When it comes to 4th of July fireworks are a must and no one does it like Los Angeles. Whether you love the colorful pinwheels or the white sparklers, these amazing displays will have something for everyone.
3-Day July 4th Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl
July 4th at Grand Park
Grand Park in the LA Civic Center is celebrating Independence Day with a four block block party. There won’t be full-sky fireworks, but a light show combining special effects with pyrotechnics. The Main stage and viewing area are located between Hill Street and Grand Avenue.
When: July 4, Music begins at 3 pm, light show at 9
Where: All four blocks of Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles 200 N. Grand Avenue, between Grand Avenue and Spring Street
Parking: $10 under the park or at the Music Center
Metro: Red Line to Civic Center/Grand Park
Palisades Americanism Parade
Old fashioned Independence Day Parade followed by entertainment and a fireworks display.
When: July 4th, Skydivers 1:50 pm, 2:00 parade, 6:30 pm entertainment, 9 pm fireworks
Where: Parade on Sunset Blvd. in Pacific Palisades between via de la Paz and Drummond St., Entertainment and fireworks at Palisades Charter High School.
Cost: Parade Free, reserved grandstand tickets for a fee, Concert $5
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 GA,$25 reserved, $30 premium, Kids 7 and under and Active Military with ID Free, advance tickets on sale in May through www.ticketmaster.com. Box office a week before and cash only at the stadium.
Parking: $20 cash for cars
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
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, BB* 3:00 – 8:00 pm with two seatings, Aquarium opens 9 am – 10 pm
Where: Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, 320 Golden Shore, Long Beach
Cost: Aquarium Admission is $14.95 for everyone after 5 pm. Regular admission is $25.95 Adult, $14.95 child 3-11, $22.95 seniors, Aquarium plus dinner $37 Adult, $32 Child. Advance reservations required for dinner.
Info: 562-590-3100, www.aquariumofpacific.org
More: Aquarium of the Pacific Visitors Guide
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