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Where to watch Fourth of July fireworks in LA

The best spots to see bombs bursting in air this Independence Day

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Downtown LA’s fireworks show will take place at Grand Park.
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Independence Day is right around the corner, and it's high time to start planning for an evening full of pyrotechnic fun. Whether you're looking for a big community event or a quiet vantage point far away from the crowd, Los Angeles has plenty of great spots to take in the multitude of fireworks shows that will light up the sky on July Fourth.

From Orange County to Downtown LA, these are some of the best places to go if you want to see bombs bursting in air on the Fourth of July. Some are ticketed events and some are just nice places to sit and take in the views.

Whatever your budget or your preferences when it comes to fireworks (music, or no music?), there’s probably something for you in the LA area.

Have a happy—and safe—holiday.

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1. Grand Park

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200 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-8080
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Downtown's free Fourth of July block party is back for another year, with live music and more than 40 food trucks kicking the day off at 3 p.m. before fireworks begin at 9 p.m.

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2. Wilshire Grand Tower

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900 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 550-1878
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Where better to take in the city's many fireworks displays than from LA’s tallest skyscraper? There are plenty of bars and restaurants in the tower but the lounge on the 70th floor requires no reservations. It will likely be a popular destination, but it's worth a shot for the Instagram likes you'll get.

3. Rose Bowl Stadium

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1001 Rose Bowl Dr
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 577-3100
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For sheer patriotism, try the Rose Bowl's annual AmericaFest event (somewhat ironically sponsored by Japanese automaker Honda). The all-day event features food, live music, motorcycle stunts, and, of course, fireworks. Ride the Gold Line and take the free shuttle to avoid the parking lot.

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4. Exposition Park

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3980 Menlo Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90037
(213) 765-5369
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Festivities will get underway at Exposition Park at 11 a.m. on the 4th. Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. and can be viewed from the South Lawn, in front of the Natural History Museum.

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5. The Hollywood Bowl

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2301 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068
(323) 850-2000
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TheHollywood Bowl is hosting an evening performance on July 4 followed by a fireworks display. This year is disco-themed with headliner Nile Rodgers & Chic (as in “Le Freak”). If you’re not interested in the music, just head to the Hollywood Bowl Overlook for views of the fireworks.

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6. The Queen Mary

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1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 499-1701
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An English ocean liner might seem like an odd place to celebrate American independence, but the Queen Mary offers an up-close view of a great fireworks show. This year, a $49 ticket will also allow you to see the Cunard Line’s Queen Elizabeth cruise by the Queen Mary for a “Royal Rendezvous” before 9 p.m. Fireworks can also be easily seen from nearby Alamitos Beach.

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7. Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

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6300 Hetzler Rd
Culver City, CA 90232

It's a bit of a hike to get to this spot, but the views are well worth it. From this vantage point, it's easy to see multiple shows around the city.

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8. Universal City Overlook

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7701 Mulholland Drive
Studio City, CA

If explosions of color bursting above the twinkling lights of the Valley is the aesthetic you're after, this is the place to be.

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9. Griffith Observatory

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2800 E Observatory Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(213) 473-0800
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Will it be a crowded mess? Of course! But the views are worth it. The DASH shuttle runs until 10 p.m., and parking is otherwise $4 per hour, but you could always ditch the car and hike there, too.

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10. Pomona Fairplex

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1101 W McKinley Ave
Pomona, CA 91768
(909) 623-3111
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There's Fourth of July fireworks and then there's Fourth of July fireworks with monster trucks, motocross, and wheelie contests. Where else but Pomona can you find this kind of spectacle? Tickets start at $18.50.

11. The Skyslide

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633 W 5th St Ste 840
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 894-9000
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It's hard to beat the views from the US Bank Tower's observation deck and accompanying glass slide 69 stories above Downtown LA. Get tickets ahead of time, though, as space will be limited.

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12. Ballona Creek Bike Path

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Ballona Creek
Marina del Rey, CA 90232

Bike to Fisherman's Village or Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey, where there are official viewing spots, or continue along the path toward the bridge that crosses the creek for excellent views of the fireworks. Bring a radio and tune into KXLU (88.9 FM): The synchronized music will be playing over the air. The show is on a barge on the water, and it starts at 9 p.m.

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13. Hollywood Forever Cemetery

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6000 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 469-1181
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Hold on to your butts! A July 4 screening of Jurassic Park, part of Cinespia's long-running outdoor movie series, will also bring a fireworks display to LA's cemetery to the stars. Get your tickets quick; these shows often sell out.

14. Cabrillo Beach

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Cabrillo Beach
Los Angeles, CA 90731

San Pedro hosts an excellent—and free—fireworks show at the Port of LA. It starts at 9 p.m., but food, games, and music can be found at Cabrillo Beach starting at noon.

15. Palisades Charter High School

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15777 Bowdoin St
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
(310) 230-6623
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A concert and fireworks show follows the annual Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade. The parade is free; tickets to see the music and fireworks are $10. This year’s event is Star Wars themed.

16. The Bona Vista Lounge

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404 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 624-1000
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If your idea of a patriotic celebration involves sipping an expensive cocktail far from the rabble below, the rotating restaurant atop theJohn Portman-designed Westin Bonaventure is the place to be.

17. Dodger Stadium

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1000 Elysian Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(866) 363-4377
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Win or lose, the Dodgers will follow their Fourth of July game against the San Diego Padres with a special fireworks show. If you miss that one, the Friday night game has fireworks, too.

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18. StubHub Center

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18400 Avalon Blvd
Carson, CA 90746
(310) 630-2200
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If America's national pastime doesn't quite do it for you, head to Carson to watch the LA Galaxy take on Toronto FC. The "longest-standing Fourth of July fireworks show in professional sports" will follow the game.

LA Galaxy fireworks Photo by German Alegria, courtesy LA Galaxy

19. Warner Center Park

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5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
(818) 756-8189
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This Warner Center event begins at 6 p.m. with a concert, before fireworks get under way at 9. On top of the music, there will be food vendors and craft sellers set up in the park. Admission is free, but parking passes and reserved seats can be purchased in advance.

20. Toyota Sports Complex

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555 Maple Ave
Torrance, CA 90503
(310) 618-5982
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In Torrance, fireworks can be seen from grandstand seating at the courthouse on Maple Avenue, or at the neighboring Toyota Sports Complex. Admission is free.

21. Surfrider Beach

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23180 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265

This spot in Malibu is a great place to see all the fireworks that rich people will be launching from their boats.

22. Starlight Bowl

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1249 Lockheed View Dr
Burbank, CA 91501
(818) 525-3721
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Burbank's Fourth of July celebration at the Starlight Bowl features live music by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and fireworks. Tickets start at $20, but know that the fireworks following the show can be seen throughout most of Burbank. (See you in the Ikea parking lot?)

23. Shepherd Church

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19700 Rinaldi St
Porter Ranch, CA 91326
(818) 831-9333
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At the sprawling Shepherd Church in Porter Ranch, Fourth of July festivities will get under way at 4:30 p.m. The free event will include food, activities for kids, and “patriotic skydivers.” Fireworks begin after sundown.

24. Stevenson Field

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408 Eucalyptus Dr
El Segundo, CA 90245
(310) 524-2300
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El Segundo’s Fourth of July celebration goes on for most of the day and culminates with music and fireworks in the evening. Tickets are $5, but El Segundo residents get four passes for free with a rec center card.

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25. Huntington Beach Pier

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1 Main St
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

In Huntington Beach, Independence Day festivities are scheduled from July 1 to July 4. It culminates with a consistently solid show that can be viewed from the beach (for free) or from the pier (for $10).

26. Disneyland

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1313 S Disneyland Dr
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 781-4565
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Yes, you can see fireworks at Disneyland literally every day. But on the Fourth of July, the show will include a special grand finale with patriotic tunes. Not quite worth the price of admission or endless Galaxy’s Edge lines? No problem. Disney fireworks can be easily seen throughout Anaheim, including from the nearby ARTIC train station.

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27. Rancho Santa Susana Community Park/Reagan Library

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5005 E Los Angeles Ave
Simi Valley, CA 93063

As you might expect, July Fourth is a pretty big deal at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, where there will be games, crafts, and presidential lookalikes throughout the day. In the evening, go to Rancho Santa Susana Community Park for a free fireworks show, courtesy of the chamber of commerce.

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28. Mount Wilson Observatory

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(626) 440-9016
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For views of the entire Los Angeles basin, head to Mount Wilson. Just keep an eye on fire activity and make sure the road is open before departing. Campgrounds along the nearby Angeles Crest Highway are first-come, first-served—so get there early if you want to spend the night.

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1. Grand Park

200 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Grand Park fountain Jon Bilous | Shutterstock

Downtown's free Fourth of July block party is back for another year, with live music and more than 40 food trucks kicking the day off at 3 p.m. before fireworks begin at 9 p.m.

200 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

2. Wilshire Grand Tower

900 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Where better to take in the city's many fireworks displays than from LA’s tallest skyscraper? There are plenty of bars and restaurants in the tower but the lounge on the 70th floor requires no reservations. It will likely be a popular destination, but it's worth a shot for the Instagram likes you'll get.

900 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90017

3. Rose Bowl Stadium

1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, CA 91103
Rose Bowl fireworks FiledIMAGE | Shutterstock

For sheer patriotism, try the Rose Bowl's annual AmericaFest event (somewhat ironically sponsored by Japanese automaker Honda). The all-day event features food, live music, motorcycle stunts, and, of course, fireworks. Ride the Gold Line and take the free shuttle to avoid the parking lot.

1001 Rose Bowl Dr
Pasadena, CA 91103

4. Exposition Park

3980 Menlo Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90037
Exposition Park aerial view Trekandshoot | Shutterstock

Festivities will get underway at Exposition Park at 11 a.m. on the 4th. Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. and can be viewed from the South Lawn, in front of the Natural History Museum.

3980 Menlo Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90037

5. The Hollywood Bowl

2301 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068
Hollywood Bowl fireworks Joseph Sohm | Shutterstock

TheHollywood Bowl is hosting an evening performance on July 4 followed by a fireworks display. This year is disco-themed with headliner Nile Rodgers & Chic (as in “Le Freak”). If you’re not interested in the music, just head to the Hollywood Bowl Overlook for views of the fireworks.

2301 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068

6. The Queen Mary

1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802
Queen Mary fireworks GaroManjikian | Shutterstock

An English ocean liner might seem like an odd place to celebrate American independence, but the Queen Mary offers an up-close view of a great fireworks show. This year, a $49 ticket will also allow you to see the Cunard Line’s Queen Elizabeth cruise by the Queen Mary for a “Royal Rendezvous” before 9 p.m. Fireworks can also be easily seen from nearby Alamitos Beach.

1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802

7. Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

6300 Hetzler Rd, Culver City, CA 90232
Baldwin Hills overlook TierneyMJ | Shutterstock

It's a bit of a hike to get to this spot, but the views are well worth it. From this vantage point, it's easy to see multiple shows around the city.

6300 Hetzler Rd
Culver City, CA 90232

8. Universal City Overlook

7701 Mulholland Drive, Studio City, CA
Universal City Overlook Jon Bilous | Shutterstock

If explosions of color bursting above the twinkling lights of the Valley is the aesthetic you're after, this is the place to be.

7701 Mulholland Drive
Studio City, CA

9. Griffith Observatory

2800 E Observatory Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Griffith Observatory at dusk Trekandshoot | Shutterstock

Will it be a crowded mess? Of course! But the views are worth it. The DASH shuttle runs until 10 p.m., and parking is otherwise $4 per hour, but you could always ditch the car and hike there, too.

2800 E Observatory Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

10. Pomona Fairplex

1101 W McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768

There's Fourth of July fireworks and then there's Fourth of July fireworks with monster trucks, motocross, and wheelie contests. Where else but Pomona can you find this kind of spectacle? Tickets start at $18.50.

1101 W McKinley Ave
Pomona, CA 91768

11. The Skyslide

633 W 5th St Ste 840, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Bianca Barragan

It's hard to beat the views from the US Bank Tower's observation deck and accompanying glass slide 69 stories above Downtown LA. Get tickets ahead of time, though, as space will be limited.

633 W 5th St Ste 840
Los Angeles, CA 90071

12. Ballona Creek Bike Path

Ballona Creek, Marina del Rey, CA 90232
Ballona Creek bike path Focqus | Shutterstock

Bike to Fisherman's Village or Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey, where there are official viewing spots, or continue along the path toward the bridge that crosses the creek for excellent views of the fireworks. Bring a radio and tune into KXLU (88.9 FM): The synchronized music will be playing over the air. The show is on a barge on the water, and it starts at 9 p.m.

Ballona Creek
Marina del Rey, CA 90232

13. Hollywood Forever Cemetery

6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Hold on to your butts! A July 4 screening of Jurassic Park, part of Cinespia's long-running outdoor movie series, will also bring a fireworks display to LA's cemetery to the stars. Get your tickets quick; these shows often sell out.

6000 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90038

14. Cabrillo Beach

Cabrillo Beach, Los Angeles, CA 90731

San Pedro hosts an excellent—and free—fireworks show at the Port of LA. It starts at 9 p.m., but food, games, and music can be found at Cabrillo Beach starting at noon.

Cabrillo Beach
Los Angeles, CA 90731

15. Palisades Charter High School

15777 Bowdoin St, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

A concert and fireworks show follows the annual Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade. The parade is free; tickets to see the music and fireworks are $10. This year’s event is Star Wars themed.

15777 Bowdoin St
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

16. The Bona Vista Lounge

404 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

If your idea of a patriotic celebration involves sipping an expensive cocktail far from the rabble below, the rotating restaurant atop theJohn Portman-designed Westin Bonaventure is the place to be.

404 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90071

17. Dodger Stadium

1000 Elysian Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Dodger Stadium fireworks Jayne Kamin-Oncea | Getty Images

Win or lose, the Dodgers will follow their Fourth of July game against the San Diego Padres with a special fireworks show. If you miss that one, the Friday night game has fireworks, too.

1000 Elysian Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

18. StubHub Center

18400 Avalon Blvd, Carson, CA 90746
LA Galaxy fireworks Photo by German Alegria, courtesy LA Galaxy

If America's national pastime doesn't quite do it for you, head to Carson to watch the LA Galaxy take on Toronto FC. The "longest-standing Fourth of July fireworks show in professional sports" will follow the game.

18400 Avalon Blvd
Carson, CA 90746

19. Warner Center Park

5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

This Warner Center event begins at 6 p.m. with a concert, before fireworks get under way at 9. On top of the music, there will be food vendors and craft sellers set up in the park. Admission is free, but parking passes and reserved seats can be purchased in advance.

5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

20. Toyota Sports Complex

555 Maple Ave, Torrance, CA 90503

In Torrance, fireworks can be seen from grandstand seating at the courthouse on Maple Avenue, or at the neighboring Toyota Sports Complex. Admission is free.

555 Maple Ave
Torrance, CA 90503

21. Surfrider Beach

23180 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

This spot in Malibu is a great place to see all the fireworks that rich people will be launching from their boats.

23180 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265

22. Starlight Bowl

1249 Lockheed View Dr, Burbank, CA 91501

Burbank's Fourth of July celebration at the Starlight Bowl features live music by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and fireworks. Tickets start at $20, but know that the fireworks following the show can be seen throughout most of Burbank. (See you in the Ikea parking lot?)

1249 Lockheed View Dr
Burbank, CA 91501

23. Shepherd Church

19700 Rinaldi St, Porter Ranch, CA 91326

At the sprawling Shepherd Church in Porter Ranch, Fourth of July festivities will get under way at 4:30 p.m. The free event will include food, activities for kids, and “patriotic skydivers.” Fireworks begin after sundown.

19700 Rinaldi St
Porter Ranch, CA 91326

24. Stevenson Field

408 Eucalyptus Dr, El Segundo, CA 90245

El Segundo’s Fourth of July celebration goes on for most of the day and culminates with music and fireworks in the evening. Tickets are $5, but El Segundo residents get four passes for free with a rec center card.

408 Eucalyptus Dr
El Segundo, CA 90245

25. Huntington Beach Pier

1 Main St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

In Huntington Beach, Independence Day festivities are scheduled from July 1 to July 4. It culminates with a consistently solid show that can be viewed from the beach (for free) or from the pier (for $10).

1 Main St
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

26. Disneyland

1313 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802
Disneyland fireworks Frazer Harrison | Getty Images

Yes, you can see fireworks at Disneyland literally every day. But on the Fourth of July, the show will include a special grand finale with patriotic tunes. Not quite worth the price of admission or endless Galaxy’s Edge lines? No problem. Disney fireworks can be easily seen throughout Anaheim, including from the nearby ARTIC train station.

1313 S Disneyland Dr
Anaheim, CA 92802

27. Rancho Santa Susana Community Park/Reagan Library

5005 E Los Angeles Ave, Simi Valley, CA 93063
Reagan library Ken Wolter | Shutterstock

As you might expect, July Fourth is a pretty big deal at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, where there will be games, crafts, and presidential lookalikes throughout the day. In the evening, go to Rancho Santa Susana Community Park for a free fireworks show, courtesy of the chamber of commerce.

5005 E Los Angeles Ave
Simi Valley, CA 93063

28. Mount Wilson Observatory

Los Angeles, CA

For views of the entire Los Angeles basin, head to Mount Wilson. Just keep an eye on fire activity and make sure the road is open before departing. Campgrounds along the nearby Angeles Crest Highway are first-come, first-served—so get there early if you want to spend the night.