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Head to California For an Independence Day Vacation to Remember

The Golden State certainly offers opportunities for golden vacations coinciding with the 4th of July. Why not head into the mountains to celebrate on the ski slopes? Or if a beach party is more your style, the Californian coastline provides plenty to choose from. Big cities throw extravagant fireworks displays to herald in the 4th, so join the crowds for a night you won't forget.

4th of July in California: Top Accommodations

Cabin Big Bear Lake
Jul 3 - Jul 4
$1,080 per night
Cabin ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Cabin in Big Bear Lake with Jacuzzi & Grill

Big Bear Lake, San Bernardino County, California
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Cottage Avila Beach
Jul 4 - Jul 5
$513 per night
Cottage ∙ 8 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Cottage in Avila Beach

4.6
Excellent (56 ratings)
Avila Beach, San Luis Obispo County, California
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Apartment Almonte
Jul 5 - Jul 6
$285 per night
Apartment ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Apartment in Almonte with Patio + Water Views

5.0
Outstanding (17 ratings)
Almonte, Mill Valley, California
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Best Places for Families to Spend 4th of July in California

Best Places for Families to Spend 4th of July in California

Families have dozens of options for 4th of July vacations in California; from laid-back to adrenaline-filled. Why not head into the heart of the state to enjoy a relaxed vacation with just family? Or at the other end of the scale, join the crowds at one of the large city fireworks displays.

  • 1. Los Angeles

    The Los Angeles suburb of Anaheim is where you'll find Disneyland, and what better time to take the kids than on the 4th of July? Spend the day on rides, meet Mickey and the gang, then after dark see the fireworks over the fairytale castle.

  • 2. Santa Monica

    Combine traditional 4th of July fun with a day at the beach in Santa Monica. The Main Street parade features musicians, civic groups and many performers. Don't forget to wear red, white and blue to fit in with the crowd! Once the parade is over, spend the rest of the day splashing in the waves or having fun building sandcastles.

  • 3. Fresno

    A relaxing day at the lake is the order of the day on July 4th in Fresno. Millerton Lake sees thousands of people arrive for a day of swimming, relaxed family fun, and barbecue food. Fireworks aren't allowed in the park area, guaranteeing a tranquil and peaceful July 4th, perfect for kids who aren't a fan of loud noises.

Best Places to Stay for 4th of July in California

Motel Kings Beach
Jul 3 - Jul 4
-23%
$147
$114 per night
Motel ∙ 7 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Motel in Kings Beach with Patio

3.8
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Kings Beach, Placer County, California, United States
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Resort Tahoe Vista
Jul 3 - Jul 4
$388 per night
Resort ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Resort in Tahoe Vista with Sauna, Jacuzzi & Grill

4.5
Excellent
Tahoe Vista, Placer County, California, United States
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Best California Destinations to See 4th of July Fireworks

Best California Destinations to See 4th of July Fireworks

It wouldn't be July 4th without rounding off the celebrations at a fireworks display, and displays in California are among the nation's best. Many are free to attend so pack a picnic, get your spot early and enjoy a spectacular display in the night skies.

  • 1. San Diego

    San Diego's "Big Bay Boom" fireworks display bills itself as the largest event in the Western U.S. and is not to be missed. Watch from anywhere along the shore, but get there early to secure your spot.

  • 2. Lake Tahoe

    Rated one of the top five displays in the whole of the U.S., you can experience the Tahoe fireworks from anywhere in town. The best view is from the water, so book yourself onto a dinner cruise for a night to remember.

  • 3. San Jose

    The Rotary Club in San Jose put on a spectacular display every July 4th, which is free to view from Discovery Meadows in the center of the city. If you feel like splashing out, there are also VIP tickets available which include a dinner buffet and special seating area with a prime view of the pyrotechnics.

Recommended Accommodations for 4th of July in California

House Gualala
Jul 5 - Jul 6
$210 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Whole House in Gualala with Patio, Yard & Grill + Ocean View

5.0
Outstanding (254 ratings)
Gualala, Mendocino County, California
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Motel Newark
Jul 3 - Jul 4
$108 per night
Motel ∙ 5 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Motel in Newark with Hot Tub, Pool & Patio

Newark, Alameda County, California
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House Hollywood Hills
Jul 3 - Jul 4
$500 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

House in Hollywood Hills with Pool, Yard & Grill

Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California
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Best Big Cities in California for a 4th of July Vacation

Best Big Cities in California for a 4th of July Vacation

California's major cities all offer something a bit different when it comes to 4th July celebrations. Los Angeles is all about glitz, glamor and a beach lifestyle, whereas San Francisco's celebrations are more family-focused, with an emphasis on superb local food and drink.

  • 1. Long Beach

    Permanent mooring site of the iconic Queen Mary cruise ship, Long Beach offers a July 4th with a difference. The cruise ship hosts an annual extravaganza with guided tours and access to special exhibitions, along with live music, entertainment, and kids' activities. Then when the sun sets, watch the firework display from shore.

  • 2. Pasadena

    The Rose Bowl's annual "Americafest" is one of the nation's longest-established fireworks displays, and uses over a ton of explosives for ultimate effect. Before the fireworks finale, visitors can enjoy family-focused entertainment throughout the day, with food vendors and inflatable rides to keep the kids happy too.

  • 3. Bakersfield

    Enjoy the ultimate American day out in Bakersfield, first by watching the Bakersfield Train Robbers take on another local side in a hotly-contested baseball match before enjoying the post-match fireworks from your seat in the stadium.

Top Offers for 4th of July in California

Motel Palmdale
Jul 3 - Jul 4
-37%
$75
$48 per night
Motel ∙ 5 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Beautiful Motel in Palmdale with Grill, Jacuzzi & Pool

3.8
Good
Palmdale, Los Angeles County, California
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Resort Kirkwood
Jul 3 - Jul 4
-21%
$211
$166 per night
Resort ∙ 127 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Beautiful Resort in Kirkwood with Grill & Patio

4.4
Very good
Kirkwood, Alpine County, California
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Resort Carlsbad
Jul 3 - Jul 4
$155 per night
Resort ∙ 127 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Resort in Carlsbad with Outdoor Pool

4.0
Very good (1 rating)
Carlsbad, San Diego County, California
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Frequently Asked Questions

California 4th of July Vacation: What is the price per night for a stay?

The average cost for a vacation rental in California is usually around $383 and $622 per night.

Can I find a vacation rental for a large group for California 4th of July Vacation?

in California, large groups should look for House rental since they fit 8 people.

What types of vacation homes are available for California 4th of July Vacation?

There is a lot of Apartment rental and House rental that are perfect for California 4th of July Vacation.

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