While July 4th barbecue’s are a great way to celebrate the nation’s independence from England, no July 4th could be complete without sitting back and watching fireworks light up the night’s sky. From downtown to the westside, L.A. is throwing fireworks celebrations that will amaze your eyes. We’ve put together a list of the ones you won’t want to miss.
Americafest at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena
1001 Rose Bowl Dr
Pasadena, CA 91103
Billed as the largest fireworks show in Los Angeles, join thousands of fellow Angeleno’s as they celebrate the 4th of July at Americafest at the Rose Bowl. Beginning at 2pm, the 88th Annual Fourth of July Celebration at America’s Stadium, which will be emceed by CBS 2 News anchor Paul Magers, will feature special musical performances by the Grammy Nominated Liverpool Legends, Teen Idol singing star Ian Thomas, motorcycle stunts as well as the largest fireworks show in Southern California produced by Pyrospectaculars by Souza. The fireworks show will begin at 9pm.
12th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza at Van Ness Recreation
5720 2nd Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90043
Celebrate the 12th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza at Van Ness Recreation Center this year with Councilmember Bernard C. Parks and many others. The event, which starts at 12pm, will feature many activities for kids as well as music, and food available for purchase. Once 9pm hits, the fireworks show begins! The hour-long show is one of the longest in Southern California and will feature live music from The WAVE to go along with it.
Culver City July 4th Fireworks
9000 Overland Ave
Culver City, CA 90230
Complete with live music from Rob Canove & Playback, delicious food trucks, great family-friendly games, attractions and of course, fireworks, Culver City is bringing their all for July 4th. Gates to the event on the West LA College grounds open at 4pm and the organizers will be offering plenty of parking for the event for $5 per occupant (max of $20 per vehicle). The show admission is included in your parking fee. For walk-in tickets, there is a suggested donation of just $5 per person though.
The Hollywood Bowl July 4th Fireworks Spectacular
2301 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Featuring Steve Marin and The Steep Canyon Rangers, celebrate the Fourth of July at the Hollywood Bowl’s Annual Fireworks Spectacular. If one night is not enough for you, the Bowl is offering 3 nights of fireworks and entertainment for you to enjoy. From July 2nd to July 4th, the Bowl will feature their headlining act along with patriotic music by the Orchestra. Once they begin playing The Star Spangled Banner, enjoy the fireworks as they light up the sky over the Hollywood Bowl. It is quite a sight to see and well worth the price of the ticket for admission. It’s certainly one of LA’s best fireworks displays year after year and this year will not be any different.
Marina Del Rey Fireworks Celebration
Burton Chace Park
13650 Mindanao Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
This year, celebrate the 4th of July in Marina Del Rey with an awe-inspiring fireworks show over the water. Shot from a barge in the Marina, fireworks will light up the sky and water below for a 20 minute extravaganza. Although the fireworks start at 9pm, make a night out of it by visiting many of the harbor side restaurants which will be offering a magnificent view of the light show. The fireworks will be set off in the waters of the main channel between Fisherman’s Village and the Breakwater, so anywhere near the waterfront will offer great views. Most parking lots will be full by 6pm so make sure to arrive early!
July 4th At Grand Park
227 N Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
For America’s Independence Day, head down to Grand Park in the LA Civic Center for a four-block block party which will feature the biggest rooftop fireworks display Downtown Los Angeles has to offer. Doors will open at 1pm with music on stages starting at 4pm. At 9pm, join thousands of revelers for free as Grand Park lights up the sky with a fireworks pyrotechnics show that will surely not disappoint. The main stage of the event and viewing area will be located between Hill Street and Grand Avenue. Cost of admission is free as well!
Queen Mary All-American Fourth Of July
1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802
In honor of America’s Independence Day, climb aboard the Queen Mary. Tickets to the event are very reasonable ($39.99 for adult general admission) and offer you the chance to enjoy live music and lounge all day while you enjoy family-friendly activities. In the evening, enjoy the huge fireworks show for an unforgettable night celebrating the 4th! From the deck of the historic ocean liner, you’ll have a unique view of fireworks. The event runs from 12 to 11pm. For a full listing of events, musical acts and more, visit The Queen Mary.
Santa Monica College July 4th Fireworks Show
Santa Monica College Corsair Field
1900 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
On July 4th, join many on the Westside for SMC’s Independence Day Celebration. Come early and picnic on the lawn as you enjoy entertainment and other exhibits and cap off your night with breathtaking fireworks show in honor of our great country.
6th Annual Palisdades Rocks The Fourth
Pacific Palisades Charter High School
15777 Bowdoin St
Los Angeles, CA 90272
Featuring musical acts topped by an enormous and long fireworks display, The Pacific Palisades High School puts on one of the best shows around the city. For just $10 (with children 12 and under admitted free), enjoy acts from After School Special, The Ooks of Hazzard, and The Palisades Charter H.S. Concert Band. Fireworks synchronized by music will fill the sky at around 9pm after the concert for a show that will surely not disappoint. Gourmet food vendors and trucks will also be on hand including Baby’s Badass Burgers, Cousins Main Lobster, Urban Pie, Hang 10 Tacos, Dogtown Dogs, The Hungry Nomad and more. Food trucks open at 4pm, with gates to the high school opening at 6pm. Musical acts will follow promptly at 6:30 with the main fireworks starting around 9pm.
Redondo Beach Fireworks Display
Redondo Beach Seaside Lagoon
200 Portofino Way
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Featuring stirring patriotic music and a variety of fireworks perfectly timed to themed music, The Redondo Beach 4th of July Show is one of the areas best and most popular celebrations in OC. In addition to fireworks, the celebration will also feature kids activities, food & beverages and concerts. Fireworks will begin at 9pm; for a full schedule of activities, visit <a href="http://redondofireworks.com/page.cfm?id=1442" target="_blank"Redondo Beach.
CBS Studios Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Festival
4024 Radford Ave
Studio City, CA 91604
Join CBS for their annual Fourth of July Fireworks Festival which will begin at 4:30pm with music from a Beatles tribute band as well as an incredible car show from the Television and Motion Picture Car Club. Magicians will also be on hand from the Magic Castle as well as mouth watering food and a fireworks display which is sure to amaze. The gate will close at 8pm in time for the fireworks show which should start around 9 so make sure to get there early and enjoy the night! Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children through the Studio City Chamber of Commerce or by calling (818) 655-5916.