4th of July Fireworks Celebration
Celebrate the 4th of July in Marina del Rey with a spectacular fireworks show over the water! Fireworks are shot from a barge across the Marina's main channel, lighting up the night sky and water below. The show begins at 9 pm and lasts approximately 20 minutes.
But why wait till 9 to celebrate? Beat the crowds and the traffic by arriving early for a waterfront picnic in Burton Chace Park or dine at the water's edge at many of our harborside restaurants. Hornblower Cruises & Events also offers evening cruises for a front row seat to the firework spectacular. Other annual festivities include Westchester's 4th of July Holiday Parade and Venice Beach's wildly popular Mr. & Mrs. Muscle Beach competition. The Marina del Rey Visitors Center (at the corner of Mindanao & Admiralty) will also be open from 10 am - 4 pm with festive giveaways like complimentary flags to the first 500 visitors, red & blue bead necklaces, and patriotic pinwheels to celebrate the 4th!
Where to Watch the Fireworks
Fireworks are launched from a floating barge located in the waters of the main channel between Fisherman’s Village and the Breakwater (the ocean entrance to the harbor). Depending upon weather and cloud cover on the night of the show, the fireworks can usually be seen throughout the marina, and from the waterfront side of most hotels, restaurants, beaches, apartments and anchorages. You may be able to glimpse the fireworks from afar from Playa del Rey and Venice Beach Pier. Popular locations include:
• Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way (2 blocks west of Lincoln Blvd.)
• Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way (1 block west of Admiralty Way)
**This location will have speakers set-up near the Helmsman statue, allowing spectators to watch the display and listen to synchronized music on KXLU 88.9 FM
• Marina Beach (Mother’s Beach), 4101 Admiralty Way (1 block south of Washington Blvd.)
Other special areas to view include:
- Cafe del Rey is holding two seatings for a special three-course, fixed price dinner. First seating at 5:15 pm ($55 per person). Second seating begins at 7:45 pm ($65 per person) with fireworks viewing. Reservations recommended.
- Hornblower Cruises & Events, two-hour observation cruise or 3-hour dinner cruise with live entertainment & dancing.
- Whiskey Red's will be hosting a waterfront Red, White & Booze BBQ Bash starting at 5:30 pm to celebrate all things American, complete with live music from Americana Tribute Band, Jack of Hearts, DJ, classic BBQ menu, complimentary dessert bar & stunning harbor views of the firework show. The party is free & open to the public on a first come, first serve basis. Limited seating available & table reservations can be made.
Come early! Parking lots fill up early on July 4th. There is no on-street parking inside Marina del Rey. Parking is available in 14 self-pay public lots. Most parking lots are full by 6 p.m.
Fisherman’s Village Area Parking
• Lot #1 - 13737 Fiji Way (423 spaces)
• Dock 52, 13501 Fiji Way (232 spaces)
• Lot #2 – 13465 Fiji Way (225 spaces)
Burton Chace Park Area Parking
• Lot #2 – 13477 Fiji Way (225 spaces)
• Lot #4 – 13500 Mindanao Way (145 spaces)
• Lot #5 – 4545 Admiralty Way (at Bali Way) (219 spaces)
• Lot EE – 13650 Mindanao Way (60 spaces)
Marina Beach Area Parking
• Lot #8 – 4220 Admiralty Way (next to Marina International Hotel) (177 spaces)
• Lot #9 - 14110 Palawan Way (181 spaces)
• Lot #10 – 4101 Admiralty Way (across from Marina del Rey Marriott Hotel) (206 spaces)
• Lot #11 – 14101 Panay Way (at Via Marina near Cheesecake Factory) (255 spaces)
• Lot #12 – 14151 Marquesas Way (at Via Marina) (199 spaces)
Streets in and around Marina del Rey are heavily impacted on July 4th, and some streets will be closed to incoming traffic in the hours leading up to the fireworks display, depending upon traffic and parking conditions. Many streets in the Marina Peninsula residential area are closed except to local access only by mid-day on July 4th. Street closure information.
If you plan to visit a restaurant or hotel by personal car, shuttle or taxi, schedule an early arrival to avoid inconvenience, and call the business in advance of your arrival for traffic advice and instructions.
After the fireworks are over, exiting the Marina may involve substantial delays, and you may not be able to exit the area in the same direction from which you arrived. Be prepared for major detours and street closures.
Bike Trail Closure
The bike path in the area of the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center boat ramp to the east side of La Ballona Creek Bridge is closed from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on July 4th.
The free Playa Vista Beach Shuttle operates from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on July 4th. There is no service after 8 p.m. to return to your starting point, so plan your trip accordingly.
For $1 each way, the Marina del Rey WaterBus transports gusts by boat throughout the harbor. It operates from 11 a.m. – midnight on July 4th.
Driving Directions To Marina del Rey
Driving into Marina del Rey from other parts of California is simple with its proximity to major freeways. Marina del Rey is convenient to the 405, 10 and 105 freeways, and Lincoln Boulevard (Route 1).
From the northern Los Angeles area, drive south on the San Diego Freeway (405-S), past the junction with the Santa Monica Freeway (10), and exit at the Marina Freeway (90). Take the Marina Freeway for approximately 3 miles. Before the freeway ends, turn left onto Mindanao Way, and drive into the Marina area. Turn left or right onto Admiralty Way to your destination.
From the southern Los Angeles area, drive north on the San Diego Freeway (405-N), past Los Angeles International Airport, and exit at the Marina Freeway (90). Take the Marina Freeway for approximately 3 miles. Before the freeway ends, turn left onto Mindanao Way, and drive into the Marina area. Turn left or right onto Admiralty Way to your destination.
From the eastern Los Angeles area, drive west on the Santa Monica Freeway (10-W) to the San Diego Freeway (405-S). Exit at the Marina Freeway (90). Take the Marina Freeway for approximately 3 miles. Before the freeway ends, turn left onto Mindanao Way, and drive into the Marina area. Turn left or right onto Admiralty Way to your destination.
Viewing the Fireworks Display From a Boat
Fireworks are launched from a floating barge located in the main channel between Fisherman’s Village and the Breakwater. Boats are allowed to idle in the main channel (no anchoring). A designated ‘fall-out’ zone surrounds the fireworks launch site where no is be allowed to enter. Fireworks can also be viewed from Santa Monica Bay.