There are lots of ways to celebrate the 4th of July, but for many, the day is not complete without a chance to see an impressive fireworks display. Luckily, in Los Angeles, there are dozens of opportunities to see fireworks shows of all sizes in many locations.
Your choice will depend on how much effort you wish to put into getting to your choice location, whether you like your fireworks over city monuments or over water, and whether you'd rather combine your fireworks with another event, like a parade or a concert. Below are a few of our favorite choices to narrow down your options:
Ring in another year of independence in the grand ol' USA with Smokey Robinson. The Hollywood Bowl proudly hosts its annual Fourth of July party, complete with patriotic tunage and dazzling fireworks.
Grab your tickets early; seats in the nosebleed section go for under $20. Or, consider springing for front section tickets—it is America's birthday, after all. Plus, there's a 50% discount for kids under 12, so you can celebrate with the whole crew. Click for more info
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
You couldn't pick a better film to screen in celebration of Independence Day than Grease. Fess up, you know you want to show up to Hollywood Forever clad in your leather pants and jacket. Cinespia's pulling out all the stops for their July 4th celebration, amping up their festivities with a themed photobooth, DJ and fireworks show. Click for more info
If you're on the hunt for a cheap, lively way to celebrate Uncle Sam, shake it over to Grand Park, and watch Downtown LA light up for free! This Fourth of July, Grand Park hosts a unique block party, featuring scrumptious food truck fare, live music and more.
The music begins while the sun is still high in the sky, so bring yourself an all-day picnic—no booze allowed, only empty water bottles—and relax. Your four-legged friends are totally invited, and, best of all, the event is Metro accessible. Click for more info
Americafest at the Rose Bowl is an explosive celebration of all things red, white and blue—from the classic American food, to a motorcycle stunt show, to the world-renowned fireworks display.
The fireworks won't shoot off until 9pm, but the Rose Bowl will open at 2pm Independence Day, at which time access to a goldmine of inflatable rides, games and crafts will be available for kid-friendly fun. Parking for the event will cost $20, but you can make it worth your while with an afternoon of tailgating outside the stadium. Click for more info
Cruise on up to the Palisades for a beachy Independence Day extravaganza. Starting just before 2pm, a band of patriotic skydivers will descend from the stratosphere, kicking off the neighborhood's colossal parade.
The baton twirlers and marching trombonists will begin their promenade on Sunset Boulevard, between Via de la Paz and Drummond. The festivities continue with a concert and fireworks ($10 for both), leaving nothing amiss from this year's Fourth of July celebration. Click for more info
Marina del Rey
There's something about watching fireworks over the ocean. Every year in Marina del Rey, fireworks explode over the marina channel and spectators gather all over to watch: at Burton Chace Park (with synchronized music from 88.9FM), Fisherman's Village,
Mother's Beach, waterfront hotels and restaurants and on boats. Fireworks start at 9pm and last for about 20 minutes. For tips on parking and getting to the marina for the show, click here. Click for more info
Watch the Long Beach fireworks from aboard the Queen Mary, where you'll be able to scope out concerts, family-friendly activities and decade-themed bars. Alternatively, find a spot anywhere along the waterfront including Belmont Pier, Veteran's Stadium, a BBQ at the Aquarium of the Pacific or aboard a harbor cruise. Click for more info
Studio City's annual 4th of July spectacular returns to the sprawling CBS Studio Center. The event features live music in addition to a car show, local business expo and kid-friendly activities. Pack your own picnic or load up on summer eats and cold brews when you arrive.
In addition your regular admission, you can purchase Kids Fun Zone wristbands or VIP tickets for food and alcohol tastings, roof access and more. The night will culminate with a dazzling fireworks show, after which you can return to your car (parked for free on Radford Ave), feeling satisfied that you did Independence Day right. Click for more info