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The Best 4th Of July Fireworks Shows In Los Angeles

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Maybe it's just the kid in us, but watching the sky fill up with fireworks never gets old. If you aren't quite sure where you should go on July 4th, we've got you covered. In addition to some pyrotechnic shows, we've also got some stellar concerts in tow.

Fireworks at Grand Park (Photo by Javier Clift via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
Grand Park

Grand Park is hosting a free block party lasting from 1 p.m. until they blast off their fireworks from a rooftop at 9 p.m. They have a full line-up of musical acts performing, including electronic indie-rock duo Phantogram. You're welcome to bring your own picnic baskets, but keep in mind that this is an alcohol-free event, so that means there's no beer garden and you'll have to pre-game leave your frosty six-pack at home.

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

Fireworks at Hollywood Bowl (Photo by Ross Reyes via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
Hollywood Bowl

For three days straight, you can catch Steve Martin performing along with the Steep Canyon Rangers and Edie Brickell at the Hollywood Bowl. Plus, the L.A. Phil Harmonic will also be there and the U.S. Air Force Band will be playing some patriotic tunes. The event takes place on July 2, 3 and 4, starting at 7:30 p.m. on each night. Tickets range from $17 to $266, depending on where you sit. Children under 12 get a 50 percent 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 at the Rose Bowl (Photo by Estrada via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
Rose Bowl

This is the Rose Bowl's 88th year in running its annual fireworks show. Their festival launches at 2 p.m. on Friday, with motorcycle stunts and music performances, including the Liverpool Legends, a Beatles tribute band hand-picked by the late George Harrison's sister Louise Harrison, and teen pop star, Ian Thomas. The Bowl is also touting the largest fireworks show in SoCal, which goes off at 9 p.m. It costs $16.85 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

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Sometimes, you just want to see a colorful pyrotechnics show light up the sky over water. At Marina del Rey's free annual 4th of July celebration, you can check out the fireworks (that get launched from a barge at 9 p.m.) at Fisherman's Village, Burton Chace Park or Mother's Beach. The first 500 folks who stop by the Marina del Rey Visitors Center between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. can also snag some patriotic giveaways like flags, necklaces and pinwheels—you know, if you're a child at heart. Pro-tip: Get there early because parking fills up quickly here.

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.

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

There's going to be an all-out party aboard the Queen Mary on the 4th of July. Their celebration involves traveling through time from the 1910s to the present with a variety of decades-themed entertainment. There's an old-timey fair with vintage carnival games, flapper cabaret performances, magicians, Beatles renditions, a Studio 54-esque disco act and more. The extravaganza runs from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., with the fireworks show with a view from the deck at 9 p.m. The general admission pass costs $39.99 (and $45 on the day of the event). Children ages 4 to 11 get in for $19.99 (or $25 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

Exposition Park

Exposition Park is throwing a free fireworks show this 4th of July, complete with some live entertainment presented by KJLH Radio at Christmas Tree Lane kickstarting at 2 p.m., with another stage full of performances in front of the California African American Museum starting at 6 p.m. The fireworks show starts around 9 p.m.

Exposition Park's Christmas Tree Lane is located at 3911 S. Figueroa Ave., Los Angeles. More info about the event can be found here

Starlight Bowl

Starlight Bowl's 4th of July festivities involve some old-school surf rock with a performance from Surfin', a Beach Boys tribute band. The Surfaris, The Tokens, and Mr. Rock N' Roll will also be performing. 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 cost from $20 to $140.

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

Studio City

Studio City's annual Independence Day celebration is in its 16th year, and will once again be hosting at the CBS Studio Center. The event will not only have fireworks, but also carry a theme: "All You Need is Love." There will be a Beatles tribute band, Paperback Writer, performing, and there will be other entertainment like magic shows. 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

When you think of the Pacific Palisades, the first thought that normally wouldn't come to mind is an all-out rock fest. However, the 6th annual "Palisades Rocks the Fourth" concert at Palisades Charter High School is featuring former and current musicians from bands like Pearl Jam, Blind Melon, Foo Fighters and Wilco. There will also be food trucks like Dogtown Dogs and Baby's Badass Burgers whipping up some grub at the event. Food trucks open at 4 p.m., the entertainment starts 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.) And if you get there even earlier, there's a skydiving show at 1:50 p.m., which launches straight into a parade at 2 p.m.

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

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