If there’s one day of the year where the city known for its glitz and glamour is even more filled with sparkle and light than usual, it’s the Fourth of July. Los Angeles attractions love Independence Day as much as the rest of us, so you can expect to find the whole sprawling metropolis celebrating.
Of course, it’s the fireworks that are the main attraction. This year, when you spend Fourth of July in Los Angeles, you should know where to go to see the best fireworks displays from the most ideal viewing spots. Whether public extravaganzas or ticketed events, these five Los Angeles attractions each put on a fireworks show you won’t want to miss—and over half of them are free.
Rose Bowl – AmericaFest
AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl is one of the most well-known Fourth of July events in L.A. In fact, it features one of the largest fireworks displays in all of Southern California. The 2014 Festival begins at 2 PM outside the stadium and at 7 PM the scheduled events begin. Live motorcycle stunts and performances from the Grammy Nominated Liverpool Legends (a Beatle’s cover band handpicked by George Harrison’s sister) and Teen Idol Ian Thomas will keep the crowds entertained before the fireworks begin at 9 PM. General admission tickets for this event are $13.
Marina del Rey
The fireworks at Marina del Rey are a family affair. Fireworks are shot from a barge across from the Marina’s main channel, lighting up both the sea and the sky. Though the fireworks start at 9 PM, you can spend all day at Marina del Rey. Bring a picnic and a blanket to spread out on the lawn, or make it a special occasion by dining at one of many seaside restaurants. If you’re looking for more to do nearby, head to the Westchester annual Fourth of July Parade or have a laugh at the Mr. and Mrs. Muscle Beach Competition located on Venice Beach.
This community-centered Fourth of July Festival was created by the City of Redondo Beach in conjunction with Pete Moffett Productions, Inc. to create a gathering place where friends, family, and neighbors (and tourists, too!) can celebrate the 4th and see some spectacular fireworks. In its 5th year, the Redondo Beach Fourth of July Fireworks will feature paddle boarding, kids’ crafts, live music, DJs, and of course, a fireworks show at 9 PM set to patriotic tunes.
This year, Exposition Park’s annual fireworks display features a special pre-show program presented by the California African American Museum. From 6-8 PM, audiences at the park will enjoy live performances by singers Daryn Dean and Ileana Garcia, ventriloquist Aaron Adams, and musicians Cliff Beach and his band. At dusk, the performances will settle down in time for the largest public fireworks extravaganza in Los Angeles.
Of course, we couldn’t forget about the most extravagant Fourth of July attraction in Los Angeles. The annual July Fourth Fireworks Spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl has showings on July 3rd, 4th, and 5th . Many locals still claim the Hollywood Bowl puts on the best fireworks show around. This year’s performance features Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers with Edie Brickell. You’ll also see the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West. If you’re willing to go all out for the Fourth, start scavenging for tickets now!
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