PSA: Getting Around on Fourth of July in Marina del Rey
Considered one of the best firework shows in SoCal, city staff recommends having a travel plan when attending the firework extravaganza.
MARINA DEL REY—What is the Fourth of July without a firework show? Marina del Rey has one of the best in Southern California. However, because of the traffic in the area, congestion on the waters and the high number of people who attend, guests should plan ahead to ensure the best experience. Here’s a short guide to staying safe during Marina del Rey’s firework show.
The best areas to view the show are will be at Burton Chace Park and Fisherman’s Village. The fireworks will begin promptly at 9 p.m. and last for 20 minutes.
Boaters can use the guest docks, located conveniently from the boat launch ramp. The guest docks, however, are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Keep in mind that power and sail boaters can stay for up to 7 days within a 30-day period, so plan for the docks to be busy during the holiday. Fees are $1.15 per foot daily and boats must be a minimum of 8 feet to use the docks. Vessels over 50 feet must contact staff before mooring. Check-in and check-out times are noon. For late check-outs, an additional $10 per hour will be charged. Be sure to bring valid I.D. and your boat’s registration. The guest docks are located at 13650 Mindanao Way near Burton Chace Park on the Main Channel.
While you can travel by car, this area experiences a lot of congestion, especially during events like the firework show, so it’s best to carpool if you are traveling by land. Some roads will be shutdown from noon until 8 p.m. Uber/Lyft drivers will not be allowed inside a closure permitted at Lincoln Boulevard and Fiji Way; guests will need to walk to the viewing areas. County lots (see a map online for instructions to permitted lots) will be charging between $7-15. The Marina Towers, located at 4676 and 4640 Admiralty Way, will allow parking for $20 per vehicle.
Kat Jacob, Communications Manager for Marina del Rey Convention & Visitors Bureau, recommends taking WaterBus, which will be up and running. It costs $1 per trip and picks up/stops at eight locations:
- Fishermen’s Village
- Burton Chace Park
- Waterfront Walk
- Marina Beach
- Dolphin Marina
- Esprit 1
- Harbor at Marina Bay
- Del Rey Landing
For more information about WaterBus, visit marinawaterbus.com.
Other traveling methods are the Beach Shuttle and The Free Ride. More information about these modes of travel can be found at visitmarinadelrey.com/events/july-4-fireworkds-marina-del-rey.