Guide To Getting Your 4th On

Where To Go For LA’s Best Firework Festivities of 2014

Written by: Jodilyn Ottobre

So you’re planning for the 4th of July and you’re stuck trying to figure out the same questions you had trouble answering last year: What should we do and where should we go to watch the fireworks? With all the extravaganzas that are being held throughout the county, you’ll need someone to narrow down the options and give you the 4th-1-1. We’re giving you an inside look at where all the best oohs and ahhs will be in LA this year, so don’t sweat it. Leave your box of sparklers at home because this year you’ll be out getting your 4th on while watching one of the most spectacular celebrations of the year.


Studio City’s 16th Annual Fireworks Festival

With a theme titled “All You Need Is Love, ” you can’t go wrong at this celebration. There will be a performance by Beatles tribute band Paperback Writer, a Television Motion Picture Car Club show, rooftop fireworks, magicians and a kid’s fun zone.


General Admission: $20
Doors Open: 4:30pm
CBS Studio Center
4024 Radford Ave
Studio City, CA 91604


An All-American 4th of July at the Queen Mary

Celebrate a century of Americana with live music, magic, carnival games, laser tag and entertainment honoring the most memorable periods from 1910-2010. Get there early to enjoy the Old Time Fair and vintage cabaret flappers.


General Admission: $40. Active military FREE in uniform and with ID. 
Doors open: 12pm
Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802


Baldwin Hills Overlook in Culver City

Get up close and personal with the fireworks this year. Revel in a 360 degree scenic overlook at a 500ft elevation above the city. Be forewarned, the peak doesn’t offer an escalator, so be prepared to work those glutes and climb some stairs!


Cost: FREE
Baldwin Hills Overlook
6300 Hetzler Rd
Culver City, CA 90232



Monster trucks, Big Air Freestyle Motorcross, fireworks and buffet-style food? This is as All-American as it gets.


Cost: $16
Doors Open: 8pm
Pomona Fairplex
1101 W. McKinley Ave
Pomona, CA 91768


8th Annual Redondo Beach Fireworks

Looking for something that’s more geared for the kiddos? Enjoy a day filled with swimming, arts and crafts, a drum circle, paddleboarding, a children’s parade, puppet shows, food and live music.


Cost: $22 
Doors Open: 2pm
Redondo Beach-Seaside Lagoon
200 Portofino Way
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

July 4th Fireworks Spectacular

Who wouldn’t want to spend their night watching a performance by Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers? Tickle your Bluegrass fancy and stay for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and U.S. Air Force of the Golden West. Oh, and the fireworks, of course.


General Admission: $32. Children $13.50
Doors Open: 7:30pm
Hollywood Bowl
2301 N. Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068


4th of July Community Celebration & Fireworks

Spend Independence Day watching a pie eating contest? Where do I sign up? El Segundo’s 4th of July Celebration will offer games, races, live entertainment and over 25 food vendors to feed your patriotic appetite.


Cost: $3 presale. $5 at the door
Daytimes Activities: 10-3pm
Evening Activities: 4:45-9pm
El Segundo Recreation Park
401 Sheldon St
El Segundo, CA 90245


The 88th Annual AmericaFest

Motorcycle stunts. Need I say more?  Musical performances by Liverpool Legends and Ian Thomas will get you amped up for the fireworks show to follow.


Doors Open: 2pm
General Admission: $33. Kids 5 and under are free. 
Rose Bowl Stadium
1001 Rose Bowl Dr
Pasadena, CA 91103


41st Annual Let Freedom Ring Celebration

Get your picture taken with Uncle Sam on stilts at this year’s Cerritos celebration. You’ll get your fourth on with rides, music by the Cerritos College Band and Remixifyed, game booths, a children’s fun zone and a bell-ringing ceremony. Fireworks show to follow at Cerritos High School at 9pm.


Doors Open: 4pm
Admission: $1
All-Day Ride Wristband: $20
Cerritos Civic Center
18125 Bloomfield Ave
Cerritos, CA 90703