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Celebrating the 4th of July & Firework Shows in Los Angeles

by Laura Bowles | 2 weeks 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

Fees: 

  • 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

Website: http://culvercityfireworksshow.com/

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.

Fee: 

  • 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.

Website: https://www.visitmarinadelrey.com/events/july-4-marina-del-rey

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

Fee: 

  • 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

Website: https://www.sanpedrocalendar.com/event/69th-annual-john-olguin-july-4th-spectacular/

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

Fee: 

  • 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.

Website: https://elsegundo.org/depts/recreation/special_events/default.asp

Downtown/Central Los Angeles Area

Grand Park – 4th of July Block Party

Address: 200 North Grand Ave. Los Angeles ,CA 90012

Hours: Gates open at 3pm.  Firework show begins at 9pm

Fee: 

  • 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

Website: https://july4.grandparkla.org/

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

Fee: 

  • 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

Website: https://www.lacoliseum.com/events/fourth-of-july/

 

Have a FUN & SAFE 4th of July everyone!!