This Independence Day, there’s no better place to be than Los Angeles, California. Every year, the city goes all out with jaw-dropping fireworks displays, entertainment, festivals, beach parties, and more. With so many events to choose from, you can’t go wrong!
Take a look at what Los Angeles 4th of July celebrations and things to do are on tap for this summer.
Los Angeles 4th of July Fireworks
You can’t celebrate Independence Day without fireworks! Each year, Los Angeles lights up the sky with various fireworks displays. If you’re looking to end your 4th of July with a bang, here’s where to go:
1. Hollywood Bowl
July 2nd – 4th, 7:30 pm.
This year, the Hollywood Bowl presents a 3-day Los Angeles 4th of July extravaganza featuring the 1980s band, The Go-Go’s! Stay after the concert for an unbelievable fireworks display. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
2. Rose Bowl
July 4th, 9:00 pm
As part of AmericaFest, the Rose Bowl hosts a massive fireworks show starting at 9:00 pm. Since this fireworks show is part of a larger festival, you will need to purchase your tickets ahead of time.
3. Marina Del Rey
July 4th, 9:00 pm
Each year, Marina Del Rey presents a fireworks display synchronized to music. While the show is free to watch, you will need to pay for nearby parking, so plan ahead!
4. Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
Located at 6300 Hetzler Rd in Culver City, this overlook provides hikers with prime views of different fireworks shows throughout the city. Be prepared for a bit of a hike though!
5. Universal City Overlook
Another great place to watch several Los Angeles 4th of July fireworks displays at once is the Universal City Overlook found at 7701 Mulholland Drive in Studio City. Bring some snacks, a few drinks, and sit out at the overlook for one illuminating night.
6. Culver City Fireworks
July 4th, 9:00 pm
If you’re in the Culver City area looking for 4th of July entertainment, head to West L.A. College. The fireworks display begins promptly at 9:00 pm. Prior to the show, the college will also have live music, food, and more.
7. Huntington Beach Fireworks
July 4th, 9:00 pm
For more than 100 years, Huntington Beach has celebrated Independence Day with fireworks and other festivities. This year, head to the Huntington Beach Pier for an awe-inspiring fireworks show starting at 9:00 pm. Be sure to arrive early to find parking and the perfect viewing spot.
Los Angeles 4th of July Festivals, Parades, and Events
On top of fireworks displays around the city, Los Angeles is also home to a multitude of Independence Day events, festivals, and parades. Be sure to add these things to do to your 4th of July schedule!
8. Patriots Night at Dodger Stadium
July 3rd, 7:10 pm
What’s more American than celebrating the 4th of July while watching a baseball game? Get your tickets to Patriots Night at Dodger Stadium for an All-American baseball game complete with patriotic celebrations, souvenirs, and more.
9. Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade
July 4th, 2:00 pm
Celebrating 70 years of cheer in 2018, the Pacific Palisades 4th of July parade begins at 2:00 pm on Sunset Boulevard. However, if you get the chance, arrive early to see the skydivers at 1:50 pm! If you’re interested, get ahold of VIP tickets for the grandstand to see the best groups in perform.
July 4th, 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Rose Bowl Stadium hosts the 91st AmericaFest this year, featuring family fun zones, world-class entertainment, and their renowned fireworks display. Tickets are required and should be purchased in advance.
11. 45th Annual “Let Freedom Ring Celebration” by the City of Cerritos
July 4th, 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Hosted at the Cerritos Civic Center, the “Let Freedom Ring Celebration” is the perfect way to spend the holiday! The festival includes rides, entertainment, a bell-ringing ceremony, and also an epic fireworks show starting at 9:00 pm. Guests can bring chairs and blankets to view the show.
12. Grand Park 4th of July Block Party
July 4th, 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm
When searching for Los Angeles 4th of July events, consider checking out the free 4th of July Block Party at Grand Park. Known as the county’s largest free celebration, the block party includes arts and crafts, two DJs, kid-friendly sports and games, vendors, dancing, and so much more. Be sure to stay for the concluding fireworks display!
July 4th, 5:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Motocross, monster truck, and ATV fans will love celebrating the 4th of July with KABOOM! This Independence Day event includes monster truck rides, a performance by professional drivers, a buffet, fireworks, and so much more. The festival is held at the Fairplex and requires admission.
14. Independence Day on the Back Bay
July 4th, 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Head to Newport Beach for an oceanside 4th of July celebration! Independence Day on the Back Bay features the music of Wild Child along with food trucks, a full bar, live entertainment, and a spectacular fireworks pyrotechnic show once the sun goes down. Be sure to bring your umbrella and blanket for this beachside Los Angeles 4th of July event!
15. July 4th Late Night & BBQ at Aquarium of the Pacific
July 4th, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Red fish, white fish, blue fish! Enjoy an Independence Day BBQ at Aquarium of the Pacific with the whole family. Guests receive admission to the aquarium at night along with a prime view of the fireworks display at the Queen Mary.
16. 4th of July Aboard the Queen Mary
July 4th, 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Climb aboard the Queen Mary for a Los Angeles 4th of July event like no other. The Queen Mary’s 4th of July event includes family activities, arts and crafts, exclusive tours, a patriotic movie in the Queen Mary Theatre, live entertainment, and their legendary fireworks show to cap off the night. Best of all, children ages 3 and under are free. This event sells out fast, so get your tickets ASAP!
Los Angeles Theme Park Celebrations
When searching for things to do in Los Angeles on the 4th, look to the theme parks. These popular attractions boast fireworks displays, holiday celebrations, and of course, the classic rides you know and love.
After spending the day in the most magical place on Earth, cap off the holiday with a patriotic fireworks display at Sleeping Beauty’s Castle! Plus, Disneyland’s parades take on a new look with ample red, white, and blue decor and celebrations.
18. Knott’s Berry Farm
Knott’s Berry Farm goes all out for Independence Day! On July 1st, 2nd, and 4th at 9:30 pm, Knott’s Berry Farms presents an epic fireworks display unlike any other. What’s more thrilling? The insane roller coasters or the fireworks show? It’s up to you to decide!
19. LEGOLAND California
Located a quick 1.5-hours from Los Angeles, LEGOLAND California is the perfect way to spend the 4th of July with your kids. LEGOLAND’s Red, White and BOOM! celebration features fireworks, character performances and meet and greets, all-American picnic games, and more! Plus, kids can come dressed in their best red, white, and blue attire. The event lasts from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm, with fireworks beginning at 8:30 pm.
How Will You Spend a Los Angeles 4th of July?
From beachside celebrations to massive festivals, there’s plenty to do in Los Angeles this Independence Day. Where do you plan to watch the fireworks and celebrate our nation’s independence?