4th of July Firework Extravaganza

The birth of America is something that has long been celebrated with patriotism, enthusiasm and of course Fireworks!  Fourth of July Fireworks should be larger than life. As Independence Day rounds the corner for the 236th time, we decided to take a look at the biggest pyrotechnic celebrations in LA. Here is a list of some show-stopping locations. Be safe and have a Happy Fourth of July!

4th of July AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl

One of the largest fireworks displays in Southern California with music and food vendors in the nearby Arroyo.
When: July 4th, parking lot opens at 10 am, food court opens at 2 pm; stadium opens at 6:30 pm, Opening ceremonies begin at 7, Program 7:25, Fireworks at 9:05 pm.
Where: The Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena
Cost: $13 General Admission, Kids 7 and under free, Active Military with ID Free, advance tickets on sale in May throughwww.ticketmaster.com. At the gate about a week before the event. Cash only at the stadium.
Parking: $20 cash for cars
Info: 626-577-3100

July 4th Fireworks at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

This free 60 minute fireworks show launched from near the LA Memorial Coliseum is not actually in the Coliseum, but can be viewed from areas around Exposition Park including from Christmas Tree Lane or from the south lawn. Bring blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy the show.
When: July 4, ~8:45 pm (dusk) 2012 Info TBA
Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, 3911 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA
Cost: FREE
Parking: available at 39th and Figueroa St.; Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Hoover St.; also at the USC Campus
Info: www.lacoliseumlive.com

July 4th Baseball and Fireworks at Dodger Stadium

The Los Angeles Dodgers game against the Cincinnati Reds will be followed by a fireworks spectacle.
When: July 4, 6:10 pm
Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
Cost: $12.75-$650, check Goldstar.com for discount tickets
Parking: $10 General Parking Information
Info: http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=la

Mr. & Mrs. Muscle Beach, Venice Beach

Body building pageant on the beach.
When: July 4th, 9 am to 5 pm, registration 7:30-9:30 am, pre-judging 10 am, finals 1 pm
Where: Venice Recreation Center, 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach
Cost: Free to watch, $80 to compete
Info: californiabeachbodybuilding.com, 310-399-2775

Queen Mary BBQ, Brews and Red, White & Blues

The Queen Mary Independence Day celebration will be an old-fashioned BBQ with Carolina, Texas, Kansas City and St. Louis BBQ represented as well as corn-on-the-cob, baked beans, funnel cake and other non-barbecue favorites. There will be 2 stages of live music, strolling entertainers and a children’s area, culminating in the spectacular 4th of July fireworks show. Special hotel rates are available.
When: July 4 10 am to 10 pm, Fireworks on the 4th at 9:00 pm (DJ on the back of the ship from 7 pm – 11 pm)
Where: The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802
Cost: $39.95 Adult, $19.95 children 5-11, $34.95 non-active military/seniors,free for active military, tickets at the box office or online, check Goldstar.com for discount tickets.
Parking: $15
Info: www.queenmary.com

4th of July BBQ at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Enjoy the Aquarium at night and get a fish-eye view of the Queen Mary fireworks. Combo tickets include admission to the aquarium plus an Independence Day B-B-Q buffet with home-style grilled entrees and decadent deserts.
When: July 4, 5:00 – 10:00 pm Dinner 6 – 8 pm, Aquarium opens at 9 am
Where: Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, 320 Golden Shore, Long Beach
Cost: Aquarium Admission is $12.95 for everyone after 5 pm. Regular admission is $24.95 Adult, $13.95 child 3-11, $21.95 seniors, Aquarium plus dinner $37 Adult, $29 Child. Advance reservations required for dinner.
Info: 562-590-3100, www.aquariumofpacific.org

Patriotic Dinner Buffet

Have plans before you watch the fireworks? Don’t want to BBQ at your house? Then BBQ at ours! Come enjoy fun and food with us at our American BBQ Lunch and Dinner Buffet.  http://bit.ly/KEQ5FM

BRUNCH BUFFET: 11:00AM to 2:30PM
$38 for Adults
$16 for Children (3-10)

DINNER BUFFET: 4:00PM to 9:30PM
$32 Adults
$14 pp for Children (3-10)

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