Independence Day isn’t complete without 4th of July fireworks, those patriotically loud, colorful explosions in the night sky. After a day at one of the best beaches of L.A cooling off with snacks or even grilling with friends and family, cap off the celebrations with a bang, thanks to these 4th of July fireworks. We’ve rounded up shows from all over the Los Angeles area. Check our list bellow and have fun!
1 – 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.
2 – Warner Ranch Park
The July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza by the Valley Cultural Center in Woodland Hills located at 5800 Toponga Canyon Blvd is from 6.00pm to 9.30pm and totally free. If you live in the West Valley of L.A, it is one of the best bet!
3 – The Rose Bowl
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 tailgaiting outside the stadium.
4 – Studio City
Studio City’s annual 4th of July party returns to the sprawling CBS Studio Center. This year, you’ll need to buy a ticket ($60-$125) for the festivities which will all be indoors or on the studio’s rooftop terrace. It might not be the cheapest way to celebrate the holiday, but you’ll be able to avoid the crowds, enjoy fun activities for the whole family and leave feeling satisfied that you did Independence Day right.
5 – Pacific Palisades
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 for adults, free for kids), leaving nothing amiss from this year’s Fourth.
Ring in another year of independence in the grand ol’ USA with Pentatonix. The Hollywood Bowl proudly hosts its annual Fourth of July party, complete with a concert and dazzling fireworks. Enjoy the five-part harmonies of the young a capella stars before the big blasts go off.
7 – Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Settle into Hollywood Forever Cemetery for an Independence Day celebration that kids off with a screening of Jurassic Park. Pack your picnic, enjoy the movie and stay on the grass for a fireworks show afterwards. Cinespia’s pulling out all the stops for their July 4th celebration, amping up their festivities with a themed photobooth, DJ and fireworks show.
8 – Long Beach
Watch the Long Beach fireworks from aboard the Queen Mary, where you’ll be able to scope out concerts by the Pointer Sisters and other acts and enjoy family-friendly activities. Alternatively, find a spot anywhere along the waterfront including Belmont Pier, Veteran’s Stadium or aboard a harbor cruise.
9 – Grand Park
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.
We’re hesistant to recommend this spot: The park lot is tiny, street parking is limited, cars whiz by the blind turns and technically the park closed at sunset. But if you can manage to stake out a spot, this overlook in the Santa Monica Mountains has fantastic views of the downtown skyline all the way to the ocean (on a clear day, you can see Catalina!). It’s right on top of the Hollywood Bowl, and while you may not hear the music, you can catch a glimpse of the fireworks.