Make this 4th of July one filled with long-lasting memories and plenty of good times at the best fireworks displays in the city. Los Angeles boasts no shortage of area fireworks displays and holiday specials, but the best places to watch the fireworks come with fun, not-to-be-missed extras the whole family will love.
CBS Studio Lot July 4th Celebration
4024 Radford Avenue, Ed. 2, Suite F
Studio City, CA 91604
Price: $10 to $100
Hours: July 4 – 4:30 p.m. gates; 9 p.m. fireworks
If you live in the San Fernando Valley, venture over to the CBS studio lot in Studio City for some star-studded fun this 4th of July. You might even mingle with some celebrities in a night that ends with spectacular fireworks. Explore lots where TV shows are regularly filmed. Attractions include a model airplane exhibit, business expo, a children’s fun zone and a magic show. Some of the best features of this event are the booths filled with information, snacks or other freebies. Spectators will also enjoy live music performances and a huge assortment of food booths. Families are welcome to bring their own food. Ticket prices vary depending on level of access, with everything from rooftop views to VIP rooms.
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1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802
Price: $39.95 per person
Hours: July 4 – 10 a.m. gates open; 9 p.m. fireworks
You can’t beat hot dogs, an ocean view and fireworks all in one location. Take in the tranquility of the beach as waves roll in, walking on the pier and observing fishermen in action. To top it off, shops, restaurants and even playgrounds nearby are perfect places to keep the entire family entertained and in good spirits before the explosive fireworks show takes place. All of this is free if you find an open space in Long Beach. However, if you like, board the Queen Mary with advanced reservations for hotel rooms and dining July 4.
Redondo Beach-Seaside Lagoon
200 Portofino Way
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Price: free from the beach
Hours: July 4 – 2 p.m. gates; 9 p.m. fireworks
Beautiful Redondo Beach is a fabulous choice for the entire family to celebrate this patriotic holiday. This year will include a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter demonstration of the hoisting of a swimmer from the harbor in the water by the lagoon. To add to all of this fun, there is a kid’s parade, dozens of activities for children, such as swimming in the lagoon, paddleboard lessons, a science show and a puppet show. For adults, there’s live rock and roll and a drum circle. Feast on a selection of barbecued chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers as well as funnel cake and Italian ice. The fireworks show ends with a musical bang to patriotic music simulcast on Jack 93.1 FM with an assortment of breath taking fireworks synched to the music.
Palisades Charter High School
15777 Bowdoin St.
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Price: $5/free for children 12 years old and younger
Hours: July 4 – 6 p.m.gates; 9:15 p.m. fireworks
For a unique alternative to most firework shows, visit Pacific Palisades for its parade, sky diver show and a two-hour concert by local bands and musicians. A community event hosted by Pacific Palisades High School, families are welcome to bring their own food, lawn chairs and blankets. This 4th of July celebration is one of the best in Los Angles, and it benefits a worthy cause as all proceeds go to local organizations.
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Americafest 2012: 86th Annual 4th of July Celebration at the Rose Bowl Stadium
1001 Rose Bowl Sr.
Pasadena, CA 91103
Price: $13/free for children 7 years old and younger
Hours: July 4 – 10 a.m. gates open; 9:05 p.m. fireworks
The Rose Bowl, famous for the largest fireworks show in southern California, is once again one of the best places for families to celebrate the holiday. This all-day event is sure to keep little ones busy with thrilling demonstrations of stunts and outdoor activities. Families will love the assortment of snacks and meals to choose from at the food court. In addition, there will be live music and performances by some of the best talent in the city. Its great location, one of the area’s biggest fireworks shows and loads of excitement make the Rose Bowl a favorite spot to watch fireworks every year.
Cassandra Bautista is a freelance writer from Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.