Go Metro to these 5 FREE events and celebrate 4th of July!

The Fourth of July holiday is just around the corner! To celebrate, there are plenty of events in our region for all tastes, whether you want to see fireworks, have a picnic with the family, dance to live music and or fireworks or drone shows.

Below is a list of the FREE events that you can reach from the Metro system:

1) Cars & Stripes forever – Port of LA

If you like vintage, this is your place to go! Visit Port of Los Angeles for its 13th annual pre-Independence Day celebration that will feature over 100 classic cars built before 1975. This popular event will have live bands music, food, and a grand fireworks finale to cap off the evening!

  • When: Friday, June 30.
  • Where: Harbor Boulevard & Vincent Thomas Bridge – 600 N Harbor Blvd, San Pedro, CA, 90731.
  • Time: 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Metro: Take the Metro J Line (Silver) to Beacon/1st.
  • For more information click here.

2) Drone Light Show – Sylmar

If you aren’t fan of fireworks, or perhaps you have pets and prefer a less noisy celebration, the 2nd Annual Drone Light Show prepared by District 7 is perfect for you. The event in Sylmar (in San Fernando Valley) will have live music, food, vendors, kid’s activities, and resource booths with information for the community.

  • When: Sunday, July 2.
  • Where: Hansen Dam Soccer Fields – 11658 Foothill Blvd. Sylmar, CA 91342.
  • Time: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Metro:  Take the Metro Line 233 to Eldridge / Kagel Canyon.
  • For more information click here.

3) Gloria Molina Grand Park — Downtown Los Angeles

One of the biggest celebrations in Los Angeles during the 4th of July takes place in Grand Park – in the heart of DTLA. For the first time in a decade, the show will not offer the traditional fireworks — instead there will be a drone show that promises to light up the sky of Los Angeles. You can bring your own food for a picnic or buy food and snacks there. The food trucks will offer a variety of fare. Among the attractions will be live music, dancing and games for children and the whole family.

  • When Tuesday, July 4
  • Where Gloria Molina Grand Park – 200 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
  • Time: 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Metro: Take the B (Red) or D (Purple) Line subway to the Civic Center / Grand Park station or the A (Blue) or E (Expo) to Historic Broadway or Grand Av Arts/Bunker Hill Station.
  • For more information click here.

4) 4th of July Parade — San Gabriel

The city of San Gabriel is ready to wave their flag. The parade, which promises to spread joy among the community, will also have food sales, kid’s activities, and live music. You will be able to find a “wall of honor” that will showcase the brave members of the Armed Forces, both past and present, who call San Gabriel their home.

  • When: Tuesday July 4
  • Where: Smith Park – 232 W. Broadway San Gabriel, CA 91776.
  • Time: de 9:00 a.m. a 1:00 p.m.
  • Metro: Take the bus 78 to Las Tunas/San Marino OR the bus 487 to Ramona/Main.
  • For more information click here.

5) Fireworks at the Long Beach Waterfront

Long Beach’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display goes off around 9 p.m. over Queensway Bay, with choice viewing spots at Rainbow Harbor, Shoreline Village, and Lions Lighthouse for Sight. Keep in mind there will also be ticketed events hosted at The Aquarium of the Pacific and the Queen Mary on the same day if you want to add to the fun, but either way the fireworks are free. Just make sure you arrive a bit early if you want to grab a spot.

  • When: Tuesday, July 4
  • Where: Queensway Dr, Long Beach, CA 90802.
  • Time: 9:00 p.m.
  • Metro: Take the A Line to Downtown Long Beach station.
  • For more information click here.

If you need assistance with the Metro system, you can use Google Maps or call Metro Transit at (323).GO.METRO / (323)-466-3876. This service is available in English and Spanish Monday through Friday from 5 :00 am to 9:00 p.m. and weekends from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

How to ride

•A regular one-way fare is $1.75 with two hours of free transfers. Our reloadable TAP fare cards can be purchased from TAP machines at Metro Rail stations for $2 plus fare. You can also ride all day for $5 and all week for $18. Just use a TAP card with stored value.
•Popular trip planning options include Google Maps, Apple Maps, the Transit app, the Moovit app or metro.net.
•Here’s a list of all the local 4th of July events on the WeLikeLA website.


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