As a local resident of Catalina Island, I’ve experienced many 4th of July celebrations here, each one brimming with excitement and community spirit. But you might be wondering if Avalon is where you want to spend your next 4th so let me share the highs and lows of spending this holiday on our beautiful island.


Super Festive Atmosphere

The 4th of July on Catalina Island is nothing short of magical. Our unique golf cart parade and dinghy parade are always a highlight, showcasing creatively decorated vehicles and boats. It’s a tradition that reflects the island’s charm and our close-knit community spirit.

The fireworks display over Avalon Bay is spectacular. I still remember sitting on the beach with friends and watching my kids paddle out on their paddle boards, even as young as 5 years old, was an absolute joy. They lay on their backs, toes dangling over the edge into the water, gazing up at the fireworks. The air was just perfect, warm enough for t-shirts, making the experience even more magical. Their laughter and amazement under the night sky made it a truly unforgettable moment for all of us.

Live music performances by the USC Marching Band and local bands add to the festive ambiance, creating a lively atmosphere that makes you want to join in and dance.

Special Events

The Home & Business Decorating Contest is a delightful event. Seeing beautifully decorated homes and businesses competing for prizes is a testament to our community’s creativity and patriotism.

Participating in or watching various community-driven events highlights our island’s rich culture and strong sense of patriotism. These activities bring everyone closer, fostering a sense of belonging and shared joy.


Catalina Island typically enjoys pleasant weather in early July, making it an ideal time for outdoor activities and beach outings. The warm sun and gentle sea breeze create a perfect setting for a summer holiday.


The island is well-prepared to handle tourists with numerous accommodations, dining options, and activities tailored for visitors. Whether you’re seeking adventure or relaxation, Catalina Island has something for everyone.



However, the 4th of July is one of the busiest times on the island. Crowded streets, beaches, and attractions can detract from the relaxing island vibe. Finding a quiet spot can be challenging, but it’s all part of the festive spirit.

Higher Costs

Prices for accommodations, dining, and activities tend to be higher due to the holiday demand. Booking far in advance is often necessary to secure a place to stay, which can add to the overall cost of the trip.

Limited Availability

With the influx of tourists, finding last-minute accommodations or dining reservations can be challenging. Although they add extra boat trips to the schedule they sell out weeks in advance. Popular spots may be fully booked well in advance, requiring careful planning and flexibility.

Transport Congestion

Increased ferry and transport traffic to and from the island can result in longer waiting times and potential delays. It’s wise to plan your travel schedule accordingly to avoid any inconvenience.

Events During the 4th of July on Catalina Island:

  • USC Marching Band Performance: July 3rd from 5-6 pm and July 4th during the parade down Front st.
  • Home & Business Decorating Contest: Judging on the morning of July 4th.
  • Golf Cart Parade: Starts at 1 pm, featuring decorated golf carts along Crescent Avenue.
  • Dinghy Parade: Begins at 3:30 pm in Avalon Bay.
  • Fireworks Display: Begins at 9 pm, providing a stunning visual over Avalon Bay.
  • Live Music: Throughout the day and evening on July 4th.

Visiting Catalina Island during the 4th of July offers a vibrant and festive experience, full of unique local traditions and community events. However, it requires careful planning due to the higher costs, crowds, and limited availability during this peak season.

Escaping the Crowds: A Respite at Catalina Sea Spa

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the 4th of July festivities, sometimes we all need a quiet escape to recharge. One of my favorite places for a little peace is the Catalina Sea Spa. Tucked away from the busy streets, this serene retreat offers the perfect respite.

The spa’s calming ambiance, coupled with the soothing treatments, provides a much-needed break from the celebrations. Whether it’s a massage, facial, or just some quiet time in the tranquil surroundings, the Catalina Sea Spa is a haven for anyone looking to relax and rejuvenate. You can watch our latest video to learn more about our ✨Magic✨ Top 5 Reasons to Visit Catalina Sea Spa

So, if you’re planning a trip to Catalina Island this 4th of July, don’t forget to carve out some time for yourself. Escape the crowds, indulge in some self-care, and return to the festivities refreshed and recharged.