The Ultimate Guide to 2023 4th of July Events in Los Angeles
The amount of 4th of July Events in Los Angeles is overwhelming. But, the good news is that there is bound to be an event that will be the right choice for you with this many options. These 4th of July celebrations in Los Angeles range from free to expensive. I have also created a list included at the end that lists daytime events that won’t have fireworks. And, if you’re up for the drive or live closer to the OC I’ve included some recommendations for 4th of July Events in Orange County.
There are some fireworks shows taking place on 7/1 but for this guide, I am focusing on events actually taking place on 7/4.
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4th of July Fireworks in Los Angeles
The Hollywood Bowl
One of the reasons that the Hollywood Bowl is a favorite 4th of July event for me is the fact that they have their 4th of July celebrations for three nights. To me, this is the most accommodating event in that almost every other event on our list here only takes place on July 4th which may or may not work for your schedule. I spent the 4th of July at the Hollywood Bowl in 2021 and am thrilled to be going here on July 2nd to see the Beach Boys with fireworks.
What I really love about this experience is how they split it into half a patriotic concert and half a regular concert. When I went in 2021, the LA Philharmonic kicked off the evening with Patriotic Music. Then, Kool and the Gang came out and performed. Then, the Philharmonic came back and performed during the firework show. It is really great firework show so I am truly looking forward to enjoying this again.
You can get your tickets for the July 4th Spectacular with The Beach Boys here.
If you’ll be visiting the Hollywood Bowl for the first time check out our tips here.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Spending the 4th of July at the ballpark feels like a classic 4th of July experience. The Los Angeles Dodgers are playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at home at 6:10 pm. The game will end with a firework show. Lately, they’ve been having drone shows after Friday night games instead of fireworks but based on the information on the Dodgers website it looks like they will have actual fireworks for the 4th.
In previous years fans were allowed to be on the field for the fireworks but I haven’t been able to confirm if that will be allowed for the 4th. If you go be sure to ask an employee if you’ll be able to go on the field to see the fireworks. I think that would be such a cool experience. I have read old comments online from people saying that when games go past 10:45 pm fans are not allowed on the field for fireworks.
The Rose Bowl used to host AmericaFest for the 4th of July but that has been canceled due to budget cuts. However, there is still an event taking place on July 4th. LA Galaxy and LAFC will play. The game will end with a firework show.
You can get your tickets here.
Marina Del Rey
The firework show is scheduled to start at 9 pm and last for 20 minutes. The Visit Marina Del Rey website recommends showing up as early as 1 pm but of course, how early you want to come is up to you. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to find parking. General public viewing is available at Burton Chace Park and Fisherman’s Village. I’ve been to the boat parade at Burton Chace Park for the holidays which included fireworks. The park is a good area for viewing. These fireworks can also be viewed from the Venice Pier, Playa Vista, and Dockweiler Beach.
Alternative firework viewing areas: City Cruises
Parking rates can vary from $13-$20.
Grand Park LA
This nighttime at Grand Park in DTLA this year will not feature fireworks. They will be using drones for the 4th of July show. Performances from different artists will start at 4 pm. In addition to musical entertainment, they will have a digital playground for kids, arts, crafts, and games.
You can find more details here.
You can enjoy music and fireworks at Pali High. Gates open at 6 pm and fireworks will take place at 9 pm.
Palisades Charter High School, 15777 Bowdoin St., Pacific Palisades, CA
If you want to watch fireworks from the recently reopened Queen Mary they are selling tickets for the 4th of July. The celebration begins at 5 pm and fireworks will take place at 9 pm. You can enjoy a country brand in the Queen Salon and a band and DJ on the Verandah Deck. They will have a kid-friendly zone in the Royal Salon.
If you don’t want to worry about driving home you can book a room onboard the Queen Mary. Event tickets can be purchased here.
Universal Studios Hollywood
If you want to spend a day at the theme park you’ll be treated to a firework show and live entertainment with your ticket. Please note you are not able to have a good view of the show from City Walk.
You can buy your tickets here.
Calabasas 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
Gates open at 5 pm. From 5 pm to 8:30 pm, there will be a family fun zone with a DJ, games, prizes, arts and crafts, and more! There will be a dance party from 7:15 pm to 8:45 pm. The fireworks will take place at 9:00 pm. This event has sold out but you might want to keep it on your radar for 2024.
El Segundo Fireworks
They are hosting daytime and nighttime events at Recreation Park at 401 Sheldon St. You do need a wristband to attend the event. El Segundo residents can get 4 for free. Non-residents will need to purchase wristbands onsite for $5 per person. The evening event will feature live entertainment, food trucks, and fireworks. The evening event starts at 5 pm with fireworks at 9 pm.
Councilman Bob Blumefield’s July 4th Extravaganza
This event is taking place at 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd in Woodland Hills starting at 5:30 pm with fireworks at 9 pm. This is a free event but they are selling VIP seat tickets that include parking. You can see all ticket types, including free tickets here.
4th of July Concert at Starlight Bowl
At the Starlight Bowl in Burbank, you can enjoy a concert featuring The Rising and Hollywood U2 starting at 6:30 pm that will end with a fireworks show. You can purchase tickets here.
South Pasadena’s 4th of July Celebration
There are several daytime activities that are happening in South Pasadena including a parade. At night they are having a firework show at 9 pm at the South Pasadena High School Stadium located at 1401 Fremont Street in South Pasadena. Tickets are available for presale online for $11 per person. On the 4th of July, tickets will be sold online from 7 am to 7 pm for $13. Gates open at 7 pm. Be sure to bring your receipt and tickets to the stadium. Due to construction seating for the firework show will only be in the bleachers. You can purchase tickets here.
4th of July Celebration in Alhambra
Please note this event will be enforcing a clear bag policy. Gates are opening at 4 pm and will close at 9 pm when the firework show starts. They will have food, games, and live entertainment at Almansor Park. You can see more details here.
If you need a clear bag there are some options on Amazon.
Six Flags Magic Mountain
The theme park will have a firework show at 9 pm. The show is included with admission to the park. You can purchase tickets here.
San Marino Firework Show
The city of San Marino is hosting a firework show. This is not a free event. Tickets will be $5 for city residents and $15 for non-residents if purchased ahead of time. On the day of the event, tickets will be $20 for everyone. They will have a fun zone and entertainment.
This event is taking place at 1485 Virginia Rd. Tickets must be purchased in person. You can find more details here.
The 73rd John Olguin firework show will be viewable from Cabrillo Beach at 9 pm. Use address 3720 Stephen M White Drive. You can purchase tickets for a party at the Cabrillo Beach Youth Waterfront Sports Center at 3000 Shoshonean Road which includes food and front-row seats for the show. You can purchase tickets here.
The city of Cerritos is hosting its annual Let Freedom Ring Celebration at the Civic Center, 18000 Bloomfield Ave. At 4 pm they will have food trucks, game booths, and rides. There will be a ceremony at 6:30 pm, live music starts at 7:45 and the evening will end with fireworks at Cerritos High School at 9 pm. Bring chairs and blankets. You can purchase an all-day ride wristband for $35, each ride ticket is $1.50.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley is hosting a free outdoor event for the 4th of July. The celebration will include patriotic music, games, crafts, and more. You can find more details here.
Santa Monica 4th of July Parade
The parade starts at 9:30 am at Pico and Main Street. You visit their website here. Please note I could not find much information on their site.