10 Things to Do for 4th of July in Marina del Rey

It’s time to celebrate 4th of July Marina del Rey-style! While the annual Marina del Rey fireworks show is cancelled, our seaside community remains a perfect spot to observe America’s Independence Day. We rounded up 10 things to do for a memorable 4th of July Marina del Rey weekend. Whether you spend the day exploring the Pacific by boat, jet-ski or parasail, we know these activities will surely light up a smile from you and your loved ones during 4th of July weekend. 

Planning to make it a long weekend getaway? Click here to read our sample Marina del Rey trip itineraries. 


Watersports rentals remain open in Marina “Mother’s” Beach (kayak, stand-up paddleboard and yoga on paddleboard lessons) on Friday-Sunday, July 3-5. Whether you rent kayaks and paddleboards or if you own one, you may launch your watercraft from Marina “Mother’s” Beach. We suggest parking in Lot #9 on Palawan Way and Via Marina. 

Boat Loads of Fun

Enjoy a fun cozy boat ride when you rent a boat (duffy boat pictured here) or charter a yacht for a half- or full-day adventure on the sea. You can charter boats with or without skippers (someone who is in charge of the boat, essentially, the captain!) and choose from sailboats or powerboats. Pack a picnic and dine on the water. This fun social distancing activity is perfect for 4th of July weekend!

Check on availability for hourly rentals with Marina del Rey Boat Rentals located at Fisherman's Village.

Or click the button below for a list of boat rentals and yacht charters that are licensed to operate in Marina del Rey.

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Calm Water Activities

Rent a kayak or stand-up paddle board for a more low-key adventure on the water. Water sports rental companies in Marina del Rey have new safety procedures in place to ensure physical distancing and sanitizing of vessels, equipment and life jackets. Check out Marina del Rey Boat Rentals, Paddle Method or ProSUP Shop.

Ride the WaterBus

**UPDATE: WaterBus is open all weekend with the following exceptions:
WaterBus will not drop-off or pick-up at Marina "Mother's" Beach on Friday-Sunday, July 3-5. WaterBus will not drop-off or pick-up at Burton Chace Park on Saturday, July 4.
A favorite by locals and visitors, hop on the WaterBus for a scenic ride around the Marina! For 2020, six stops along the marina for only $1 per ride one-way. Bikes and strollers allowed; no pets (though service animals are allowed). For routes and schedules, click on the button below.

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Al Fresco Dining

Dining outdoors is easy breezy in L.A.'s Marina. Open-air patios and outdoor terraces overlooking the marina are a fun way to celebrate Fourth of July. SALT Restaurant and Bar, pictured here, is located at the Marina del Rey Hotel. Click below for a list of restaurants with outdoor patio seating.

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Make it a Weekend Getaway

Whether you're a local or passing through, get away for the weekend and stay at waterfront hotels in Marina del Rey. Hotel pools are open (Jamaica Bay Inn pictured here), along with on-site restaurants which are open for dine-in., too. Rest and relaxation await in L.A.'s Marina!

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Whale Watching and Sealife Tours

Delight in the exciting sounds and sights of a whale watching and marine life tour out of Marina del Rey! Other marine life including porpoises, sea birds, seals, sea lions, and sea otters are frequently seen on our Los Angeles whale watching cruises.

Departs weekends at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. On weekdays, catch the tour Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 10 a.m.

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Aquatic Adventure on Jet Skis

Get revved up and ride your own jet ski on the Pacific. Marina del Rey Boat Rentalsis the local water sports outfitter based in Fisherman's Village.

High Up in the Sky

A great way to enjoy ocean views is 800 feet up in the air! Get a bird's eye view of the marina and Pacific coastline including Santa Monica and Venice along the way. Book reservations; spots fill quickly.

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Cool Off with Ice-Cream

Grab a scoop or two of delicious ice cream from Daniel's Ice Cream shop at Fisherman's Village. Take a stroll and enjoy the quaint New England-style theme of the shopping center along the water--a popular spot for Instagram backgrounds! P.S. The ice cream shop is next to Daniel's Bike Rentals. Rent a bike and you get a free junior scoop!

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Two Wheeled Fun

**Update: The paved bike path along the Marina remains open on Friday-Sunday, July 3-5.** Scenic Marina del Rey is located along the Marvin Braude Coastal Bike Trail, a 22-mile coastal path from Santa Monica all the way to Torrance. Bike to your favorite restaurant and order takeout - you get fresh air and support local restaurants, too!

Click the link below to download a map of the route. Rent a bike from Daniel's Bike Rentals located in Fisherman's Village. P.S. Treat yourself to a sweet scoop (or two!) of Daniel's Ice Cream next door.

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