 31 Ten Lounge, 3110 Main St.; 2 p.m. Wednesday
Why go: Food and drink specials and music by deejays Norman Rockwell and
Coolwhip. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Surfrider Foundation. Participants can crawl to a half a dozen bars and indulge in drink specials at each location. Deals include $3 beers and $5 shots. Participants will receive a map of participating bars.
Pricing: $10 in advance, $20 at the door

RJ July 04, 2012 at 01:38 PM
....anyone remember the old days when Santa Monica actually had it's own fireworks? That is until the gangs and gridlock ended it only to be replaced by "Dawn's Early Light" fireworks that were constantly "fogged out" from view. Was nice for a while though...especially if you were fortunate enough to have a table on the 3rd level deck at Tampico Tillys in the original Santa Monica Place. The new SMPlace offers the same fantastic views even if its a little harder to see the ocean with the new hotel across the street blocking the view. Hey what ever happened to the height restrictions that were part of the lanugage that required the original SMPlace to provide 10K SQ. FT of public access facing the ocean just to have an unobstructed view? Guess those board members of the California Coastal commission have long since passed on.
Andrew Byrnes July 04, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Where and when are the fireworks?
Jenna Chandler (Editor) July 04, 2012 at 04:25 PM
There are no fireworks in Santa Monica. If you're willing to travel, we've compiled a list of firework shows in the Westside and South Bay, which you can view here http://santamonica.patch.com/articles/where-to-go-for-july-4th
Dan Charney July 04, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Yes RJ, I remember it all when SM was a great beach town - not owned by corporations and developers - not destroyed and truly open to citizen participation- between the owned council, coastal commission and gangs ( but I repeat myself ) we are over- I watch and listen to the hypocrisy and yearn for the days of all it- before traffic, before all the ugliness of what is going on is destroying our town

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