How to Spend 4th of July in Laguna Beach 2023

June 6, 2023

Spending the 4th of July in Laguna Beach is a splendid idea. After all, this Orange County stunner is at the height of its popularity during this quintessential summer holiday, ensuring you’ll be surrounded by fellow vacationers who bring joy and excitement to every corner of town. From sun-soaked mornings to cool evenings bathed in the pink hues of the nightly sunset, every hour spent here is like a dream. Read on to find out how to spend your 4th of July weekend in Laguna Beach.


Watch Laguna Beach’s 4th of July Fireworks Show

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Make sure to add Laguna’s Annual Fireworks Show to your list of Laguna Beach activities—it’s an explosive extravaganza that’s not to be missed! Due to start at around 9 p.m., this fireworks show originates from Monument Point at Heisler Park, parts of which will be closed earlier in the evening to prepare for the show. Parking will be tricky during the event, which is why organizers advise taking the trolley into town. 


Get Active 

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From the network of meandering coastal hiking trails at Crystal Cove State Park to the beachfront promenade snaking along Main Beach, there are plenty of things to do in Laguna Beach that will get your heart pumping. 

Want to take things up a notch? Sign up for the 2023 YMCA Run In The Parks 5K & Kids Race, to be held on July 4 starting at 8 a.m. This annual tradition is a great way to get an overview of the town while joining fellow active types in a fun, challenging activity. Entrance fees benefit the YMCA scholarship fund.


Go on a yacht cruise

Take your 4th of July celebration in Laguna Beach to the next level and go on a yacht cruise along the town’s stunning coastline. Cruise Newport Beach and Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching offer 4th of July fireworks cruise, where you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and an unforgettable experience. Indulge in a delectable onboard meal, sip on refreshing cocktails, and dance the night away as you enjoy the festivities on board. Whether you choose a romantic cruise for two or gather your friends and family for a memorable excursion, a yacht cruise is the touch of elegance and sophistication you need for your holiday.


Support local artists and businesses at Laguna Art-a-Fair

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Laguna Beach has a rich and vibrant artistic scene, and Laguna Art-A-Fair is just one of its annual festivals celebrating art in the community. Although they’re closed on Independence Day, the event is opening on June 30th until September 3rd from 10am to 8pm, so you have the 4th of July weekend to enjoy the festival. Bringing together talented artists from around the world, browse through a diverse collection of fine art, including paintings, photography, sculptures, and mixed media pieces. Engage with the artists, gain insight into their creative processes, and support their passion by purchasing unique artworks. 

You can also attend one of their summer workshops for 2023. From acrylic painting to jewelry making, you can choose between their 20 workshops with over 62 dates to choose from throughout summer. 


Immerse yourself in local culture at the Sawdust Summer Festival 2023

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Known for being an artists’ community, experience Laguna Beac’s local culture at the Sawdust Summer Festival 2023. This annual celebration of art, music, and community brings together artists and artisans from Laguna Beach and beyond. Explore over 162 booths, brimming with exceptional handcrafted treasures, from dazzling jewelry to awe-inspiring paintings.  Join live art demonstrations and art classes, where talented creators showcase their skills and reveal the magic behind their work. Enjoy live music… savor delicious food from local vendors… it’s the true essence of Laguna Beach in one setting.




Join Knott’s Berry Farm, Legoland, or  Disneyland’s 4th of July Celebrations

Add an extra dose of enchantment and excitement to your 4th of July holiday, and head to nearby Disneyland, Legoland, or Knott’s Berry Farm — where the magic of these renowned theme parks combines with patriotic festivities. Each park offers a dazzling array of entertainment, from spectacular fireworks shows lighting up the night sky to special live performances that capture the spirit of Independence Day. Spend the day enjoying thrilling rides, indulging in tasty treats, and creating unforgettable memories with your loved ones while waiting for the most anticipated event of the day — the fireworks, of course!


Visit the Town’s More Low-Key Hidden Beaches

If you’ve visited Laguna Beach before, you know that most of the action takes place around Main Beach, the sandy stretch just a stone’s throw from the town’s main commercial district. But if you’re looking for fun things to do in Laguna Beach that might be a bit more under the radar over the holiday weekend, we recommend hitting one of the smaller cove beaches scattered west of downtown. 

Crescent Bay Beach is located just steps from Art Hotel, and Shaw’s Cove and Fisherman’s Cove aren’t far either. Shell Beach at Twin Points is a tiny nature preserve and serene spot to see crabs, starfish, and sea urchins. 


Afternoons by the Pool 

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While May and June can sometimes be cloudy and cool in Laguna Beach, July kickstarts the warmer summer weather. By the 4th of July, visitors to town will be looking for places to cool off when they’re not exploring the town. 

Art Hotel boasts a serene swimming pool deck with sun loungers and a unique mural inspired by Laguna’s beautiful landscapes. When the sun gets to be too much, head down to this private oasis overlooking N Coast Highway.  

Located just one mile north of downtown Laguna Beach, Art Hotel welcomes travelers looking for a fun, sun-drenched stay in our seaside town. With free parking, a swimming pool, and minimalistic, modern guest rooms, it’s a convenient base for your 4th of July in Laguna Beach.


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