Best Fourth of July Celebrations in the Southland 2012 Photo by Ralph Millero

Celebrate our Independence from the Brits in true Southern California family style. From family friendly parades, muscled and tanned men and women competing at the beach to fireworks spectaculars you’ll find the best family friendly 4th of July events listed below.

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A trip to Catalina Island

Copyright: Desiree Eaglin Photography

One of the 8 California Channel Islands, the Island of Santa Catalina is a mere “26 miles across the Sea” as sung by The Four Preps in 1958. However, the Island destination feels like it is a world away. With a relaxed small town, stress and hassle free feeling and a friendly close-knit community of people immersed by the natural beauty of the Island, Catalina is the perfect location for a weekend getaway. In fact, there is not a single traffic light located anywhere on the Island.
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