California 4th of July Vacation

California
Check-in
2 guests

4th of July in California: Top Destinations

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

Apartment ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Meadow View, Bakersfield, California
from $25
Vrbo
4.0
View deal
Private room ∙ 3 guests
El Monte, Los Angeles County, California
from $32
Homestay.com
View deal
Private room ∙ 2 guests
Elk Grove, Sacramento County, California
from $50
Homestay.com
View deal
Private room ∙ 2 guests
Elk Grove, Sacramento County, California
from $43
Homestay.com
View deal
Private room ∙ 2 guests
Brooks, Yolo County, California
from $47
Homestay.com
5.0
View deal
Private room ∙ 2 guests
Brooks, Yolo County, California
from $43
Homestay.com
5.0
View deal
Apartment ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Chico, Butte County, California
from $27
Airbnb
5.0
View deal
Villa ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Coronado, Richmond, California
from $25
Airbnb
View deal
House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Concord, Contra Costa County, California
from $25
Airbnb
View deal

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

Caravan ∙ 4 guests
American Canyon, Napa County, California
from $22
Airbnb
View deal
Private room ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Yuba City, Sutter County, California
from $24
Airbnb
5.0
View deal
Private room ∙ 3 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Los Banos, Merced County, California
from $24
Airbnb
View deal

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

Private room ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Twentynine Palms, San Bernardino County, California
from $25
Airbnb
View deal
Private room ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Tulare, Tulare County, California
from $25
Airbnb
View deal
Private room ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Paramount, Los Angeles County, California
from $34
Airbnb
View deal

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

Private room ∙ 3 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Lomita, Los Angeles County, California
from $25
Airbnb
View deal
Private room ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Rowland Heights, Los Angeles County, California
from $26
Airbnb
View deal
Private room ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Chino, San Bernardino County, California
from $26
Airbnb
View deal

The Weather in California

55°
34°
64°
39°
70°
45°
77°
48°
84°
54°
93°
61°
97°
64°
95°
63°
91°
59°
81°
52°
66°
41°
57°
36°
Jan.
Feb.
Mar.
Apr.
May
June
July
Aug.
Sep.
Oct.
Nov.
Dec.
- Rainy days

Average Nightly Rental Prices in California

Vacation Rental Price Information in California

Vacation Rental Availability in California

Rental Availability Information in California

Other Popular Destinations for 4th of July

image-tag