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64th Annual Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade

15777 Bowdoin St., Los Angeles, CA, 90272

The 64th Annual Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade, featuring “the Beav”…

Website: http://palisadesparade.org

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Americafest 2012

1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 91103

(626) 577-3100

The Rose Bowl, which has dubbed itself “America’s Stadium,” honors the birth of our nation with the all-day extravaganza Americafest 2012…

Website: http://rosebowlstadium.com

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Amoeba Music

6400 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90028

323-245-6400

They’ve just added a goth section at Amoeba Music, giving the best record store in Southern California a brand-new kohl-eyed pout…

Website: http://www.amoeba.com/

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Aquarium of the Pacific

100 Aquarium Way, Los Angeles, CA, 90802

562-590-3100

The puffins invariably draw a crowd, as do the psychedelic sea jellies, the Tolkienesque sea dragons, and especially the touching ponds…

Website: http://www.aquariumofpacific.org

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Black Dahlia

5453 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90019

323-525-0070

The 30-seat Black Dahlia proves that when done well, small theater knows no limits. Since founding the Dahlia four years ago, Matt Shakman has developed a storefront showcase for new works by emerging writers…

Website: http://www.thedahlia.com/

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Bob Baker Marionette Theater

1345 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA, 90026

213-250-9995

For more than 70 years, Bob Baker has had the world on a string. The master puppeteer has worked with Disney, Elvis, and Leno, but his most precious achievement…

Website: http://www.bobbakermarionettes.com

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Bright Child

1415 4th St., Los Angeles, CA, 90401

310-393-4844

When the weather’s hot and the prospect of terrorizing the local park fails to inspire, indoor play centers present a happy alternative…

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Burton W. Chace Park

Various locations, Los Angeles, CA, 90292

After being eliminated last year due to budget cuts, Fourth of July fireworks in the Marina have returned…

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Carroll Avenue

Carroll Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90026

Boasting the city’s highest concentration of Queen Anne and Eastlake-style Victorian homes from the late 19th century, Carroll Avenue in Angelino Heights is a gabled architectural oasis.

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Disneyland

1313 Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA, 92802

714-781-7290

Alas, there’s no Fast Pass and thus no easy way to avoid the mobs swarming Disneyland’s newest attraction, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage…

Website: http://disneyland.disney.go.com/

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Disneyland and Disney California Adventure

1313 S. Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, CA, 92803

(714) 781-4000

This year Disneyland hosts a symphony of explosions for four consecutive nights (July 1 through 4) as part of…

Website: http://disneyland.disney.go.com

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Dodger Stadium

1000 Elysian Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90012

While fireworks are par for the course at Dodger Stadium, what’s more patriotic than baseball on the Fourth…

Website: http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com

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E. Waldo Ward & Son

273 E. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91024

626-355-1218

Long before the movie industry defined Los Angeles, oranges were our most famous export…

Website: http://www.waldoward.com/

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First Fridays

900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90007

213-763-3466

The First Fridays series at the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park balances the educational (preparty lectures are fascinating) with the unorthodox (loud bands in a hallowed space)…

Website: http://www.nhm.org

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Griffith Park and Southern Railroad

4400 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90027

323-664-6903

Babies and parents and puppies jostle for space in the queue for the family-owned Griffith Park and Southern Railroad…

Website: http://griffithparktrainrides.com

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Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round

Griffith Park Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90027

323-665-3051

A great carousel need not be overly polished. A little carny grit is good—the reassuring patina of age, of so many childhoods spent circling on the steeds while the pipe organ blares out its chorus of delight…

Website: http://www.laparks.org

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