Fourth of July Events & Fireworks in Long Beach

The Long Beach waterfront will host spectacular fireworks events for Independence Day, including a free show at the Downtown waterfront on July 4, and a ticketed event, Big Bang on the Bay, in Alamitos Bay on July 3. Check it out!

Big Bang on the Bay: July 3

One of the biggest events in Long Beach on July 3 is the block party at Boathouse on the Bay at 190 N. Marina Drive. This year, the party begins at 5:30 pm and dinner will be catered by the Naples Rib Company. This is a great spot for viewing the fireworks over Alamitos Bay. Tickets are $75 per adult and $30 per child under 10, with proceeds going to charity. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here. Harbor Breeze Cruises is offering a ticketed viewing cruise of the event – for more information, click here.

Fourth of July Fireworks at the Waterfront

The main event on the Fourth of July is the spectacular fireworks show at Queensway Bay, sponsored by the City of Long Beach. The free show can be seen all along the waterfront at 9 p.m., with prime viewing points at Lions Lighthouse for Sight, Shoreline Village, Rainbow Harbor, and Marina Green. Harbor Breeze Cruises is offering ticketed viewing cruises here.

Parking is available at various paid lots, including at the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Pike Outlets, the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, and others. Spectators are encouraged to visit waterfront restaurants and shops before the show.

Fireworks Fit for a Queen

One of the signature moments during one of the city’s signature events occurs when an awe-inspiring array of fireworks soar over the Queen Mary (1126 Queens Hwy.) on Independence Day evening. For the first time in a few years, the Queen will host its own family-friendly night of music, entertainment, drinks, delicious bites, and fireworks! The event, which begins at 5 pm, features live music, DJs and a kid’s zone. The historic Observation Bar will be open as well as concession stands on the Promenade Deck. Fireworks light up the sky at 9 p.m. For tickets, click here.

Aquarium of the Pacific BBQ & Late Night

View an ocean's worth of patriotic hues and the dazzling undersea "fireworks" and natural spectacles displayed by the aquatic residents of the Aquarium of the Pacific, which is offering special after hours access on July 4. Special tickets get you access to a buffet meal on the front plaza from 4-6:00 pm or a VIP dinner from 6:30-9:30 pm on the Rooftop Veranda, which overlooks the Rainbow Harbor and the evening's signature fireworks display.

Extended general admission hours are available until 10:00 pm, but advance registration is required. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

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