The Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks Are Back! This Year’s Theme: ‘The Sparkle Returns’

The 4th of July Palisades Parade is back this year!
Photo: Craig Weston

Our town’s traditional Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks are scheduled for Sunday, July 4, and the theme is “The Sparkle Returns.”

All residents are asked to plan to participate in the day’s events and to donate towards making this a memorable Fourth of July as Pacific Palisades returns to normalcy after last year’s Covid-19 shutdown.

Matt Rodman, president of the Palisades Americanism Parade Association (PAPA), announced in May that subject to approvals from state and local governmental agencies, the “best day in the Palisades” would return.

On Wednesday, he updated Circling the News with the latest parade/fireworks plans.

The parade was founded 73 years ago by Pacific Palisades residents and business owners wishing to celebrate the independence of our country.

“We’ve been graciously supported over those years by the community and the Palisades’ own Ronald Reagan American Legion Post 283,” Rodman said. “You may show your support and make a tax-deductible donation at”

Rodman said the emphasis this year is on local participation and everyone in the community is invited to participate.

If you have never been in a parade before, think about putting together a float with neighbors or a brigade of golf carts or a troop of wagons and fill out an entry form on the PAPA website by June 15.

All residents are asked to participate in this year’s parade.
Photo: Craig Weston

If you’ve never walked a dog in Patriotic pups, and your dog gets along with other canines, sign up and enjoy the company of like-minded pet owners.

Kids, decorate a bike or scooter and have the chance to win a prize at the Yogurt Shoppe.

Our local “baseball heroes,” the PPBA World Series winners can plan on riding in the parade.

As always, the parade will start at 2 p.m. on Via de la Paz, turn right onto Sunset, proceed to Drummond and end on Toyopa at Alma Real.

At 3 p.m., a squadron of World War II fighter planes will fly over the community.

At 8 p.m., the gates will open at Palisades High School football field, and the fireworks spectacular will begin at 9 p.m.

Tickets for the fireworks will be available soon. Online advanced purchase is required and there is limited seating, this year only. The concert will return in 2022.

Another way to participate: Decorate your home in red, white and blue and enter it in the annual Home Decorating Contest, which will once again be hosted by local real estate agents Joan Sather & Susan Montgomery ( or

All homes in Pacific Palisades are eligible, and first, second and third place prizes will be awarded. Fill out the form on the website ( and upload a photo of the house, or post a photo on our facebook page or to your Instagram feed with #Palisades4thHomeContest in the description by 5 p.m. on July 2.

Fireworks are being planned for this Fourth of July in Pacific Palisades. This photo was taken in 2019 at Palisades High School.
Photo: Morgan Genser

Just a reminder: It is already June 3—you have a month! Time to get started.





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