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Best Places To Watch Fireworks On The Fourth Of July

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We've rounded up some of the best places to watch fireworks around town. There's something for everyone whether you want to go back in time on the Queen Mary, tailgate at The Rose Bowl, watch pyrotechnics over the Marina or go country and catch some monster trucks with your show. This is a safer alternative to the DIY route (although even pros make mistakes.)


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You can catch fireworks right in the middle of downtown now that Los Angeles has a real gathering place in Grand Park. The Grand Park Block Party kicks off at 3:30 p.m. with a DJ set by Anthony Valadez of KCRW. There will also be a poetry slam and music by Ethio Cali, Jungle Fire and La Santa Cecilia. Hill Street will be closed for food trucks. The night finishes off with a round of fireworks at sundown. Best of all, the event is totally free. Grand Park is located at 200 N. Grand Ave, and you can find more info about the event here.


You can cycle through the decades at a retro-themed celebration aboard the Queen Mary. The events on the ship begin at 12 p.m. and start with a 1920s-1940s themed block boasting a barbershop quartet and plenty of family-friendly activities. Then at 4 p.m. the ship will move onto the 1950s. This time-traveling will continue all the way onward to present day till 11 p.m. Fireworks will begin 9 p.m. You will need a ticket to board the ship, and they begin at $39.99 for adults and $19.99 for children (kids under 4 are free). For more information, visit the Queen Mary's website.


You can catch the fireworks over the Marina starting at 9 p.m The pyrotechnics will be shot from a barge across the Marina's main channel. They can be viewed from Burton Chace Park at 13650 Mindanao Way or Fisherman's Village at 13755 Fiju Way. There will be synchronized music piped in through speakers at Burton Chace Park or you can tune in to KXLU 88.9FM. The show is free. For updates, keep up with the Department of Beach and Harbors on Facebook or Twitter.


Pacific Palisades will be celebrating the 4th of July starting with a parade at 2 p.m. that will feature music, equestrian units and more. At sunset, Foo Fighter lead guitarist Chris Shiflett will headline a concert at the Stadium by the Sea followed by fireworks. For more information, visit the Pacific Palisades website. Tickets start at $5 and you can buy them here.


Over The Rose Bowl (Photo by The.Erik.Estrada via the LAist Featured Photos pool)

You can tailgate and chill outside The Rose Bowl's AmericaFest. It kicks off at 2 p.m. with food, games, exhibits and rides for the kids. Inside the Rose Bowl, the entertainment kicks off at 7 p.m. with live TNT motorcycle stunts and music by Mariachi Divas and Kenny G. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Tickets begin at $13 with kids under 7 free. Reserved seating tickets available for $25. For more information, visit The Rose Bowl's website.

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The CBS Studio center will open its gates for a 4th of July spectacular. There will be car show by The Television and Motion Picture Car Club, and music by Beach Boys tribute band. The Black Sheep Squadron will be on hand to perform a model airplane show. Fireworks will end of the night. You can bring a picnic or buy food, but if you want booze you will have to buy it on site. Gates open 4:30 p.m, the event begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m. No entry permitted after 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20 for adults, $10 for children. For more information, visit the Studio City Chamber of Commerce website.


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Josh Groban, known for being raised up to stand on mountains, will at least try to make you stand in your seat during the Hollywood Bowl’s 3-night Fourth of July celebration. Joined by conductor Sarah Hicks and the L.A. Philharmonic, Groban and company will provide a patriotic soundtrack to the pyrotechnics. The Hollywood Bowl's Fourth at the Bowl’s party kicks off July 2 to July 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $255. Children 12 years old and under receive a 50 percent discount. For more information, check out the Hollywood Bowl's website.


The Starlight Bowl kicks off its Summer Concert Series with their Fourth of July celebration, "Pride of America." The show will feature patriotic performances headlined by the High Street Band. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., the concert begins 6:30 p.m and fireworks kick off at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $17 for adults, $14 for seniors (60+) and children 2 and under are free. Tickets are available at the Community Services Building, 150 N. Third Street. For more information, visit the event's website.


LA Galaxy at StubHub Center makes sure you don't have to choose between sports and your patriotic pleasure. The LA Galaxy v. Columbus Crew game begins at 7:30 p.m., and the fireworks will begin after the game finishes. Tickets start at $20. The StubHub Center is located at 18400 Avalon Blvd in Carson. For tickets, visit the venue's website.


God bless, America: You can catch fireworks, monster trucks and motocross at the Pomona Fairplex’s KABOOM! 4th of July event. You can find more info and a full lineup of trucks and riders at the event’s website. The show starts at 8 p.m. and the fireworks at 9:20 p.m. Tickets start at $15, children under 2 get in free. Special tickets with an included buffet meal start at $45 for adults, $25 for children.

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