Marina del Rey

  • Location: Fireworks are shot off a barge on the Marina
  • The city suggests watching from Fisherman's Village (13755 Fiji Way); Burton Chace Park (13650 Mindanao Way); or Mother's Beach (4101 Admiralty Way)

It's incredibly breathtaking to watch fireworks explode over the water. Every year in Marina del Rey, there is a 4th of July fireworks show. Burton Chace Park offers music from 88.9FM that's synchronized with the show. Other great viewing locations include the waterfront hotels and restaurants or from a boat. Fireworks start at 9pm and last for about 20 minutes. For tips on parking and getting there, click here.

Pacific Palisades

  • Location: Palisades Charter High School
  • 15777 Bowdoin St Pacific Palisades

Cruise over to the Palisades for a spectacular Independence Day celebration. Starting just before 2pm, a band of patriotic skydivers will descend from the sky, kicking off the neighborhood's colossal parade (the parade is free). Baton twirlers and marching trombonists will begin their promenade on Sunset Boulevard, between Via de la Paz and Drummond. Festivities continue with a concert and fireworks ($10 for both), leaving nothing amiss from this year's Fourth of July celebration. Buy tickets to reserve your spot today. Tickets are limited. Buy Now

Culver City

  • Location: West L.A. College
  • 9000 Overland Ave Culver City

Culver City's fireworks will take place at West L.A. College. There will be carnival games, food trucks, a raffle and live music from Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps. Gates open at 4 p.m., with fireworks at dusk. Pets (except for service animals) and alcohol are not allowed on site. Suggested $5 donation, parking is $10. More info here.


  • Location: Hollywood Bowl
  • 2301 Highland Ave Hollywood

Chicago is playing the Hollywood Bowl on the 4th of July. Other guests include Thomas Wilkins, the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the L.A. Phil. There will be patriotic music and fireworks. Tickets range from $14 to $261. Special pricing on tickets for children ages 12 and under.


  • Location: Hollywood Forever Cemetery
  • 6000 Santa Monica Blvd Hollywood

You couldn't pick a better film to screen in celebration of Independence Day than Grease. Fess up, you know you want to show up to Hollywood Forever clad in your leather pants and jacket. Cinespia's pulling out all the stops for their July 4th celebration, amping up their festivities with a themed photobooth, DJ and fireworks show. Hopefully, you already purchased your tickets because the event website states that it's already SOLD OUT!

Downtown L.A.

  • Location: Grand Park
  • 200 N Grand Ave Los Angeles

Grand Park is hosting a 4th of July block party with music, food and fireworks from 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The event will be hosted by Mario Hernandez and Kristin Rand with performances from Kotolan, Dexter Story, Jenny O., Afro Funke and La Junta. There will also be an area for children, as well as games like soccer and tag. While outside food is allowed, no outside beverages will be permitted. There will be food vendors on site, but this event is alcohol-free. Free.

Based on my personal experiences: 

  • Overcast and foggy conditions are common this time of year in Marina del Rey so keep this in mind if you plan to catch the fireworks here. Some of the fireworks that explode high in the air may be difficult to see if there are low clouds/fog.
  • You can get pretty up-close and personal to the fireworks in Pacific Palisades. While you can get a great view when they explode over your head, it can also cause a sore neck from looking straight up to watch the show and the soot from fireworks may fall on your head.
  • Summer evenings tend to be cool after the sun goes down (especially if you are close to the beach) so don't forget to bring along a sweatshirt or jacket.
  • Arrive early so you pick your preferred viewing spot and expect lots of traffic after the fireworks are done. Walk, bike or take the Metro Expo light rail to the show if possible.

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