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Photograph: Courtesy the Queen Mary

Here’s where you can see New Year’s Eve fireworks in L.A.

Ring in the New Year with a bang using this list of places to see New Year’s Eve fireworks in Los Angeles

By Stephanie Morino and Michael Juliano

You may not be able to see the ball drop live in Los Angeles, but there are still plenty of impressive shows to be seen come December 31. Though there are a lot of New Year’s Eve parties across the city, these events are a cut above the rest thanks to one extra-sparkly factor: fireworks. There might not be a ton of official New Year’s Eve firework shows in Los Angeles, but there are quite a few options on how to view the ones that are taking place. 

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Where to see New Year’s Eve fireworks in L.A.


Marina del Rey New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Glow Party

Things to do Fireworks

Marina del Rey rings in the new year in style, starting with a free family-friendly glow party. The waterfront city has fireworks at both 9pm and midnight (or a minute before, to be precise). While the fireworks are set off from Burton Chace Park, all of the restaurants with harbor views should have visibility of the fireworks. Some of the restaurants host ticket dinners for a pricey cost, so we suggest finding a spot along the water and enjoying the fireworks for free.

EVE at Universal Studios
Photograph: Courtesy David Sprague/Universal Studios

EVE at Universal Studios Hollywood

Things to do Fireworks

Go on rides during the day and stick around for a fireworks display at night at Universal Studios Hollywood’s New Year’s Eve celebration. You’ll find multiple party areas around the park with desserts, beer, wine and champagne available for purchase at each.

Queen Mary
Photograph: Courtesy the Queen Mary

New Year’s Eve aboard the Queen Mary

Things to do Festivals

Ring in 2020 aboard the Queen Mary. The 21-and-over, 1920s-themed party has something for everyone on New Year’s Eve—whether you want a more mellow evening with food, drink and live musical performances or to dance the night away in a club-like atmosphere—they’ve got you covered. Be on the lookout for nearby fireworks cruises for a view from the waterfront, too.

Knott’s Berry Farm
Photograph: Courtesy Knott’s

New Year’s Eve at Knott’s Merry Farm

Things to do

Knott’s Berry Farm goes all out during the holiday season, turning the theme park into the annual Knott's Merry Farm with holiday decorations, music and snow. For New Year’s Eve, they take it a step further with extended hours (9am on Dec 31 to 1am on Jan 1), a countdown to midnight and fireworks. Look out for live music throughout the evening, as well as en evening buffet at Spur’s Restaurant.

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