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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


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


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


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


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


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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1313 Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA, 92802


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


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


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


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


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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