California

Where to watch 4th of July fireworks shows in the L.A. area

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Fourth of July fireworks explode in Long Beach as seen from Shoreline Village in a file photo.
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Fourth of July is almost here, so pack a picnic and make some plans because Los Angeles County has dozens of fireworks shows to enjoy. With a long list of local festivities, their start times and ticket prices, this is your guide to picking the best fireworks show to ensure your night goes out with a bang.

Remember that parking often costs extra and can be the usual pain, so be sure to arrive early or consider alternative forms of transportation to get to your show of choice. If we missed a fireworks display happening in your area, please let us know in the comment section below and we may update this list.

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Fireworks explode over the Hollywood Bowl on the Fourth of July.
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Central L.A.

Downtown L.A. - Grand Park Block Party

  • Event begins: 3 p.m.
  • Fireworks: 9 p.m.
  • Price: Free
  • Details: Live music includes performances by the Boogaloo Assassins, DJ Linafornia, the Delirians, Earth Arrow, Victoria La Mala and more. Food can be brought from home and vendors will be in the event space. No outside beverages are allowed.

Dodgers Stadium - Post-Game Holiday Fireworks

  • Event begins: 6:10 p.m.
  • Fireworks: After the game
  • Price: $32 and up
  • Details: Watch the Los Angeles Dodgers play the San Diego Padres and enjoy a fireworks show after the game.

Hollywood - Hollywood Bowl Fireworks Spectacular

  • Event begins: 7:30 p.m.
  • Fireworks: At dusk
  • Price: Adult: $25 to upward of $100. Kids pricing starts at $12.50 and goes to $80
  • Details: The Hollywood Bowl promises a “funky fourth” with performances from Nile Rogers, CHIC and the L.A. Philharmonic.

Hollywood - Hollywood Forever Cemetery

  • Event begins: 9 p.m.
  • Fireworks: Begin after the film
  • Price: $38
  • Details: “E.T.” will be showing in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, followed by a fireworks show.

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A fireworks show illuminates the night sky over Los Angeles on Independence Day.
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South & Southeast L.A.

Artesia - Artesia Park

  • Event begins: 10 a.m.
  • Fireworks: 9 p.m.
  • Price: Free
  • Details: Independence Day festivities begin at 10 a.m. in the park, where there will be games, water activities, live music and a fireworks show.

Cerritos - Cerritos Civic Center and Cerritos High School

  • Event begins: 4 p.m.
  • Fireworks: 9 p.m.
  • Price: Free
  • Details: Cerritos’ 46th annual “Let Freedom Ring” celebration includes a day of rides, games, food vendors, live music, a bell-ringing ceremony and a fireworks show.

Exposition Park - L.A. Memorial Coliseum

  • Events begin: 11 a.m.
  • Fireworks: 9 p.m.
  • Price: Free
  • Details: This picnic-style event on the South Lawn off of Exposition Park Drive includes live music, food and activities for the whole family before the annual fireworks display.

La Mirada - La Mirada Regional Park

  • Event begins: 4 p.m.
  • Fireworks: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Price: Free
  • Details: The event features live entertainment, games, children’s activities, food drink vendors and a community fireworks show.

Lynwood - Lynwood Park

  • Event begins: 3 p.m.
  • Fireworks: 9 p.m.
  • Price: Free
  • Details: With a fireworks show in the evening and a picnic and activities in the park beforehand, get ready for a picture-perfect Independence Day.

Huntington Park - Salt Lake Park

  • Event begins: 4 p.m.
  • Fireworks: 9 p.m.
  • Price: Free
  • Details: Enjoy live music in the park before Huntington Park’s free annual firework show.

South Gate - South Gate Park

  • Event begins: 2 p.m.
  • Fireworks: 9 p.m.
  • Price: Free
  • Details: With rides, games and fireworks — celebrate the Fourth of July at South Gate’s annual carnival.

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Spectators watch the fireworks light up the sky over Redondo Beach Pier on July 4.
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South Bay & Harbor

Carson - Dignity Health Sports Park

  • Event begins: 7:30 p.m.
  • Fireworks: After the game
  • Price: $25 and up
  • Details: The L.A. Galaxy’s 24th annual fireworks show is likely the longest standing Fourth of July fireworks show in all of professional sports. Fireworks follow the game Thursday night as L.A. Galaxy faces off against Toronto FC.

El Segundo - Stevenson Field

  • Event begins: 5 p.m.
  • Fireworks: 9 p.m.
  • Price: $5
  • Details: Daytime events at Stevenson Field run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include games, kids’ competitions, community booths and food vendors. The evening event begins at 5 p.m. and includes live music before the firework show.

Gardena - Rowley Park

  • Event begins: 5 p.m.
  • Fireworks: At dusk
  • Price: Free
  • Details: Plan a delicious Fourth of July dinner with food trucks available before the firework show.

Long Beach - Queen Mary

  • Event begins: 3 p.m.
  • Fireworks: 9 p.m.
  • Price: adults $49, kids $29
  • Details: Celebrate the Fourth of July with the “All American Fourth of July” fireworks show from the stern of the historic Queen Mary.

Redondo Beach - Seaside Lagoon

  • Event begins: 2 p.m.
  • Fireworks: 9 p.m.
  • Price: Adults $25, kids $15
  • Details: Festivities include swimming, arts and crafts, family events, live music and food from Ruby’s Diner.

San Pedro - Cabrillo Beach

  • Event begins: 12 p.m.
  • Fireworks: 9 p.m.
  • Price: Free
  • Details: The 69th Annual John Olguin July 4th Spectacular features live music, food trucks and family activities before the fireworks show.

Torrance - Torrance Civic Center

  • Event begins: 7 p.m.
  • Fireworks: 9 p.m.
  • Price: Free
  • Details: Suggested viewing areas for Torrance’s firework shows include Los Angeles County Courthouse parking lot and the turf field of the Toyota Sports Complex.

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A man waves a flag as he watches the Rose Bowl fireworks show in Pasadena.
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San Gabriel Valley

Alhambra - Almansor Park

  • Event begins: 3 p.m.
  • Fireworks: 9 p.m.
  • Price: Free
  • Details: Festivities include food vendors, carnival games, inflatables garden, competitions and live music.

Baldwin Park - Sierra Vista High School

  • Event begins: 5 p.m.
  • Fireworks: 9:05 p.m.
  • Price: Free
  • Details: Baldwin Park’s Fourth of July Spectacular includes food vendors, a live musical tribute to Elton John and a fun zone with inflatables and carnival-style rides.

Claremont - Pomona College’s Strehle Track

  • Event begins: 6:30 p.m.
  • Fireworks: 9 p.m.
  • Price: $10
  • Details: Claremont’s Fourth of July festivities begin early with a pancake breakfast, a run, a parade and children’s activities followed by the main event with barbecue, live music and a fireworks show.

Irwindale - Dan Diaz Recreation Center

  • Event begins: 3 p.m.
  • Fireworks: 9 p.m.
  • Price: Free
  • Details: Celebrate Independence Day with swimming, arts and crafts, live music, food vendors and fireworks in Irwindale.

La Verne - Bonita High School Stadium

  • Event begins: 6 p.m.
  • Fireworks: 7 p.m.
  • Price: $7 p.m. for adults, $6 for kids
  • Details: The annual Celebrate America Fireworks show is an all-day event in La Verne. The day includes a pancake breakfast, parade, fair, barbecue and its fireworks show closes out the night.

Monrovia - Library Park

  • Event begins: 3 p.m. with a concert at 7 p.m.
  • Fireworks: 9 p.m.
  • Price: Free
  • Details: Fourth of July festivities begin with recorded music until a live band plays at 7 p.m. with fireworks to follow.

Pasadena - Rose Bowl

  • Event begins: 5:30 p.m.
  • Fireworks: 9 p.m.
  • Price: $15 for general admission, $35 for reserved seating
  • Details: The 93rd annual AmericaFest begins with a children’s fun zone at 2 p.m. and the evening events begin at 7 p.m. with live performances followed by a fireworks show.

Pomona - Fairplex

  • Event begins: 5 p.m.
  • Fireworks: 9:15 p.m.
  • Price: Prices range from $18.50 to $27.50
  • Details: The 33rd annual Kaboom! Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular starts off with a pit party and barbecue before a freestyle Motocross performance with other events involving monster trucks and quads. The night will end with a fireworks show.

Rosemead - Rosemead Park

  • Event begins: 10 a.m.
  • Fireworks: at dusk
  • Price: Free
  • Details: This Fourth of July is extra special for the city of Rosemead as it commemorates its 60th birthday. Festivities include a parade, carnival, swimming, community performances, a dog show, food vendors and fireworks.

South El Monte - New Temple Park

  • Event begins: 1 p.m.
  • Fireworks: 9 p.m.
  • Price: Free
  • Details: From bungee jumping to live music to swimming, kids activities and a boxing show, this fireworks show has it all. Although the fireworks will be closer to South El Monte High School, the recommended viewing area is at New Temple Park.

South Pasadena - South Pasadena High School

  • Event begins: 5:30 p.m.
  • Fireworks: 9 p.m.
  • Price: $10 in advance, $13 day of
  • Details: The 38th annual Fourth of July Festival of Balloons kicks off with a pancake breakfast, parade, games and activities at Garfield Park and ends with a fireworks show.

Walnut - Suzanne Park

  • Event begins: 5:30 p.m.
  • Fireworks: 9 p.m.
  • Price: Free
  • Details: Celebrate the Fourth of July in Walnut with live music, a “patriotic pooch parade,” face painting, a pie-eating contest, food trucks and fireworks.

Whittier - York Field

  • Event begins: 5 p.m.
  • Fireworks: 9 p.m.
  • Price: Adults $5, children are free
  • Details: Experience a day of live music, games, food vendors and fireworks at Whittier’s Fireworks Spectacular.

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Fireworks over North Hollywood, seen from the Burbank Hills on July 4.
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San Fernando Valley

Burbank - Starlight Bowl

  • Event begins: Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
  • Fireworks: To follow the show
  • Price: Tickets range from $15 to $35
  • Details: Fireworks will follow live musical performances by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Rumble King.

Calabasas fireworks - Calabasas High School

  • Event begins: 5 p.m.
  • Fireworks: 9 p.m.
  • Price: $10, advance tickets required
  • Details: With live music, games, prizes, inflatables, arts and crafts, stilt walkers and more, the annual Calabasas Fireworks Spectacular is a great event for the whole family. Picnic items are permitted and food and drinks will be available for purchase.

La Crescenta - Crescenta Valley High School

  • Event begins: 4 p.m.
  • Fireworks: At dusk
  • Price: Tickets are $10, but $9 ahead of time. Children are admitted free.
  • Details: Presented by the Crescenta Valley Fireworks Assn., the 13th annual firework show in La Crescenta includes food trucks, live music and a carnival before the fireworks go off.

Porter Ranch - Shepherd Church

  • Event begins: 4:30 p.m.
  • Fireworks: At dusk
  • Price: Free
  • Details: Shepherd Church’s 21st Annual 4th of July Spectacular includes live music, inflatables, face painting, kids crafts, a flyover, local food vendors and much more to ensure a day of family fun.

Universal City - Universal Studios Hollywood

  • Event begins: Park opening 10 a.m.
  • Fireworks: 9:30 p.m.
  • Price: $119 for California residents, $124 general admission
  • Details: Take part in the first-ever Fourth of July celebration at Universal Studios Hollywood. Festivities are included with the price of general admission and the fireworks show can be seen from various locations across the park.

Westlake Village - Westlake Golf Course

  • Event begins: 5 p.m.
  • Fireworks: 9:10 p.m.
  • Price: Free
  • Details: Westlake’s 6th Annual Fireworks Spectacular Show includes a flyover, live music and the national anthem before the big event of the night: the fireworks show.

Woodland Hills - Warner Ranch Park

  • Event begins: 6 p.m.
  • Fireworks: 9 p.m.
  • Price: Free
  • Details: Councilman Bob Blumenfield’s July 4th Extravaganza is known for its 15-minute firework display. The event includes live music, local food vendors and local business booths.

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Fourth of July fireworks launched from a floating barge near Marina del Rey.
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Westside

Malibu - along the coast

  • Event begins: At dusk
  • Fireworks: Between 9 and 10 p.m.
  • Price: Free
  • Details: There are no official city fireworks but people often light them from boats at sea. Popular beach viewing spots are the Malibu Colony and Paradise Cove.

Marina del Rey Fireworks Show - along the coast

  • Event begins: 9 p.m.
  • Fireworks: 9 p.m.
  • Price: Free
  • Details: Recommended viewing areas are Burton Chace Park and Fisherman’s Village, however the show can also be seen from other locations along the coast in Marina del Rey, Venice Pier, Playa Vista and Dockweiler Beach.

Pacific Palisades - Palisades Charter High School

  • Event begins: 4 p.m.
  • Fireworks: 9 p.m.
  • Price: $10
  • Details: Fourth of July celebrations kick off with the free 71st annual Rock the Fourth parade. Head to Palisades Charter High School afterward for children’s activities, food trucks and live music before the evening’s firework show.

Antelope Valley

Lancaster - A.V. Fair & Events Center

  • Event begins: 4 p.m.
  • Fireworks: 9 p.m.
  • Price: Fireworks are free, bull riding costs $15 to $30
  • Details: Lancaster’s “Free Fireworks Extravaganza” features professional bull riders with a free fireworks show to follow.

Santa Clarita

Santa Clarita - Westfield Valencia Town Center

  • Event begins: 9:30 p.m.
  • Fireworks: 9:30 p.m.
  • Price: Free
  • Details: Celebrations begin early on July 4 in Santa Clarita with an Independence Day run followed by a 9 a.m. parade and fireworks to close out the night. Viewers are encouraged to come early to get a good spot to watch the show.

Catalina Island

Catalina Island - Avalon Bay

  • Event begins: 1 p.m.
  • Fireworks: At dusk
  • Price: Free
  • Details: Festivities include live music and the famous Golf Cart Parade before a fireworks display over the bay.