Where to Watch the Fireworks in Los Angeles
We had to skip the customary 4th of July celebration and fireworks last year, but thanks to the vaccine and lower case counts, patriotic pyrotechnics are back on in 2021. While not all of the usual venues will be launching fireworks this year, there are certainly enough around the LA area for all to celebrate, whether by joining the festivities up close or to watch the show from afar. Here’s where to watch the fireworks in Los Angeles this year.
1. Hollywood Bowl
Our beloved Hollywood Bowl is returning this summer just in time for Independence Day festivities. Their first public event in 2021 will be the July 4th Fireworks Spectacular with a disco-funk concert featuring Kool & The Gang. The show will take place on July 3 and July 4 and the fireworks will be accompanied by patriotic music performed by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
2301 N. Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068; hollywoodbowl.com
2. Huntington Beach Pier
The City of Huntington Beach is bringing back its multi-day celebration, which includes a Pier Plaza Festival and a car parade, before culminating in an aerial acrobatics and fireworks show on the evening of July 4. The fireworks are visible around the area, but you can also reserve tickets to see them up close. If you prefer to watch it from the comfort of a dining table instead, you can book an outdoor table at Pacific Hideaway, the restaurant at Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel.
325 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92648; hb4thofjuly.org
3. Marina Del Rey
Though this year’s show will be shorter than previous years, Marina Del Rey will be shooting fireworks from the south jetty. You can view the fireworks for free from many spots in the surrounding area including Burton Chace Park or Fisherman’s Village, or you can see them from the water by booking City Cruises.
Marina Beach, Marina del Rey, CA 90292; Visitmarinadelrey.com
4. Rose Bowl Stadium
The Rose Bowl’s annual AmericaFest Celebration is one of the most popular fireworks events in the area and thankfully they will be back in 2021. The details of the pre-fireworks programming have yet to be announced, but there will be motocross, a musical performance and even a look into NASA’s space exploration. Tickets are already available for purchase.
1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, CA 91103; rosebowlstadium.com
5. Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Cinespia’s movie night at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery is back and they will have a showing complete with fireworks on July 4. For the special day, they will be screening Dirty Dancing starting at 9 p.m. and a firework show will follow after the movie.
6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038; cinespia.org
In the past, fireworks at Disneyland wouldn’t be a 4th of July special since they happened regularly, but there’s been no fireworks for over a year at Disney parks due to the pandemic. Happily, the entertainment is returning this summer with a nightly show called “Mickey’s Mix Night” and the very first show in 2021 will be on July 4, just in time for the Independence Day celebration. While fireworks will accompany the light and laser show on select nights only, July 4 is certain to be one of those nights.
1313 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, CA 92802; disneyland.disney.go.com
7. Warner Park
For those living in San Fernando Valley, no need to go far to see the sky light up, since there will be the Councilman Bob Blumenfield’s July 4th Extravaganza at Warner Park, which will include a concert featuring a Beatles tribute band, a food festival and booths featuring local restaurants and vendors, followed by fireworks. The event is free for all to attend, but you can opt to pay for VIP tickets which include seating in an enclosed area and parking (parking fees benefit the Valley Cultural Foundation).
5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91367; valleycultural.org
8. Long Beach Waterfront
The Queen Mary won’t be doing its usual fireworks, but there will still be fireworks at the Long Beach waterfront this year thanks to the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau and Harbor Breeze Cruises. The fireworks will go off around 9 p.m. and will be visible from most of the waterfront area, including from Fuego at Hotel Maya. Alternatively, enjoy them from atop one of the Harbor Breeze Cruises’ boats.
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; harbor-cruises.com
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