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  • Thursday, May 2, Pacific Park will be CLOSED to the public at 4 PM.
  • Thursday, May 9, Pacific Park will be CLOSED to the public at 3:30 PM.
  • Wednesday, May 15, Pacific Park will be CLOSED to the public at 4 PM.
  • Thursday, May 19, Pacific Park will be CLOSED to the public at 6 PM.
  • Thursday, May 23, Pacific Park will be CLOSED to the public at 6 PM.
  • Friday, July 12, Pacific Park will be CLOSED to the public ALL DAY.

๐Ÿ• For a full schedule of hours, please check our operating calendar before planning your visit.

The Pacific Wheel Ferris wheel celebrates Independence Day with a special red, white and blue light program

Pacific Wheel Ferris wheel displays an American flag
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The Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel will be lit in red, white and blue from Friday, July 3rd until Sunday, July 5th in celebration of the 4th of July.

Independence Day, sometimes just referred to as โ€œJuly 4thโ€, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States, on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject to Britain, and were now united, free, and independent states.

Celebrations take place all weekend long as Americans typically barbecue, gather with friends and family, and watch a fireworks show to end the day. Pacific Park will put on a dazzling light display on the Ferris wheel, including a waving American Flag.

This special lighting event will take place on the evenings of Friday, July 3rd through Sunday, July 5th. The Ferris wheel lights can be seen from dusk until 11:30 PM each evening. Enjoy watching the light program online at


Special Lighting of the Pacific Wheel for Independence Day


Dusk to midnight (around 8:00 PM)


Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier


See the lights from home at

Pacific Park regularly programs the Ferris wheel to display seasonal programing and themed light designs for holidays and special occasions. The Pacific Wheelโ€™s state-of-the-art lighting package was installed in 2016 and can display over 1.6 million different colors and animate patterns and icons in 24 frames per second. The energy efficient LEDs on the face of the Ferris wheel are powered by solar arrays inside Pacific Park. The light programs are curated and designed by Pacific Park staff. Each design is manually animated; some designs can take hours of programming. The aim is to provide fun, high-energy, and sometimes whimsical designs to entertain guests on the Santa Monica Pier and surrounding beaches.

Feature image courtesy of @peonytea88

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