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EDITOR: Andrea Kirk
Michele Hunter
Mark Share

By Eye Spy LA Editor


OOH AAH - FIREWORKS! In our safety obsessed society, where no hang nail goes unlitigated, normally cautious people become momentarily unhinged with delight at the thought of lighting up a hot, sparkly, multicolored, illegal incendiary device on Independence Day. Play it safe, we have lots of recommendations for a fun and fiery fix.

DOWNTOWN L.A. @ GRAND PARK. The 4th of July Block Party is a free all day event at Grand Park starting at 3pm. Go Metro - take the Red Line to the Civic Center/Grand Park station.

Whether you have a favorite “hot spot” to watch these patriotic displays or don’t know where to go, this list has them including some of our tips for getting the most for the least.


CBS Studio Center 4th of July Fireworks Festival in Studio City

It’s hard to top the dazzling CBS fireworks show and 818 locals know exactly how to watch this display without paying for admission into the studio. This fireworks festival includes music, food and other fun along with the fireworks. Rooftop wristbands allow guests to watch the fireworks from the roof of the CBS parking structure.

FREEBIE ALERT! Here’s the skinny on how to see these fireworks outside the CBS Studio without paying a penny. The trick is to come early, eight at the latest. Park on either Ventura Blvd or Tujunga Ave. This requires some walking so keep that in mind. On Tujunga Avenue there is a stairwell leading down to the LA Wash (that concrete slab trickling with water). The stairs are located on the NW corner. Follow the path all the way down and under the Colfax Bridge. There will be plenty of people milling around. Find a spot and set up camp. The fireworks will explode right overhead.

Huntington Beach Annual 4th of July Parade & Pier Plaza Fireworks Show

You’d need to spend the entire weekend in Huntington Beach to appreciate all the Fourth of July festivities they have to offer. Start the celebrations with the Annual Parade that begins at the PCH and 8th Street heading south past Yorktown. Bleacher seating is available for a fee at Lake Park.

After the parade, wander through the Pier Plaza Festival located at the Huntington Beach Pier. This three-day festival is a local favorite and whether you stay for the fireworks show, this is a wonderful way to spend the day this Independence Weekend.

There is also a 5K Run & Fitness Expo from 7am to noon at Worthy Park (Main Street & 17th).

The fireworks show over the ocean is nothing short of spectacular! Launched from barges in the sea, spectators line up for free viewing and witness the awesome beauty over the water.

FREEBIE ALERT! Viewing this fireworks display is free if you feel like walking a long distance (many of the streets are closed and parking is atrocious). When you reach the pier, head down the sidewalk almost all the way to the end. This is one of the better views and fewer people crowding around. To purchase tickets, call 714-536-5486 or

Hollywood Bowl July 4th Fireworks Spectacular

This is one of our all-time favorites and a must-see for anyone who has never been.

The pyrotechnic display is great no matter where you sit. For those who already have other plans on the Fourth, you can still catch this spectacle of lights and music on three nights.
Hollywood Bowl
2301 N. Highland Ave.
PH: 323-850-2000

July Fourth at the Newport Dunes

Entertainment starts at noon with live music, waterfront dining, and fun outdoor competitions throughout the day. Play volleyball, or enter the hula-hoop contest, do the limbo, or try the Velcro Wall and there is a Bounce House for kids and a Cake Walk for pastry lovers.

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina
1131 Back Bay Drive in Newport Beach
PH: 949-729-3863

Annual 4th of July Celebration at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena

Anyone who is anyone has gone to the Rose Bowl for the Fourth of July at least once and if you haven’t, where have you been? This is as classic as homemade apple pie and just as sweet too. With music followed by one of the largest, most spectacular fireworks in So Cal at 9pm.

July 4th Extravaganza in Woodland Hills

One of the biggest FREE fireworks celebrations in the Valley, this event usually has over 50,000 people in attendance so arrive early. The fireworks are a marvel and last approximately 20mins with a big finish. There is a free concert at 6pm. The wooded atmosphere is what makes this show a night to remember. If you’re looking for something casual and fun, this is one to check out.

Warner City Park
5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Woodland Hills
Fireworks start at 9pm

The Queen Mary in Long Beach

Entertainment, Strolling Performers, Balloon Artists,Face Painters and Fireworks at 9pm.

Kaboom at the Fairplex in Pomona

The annual fireworks spectacular at the Fairplex in Pomona. Monster trucks and motoX extreme end with fireworks as the grand finale each year.

Santa Clarita Valley Independence Day Events

There are several venues to choose from in the SCV. Whether it's a hometown parade, gathering in the park, swimming in the lake, singing the national anthem or just "oohing" and "aahing" at the fireworks, it's all here.

MORE FIREWORKS can be found on the L.A. Fire Department's list - CLICK HERE.

Have a Great 4th of July! --Andrea Kirk (

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