Last year, we saw the return of some of the 4th of July celebrations and fireworks, thanks to the vaccine and lower case counts, and this year looks even more promising. More and more venues have relaunched their Independence Day festivities and pyrotechnic shows. From a day of theme park rides to watching fireworks over the water, here’s where to watch fireworks in Los Angeles this year.
Where to Watch Fireworks in Los Angeles for July 4th, 2022
1. Hollywood Bowl
Our beloved Hollywood Bowl is celebrating its 100th year and there are a lot of great events coming up. This year’s July 4th Fireworks Spectacular will feature a performance by the LA Philharmonics, hosted by two of Hollywood’s most famous comedians, Steve Martin and Martin Short. The show will take place over three days, from July 2 to 4, starting at 7:30 p.m.
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
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; 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 this year the celebration is tied to Palomino Festival, a country music festival taking place at The Rose Bowl on July 9. AmericaFest will feature fan-favorite TNT Freestyle Motocross followed by a musical performance by Drake Milligan. You can purchase tickets separately, but all customers who purchase a Palomino Festival pass will receive a free ticket to AmericaFest.
1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, CA 91103; rosebowlstadium.com
5. Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Cinespia’s movie night at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery is happening now, with film screenings and fireworks throughout July 4th weekend (Saturday to Monday). The movies rotate each night and on Independence Day, they will be screening Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, starting at 9 p.m., with a firework show right after.
6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038; cinespia.org
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; 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. Grand Park
Downtown LA’s 4th of July Block Party at the 12-acre Grand Park is finally back for an in-person, family-friendly celebration with interactive artworks, musical and dance performances and food. The block party will run from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., culminating with a firework show over Jerry Moss Plaza.
200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012; grandparkla.org
9. Newport Dunes
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; newportdunes.com
10. Dodger Stadium
What can be a more American way to celebrate Independence Day than going to a good ole ball game? Cheer for The Dodgers, who will be playing the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium. The game will start at 7:10 p.m. and there will be fireworks celebrating July 4th after the game. Purchase tickets here.
1000 Vin Scully Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012; www.mlb.com/dodgers/ballpark
11. Burbank Starlight Bowl
The Starlight Bowl is Burbank’s amphitheater with a scenic view of the Verdugo Mountains and they are bringing back their summer concert series. On July 4th, there will be a concert featuring The Company Men and The Soul of Broadway 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; starlightbowl.com
12. Port Of Los Angeles
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 July 1—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; portoflosangeles.org
13. Universal Studios Hollywood
Celebrate all day long with a visit to Universal Studios and check out the theme park’s newest rides like the Secret Life of Pets and the revamped Jurassic World. Go any day over the holiday weekend, as the fireworks will be launched on July 2nd, 3rd, and 4th at 9 p.m. (Note that the fireworks will not be visible from CityWalk.)
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608; universalstudioshollywood.com