By Jane Lasky 

In 1776, John Adams hoped for all Americans to live it up for the sake of Independence when he wrote to his wife the day before he signed the Declaration of Independence. His message to his dear Abigail, “[The 4th of July] ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.” Los Angeles complies with John Adams’ standards to this day by providing all kinds of fireworks, food, and just plain fun as part of July 4th festivities throughout the City of Angels.

AmericaFest Celebration
Rose Bowl Stadium
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 577-3100

Start early on Independence Day by heading to Pasadena’s the Rose Bowl in the early afternoon on July 4. The 91st version of this annual event is sure to create memories for all who participate in a host of exhilarating activities, from an array of grub, American style to games and craft workshops aimed at the little ones to a motorcycle stunt exhibition sure to thrill. Fireworks start at 7 and continue to 9 p.m., marking the end of an outstanding day celebrating the USA.

July 4th Late Night BBQ
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 590-3100

At the stroke of 5 p.m., this Long Beach hot spot turns into celebration central as a giant BBQ is served in full view of the Queen Mary, know for its spectacular fireworks display. Admission is free with the price of the BBQ so be sure to get to know this seaworthy attraction even more before the light show begins on the 4th of July.

Marina Del Rey Fireworks 
Visit Marina Del Rey
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(888) 344-3968

This tightly planned event means music on KXLU 88.9FM is synched to accompany the colorful shooting explosions. The best place to not only hear but see this mesmerizing fireworks display that takes off from a special barge on the Marina’s best channel is to hit up either Burton Chance Park or Fisherman’s Village. Plan on picnicking beforehand for a full night of reverie.

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Hollywood Bowl 
2301 N Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90068
(323) 850-2000

The Go-Gos are back. The all-American, all-girl chart toppers reunite to play the legendary Bowl on the most spectacular night of the year the ends in an impressive array of fireworks. Book the chance to see, hear and enjoy a band that goes by the unofficial mantra, “Give the people what they want: some loud fast music and a great party!”  You’ll definitely feel the beat as soon as the treasured Go-Gos get to it on the 4th of July at this iconic venue that never ceases to thrill.

Fourth of July Block Party 
200 North Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Head downtown on the 4th to celebrate with the masses in a free annual gathering that appeals to just about any Angeleno. Billed as being “L.A. County’s largest free July 4th celebration and rooftop fireworks show”, this particular day is packed with fun activities for all ages. The action covers more than five city blocks (from Spring to Grand and from Temple to 2nd streets), all kinds of musical offerings take place on a pair of high-octane stages while other highly anticipated elements include interactive art installations and the opportunity to fuel up from a slew of tasty food trucks. Best of all: Dog members of your family are more than welcome to partake in this giant downtown block party.

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