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16 Places To Watch 4th Of July Fireworks In Los Angeles

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You could blow off your arm with illegal fireworks but some things are best left to the pros. Whether you like monster trucks, a night market or a guy shooting out of a human cannonball to celebrate the U-S-A, we've got you covered with this list of firework shows around town.


Fireworks at Grand Park (Photo via Facebook)
Grand Park

Grand Park sure knows how to throw FREE and massive celebrations, and the 4th of July is no exception. From 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the DTLA park will be home to a block party full of live musical performances, DJ sets from KCRW hosts, food trucks and live mural paintings. They'll blast off their fireworks over the Civic Center rooftop at 9 p.m. Feel free to bring picnic baskets, but since this is an alcohol-free event, leave your booze at home.

Grand Park is located at 200 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A. More info on the event can be found here

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Fireworks show at Hollywood Bowl (Photo by Kristin Esteves via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
Hollywood Bowl

Smokey Robinson will be joining the L.A. Philharmonic for three straight nights of patriotic tunes and Motown hits leading up to the 4th of July. There will be fireworks displays over the iconic Hollywood Bowl each night—not just the 4th. Tickets range from $36 to $256, depending on where you sit. Children under 12 get a 50% off discount on tickets.

The Hollywood Bowl is located at 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, (323) 850-2000. More information on the event can be found here


Fireworks over the Rose Bowl (Photo by Jonathan Bareng via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
Rose Bowl

If you want to see the biggest fireworks show in SoCal, then head on over to the Rose Bowl for Independence Day. There are plenty of activities to keep folks you busy until the fireworks blast off at 9 p.m. There are motorcycle stunt performances and music from Elvis and Beatles tribute bands. After the fireworks show, they'll do an outdoor screening of Despicable Me 2. It costs $13 for general admission and $33.35 for reserved VIP.

Rose Bowl is located at 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, (626) 577-3100. More info about the event can be found here

Marina del Rey

So many Independence Day celebrations offer a fully-programmed day of performances, activities, and other entertainment, but maybe you're just a fireworks purist. At Marina del Rey's free annual 4th of July celebration, you can check out the fireworks (they get launched from a barge at 9 p.m.) at Fisherman's Village, Burton Chace Park or Mother's Beach. Stop by the Marina del Rey Visitors Center between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to snag some patriotic giveaways like flags and beaded necklaces. Make sure to get there early because parking lots nearby fill up quickly.

Fisherman's Village is located at 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey; Burton Chace Park is located at 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey; and Marina Beach (aka Mother's Beach) is located at 4101 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. More information about the event and parking can be found here.


The human cannonball will be making an appearance (Photo via Facebook)
Kaboom! in Pomona

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It doesn't get any more American than this. This Independence Day celebration has everything: monster trucks, a human cannonball, motocross and oh, yeah, fireworks from Pyro Spectaculars. The trucks—which have names like 'Bounty Hunter' and 'Enforcer'—rev their engines at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $16 for general admission, $28 if you want to add on access to the buffet. The buffet is pretty American, too: BBQ chicken, carved beef, potatoes, veggies, various mini-desserts and even a vegetarian pasta. Parking is $10.

The Pomona Fairplex is located at 1101 W McKinley Ave., Pomona. The show begins at 8 p.m. More info and tickets can be found here.


Fireworks over the Queen Mary (Photo by William Opdyke via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
Queen Mary

There's an all-out party aboard the Queen Mary on the 4th of July. The fun part about Queen Mary's celebration is that you get to travel back in time to different decades while you're on the boat. You can experience things like a Great Gatsby-era garden and a vintage circus and carnival, along with live musical performances and American jig demonstrations. The extravaganza runs from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., with a fireworks show view from the deck at 9 p.m. The general admission pass costs $44 (and $49 on the day of the event). Children ages 4 to 11 get in for $24 (or $29 on the day of the event), and admission for kids under 3 is free.

Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, (877) 342-0738. More info about the event can be found here


Slanging Corea will be serving these Angus Kalbi Burgers (Photo via Facebook)

OC Block PartyIf you're planning to be in Orange County this weekend, you can hit up their annual OC Block Party at the Angel's Stadium in Anaheim. (Of course, Anaheim is blessed with fireworks nearly every day courtesy of Disneyland.) This day-long fest includes carnival games, live art, plenty of food and fashion vendors—including The Great Food Truck Race winners Seoul Sausage and The Middle Feast. There will also be a car show featuring over 150 custom imports and the KTown Night Market, plus Pocky will be handing out free Green Tea Pocky. The event caps with a fireworks show at 9:45 p.m. See a glimpse of the vendors on the party's Facebook page here. Tickets are $7 pre-sale, $10 at the door.

The Angel Stadium of Anaheim is located at 2000 E. Gene Autry Way. The event begins at 3 p.m., fireworks at 9:45 p.m. More info and tickets can be found here.


Starlight Bowl fireworks (Photo via Facebook)
Starlight Bowl

This 4th of July, Starlight Bowl presents "Red, White & Rock N' Roll." Featuring The Swing Kings and rock-n-roll and soul band Rumble King, this celebration is sure to keep you on your dancing feet. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m, and fireworks go on at 9 p.m. Grass seat tickets are sold out, but there's still other seating available that costs from $20 to $140.

Starlight Bowl is located at 1249 Lockheed View Dr., Burbank. More info about the event here.

Studio City

Studio City will be hosting its 17th annual Independence Day celebration at the CBS Studio Center. This year's event is a benefit for the upcoming Special Olympics World Games, and features classic cars, magic acts, a performance by Grammy-nominated country signer Deana Carter, and of course, a pyrotechnic show. The event starts at 4:30 p.m, and the gates close at 8 p.m. General admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 6 to 12.

CBS Studio Center is located at 4024 Radford Avenue, Studio City. More information can be found here.

Pacific Palisades

The 7th annual "Palisades Rocks the Fourth" concert at Palisades Charter High School will feature musical acts like The Westside Troubadours, Louise Goffin, and the Palisades All-Stars. You can also get your eat on from food trucks like Cousins Maine Lobster and Dogtown Dogs. Food trucks and performances will start at 6 p.m., and the fireworks at 9 p.m. General admission for the concert and fireworks show costs $10, which you can buy online here. Kids under 12 get in for free. (The proceeds benefit the school's music department.)

Palisades Charter High School is located at 5777 Bowdoin St., Pacific Palisades. More information about the event can be found here

Culver City
Culver City's fireworks display at West Los Angeles College is even longer this year than in previous years. Gates open at 4 p.m. and entertainment includes carnival games, music from band Cover 2 Cover and raffles. There will be numerous food trucks on hand including Slammin' Sliders, Bobo Ni Taco and Dogtown Dogs. $5 per person, kids five or younger are free. Parking is $10.

West Los Angeles College is located at 9000 Overland Avenue, Culver City. More info can be found here.


Fireworks at Dodgers Stadium (Photo via Facebook)

Dodgers StadiumThe Dodgers will have back-to-back fireworks spectaculars on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4. The show on Friday occurs at 7:10 p.m. and is presented by Denny's, while the show on Saturday pays tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces and is presented by Cirque du Soleil's KURIOS. Saturday's fireworks go off at 8:45 p.m. directly after a performance of patriotic songs from the USO Show Troupe. The L.A. Zoo is even bringing in a bald eagle (!!!). Both games are against the New York Mets. This weekend is also a great chance to try some of that new Dodgers Stadium food.

Dodgers Stadium is located at 1000 Elysian Park Ave, Los Angeles. Tickets can be found here.

Van Ness Recreation Center

Councilman Bernard C. Parks is hosting his 11th annual fireworks extravaganza with an all-day, family-friendly event at Van Ness Recreation Center in South Los Angeles. The activities begin at noon and include fun activities for children, a live set from 94.7 The Wave at 3 p.m. and of course, the fireworks at 9 p.m. There's also a jazz event from noon to five at Norman O. Houston Park on 4800 S. La Brea.

Van Ness Park is located at 5720 2nd Ave., South L.A. Events begin at noon with fireworks at 9 p.m. Free.

South Pasadena

South Pas is celebrating all day. You can begin your holiday with a pancake breakfast courtesy of Kiwanis at the fire station at 817 Mound Ave. for $7 (kids 6 and under are free). Next, there will be an opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on the lawn of the South Pasadena Library Community Room at 1115 El Centro St., followed by a Festival of Balloons parade down Mission Street from Diamond Ave. to Garfield Park. From noon to 3 p.m., the park will host games and other family-friendly activities. The fireworks begin at 9 p.m. at South Pasadena High School. Tickets are $10 if purchased at the pancake breakfast or Garfield Park, $12 at the door.

South Pasadena High School is located at 1401 Fremont Ave., SoPa. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., fireworks are at 9 p.m. More information on the day's events can be found here.


You can avoid parking fees by taking the expo line! (Photo via L.A. Coliseum)

The L.A. ColiseumActivities at this day-long celebration begin at noon and include games, rides and live music, plus there will be food vendors on site. The fireworks go off at dusk. The event is free. Parking is $10 during business hours, or you can easily get to this spot via the Metro's Expo Line.

The L.A. Coliseum is located at 3939 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. More info can be found here.


Residents go all out for the 4th (Photo via Facebook)

Huntington BeachHuntington Beach boasts a robust and historic 4th of July parade, but they also have a beautiful fireworks show off the coast. The parade began in Huntington Beach in 1904 and has included celebrities such as Mickey Rooney, astronaut Buzz Aldrin and and Zsa Zsa Gabor. This year's Grand Marshal is actor Joe Mantegna, and the two-mile parade will begin at the PCH and march up Main Street to the Civic Center. The fireworks will also be big: this year's display is going to be 23 minutes long, with 500 rounds of fireworks shot off in final 40 seconds. There will also be festival activities all weekend long, including a 5K and fitness expo, food vendors, live entertainment and family-friendly fun. The parade and fireworks are free, though tickets for premium seating can be bought for $10 to $20.

The fireworks will appear along the coast. More information can be found here.