Find out where to see the biggest and best 4th of July fireworks shows, no matter where you are in L.A.
Independence Day isn’t complete without 4th of July fireworks, those patriotically loud, colorful explosions in the night sky. After a a day at one of the best beaches in L.A., cooling off with the city’s best ice cream and 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 region, from the Long Beach waterfront to tucked into Hollywood.
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. If you don’t want to venture into the stadium, the show is viewable from the areas around the Arroyo, most notably along the Colorado Street Bridge and from parking garage rooftops in Old Pasadena.
Make this the year you declare independence from ordinary fireworks by taking in the one-of-a-kind display at the Disneyland® Resort.
For the Fourth of July holiday, Disney Parks Live Entertainment inject an extra dose of patriotism with All-American pre-shows, rousing music, and an unforgettable firework homage to our nation’s birthday!
Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade
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. General admission to the parade is free, but if you want to avoid chauffeuring whipper snappers on your shoulders all day, splurge for VIP grandstand seating. The festivities continue with a concert (6pm) and fireworks (9pm), leaving nothing amiss from this year’s Fourth of July celebration.
The Hollywood Bowl
Ring in another year of independence with a show at L.A.’s most iconic amphitheater. The Hollywood Bowl proudly hosts its annual multi-day Fourth of July party, complete with a concert and dazzling fireworks. L.A.’s all-female new-wave group the Go-Go’s comes out of semi-retirement for this fireworks-filled spectacle.
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 or Fisherman’s Village (with synchronized music) as well as from Marina “Mother’s” Beach, waterfront hotels and restaurants, and on boats. Fireworks start at 9pm and last for about 20 minutes. Arrive early to the area’s county lots and take advantage of parking shuttles.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
It isn’t summer in L.A. until the first cemetery screening brings hoards of movie-lovers to Hollywood Forever, toting folding chairs, picnic blankets, snack spreads and lots of booze.
Each year, Cinespia brings classic cult favorites to the hallowed resting place of such Hollywood greats as Rudolph Valentino and Bugsy Siegel. This year’s first batch of screenings includes The Neverending Story, Drive, Almost Famous and Casablanca.
Angelenos line up for hours to partake in the concept—and to enjoy DJ sets, dance parties, sleepovers and more magical mischief otherwise strictly forbidden behind the cemetery gates. It’s an L.A. rite of passage, a quintessential summer experience and one of the best film venues in the city. Just be sure to get your ticket early, arrive early (doors open at 6:45pm), pee early… it’s getting a bit overcrowded, to say the least.
Watch the Long Beach fireworks from aboard the Queen Mary, where you’ll be able to scope out concerts, family-friendly activities alongside patriotic-themed events. The evening includes live entertainment, historic tours and a patriotic film screening.
Studio City Fourth of July Fireworks Festival
Studio City’s annual 4th of July spectacular returns to the sprawling CBS Studio Center (4024 Radford Ave). This year, the typical outdoor fair has given way to a VIP-only event, with dinner, drinks, valet parking and rooftop fireworks viewing all included in the $125 admission price. Kids can partake in face painting and patriotic photo ops.
What is more American than a ballgame and fireworks? This 4th of July, spend the holiday at Dodger Stadium! Watch the Dodgers take on the D-backs at 6:10pm and then stay after the game for the best fireworks show in Los Angeles presented by 99 Cents Only Stores!
Fourth of July Block Party in Downtown
If you’re on the hunt for a cheap, lively way to celebrate Uncle Sam, shake it over to Grand Park, and watch Downtown L.A. 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.
Fireworks at the Fairplex
What’s more American than spending your 4th of July around a bunch of monster trucks? That’s the idea behind Kaboom, an annual celebration at the Fairplex that features a monster truck derby, big-air motocross show and even a human cannonball demonstration, followed by a fireworks spectacular.