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A Guide to 4th of July Fireworks Shows in Los Angeles

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By Jessica McQueen

Fourth of July is just not complete without fireworks. Whether you're looking to celebrate Independence Day all day long or just catch a glimpse of those beautiful lights in the sky, we've got you covered.

Queen Mary
The Queen Mary will host a day of fun, food, and fireworks this Fourth of July. DJs, bands, and strolling performers will provide entertainment throughout the ship, and attendees can feast on barbeque for an additional charge. Fireworks start at 9pm, and entertainment starts at 11am. Tickets: $39.95 ($34.95 for seniors and non-active military, $19.95 for children, free for active military).

Marina del Rey
The fireworks spectacular has returned to Marina del Rey this year. The fireworks can be viewed throughout the marina, but popular locations include Burton Chance Park, Fisherman's Village, Marina Beach, and the Marina del Rey WaterBus stop locations. Visit the city's website for more information on where to view the show, parking, and street closures. Fireworks start at 9pm. Free.

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L.A. Coliseum
The 10th Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza will take place at Exposition Park. The show is set to music and can be seen from throughout the park, but the best sites are Christmas Tree Lane and the South Lawn, next to the Natural History Museum. Christmas Tree Lane will also have live entertainment presented by 102.3 KJLH, food, and activities for kids, starting at noon. Fireworks start at 9pm. Free. Parking is free after 5pm, otherwise $10.

Pacific Palisades
Pacific Palisades will celebrate the holiday with its 64th annual all-day Independence Day celebration, beginning at 1:50pm with skydivers and a parade at 2pm. The parade will march along Sunset Boulevard between Via de la Paz and Drummond. Palisades High School's Stadium by the Sea will hold a concert and fireworks celebration in the evening, beginning at 6:30pm. Live bands and comedians will entertain attendees before the fireworks display at 9pm. Visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets ahead of time to guarantee their seating for the show. $5 online, $6 at the door, free for kids, $10 for guaranteed parking.

Studio City
The Studio City Chamber of Commerce, CBS Studio Center, CBS 2, KCAL 9, and the Children's Tumor Foundation will host their 14th Annual Fireworks Festival at the CBS Studio Center. The festival will feature the bands Petty Theft, Arc Handbell Choir, and Rhythm Section, as well as kid's activities, food, and fireworks to end the evening. Doors close at 8pm, so it is better to get there early. $20 for adults, $10 for children, free for children 5 and under.

Rose Bowl
You can catch the fireworks at the Rose Bowl's 86th annual "Americafest." There will be food, crafts, entertainment, exhibits, and games for kids beginning at 2pm. Although no outside food or drink is allowed, attendees can tailgate on the grassy areas outside the Rose Bowl. The opening ceremonies, national anthem, and presentation of colors will be followed by a freestyle motorcross show and a 30-minute fireworks display by Pyrospectaculars, who are also in charge of creating pyrotechnic displays for the Olympic Games and NFL Super Bowls. Fireworks blast off at 9:05pm. Tickets are $16.85, free for children under 7. Parking is $20.

There are plenty of other sites to view spectacular fireworks throughout L.A., including the Hollywood Bowl, Dodger Stadium after the Dodgers vs. Cincinnati Reds game, Redondo Beach, the Home Depot Center following the L.A. Galaxy game, and Cabrillo Beach.

Have a favorite show that we missed? Tell us in the comments section!