Fourth of July on Catalina Island
Fireworks, parades and barbecues happen all over the country on Fourth of July. Independence Day just wouldn’t be the same without these icons of Americana. Fourth of July on Catalina Island is no different, but our parade is made up mostly of golf carts, our barbecue dinner happens in the Casino Ballroom and our fireworks echo over Avalon Harbor.
Avalon’s Fourth of July Parade has filling Crescent Avenue for decades. Composed almost entirely of decorated golf carts, the parade is open to anyone who would like to show off their patriotic spirit. Each year, the University of Southern California Marching Band is a cornerstone of the parade, thanks to the Avalon Rotary and some Trojan-loving supporters. The parade starts at 1 p.m. and spectators tend to claim their spots an hour or so before hand.
Catalina Island’s Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau hosts an annual concert and barbecue dinner in the Casino Ballroom. Featuring a performance by the USC Marching Band and premium viewing of the Avalon fireworks display, the party is an annual tradition for many families.
Speaking of fireworks, Avalon’s are not to be missed. Anywhere along the waterfront or in the hills surrounding the town is a great spot to catch the display, which is reflected in Avalon Harbor and echoes resoundingly up Avalon Canyon.