Where To Watch July 4th Fireworks In Los Angeles
Everyone knows you don't have to go far to watch fireworks in this town. Wherever you are on the Fourth of July, just go outside and look up, and you'll see them somewhere.
But there's still nothing quite like sitting underneath a professional fireworks show, where you can watch those meteor-bright streaks showering up and then exploding in shining bouquets of fire, until the whole thing crescendoes in a rapid-fire cracking of pyrotechnics -- the grand finale.
To help make sure you get that experience, we've rounded up some of L.A.'s go-to professional displays, both big and small, ticketed and free, and we filled out the list with plenty of local options around the county. Now go forth and witness the colorful sky confetti while you celebrate our nation's birth.
The largest firework show on the west coast is back for it’s 93rd year! 🧨🇺🇸 @Disney’s Lion King, @DCappellaMusic, @theSoCalVoCals and TNT Motocrose are just a few of the things you have to look forward to! Grab your tickets here: https://t.co/E16T14nDgQ pic.twitter.com/2UddYChgSE— Rose Bowl Stadium (@RoseBowlStadium) June 20, 2019
Let's start things off with a SoCal tradition: the Rose Bowl is hosting its 93rd AmericaFest. Pre-fireworks performances include TNT Freestyle Motocross, a preview of the new Apollo 11 immersive live show, and Disney's DCappella Live Lion King Performance. The stadium has a clear bag policy, so no backpacks or other large bags and cases. Parking is always a consideration at the Rose Bowl and starts at $50 ($40 if you pre-purchase), so you'll want to plan ahead.
SOUTH GATE PARK
For a free alternative, South Gate's going, if not bigger, then longer, with a four-day carnival, complete with games and "thrill rides." The action starts Thursday and, of course, culminates with a fireworks show. But you can come back for even more fun on Friday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Map: South Gate Park - Corner of Tweedy Boulevard & Walnut Avenue
Cost: Free admission, $1 rides
More info here.
Nile Rodgers & CHIC headline this year's funky fireworks spectacular, a three-night celebration starting July 2. You'll have a chance to let your inner disco diva shine at a pre-concert Disco Throwdown, and the event features special guest DRUMLine Live (of Beyoncé's "Homecoming" fame) and the Los Angeles Philharmonic with conductor Thomas Wilkins. Half off for kids under 12.
Pack your picnic and head down to @GrandPark_LA to dance, chill, and play this 4th of July! Enjoy the best fireworks in DTLA at the July 4th Block Party hosted by Grand Park and @musiccenterla 3:00-9:30pm #DTLA #DTLAPlays #4thofJuly pic.twitter.com/ZvqnCloVPH— DowntownLA.com (@downtown_la) June 20, 2019
GRAND PARK DTLA
The 4th of July Block Party at Grand Park is another free event. Expect to "chill, munch, dance, splash, play and top it off with fireworks under the DTLA skyline." You can bring your own food to picnic, but no coolers and no outside drinks. You can fill your empty plastic bottles at water fountains in the park, and vendor booths will provide more food and drink options.
MARINA DEL REY
If sun, sand and sea are more your style, then you might want to try Marina del Rey. The fireworks start at 9 p.m. and you can watch from the shore or the water (book now if you want a spot on a boat). Getting in and out could be a beast because of street closures, and parking will be limited after 1 p.m., so your best bet is to get there early and stay all day. You won't want for things to do: the marina offers activities like kayaking and paddleboarding, and the beach isn't far, plus you'll have lots of dining options.
Our boys in blue play the San Diego Padres, and the game will be followed by a holiday fireworks display. It doesn't get much more American than this (or SoCal, for that matter). It's Dodger Stadium, so you know the drill: parking is what it is, and you might want to arrange alternate transportation.
The theme park dedicated to movie magic will be making some magic of its own with its first ever 4th of July celebration. So go enjoy some rides, munch on a Lard Lad donut, drink a butterbeer, and catch a display of fireworks "synchronized to Universal-themed music and patriotic favorites."
OTHERS AROUND L.A. COUNTY:
Artesia Park, 18750 Clarkdale Ave.
Sierra Vista High School, 3600 N. Frazier St.
Calabasas High School, 22855 Mulholland Highway
Carson (LA Galaxy home game)
Dignity Health Sports Park, 18400 S Avalon Blvd.
Cerritos Civic Center, 18125 Bloomfield Avenue
Pomona College, 333 N. College Way (at Strehle Track)
Rosewood Park, 5600 Harbor St.
Culver City (canceled)
Diamond Bar (no fireworks)
Rowley Park, 13220 S. Van Ness Ave.
Salt Lake Park, 3401 E. Florence Ave.
Irwindale Park, 16053 Calle De Paseo
La Bonita Park, 1440 W. Whittier Blvd.
The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy
Los Angeles/Exposition Park
Off Exposition Park Drive and Bill Robertson Lane
Lynwood Park, 11301 Bullis Rd.
Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave.
Shepherd of the Hills Church, 19700 Rinaldi St.
Seaside Lagoon, 137 N. Harbor Dr.
Rosemead Park, 4343 Encinita Ave.
Cabrillo Beach, Parking at 22nd Street & Sampson Way
South El Monte
New Temple Park, 1450 Lidcombe Ave.
South Pasadena High School, 1401 Fremont Ave.
Stevenson Ranch (canceled)
L.A. County Courthouse Parking Lot (Maple Avenue, north of Torrance Blvd.) or Toyota Sports Complex
Suzanne Park, 625 Suzanne Rd.
Westlake Village Golf Course, 4812 Lakeview Canyon Road
York Field, 9110 Santa Fe Springs Road
Correction: A previous version of this story gave an incorrect location for the fireworks display in the City of Commerce. LAist regrets the error.
3:26 p.m. on July 2: This article was updated with additional locations based on feedback from the audience.
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