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 hours earlier for a kid-friendly carnival. 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 the neighborhoods west of the 210, and, somewhat distantly, from parking garage rooftops in Old Pasadena.
Whether you intend to or not, you’re going to see some 4th of July fireworks—or at the very least hear them thanks to Angelenos’ summer-long affair with very-much-illegal amateur pyro. But Independence Day itself brings about a whole other tier of patriotically loud, colorful explosions in the night sky thanks to a bunch of professionally-staged 4th of July fireworks shows. 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, cap things off with a bang. From the Long Beach waterfront to Hollywood, here’s where to see 4th of July fireworks this year.
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