Where to Watch Fireworks in LA

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The Fourth of July is already almost here. We can’t believe it either. No matter your daytime plans to celebrate America’s birthday, expect the City of Angels to deliver explosive Insta-worthy fireworks shows. So go on and Party in the U.S.A. your way to one of these eight locations. Can’t decide? Griffith Observatory offers the best seat in the house for multiple fireworks displays across the area.

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Rose Bowl

‘MURICA! That’s what it’s all about at Rose Bowl’s 92nd Annual AmericaFest in Pasadena. Think red, white and blue. Inflatable everything. Rides. Crafts. Games. Music (we hear there’s going to be a Michael Jackson sing-a-long). And can we stop for a second to recognize that this event has taken place for 92 years?! If you don’t want to pay the entry fee (starts at $15), skip the Fest and post up on the Colorado Bridge for a free view of the fireworks.

Dodger Stadium

What’s more all-American than watching the fireworks at a baseball stadium? It’s OK. We’ll wait... This July 4th see the Dodgers go head-to-head against the Pittsburgh Pirates. After the Dodgers win, don’t quote us on that, stay put as they do it up big with a display that’ll impress even the British. You can keep your seat, line up on field level or even take a spot in the outfield. And let’s face it, that’s probably the only time you’ll ever get that close to Kiké Hernandez. Tickets start at $10. Extra Joy Tip: Make it an almost double header! They’re giving away free red, white and blue baseball tees at the July 3rd game.

Forever Cemetery

Let’s dance! Celebrate America with heartthrob Kevin Bacon during Forever Cemetery’s July 4th Footloose & Fireworks event. We can’t promise he’ll actually be there. But you’ll definitely get to watch sexy dance moves on the big screen and shining fireworks light up the sky. Tickets are $35. Cherry wine optional. Prefer to skip the crowds? Host your own Footloose movie night with our Stars & Stripes Movie Night essentials. Complete the July 4th festivities with sparklers.

Hollywood Bowl

They got the beat, and you got the seat at Hollywood Bowl’s July 4th Fireworks Spectacular with The Go-Go’s. This ‘80s throwback performance ends with an epic ensemble of fiery lights set to the sounds of the LA Philharmonic. Tickets range in price from $16 to $282. The memories are priceless. Extra Joy Tip: You’re allowed to bring wine bottles, wine glasses and beer bottles inside the venue. Leave the selfie sticks at home. No, seriously. They’re not permitted.

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Exposition Park Coliseum

If all-day Independence Day activities are calling your name, look no further than Exposition Park South Lawn (between Natural History Museum and Memorial Coliseum). It’s a picnic-style event for the whole family starting at 11 a.m. Want to revel in your freedom of choice to celebrate the afternoon elsewhere? Just make sure you get to the park in time for the fireworks show launching at 9 p.m. You’ll want to bring along the “works” with our Picnic + Fireworks bundle.

Downtown

Ah, the sound of freedom. You really can’t beat it. You also can’t beat DTLA’s free 4th of July Block Party & Fireworks at Grand Park. Yes, it gets pretty crowded. But also yes, you can take public transportation and avoid LA’s post-fireworks highway jam scenes straight out of La La Land. Just take the Red or Purple lines to Civic Center/Grand Park and use the 1st Street exit. Doors open at 3 p.m. so claim your spot early.

Marina del Rey

Up your Boomerang game with Insta shots of crashing waves and exploding fireworks. At the same time. You can have all that and more during Marina del Rey’s annual fireworks over the ocean. Grab your space at Burton Chase Park, Fisherman’s Village or your favorite rooftop bar. If you’re feeling especially patriotic, or lucky, befriend someone with a boat and finagle your way into watching the show from the deck. Don’t forget to tag us in your pics. It was our idea, after all. Want to make it a full-on beach day? Grab the Boogie Board + Beach Games bundle and go.

Long Beach

Sure, you can get all Titanic like and spend extra money to hop aboard the Queen Mary for its Fourth of July festivities. Or, you can make like Rose and save yourself the few bucks by watching the fireworks for free from Shoreline Park. There’s also Belmont Pier, Veterans Stadium or pretty much anywhere along the waterfront. Should you opt for the full Jack and Rose experience, tickets start at $24. Best Titanic one-liners required to board. (OK, we made that last part up.)

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