Where to See Fireworks and Celebrate the 4th of July in L.A. [2024]

Photo credit: Kelly Lee Barrett / Cinespia

Old school pyrotechnics, drone shows, block parties, parades, and more. There are a ton of ways to celebrate the Fourth of July around the Southland, and we’ve a sorted a handy round-up to point you in all the right directions.

And of course, because we want to give you the option to skip traffic on America’s big day, we’ve also supplied helpful directions on how to access each of the events by Metro (when applicable). Sound good? Let’s dive into the holiday list below.

July 4th Celebrations in Los Angeles

Cinespia’s Outdoor Movie + Fireworks at Hollywood Forever -> Cinespia lights up the Hollywood Forever Cemetery with a three-night event to celebrate the Fourth featuring an outdoor movie screening followed by a celebratory fireworks show. The lineup includes Rocky (July 4), Charlie’s Angels (July 5), and Shrek 2 (July 6). Tickets start at $37.94 (including fees) per person, and parking onsite is $35.88. Go Metro: Take Line 4 along Santa Monica Blvd.

Marina Del Rey Fireworks Show -> Marina del Rey will offer a free 20-minute fireworks show along the coast with viewing spots at Burton Chace Park or Fisherman’s Village. Show begins at 9 p.m. and is free to attend. Go Metro: Take Line 108 to Mindanao / Lincoln.

Gloria Molina Grand Park’s 4th of July Block Party -> The west coast’s biggest free 4th of July event is again fireworks free for 2024. Instead, expect an evening-long celebration (starting at 4 p.m.) featuring two stages of live music and a plentiful array of food trucks, all capped with a 12-minute light show orchestrated by 500 remote-controlled drones. Go Metro: Take the B or D Lines to Grand Park / Civic Center station.

Councilmember Bob Blumenfield’s July 4th Extravaganza -> The Valley Cultural Foundation’s massive 4th of July event at Warner Ranch Park includes a performance by Angela O’Neill and the Outrageous8, plus a over dozen onsite food trucks and 20-minute fireworks display after sundown. The event listing mentions the park can accommodates up to 40,000 attendees, so expect a crowd! Free to attend. Go Metro: Take Line 150/169 to Topanga Canyon / Collins.

Fireworks at the Long Beach Waterfront -> Long Beach’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display goes off around 9 p.m. over Queensway Bay, with choice viewing spots at Rainbow Harbor, Shoreline Village, and Lions Lighthouse for Sight. Keep in mind there will also be ticketed events hosted at The Aquarium of the Pacific and the Queen Mary on the same day if you want to add to the fun, but either way the fireworks are free. Just make sure you arrive a bit early if you want to grab a spot. Go Metro: Take the A Line to Downtown Long Beach station.

Independence Day Celebration in San Gabriel -> If you want to celebrate America’s Independence a day early, head over to the SGV where the City of San Gabriel is hosting an afternoon-to-evening activation on July 3 featuring live performances, food trucks, games, and community booths, all capped by a drone show at 9 p.m. Free to attend. Go Metro: Take Line 76 to Valley / San Gabriel.

L.A. Galaxy vs LAFC -> The longest-running fireworks display on the West Coast returns to the Rose Bowl on July 4, preceded by a rivalry match between LAFC and the Los Angeles Galaxy as they battle it out for local bragging rights. Go Metro: Take the A Line to Memorial Park Station in Pasadena; then walk to Parsons Parking Lot B for a bus shuttle that drops you off next to the stadium.

July 4th Fireworks Spectacular at The Hollywood Bowl -> Harry Connick Jr. headlines this year’s Hollywood Bowl celebration, which will once again be a three-day event (July 2-4) featuring a concert followed by a spectacular fireworks display over the iconic shell. Go Metro: Take the B Line to Hollywood / Highland station then catch the Bowl Shuttle at Ovation Hollywood, which is free if you show your valid tap card from the ride.

4th of July Celebration at Universal Studios Hollywood -> Universal Studios themes out for the holiday with special live performances and decor, followed by a fireworks display around 9 p.m. All festivities included with theme park admission. Go Metro: Take the B Line to Universal / Studio City station.

Dodgers Post-Game Fireworks -> The Dodgers take on the Diamondbacks on July 4, and per usual you can expect with a post-game fireworks show to follow the game action. Go Metro: Ride the Dodger Stadium Express from Union Station, or from multiple South Bay locations.

City of Gardena Fireworks Show -> The City of Gardena will host a free 4th of July celebration at Rowley Memorial Park from 5 to 10 p.m., featuring food trucks and live music. The fireworks show begins at 9 p.m.

Santa Monica Fourth of July Parade -> For the Independence Day early risers, head over to Main Street in Santa Monica for the annual Fourth of July Parade, which kicks off at 9:30 a.m. The route begins at Pico and Main Street, then heads south on Main before turning right onto Marine, ending at Barnard Way. Free to attend.

City of Torrance Fireworks Show -> The City of Torrance will put on a fireworks show at the Torrance Civic Center with viewing locations at the West parking lot of the LA County Court House, and the L.A. Galaxy Sports Complex. You don’t have to buy a ticket, but attendance is limited and based on first-come, first-served. The pyrotechnics begin at 9 p.m.

4th of July Concert at The Starlight Bowl -> Burbank’s Starlight Bowl amphitheater will host a live performance by cover bands Billy Nation (a tribute to Billy Joel), followed by a fireworks display. Tickets for are $20 for adults, or $15 for kids and seniors.

Whittier’s 4th of July Spectacular -> The City of Whittier will host July 4th festivities at York Field featuring live bands, food trucks, inflatables, and a fireworks show at 9 p.m. Admission is $5. Gates open at 5 p.m.

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