Escape the ordinary and embark on an extraordinary Fourth of July celebration on the picturesque shores of Catalina Island. As the nation's birthday approaches, there's no better place to revel in the spirit of freedom and patriotism than this stunning paradise just off the coast of Southern California. From breathtaking landscapes to a vibrant atmosphere teeming with festivities, Catalina Island offers an idyllic retreat where you can make lasting memories and create cherished traditions. Keep reading for a full rundown of all the festivities planned for the holiday weekend. 

July 2, 2023 

Annual Children’s Festival | Two Harbors | 10 AM – 12 PM 

Grab the kids and head out to the West End of Catalina Island for the 37th Annual Children’s Festival. This fun, family-focused event is the perfect way to kick off your Fourth of July weekend. Held at Buffalo Park, there will be arts & crafts available for kids of all ages. 

Annual Dinghy Parade | Two Harbors | 2 PM – 3 PM 

Keep the fun going with the iconic 19th Annual Two Harbors Annual Dinghy Parade. Decorate your dinghy with some patriotic pizzazz, then hop in line to parade your masterpiece through the coves of the West End. Once you return, prizes will be awarded for the most creative dinghy decor! 

July 3, 2023 

Annual Fireworks Spectacular | Two Harbors | 9 PM  

Enjoy incredible fireworks over the isthmus at the Two Harbors Annual Fireworks Spectacular. This fireworks show is sure to be unlike any you’ve ever seen. While we recommend heading over early in the day to grab a drink and plant your feet in the sand, there are many ways you can enjoy this spectacular show! Embark on a special voyage on the Cyclone power boat from Avalon by booking the Two Harbors Fireworks Voyage, which will depart from the Green Pier at 6 PM. Prefer land travel? You can book the Two Harbors Fireworks Bus Experience and explore the beautiful island interior on your way to this fireworks extravaganza. 

July 4, 2023 

Fireworks Show over Avalon Bay | Avalon | 9 PM 

Enjoy fireworks in the heart of town with the Avalon fireworks show. Want a unique perspective? Book the Avalon Fireworks Harbor Cruise, where you’ll board the Cyclone power boat and jet off into the open sea where you’ll be situated right in the middle of the action.  

Make the Most of Your Holiday 

The hands-down best way to enjoy Fourth of July on Catalina Island is to make it a full trip. Try staying at Hotel Atwater in Avalon, just a few steps from “front street,” where you’ll experience the perfect mix of convenience and luxury. Then, get the perfect view of the fireworks from the brand new Flx Biergarten. You can spend your extra days basking in the sun at a Descanso Beach Club chaise lounge, flying 600 feet above the canyon on the Zipline Eco Tour, or exploring the island’s interior on the safari-like Bison Expedition. No matter your tastes, there will be something for you to enjoy with your extended stay.