Fireworks are synonymous with Independence Day, but sometimes it is nice to celebrate the holiday without the cacophony of pyrotechnics. Here are a few events that don’t need fireworks to create fun.
Pedal your way to a patriotic day at Long Beach’s Great American Kids’ Bike Parade, at 10 a.m. along the Granada Avenue bike path. Children can decorate their bicycles and participate in the parade and take part in a Fourth of July costume competition, a watermelon seed-spitting contest and a patriotic oratory competition (which requires advance submission). Free; www.justinrudd.com/bikeparade.html.
At the Independence Day celebration at the International Printing Museum (315 W. Torrance Blvd, Carson), visitors can meet John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin, use a vintage colonial printing press to print their own “Declaration” and dine on Freedom Dogs, American Apple Pie and Colonial Punch at “Madame Brillon’s Garden De Liberte'” from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $12 per person, $40 for family groups of up to four; www.printmuseum.org.
Pasadena’s Bunny Museum (1933 Jefferson Dr.) is a one-of-a-kind place. As the name suggests, it’s all about bunnies. In fact, the museum holds the largest public bunny collection. From 3-6 p.m. July 4, as on most holidays, the public is invited to check out all of the bunny fun and bring veggies to feed real rabbits. $5, free for ages 3 and younger; www.thebunnymuseum.com.
Parades are a tradition on the Fourth of July, and a number of parades will take place around Southern California. The Westchester Fourth of July Parade, held from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. on Loyola Boulevard between Westchester Park and Loyola Marymount University, has an “American Beach Party” theme, offering a bit of small-town America for big-city Angelenos. Free.