The U.S. has a birthday coming up, and while most birthday celebrations boast a cake and candles, our country gets a little more—a fireworks show. No matter where you frequent each Fourth of July, you already know that when the sun goes down, the magic starts and the skies light up in celebration. As an Angeleno, you have many options when it comes to catching a fireworks extravaganza. Whether you take to the coast, L.A.’s most iconic cemetery or the middle of downtown, why not try somewhere new this Fourth of July?
The Fourth of July aboard the iconic Queen Mary in Long Beach is said to be unlike any other. Their “All American” summer includes a day filled with activities, fun, games and music on the deck. As soon as the sun sets, the show begins; with the water as its backdrop, the famous fireworks spectacular kicks off to patriotic tunes and the cheers of spectators. Locals and visitors know this is the prime place for fireworks viewing and one of the most unique experiences in town. However, you’re going to need a ticket to catch the celebration on this ship. From cabana options to dining packages to general admission, fireworks aboard the Queen Mary come with options. Purchase tickets here.
If you wish to celebrate the holiday in the heart of the city, then Grand Park is where you need to be. Each year Grand Park’s Fourth of July Block Party has garnered more and more interest, attracting Angelenos with overflowing with food, fun, music and naturally, a fireworks show to close out the evening. It’s a free-of-cost event and you’re welcome to bring a picnic or try some of the local vendor fare. You will find local artists performing music on almost every corner, making it a true celebration of Los Angeles city culture. The event starts at 2 p.m. with the fireworks show coming alive at 9 p.m.
Surrounded by trees and tucked into its own alcove, the Hollywood Bowl is no stranger to putting on a memorable Independence Day show. This year, they will host their July Fourth Fireworks Spectacular with Grammy Award-winning a cappella group Pentatonix. The show starts at 7:30 p.m, when fireworks and the melody of patriotic music begin to imbue the sky above. This event lasts for three days; but, if you’re in need of plans for the Fourth, this is certainly where you want to be to experience all of the wonders of a summer’s night.
For 91 years, the Rose Bowl has hosted Americafest, and this year promises to be just as special as those before it. Filled with activities throughout the day, the family-friendly event features inflatable rides, games and crafts as well as a motorcycle stunt show and a host of delicious American eats. The Rose Bowl fun begins at 2 p.m. with the renowned fireworks show kicking off at 9 p.m. But, don’t feel limited to time—you can always start early with a parking lot tailgate before the doors open. Tickets are required and can be purchased here.
Leave it to Hollywood Forever to redefine a Fourth of July celebration. The famous cemetery offers a night of film and fireworks with a showing of the 90’s classic, Jurassic Park. Once the finishing credits roll, the fireworks begin. Lighting up the night sky, this show dazzles. Expect a themed photo booth—so you can post the whole happening on Instagram—and guests are encouraged to bring a picnic. What’s a movie-night without snacks? The event starts at 7:15 p.m. with the film showing at 9 p.m., and after that it’s fireworks time. You can purchase your tickets here for $35.
Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach
For the people of the South Bay, Seaside Lagoon is where you want to be to catch an amazing fireworks show and celebrate Independence Day. Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach becomes home to a host of water activities including waterslides, games, crafts and music. The family-friendly event is loaded with food and you can even order from the Ruby’s window or bring your own picnic. This alcohol-free event promises a great time under the sun no matter what your age. Once the sun dips down, the fireworks spectacular lights up the night sky and dances off the water—a true sight to see. Purchase tickets here or watch for free from any beach in the South Bay.