It’s almost the 4th of July, and we all know what that means: fireworks! There are all kinds of patriotic celebrations of Independence Day in Los Angeles, no matter which neighborhood you live in. Just like in other years, the LA skies will be lit up with bright colors from the beach to downtown. Whether you want to spend the day at the theme park or catch the show from the waterfront, here’s where to watch fireworks in Los Angeles this year.
Where to Watch Fireworks in Los Angeles for July 4th, 2023
The iconic Hollywood Bowl as always will be hosting their annual fireworks show, and this year’s July 4th Fireworks Spectacular will feature a performance by The Beach Boys. The show will take place from Sunday, July 2 Monday, July 4. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. but on Sunday you can come early for a free wine or beer tasting at the Plaza Marketplace starting at 4:30 p.m.
2301 N. Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068
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
Like previous years, Marina Del Rey will be shooting fireworks from the south jetty. You can view the 20-minute firework show 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. The fireworks draw a crowd every year, so plan on arriving very early (the city recommends arriving at 1 p.m.) or book a table at one of the waterfront restaurants in the area.
Marina Beach, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
The Rose Bowl’s annual AmericaFest Celebration has unfortunately been canceled this year, but the fireworks will still be happening. Instead of AmericaFest, Rose Bowl Stadium will be hosting the rescheduled LA Galaxy vs. LAFC soccer match, which was originally supposed to take place on February 25 but was canceled due to the weather. After the rescheduled soccer match on July 4, there will be a firework show held on the golf course.
1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, CA 91103
Cinespia’s movie night at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery is bringing back the movie screening and fireworks combo on Saturday, July 1. It promises to be a fun night with a screening of Tim Burton’s Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure followed by a firework show right after. The movie starts at 9 p.m. but gates open at 7:15 p.m. and there will be a DJ, concessions stand, grill and a free photobooth.
6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Fireworks have been back for a year now at Disneyland, which means this year’s July 4th show will be nothing short of epic. This year, Disneyland is throwing a Fourth of July Concert in the Sky, complete with patriotic music. Like their nightly fireworks show, the July 4th show will begin at 9:30 p.m.
1313 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, CA 92802
7. Warner Park
For those living in San Fernando Valley, there’s 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 the ‘60s tribute band Beach St. A Go Go, a food festival and booths with 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
8. Grand Park
Downtown LA’s 4th of July Block Party at the 12-acre Grand Park is throwing a twist on the traditional show. Instead of fireworks, they will deploy hundreds of drones to light up the sky with a patriotic drone show. The family-friendly and pet-friendly celebration will also have augmented reality experiences, arts, crafts, games and of course, plenty of food. The block party will run from 4 to 9:30 p.m. and is free to attend (public parking will be available for $10 per vehicle).
200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Newport Dunes is throwing a celebration by the water co-sponsored by the city of Newport Beach. Throughout the afternoon there will be food trucks, live music, lawn games (complete with a full bar), as well as kayaks and stand-up paddleboards available for rent and even an inflatable water park. The firework extravaganza will begin at 9 p.m. but be sure to plan ahead and reserve parking.
1131 Back Bay Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660
10. Dodger Stadium
What’s more American than celebrating Independence Day with a good ol’ ball game? Cheer for the Dodgers, who will be playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at Dodger Stadium. The game will start at 6:10 p.m. and there will be fireworks celebrating July 4th after the game. Purchase tickets here.
1000 Vin Scully Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
The Starlight Bowl is Burbank’s amphitheater with a scenic view of the Verdugo Mountains and this year, they are bringing back their summer concert series. On July 4th, there will be a concert featuring the Bruce Springsteen tribute band, The Rising, and Hollywood U2, starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by—you guessed it—a fireworks show at 9 p.m. Concert goers are encouraged to bring their own food and drinks for a picnic, though no hard alcohol is allowed.
1249 Lockheed View Dr., Burbank, CA 91501
The Port of Los Angeles is not just the busiest container port in North America, but it is also a waterfront destination and home to a ton of community events. On July 4th, the Port of Los Angeles is sponsoring a fireworks show organized by the Cabrillo Beach Boosters. The festivities start at noon on July 4th with music and food trucks, culminating with a fireworks show at 9 p.m. at Cabrillo Beach. Want to extend the party even further? Kick things off by heading there on June 30 —the port will have a pre-Independence Day celebration called Cars & Stripes Forever with a classic car show, beer garden and fireworks.
425 S. Palos Verdes St., San Pedro, CA 90731
Celebrate all day long with a visit to Universal Studios and check out the theme park’s hot new Super Nintendo World. The park will have live music performances followed by an elaborate fireworks display that starts at 9 p.m. (Note that the fireworks will not be visible from CityWalk.)
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
14. Fairplex Pomona
If you want a heart-pounding show, then head over to the the Fairplex Pomona for something very unique (and very American). Kaboom! Is their July 4th extravaganza that features monster trucks, quads and motocross bikes performing stunts and races. There will also be all kinds of food and drink vendors slinging funnel cakes, BBQ and beer. Doors open at 4 p.m. and fireworks start at 9 p.m.
1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768