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.

Independence Day isn’t complete without 4th of July fireworks, those patriotically loud, colorful explosions in the night sky. After a 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, cap off the celebrations with a bang, thanks to these 4th of July fireworks. We’ve rounded up shows from all over the Los Angeles region, from the Long Beach waterfront to tucked into Hollywood.

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Americafest
Photograph: Courtesy Rose Bowl Stadium
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Rose Bowl
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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 notably along the Colorado Street Bridge and from parking garage rooftops in Old Pasadena.
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Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade
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Pacific Palisades
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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 (6pm) and fireworks (9pm), leaving nothing amiss from this year’s Fourth of July celebration.
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Fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl.
Photograph: Courtesy Los Angeles Philharmonic Association/Adam Latham
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Hollywood Bowl
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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. L.A.’s all-female new-wave group the Go-Go’s comes out of semi-retirement for this fireworks-filled spectacle.
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Fisherman's Village
Courtesy Visit Marina Del Rey
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Marina del Rey
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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.
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Cinespia
Photograph: Courtesy Kelly Lee Barrett/Cinespia
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Hollywood Forever Cemetery
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Settle into Hollywood Forever Cemetery for an Independence Day celebration on both July 3 and 4 with screenings of Thelma & Louise and Footloose. 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.
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Photograph: Courtesy the Queen Mary
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Long Beach
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Watch the Long Beach fireworks 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.
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Grand Park fireworks
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Grand Park
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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! 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
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Fairplex
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Fairplex
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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.
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Photograph: Jill Weisleder
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Dodger Stadium
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Dodger Stadium hosts fireworks throughout the season, but they do it up extra on the 4th of July. Buy tickets to see the team take on the Pittsburgh Pirates (on either the 3rd or 4th) 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.
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Disneyland fireworks
Photograph: Courtesy Scott Brinegar/Disneyland
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Disneyland
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Disneyland shoots of 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 a special red, white and blue salute.
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Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade.
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Find more of the best 4th of July events in L.A.
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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.