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Where to see 4th of July fireworks in L.A.

Find out where to see the biggest and best 4th of July fireworks shows, no matter where you are in L.A.

By Michael Juliano

Independence Day isn’t complete without 4th of July fireworks, those patriotically loud, colorful explosions in the night sky. After a day at one of the best beaches in L.A., cooling off with the city’s best ice cream and grilling with friends and family, normally we’d say to cap off the celebrations with a bang. But 4th of July fireworks will look a little bit different this year. From the Long Beach waterfront to Hollywood, all of L.A.’s major fireworks shows have been canceled (but we’re sure you’ll still see plenty of illegal pyro in your neighborhood all month long).

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All of L.A.’s major fireworks shows have been canceled (though we’ve found a couple of smaller ones outside of the county). You’ll find last year’s shows below, with info for a couple that are hosting virtual celebrations (sans fireworks) in 2020.

The best places to see 4th of July fireworks

So… are there any fireworks shows this year?

All major shows in L.A. are canceled, and fireworks displays are prohibited in L.A. County have been banned for the weekend (which means the show that Santa Clarita had announced, the only one we found within the county, will need to be canceled).

We did spot a couple of social-distancing–friendly shows outside of county lines, though: San Juan Capistrano, Los Alamitos and San Bernardino are all hosting drive-in fireworks shows.

Elsewhere, Lake Elsinore will host a show, beginning at 9pm and shot off by the lake’s T-peninsula, viewable by boat. Tustin’s show starts at 9pm, but residents are asked to watch from home or stream online. Rancho Cucamonga will host a community show at Chaffey College at 9pm, but no spectators will be allowed on campus.

Photograph: Courtesy Rose Bowl Stadium

Rose Bowl (CANCELED)

Things to do Festivals

The Rose Bowl will host a virtual celebration, and there’ll be a flyover of a Pasadena. But there will be no fireworks show.

AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl is an explosive celebration of all things red, white and blue. The fireworks won’t shoot off until 9pm, but the Rose Bowl will open at 2pm with a goldmine of inflatable rides, games and crafts. If you don’t want to venture into the stadium (i.e. pay money), the show is viewable from the areas around the Arroyo, most easily accessible along the Colorado Street Bridge and, somewhat distantly, from parking garage rooftops in Old Pasadena.

Fisherman's Village
Courtesy Visit Marina Del Rey

Marina del Rey (CANCELED)

Things to do

There’s something about watching fireworks over the ocean. Every year in Marina del Rey, fireworks explode over the marina channel and spectators gather all over to watch: at Burton Chace Park or Fisherman’s Village (with synchronized music) as well as from Marina “Mother’s” Beach, waterfront hotels and restaurants, and on boats. Fireworks start at 9pm and last for about 20 minutes. Arrive early to the area’s county lots and take advantage of parking shuttles.

Fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl.
Photograph: Courtesy Los Angeles Philharmonic Association/Adam Latham

Hollywood Bowl (CANCELED)

Music Funk, soul and disco

Ring in another year of independence with a show at L.A.’s most iconic amphitheater. The Hollywood Bowl proudly hosts its annual multi-day Fourth of July party, complete with a concert and dazzling fireworks.

Photograph: Courtesy the Queen Mary

Long Beach (CANCELED)

Things to do Festivals

Watch the Long Beach fireworks (at 9pm) from aboard the Queen Mary, where you’ll be able to scope out concerts, family-friendly activities and patriotic-themed events. Alternatively, find a spot anywhere along the waterfront including Belmont Pier, Veteran's Stadium or aboard a harbor cruise.

Photograph: Courtesy Kelly Lee Barrett/Cinespia

Hollywood Forever Cemetery (CANCELED)

Movies Greek Theatre, Griffith Park

Settle into Hollywood Forever Cemetery for an Independence Day celebration. Pack your picnic, enjoy the movie and stay on the grass for a fireworks show afterwards. Cinespia’s pulling out all the stops for their July 4th celebration, amping up their festivities with a themed photobooth, DJ and fireworks show.

Grand Park fireworks
Photograph: Courtesy Grand Park

Grand Park (CANCELED)

Things to do

The Fourth of July Block Party will be taking place online this year instead of at Grand Park. There won’t be any fireworks.

If you’re on the hunt for a cheap, lively way to celebrate Uncle Sam, shake it over to Grand Park, and watch Downtown L.A. light up for free (at 9pm, shot off from the Music Center)! This Fourth of July, Grand Park hosts a unique block party, featuring scrumptious food truck fare, live music and more. The music begins while the sun is still high in the sky, so bring yourself an all-day picnic—no booze allowed, only empty water bottles—and relax. Your four-legged friends are totally invited, and, best of all, the event is Metro accessible

Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Eliza J.

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (CANCELED)

Things to do Fireworks

Unfurl a picnic blanket on the South Lawn of Exposition Park, just next to the Coliseum, and enjoy an afternoon of music, games and kid-friendly activities, followed by a free fireworks show at 9pm.

Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade
Photo courtesy of Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Celebration

Pacific Palisades (CANCELED)

Things to do Festivals

Fireworks are canceled this year, though there will be a 2pm WWII plane flyover.

Cruise on up to the Palisades for a beachy Independence Day extravaganza. Starting just before 2pm, a band of patriotic skydivers will descend from the stratosphere, kicking off the neighborhood’s colossal parade. The festivities continue with a concert (4pm) and fireworks (9pm), leaving nothing amiss from this year’s Fourth of July celebration.

Photograph: Courtesy Fairplex

Fairplex (CANCELED)

Things to do Festivals

What’s more American than spending your 4th of July around a bunch of monster trucks? That’s the idea behind Kaboom, an annual celebration at the Fairplex that features a monster truck derby, big-air motocross show and even a human cannonball demonstration, followed by a fireworks spectactular at 9:15pm.

Photograph: Jill Weisleder

Dodger Stadium (CANCELED)

Sports and fitness Stadiums Echo Park

Dodger Stadium hosts fireworks on Friday nights throughout the season, but they do it up extra on the 4th of July. Buy tickets to see the team take on the San Diego Padres (on either the 4th or the 5th) and then stick around for a fireworks show you can see from your seat; line up on the field level near the end of the game and you can even watch from the outfield grass.

Photograph: Courtesy L.A. Galaxy/German Alegria

Dignity Health Sports Park (CANCELED)

Sports and fitness Soccer Carson

For more than two decades, the L.A. Galaxy have followed up each July 4th match with a fireworks show following the game. Head to Carson to see the team take on Toronto FC, and stick around for a pyro display following the game.

Disneyland fireworks
Photograph: Courtesy Scott Brinegar/Disneyland

Disneyland (CANCELED)

Things to do Event spaces Anaheim

Disneyland shoots off fireworks practically every night of the year—and truth be told, we happen to think their Disney-fied shows are more memorable than their patriotic displays. But show up on the 4th to see “Celebrate America! – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky,” a special red, white and blue salute.

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Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade.
Photo courtesy of Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Celebration

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Things to do

Looking for 4th of July events or things to do with the family? Spend Independence Day hanging out at one of the best beaches in L.A., eating the city’s best BBQ, cooling with with classic frozen desserts and having fun at these kid-friendly events, neighborhood parades and celebratory festivals.


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