Watching fireworks on the Fourth of July is one of America’s oldest and dearest traditions. Don’t miss out this weekend—find a fireworks display that fits your needs and kick back for some good old fashioned American entertainment. We’ve got free events, barbecues, concerts, sports games, even human cannonballs!
July 4th Fireworks Spectacular
Where: Hollywood Bowl
When: July 2-4, 7:30 p.m.
What: Kick back with the King of Motown, Smokey Robinson. Enjoy some sweet tunes and one of the city’s most popular fireworks displays.
All-American Fourth of July
Where: Queen Mary
When: 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.
What: Take a trip through time on the different levels of the ship. Start with the 1910’s Traveling Circus, eat your way through the 1950’s Nifty Fifties Buffet, and get rowdy at 2010’s Country themes Ranch Tailgate.
4th of July Block Party
Where: Grand Park L.A.
When: 3 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
What: The event Web site asks that you “please bring your love for Los Angeles” to the third annual fireworks show at this historic downtown L.A. park. Bring your coolers—but leave your alcohol—and enjoy live music and a show backlit by the massive city skyline.
L.A. Dodgers vs. New York Mets
Where: Dodger Stadium
When: 4:15 p.m.
What: What’s more American than baseball? Baseball and fireworks. Now all you’re missing is the apple pie.
July 4th Late Night and BBQ
Where: Aquarium of the Pacific
When: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
What: One fish, two fish, red—white—blue fish! Watch the fireworks, take a late-night tour of the aquarium, and indulge in some good old-fashioned American BBQ.
Where: Fairplex in Pomona
When: 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
What: If the average fireworks show and buffet doesn’t thrill you, come see a human shot out of a cannon 150 feet through the air! Monster trucks included.
Where: Rose Bowl
When: 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.
What: Celebrate the fourth at the 89th annual Americafest at the Rose Bowl and see what is apparently Southern California’s biggest fireworks show. The producers, Pyro Spectaculars by Souza, have also put on displays at NFL Super Bowls and the Olympics. Other fun activities include a viewing of Despicable Me 2, and a 50th anniversary celebration of when Elvis met the Beatles in L.A.
Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade
Where: Sunset Blvd., between Via de la Paz and Drummond
When: 2 p.m.
What: There’s no shortage of fun things to do in the Palisades. Before the regular parade starts at 2, swing your dog by the Patriotic Pups parade! If you’re short a furry friend, enjoy a concert or enter the Patriotic Home Contest, but don’t forget your red, white, and blue!
L.A. Galaxy vs. Toronto FC
Where: StubHub Center
When: 8:30 p.m.
What: An American team versus a Canadian team…we’re expecting extra patriotism at this game. Stick around for the fireworks display after the L.A. Galaxy takes home a win against the Toronto FC.
Where: Starlight Bowl
When: 6:30 p.m.
What: Watch the sun set as you enjoy an eclectic range of music from two headlining bands, the Swing Kings and Rumble King. Afterwards, get your rumble on even more at the booming fireworks show.
CBS Studios Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Festival
Where: CBS Studio Center
When: 4:30 p.m. (fireworks at 9 p.m.)
What: Here comes the…fun! (doo doo doo doo) Beatles tribute band, Paperback Writer, will rock the night away while you enjoy events a car show, magic shows, food, and finally, fireworks.
2015 Marina del Rey Fourth of July Fireworks Show
Where: Burton Chace Park and Fisherman’s Village
When: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
What: The 20-minute show starts at 9 p.m., with several prime viewing locations. At Burton Chace Park, synchronized music will also be played along with the show. Fisherman’s village, which may have fewer spectators, also provides a great view of the display.
July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza
Where: Valley Cultural Center
When: 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
What: This event not only includes a free concert, 20-minute fireworks show, and local community vendors promoting their goods, but all of it is free!
Coca-Cola® July 4th Fest 2015
Where: Six Flags Magic Mountain
When: July 3-5, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
What: The three-day celebration includes live music and fireworks shows every night. The theme park closes at 9 p.m., but the decks and midways open will stay open each night until 9:30 so park-goers can take full advance of the July 4th festivities.
Top Gun + Fireworks
Where: Hollywood Forever Cemetery
When: 9:00 p.m.
What: What comes to mind when you think of classic American film? Top Gun probably isn’t far from the top of the list. Get your adrenaline pumping with Tom Cruise, then marvel at the fireworks show following the movie.
2015 Redondo Beach 4th of July Family Fireworks Spectacular
Where: Seaside Lagoon
When: 2:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. (fireworks start)
What: Come and enjoy the sand and surf while the sun’s still out—with plenty of time to enjoy the fireworks show when it sets. For this “family-friendly” event, the beach will provide inflatable slides, arts and crafts, live music, and a food menu from Ruby’s, but no alcohol.