While the burgers and potato salad are always enticing, it just wouldn’t be a memorable Fourth of July celebration without fireworks. Check out our list of the best places to see 4th of July fireworks in Los Angeles with the whole family.
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Top 4th of July Fireworks and Events in LA
From the beach to the Bowl, there are so many awesome spots in Los Angeles to take in July 4th fireworks show. Here are some of the best events across LA and Southern California on the 4th of July.
Westside Fireworks and Events
The Marina del Rey in Los Angeles is one of the best locations in the city to view fireworks on July 4th. Enjoy one of the greatest views of the fireworks while dining at the Marina del Rey beachfront restaurants in Fisherman’s Village. For the ultimate close-up, watch by boat aboard a City Cruises vessel.
For the most family-friendly experience, pack a picnic with your own food and head to the best viewing area – Burton Chace Park for a family-friendly party setting for a fireworks show on the water with synchronized music. This is a popular event, so if you want to grab a spot, arrive as early as 1 pm to ensure you can join the celebration. The show starts at 9 pm and lasts approximately 20 minutes.
The Diamond Anniversary celebrates 75 years of the Palisades July 4th Parade. The parade route begins on Via de la Paz and heads east on Sunset, and ends where Toyota Drive meets Ocampo Drive. The parade is scheduled to start at 2:00 pm on July 4, 2023. Kids on Bikes, Patriotic Pups, Palisades performance groups, and many Palisades service organizations are all returning this year.
Later that evening, the Pacific Palisades Fireworks Spectacular lights up the night above Pali High at 9 pm (Gates close at 8:45 pm). Advance general admission tickets are required to attend, and space is limited, so if you’re planning to watch, reserve your tickets early.
Don’t miss the Culver City Exchange Club’s Fourth of July Fireworks Display at West Los Angeles College. Gates open at 3:30 pm for an entire afternoon of live music and food leading up to the main event at dusk. Be sure to arrive early to grab a good spot.
This long-running parade, hosted by the Ocean Park Association and entirely volunteer-run, has become a tradition for Santa Monica locals. The parade route runs along Main Street each year on the morning of the 4th of July. Times for 2023 are 9:30AM.
Long Beach Fireworks and Events
Justin Rudd’s “Great American 4th of July Kids Bike Parade,” presented by Rudd’s nonprofit 501c3 “Community Action Team (CAT), is back for another year of fun! Arrive early to check out the kids’ patriotic speech contest at 9:50 am. The bike parade kicks off at 10 am, with awards and prizes given at the end by 10:30 am. All events take place at 1 Granada Ave., 90803.
Celebrate the 4th of July at Shoreline Village with live music and fireworks. Enjoy live music all afternoon, followed directly by the fireworks show over the water at 9 pm. Times and details for 2023 TBA.
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Hollywood / Downtown / Northeast Fireworks and Events
A night out at the Hollywood Bowl is always fun, but it’s especially exciting when you’re celebrating the 4th of July. Last year’s event was hosted by Steve Martin & Martin Short! This year another set of iconic figures will take the stage. With dozens of their chart-toppers becoming anthems of American youth—including “Surfin’ USA,” “I Get Around,” and “Fun, Fun, Fun”—the Beach Boys will light up the night with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and their legendary fireworks. The show begins at 7:30 pm on July 4. The same performance is also running from July 2nd – July 3rd.
Downtown LA’s biggest 4th of July bash is back! The party starts at 4 pm and runs until 9:30 pm. The celebration includes live music, dancing, food, and of course, fireworks. This year’s event features immersive art installations alongside DJs spinning Hip-Hop, Cumbia, Jazz, House, Funk, and Latin Soul. For the first time ever, the Block Party will also include an unforgettable light show.
Celebrate the 4th with the boys in blue at Dodger Stadium! The game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium starts at 6:10 pm and will include a post-game fireworks show.
The postponed season-opening LA Galaxy vs. LAFC game is currently scheduled to take place at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California, on Tuesday, July 4 (7:30 pm PT; MLS Season Pass). Barring any last-minute changes, it looks like the long-running AmericaFest Celebration at the Rose Bowl is sadly going dark this year. We’ll update you with any new info.
After a day of family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, you can cap off the experience with an Independence Day celebration. Enjoy a stunning fireworks show on July 4th at Universal Studios Hollywood, all included with your regular theme park entrance.
A night out at the Hollywood Bowl is always fun, but it’s especially exciting when you’re celebrating the 4th of July. Hosted by Steve Martin and Martin Short, the show with the LA Phil kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on July 4. The same show is also running on July 2 – 3.
Valley Fireworks is a professional and Events
This July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza in Woodland Hills entertains nearly 60,000 people with a free concert and a 15-minute magnificent fireworks display, one of Southern California’s most impressive fireworks displays. Along with the live entertainment, you can check out vendor booths and food trucks. The event runs from 6 – 9:30 pm, with the fireworks show starting at 9 pm. This is a free event, but you can also purchase tickets for a seat in the VIP section and prepaid access to the parking lot.
The City of Calabasas hosts this annual 4th of July fireworks celebration that includes a Family Fun Zone with inflatables, games, arts and crafts, and more. The event begins at 5 pm, and the evening also includes a dance party. The fireworks show starts at 9 pm. Advance tickets are required and can be purchased online. ($12/ person, kids under 2 free). This show always sells out, so be sure to snag tickets early.
Calabasas High School Football Field
22855 W. Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas
|5:00 p.m.||Gates Open to public|
|5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.||Family Fun Zone opens with a DJ, games, prizes, arts and crafts, stilt walkers and more! (Note: Fun Zone closes at 8:30 p.m. when the sun goes down)|
|7:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.||Live musical dance party with the Suffragettes!|
|9:00 p.m.||Musically choreographed Fireworks Spectacular!|
The City of Thousand Oaks puts on a dazzling fireworks display on the hill behind the Hillcrest Center of the Arts in Thousand Oaks. The fireworks go off at 9 pm, and the Janss Marketplace offers one of the best viewing areas. Arrive early at 6:30 pm and enjoy the music of Journey USA performing a one-hour set of Styx and Foreigner hits, followed by a one-hour set of Journey hits before the fireworks show. You can also grab a bite to eat at one of the many local restaurants at the marketplace.
Orange County Fireworks and Events
Celebrate Independence Day all day long on the Bay at Newport Dunes. The family-friendly day begins at 8 am and features an inflatable water park, water sports rentals, food and vendors, live music, a cocktail and beer garden with lawn games, and fireworks!
The festive day includes:
- Moe B’s Munchies – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
- Water Sports Rentals – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (may close early to prepare for firework show)
- The Inflatable Water Park – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (may close early to prepare for the firework show)
- Food Vendors and Full Bars – 12:00 pm to 7:30 pm
- Musical Performance featuring The Dreamboats – 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
- Fireworks show co-sponsored by the City of Newport Beach – 9:00 pm
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