Celebrating the 4th of July & Firework Shows in Los Angelesby Laura Bowles | 6 months ago
The 4th of July, in my opinion, has always been a lively day filled with friends/family, good food (think bbq ribs, bbq chicken, coleslaw, mac & cheese, desserts, and a variety of libations), and of course festive firework show. Growing up, my friends and I were the ones creating our own firework show. I remember my mom would drive me outside the city limits (because while it was legal to shoot fireworks in our city, we couldn’t buy them there) and we would spend a couple hundred bucks on fireworks. I’m talking everything from bottle rockets (which we necessarily wouldn’t always put in a bottle – we were little rebels), to black cats, to M80’s, to the big cannon rockets….yes growing up the 4th of July was one of my favorite holidays because it allowed us to literally play with fire and for the most part not get burned.
Now that I have kids, the idea of playing with fireworks (at least like I did when I was a kid) has come and gone. In the city of Los Angeles, it’s illegal to personally buy and/or shoot fireworks so even if I had that itch (which not going to lie sometimes I do), I wouldn’t go as far as testing my luck with law enforcement just to curb that want. My kids have grown up watching the professional firework shows around the city and this 4th of July will be no different.
I love a good firework show, so every year, I try and research the best places to catch the good shows. If you’re in any of these 295 communities in California where you can legally buy/shoot fireworks, then have fun and be safe making some personal memories of your own. If, like me, you live outside of one of these communities but still want to partake in a firework show, then you’re in luck. I’ve put together a list of some of the best places to catch a professional firework show for you and your family. Check out the below list! If there is a place you love that is not on my list, feel free to list it below in the comments….I’m always down for trying out a new place!
West Los Angeles Area
West LA College
Address: 9000 Overland Ave. (near Jefferson), Culver City, CA 90230
Hours: Gates open at 4:00pm. Fireworks starts after dark which can be around 9:00ish
- Parking = $15 (there is however a shuttle that leaves Westfield Mall which is only $1).
- Admission = $5/person. Kids 5 and under are free
Activities: carnival rides, food trucks, face painting, raffles prizes, live music, and more
Notes: this is one of our FAV places to watch the fireworks as a family because there’s just so much to do! Keeps the kids entertained, we’re able to hang out with our friends on the open field, and it’s just loads of fun!
Marina Del Rey
Address: 13650 Mindanao Way – from Burton Chace Park
Hours: show begins at 9:00pm and will be choreographed to music and relayed over loudspeakers in Burton Chace Park.
- Parking = $7-$15 (for LA Country Parking lots) or The Marina Towers (4676 & 4640 Admiralty Way) will have parking for $20 per car. Recommendation is to get there early in the day as parking all over will be scarce.
- Admission = Free
Activities: there are tons of restaurants in there area that will have special 4th of July events. There is also a park (Burton Chace) and a beach (Mother’s Beach) in the area.
South Bay Area
San Pedro – 69th Annual John Olguin July 4th Spectacular
Address: 3800 Stephen M. White Drive. San Pedro, CA 90731 (Cabrillo Beach)
Hours: Gates open at 12pm. Firework show begins at 9pm
- Parking = typically free for the first 20 mins. and $1/hour afterwards (max $9) however rates may differ given the holiday
- Admission = Free
Activities: live music, family activities, and food trucks
El Segundo Annual 4th of July Celebration
Address: 401 E. Sheldon St. El Segundo, CA (Recreation Park)for daytime events and Stevenson Field for nighttime events (begins at 5pm)
Hours: Gates open at 10am. Firework show begins at 9pm
- Admission = $5 per person, children under 2 are free. Wristbands must be purchased for grandstand seats and resident priority seating. Call 310-524-2700 to purchase
Activities: Hula Hoop contest, water balloon toss, sack races, watermelon eating contest, etc.
Downtown/Central Los Angeles Area
Grand Park – 4th of July Block Party
Hours: Gates open at 3pm. Firework show begins at 9pm
- Parking = there are a number of parking structures available, each with different rates. Here are a few:
- Walt Disney Concert Hall Garage – aka lot 16, located at 111 South Grand Ave. Enter on 2nd Street or lower Grand Ave.
- Health Services Garage – aka lot 29, located at 313 North Figueroa St. Enter on Fremont Ave.
- Chinatown Garage – aka lot 45, located at 725 North Spring St. Enter on Spring St.
- FIGat7th – located at S. Figueroa St. & 7th Street. Enter on 7th Street. PARK & PLAY for $5 at FIGat7th with retail store or eatery validation.
- Admission = Free
Activities: live music (on the Frontyard stage – near Hill St. and the Backyard Stage – near City Hall/Spring St), food vendors, and plenty of space to run around
Note: there will be bag checks and certain items are prohibited so be sure you check out the website before you go.
Exposition Park – 4th of July Community Festival & Fireworks Show
Address: 700 Exposition Park Drive. Los Angeles, CA (South Lawn)
Hours: Gates open at 11am. Firework show begins at 9pm
- Parking = lots in Exposition Park open at 8am and is $12 (cash only). Free parking may be available after 4:30pm (based on availability)
- Admission = Free
Activities: live music, games, food, and activities for the kids
Have a FUN & SAFE 4th of July everyone!!