Looking for the best way to celebrate the 4th of July in Los Angeles

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Looking for the best way to celebrate the 4th of July in Los Angeles? Here are dozens of July 4th celebrations from the LA Valley to Orange County including parades, festivals, and of course fireworks!

4th of July AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl

One of the largest fireworks displays in Southern California with music and food vendors in the nearby Arroyo.


When: July 4th, parking lot opens at 10 am, food court opens at 2 pm; stadium opens at 6:30 pm, Opening ceremonies begin at 7, Program 7:25, Fireworks at 9:05 pm.
Where: The Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena
Cost: $13 GA,$25 reserved, Kids 5 and under free in GA section. Children require a ticket in Reserved seating. Active Military with ID Free (up to 4 tickets per family), Veterans get 1 free ticket, available from the ticket booth near Gate B, doesn’t include parking. Advance tickets on sale in May through www.ticketmaster.com. Box office a week before and cash only at the stadium.
Parking: $25 cash for cars
Info: 626-577-3100, www.rosebowlstadium.com/events/detail/america-fest 


Palisades Americanism Parade

Old fashioned Independence Day Parade followed by entertainment and a fireworks display.
When: July 4th, 2:00 parade, 6:30 pm entertainment, 9 pm fireworks
Where: Parade on Sunset Blvd. in Pacific Palisades between via de la Paz and Drummond St., Entertainment and fireworks at Palisades Charter High School.

Cost: Parade Free, reserved grandstand tickets for a fee, Concert & Fireworks $10, free for kids 6 and under, but ticket required.
Info: www.palisadesparade.org

3-Day July 4th Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl

For 2016, Chicago will be headlining the three-day Independence Day celebration with fireworks each night at the landmark Hollywood Bowl.
When: July 2-4th, 7:30 pm
Where: Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Ave, Hollywood, CA 90068
Cost: $5-70+ + fee, Bid on tickets at ScoreBig.com
Info: www.hollywoodbowl.com

Annual Vision Outside 4th of July Jazz and Blues Festival in Leimert Park

Celebrate the 4th of July at the Vision Theatre in Leimert Park with jazz and blues, children’s arts and crafts, face painting, delicious food, and free watermelon.
When: July 4
Where: Vision Theatre back lot, 3341 W. 43rd Pl., Los Angeles
Cost: Free
Info: 213-202-5500, www.culturela.org

Westchester 4th of July Parade

LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual parade with over 1,000 participants and 5,000 spectators. Floats, marching bands and community groups.
When: July 4th, 11 am
Where:  Loyola Blvd from Westchester Park (7000 W. Manchester Blvd.) to Loyola Marymount University.
Cost: FREE
Info:  laxcoastal.com

4th of July BBQ at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Enjoy the Aquarium at night and get a fish-eye view of the Queen Mary fireworks. Combo tickets include admission to the aquarium plus an Independence Day B-B-Q buffet with home-style grilled entrees and decadent desserts.
When: July 4, BBQ 5:00 – 10:00 pm, Aquarium open 9 am – 10 pm, BBQ seatings at 5 and 6:30 pm
Where: Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, 320 Golden Shore, Long Beach
Cost: Aquarium Admission is $14.95 for everyone after 5 pm. Regular admission is $29.95 Adult, $17.95 child 3-11, $26.95 seniors, Aquarium plus dinner $59 Adult, $25 Child (3-11). Advance reservations required for dinner. Member discount.
Info: 562-590-3100, www.aquariumofpacific.org

Soccer with Fireworks – LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers

LA Galaxy will take on the Vancouver Whitecaps on July 4th with post-game fireworks at the StubHub Center in Carson.
When: July 4th, 7:30 PM
Where: StubHub Center, Carson CA
Cost: $25 and up, check ScoreBig for discount tickets.
Parking: $15-45, Parking Info
Info: www.lagalaxy.com

July 4th Fireworks, Marina Del Rey

Traditional fireworks extravaganza over the main channel in Marina del Rey programmed to patriotic music broadcast over FM radio KXLU, 88.9 and relayed over loudspeakers in Chase Park.
When:July 4th, 9 pm
Where: Chase Park, 13650 Mindanao Way (1 block west of Admiralty Way), Marina del Rey. Also viewable from Fisherman’s Village and Marina Beach
Cost: FREE
Parking: Paid parking in County lots
Info: 310-305-9545, www.visitmarinadelrey.com

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 4th of July Community Festival and Fireworks Show

Community concert, food, games rides and 45-minute fireworks display at the LA Memorial Coliseum and Expo Park Grounds.
When: July 4th, noon to 10 pm
Where: Exposition Park, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037, Entrances toExposition Park are located at MLK & Hoover and 39th & Figueroa
Cost: Free
Parking: http://www.lacoliseum.com/index.php/parking/

July 4th Fireworks in Culver City

The Culver City 4th of July celebration includes live music, food trucks, family-friendly midway games and a fireworks display at West LA College.
When: July 4th, Gates open at 4 pm
Where: West LA College, 9000 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230
Cost: $5 per person, children under 6 Free.
Parking: $10
Info: www.culvercityfireworksshow.com
Bonus: Check the website for carpool deal if you can fit 6 or more in your vehicle.

Irwindale Speedway Pre-4th Celebration & Night of Destruction

If crashing cars and destruction is your thing, get a head-start on your celebrations with a pre-4th Fireworks show at the Irwindale Speedway on Saturday before the 4th. 
When: July 2,  Gates open at 4:00, racing starts at 7, fireworks at 9:30
Where: 500 Speedway Dr, Irwindale, CA 91706
Cost: $10 presale, $15 same-day, child $5
Parking: $10
Info: www.irwindalespeedway.com, 626-358-1100

Newport Beach 4th of July Celebration
Two-day festival with live music, food truck competition and fireworks at Newport Back Bay.
When: July 4, 1-5 pm
Where: Newport Harbor/Balboa Island
Cost: Concert Area $25-$50
Info: www.visitnewportbeach.com/4th-of-july/

Knott’s Berry Farm 4th of July Fireworks
A special 4th of July fireworks display over Knott’s Berry Farm.
When: July 1-6, 9:30 pm
Where: Knott’s Berry Farm
Cost: Regular Knott’s Admission applies. Check for Discount Tickets.
Info: www.knotts.com

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