July 4th is just around the corner, and already celebrations are in full swing. Depending on your neighbors, they might even be in full swing at 2:00 in the morning. (Fingers crossed they didn’t get their hands on any illegal fireworks again this year.)
For those whose neighborhood doesn’t already sound like a late-night warzone-lite, you’ll have to get your fill of fireworks in a more official, institutional setting—which, let’s be real, is probably for the best. At-home fireworks have a less than stellar track record where appendage-friendliness is concerned. (More on that in a bit.)
For Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, here are a few gems if you dig the big, boomy, rocket lights™.
Los Angeles: Parade, Concert & Fireworks 2018, El Sereno Park. Featuring Tierra! Will be held at El Sereno Park, 4721 Klamath St., Los Angeles, CA 90032.
Santa Monica: Independence Day Fest & Pre-July 4th Fireworks. A star-spangled salute. Located at Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405.
Eagle Rock: Pre-July 4th Concert In Park & Fireworks, featuring the Spazmatics! Held at Eagle Rock Park, 1100 Eagle Vista Drive, Los Angeles, CA.
Malibu: Fireworks off the coast. Too get a good view, head to the 21600 block of PCH (near Carbon Beach/La Costa).
Redondo Beach: Seaside Lagoon Independence Party & Fireworks. “Arts & crafts, huge inflatable slides, family friendly party & patriotic music.” Seaside Lagoon, 137 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach CA. Lagoon opens at 2:00 PM. Fireworks at 9 PM.
Hollywood: Hollywood Bowl, July 4th Fireworks Spectacular 2018. Featuring the The Go-Go’s. Three nights. July 2-4. Located at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90068. Tickets on sale now.
Hollywood #1: ‘Thelma & Louise’ and Fireworks, Hollywood Forever Cemetery. “Watch the night sky sparkle with unforgettable fireworks and the best outdoor screen.” Tickets are $35. Located at the legendary Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA.
Hollywood #2: Hollywood Bowl, July 4th Fireworks Spectacular 2018. Featuring the The Go-Go’s. Three nights. July 2-4. Located at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90068. Tickets on sale now.
Moorpark: 3rd Of July Fireworks Extravaganza! From 3:45 – 9:30 PM there will be a food court, music, and a bounce house for the kids, plus a rock wall and maze fun! Head to Arroyo Vista Park, 4550 Tierra Rejada Road, Moorpark, CA. Entry is $5 per person (cash only). Children ages 4 and younger go in free.
Burbank: July 4th Concert & Fireworks at the Starlight Bowl. Great venue with a crowd-pleasing band! Located at the Starlight Bowl, 1249 Lockheed View Dr, Burbank, California 91501. Tickets are on sale now, so get yours while you can!
Calabasas: Fun Zone, Dance Party & Fireworks. Always sells out, so get your tickets! Located at Calabasas High School Football Field, 22855 W. Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas, CA. Gates open to public at 5PM. Family Fun Zone from 5 PM – 8:30 PM. Live musical dance party, 7:15 PM – 8:45. Musically Choreographed Fireworks Spectacular at 9 PM.
Camarillo: 4th Of July Concert & Fireworks. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks will be for sale, and there will be fun activities for kids! Located at Adolfo Camarillo High School, 4660 Mission Oaks Blvd., Camarillo, CA. Gates will open at 4 PM.
Culver City: July 4th Concert & Fireworks 2018: West LA College. Carnival games, food trucks, and a good time for all! Located at West Los Angeles College, 9000 Overland Ave, Culver City, California 90230. Gates will open at 4 PM.
El Segundo: Celebration & Fireworks. Come for the Hula-hoop and watermelon eating contests, but don’t get tripped up by the three-legged race! Held this year from 10 AM – 9 PM at Stevenson Field, 408 Eucalyptus Dr, El Segundo, CA 90245.
Hollywood #1: Hollywood Bowl, July 4th Fireworks Spectacular 2018. Featuring the The Go-Go’s. Three nights. July 2-4. Located at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90068. Tickets on sale now.
Hollywood #2: July 4th ‘Footloose’ & Fireworks 2018: Hollywood Forever Cemetery. “The most spectacular, most riveting Independence Day film and fireworks pairing ever!” Tickets only $35.
Long Beach #1: Queen Mary 4th Of July Celebration & Fireworks. All-day family fun, plus a dynamic fireworks display. Located at the famous (and haunted?) Queen Mary from 2 PM – 10 PM. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, CA 90802
Long Beach #2: BBQ & Fireworks View 2018: Aquarium Of Pacific. “Get a fish-eye view of the Queen Mary fireworks display.” 5 PM – 10 PM. Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802.
Los Angeles #1: July 4th Fireworks 2018: Exposition Park – Coliseum. Picnic-style event with live music, games and fun for the kids. Exposition Park, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, 90037.
11 AM – 10 PM.
Los Angeles #2: Grand Park 4th Of July Block Party & Fireworks. “Picnicking, games, art-making, music, dancing and stunning fireworks show high above Downtown L.A.” Held from 3PM to 10PM minutes away from the gorgeous Walt Disney Concert Hall. Address: 200 N Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012.
Malibu: July 4th Fireworks will be held at both Paradise Cove and Malibu Colony.
Oxnard: Craft market, 11 AM to 9 PM at the Marine Emporium Landing. Electric boat parade, 6 PM, Channel Islands Harbor. Fireworks at 9 PM, visible from anywhere at the harbor. Visit www.channelislandsharbor.org for more information.
Pacific Palisades: July 4th Runs, Parade & Fireworks. Considered to be one of the best Independence Day celebrations in the region! Important times to note: Races at 8:15 AM, Kids Run at 9:30 AM, Parade at 2:00 PM, Food/Concert Gates Open at 4:00 PM, Kids’ Activities & 2nd Stage Concert also at 4:00 PM, Main Stage Concert at 6:00 PM, close out the evening with fireworks at 9:00 PM.
Pasadena: ‘AMERICAFEST’ 2018. Come to the Rose Bowl Stadium for the family fun zone, entertainment, and, of course, fireworks. Parking lots open at noon. Fireworks at 9:00 PM. Don’t forget to bring a jacket! Pasadena can get chilly in the evening. Located at the Rose Bowl Stadium, 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena, CA 91103.
Porter Ranch: July 4th Carnival, Parades & Fireworks. Shepherd Church will be hosting its 20th Anniversary 4th of July Spectacular! Can you believe that? Twenty years, wow. Head to Shepherd Church at 4:00 PM, located at 19700 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch, California 91326.
Santa Monica: 4th of July Parade 2018. This will be the 12th year of celebration for this fun, community event. Line up along Main Street for a 9:30 AM start.
Simi Valley: 4th Of July Celebration 2018: Ronald Reagan Library. From 10 AM – 3 PM there will be patriotic concerts, family entertainment, games, crafts, and more. Located at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, CA 93065.
Thousand Oaks / Newbury Park: 4th Of July Fest & Fireworks 2018! Tons of super fun activities all day. Here’s the full rundown of things to do: Pancake Breakfast (8 AM – 11 AM), Home Run Derby (8:30 AM – 10:30 AM), Senior Home Run Derby (9 AM – 11 AM), Family Open Swim (12 PM – 4 PM; FREE), Concert in the Park 5 PM – 7 PM; FREE), Fireworks Spectacular (9 PM; FREE). So many things to do!
Topanga: 4th Of July Family Hoe-Down, Barn Dance, and Barbeque. Kick back in your cowboy boots for some old-fashioned fun. Activities include a pie-eating contest, a watermelon seed-spitting contest, and a cake walk! Located at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, California 90290.
Venice: July 4th ‘Mr. & Mrs. Muscle Beach’ 2018. An annual tradition at Muscle Beach, held this year from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Ventura: Annual 4th Of July Street Fair. Huge draw with artisans & entertainment.
Head on down to the Downtown Ventura Cultural District, 101 S. California Street, Ventura, CA. Held from 10 AM to 5 PM.
Westchester: LAX Coastal July 4th Parade. This year’s theme is Cities Across America. The parade will be held at 11 AM on Loyola Boulevard, Westchester, Los Angeles, CA. Afterwards, we totally recommend a brief jaunt to nearby Clotters Park. Watch planes take off from beneath Old Glory herself. She stands atop a hill overlooking the “gateway to the world.”
Westlake Village: July 4th Fest & Fireworks 2018: Golf Course. Entertainment, live music, and a kids’ putting contest! Tee-up some fun at Westlake Golf Course, 4812 Lakeview Canyon Rd, Westlake Village, CA 91361
Woodland Hills: July 4th Extravaganza, 2018 at Warner Center Park. Includes a free concert by Jack Mack & The Heart Attack. Located at 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91367.
Agoura Hills: Free Concert & Fireworks with party band Platinum Groove. Free Admission. Located at Chumash Park, 5550 Medea Valley Dr., Agoura Hills, CA 91301.
Okay, perhaps that was a bit more than a couple. Independence Day should be a time to celebrate our country, and the freedoms it provides. But, as always, it’s best to do it safely. Fireworks are fun, but unnecessarily dangerous when set off at home. In addition to life and limb, you risk the natural wonder Southern California provides, especially in the wake of one of the largest wildfires in state history. So leave the beautiful lights up to the professionals, this year. It’s just not worth it.
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Check Out These References for Further Reading:
“LA County July 4th Fireworks, Parades & More: 2018 Guide.” Patch Media. Retrieved 27 June 2018. https://patch.com/california/hollywood/la-county-july-4th-fireworks-parades-more-2018-guide
“This week: Fireworks, parades, pancake breakfasts and Fourth of July events.” Ventura County Star. Retrieved 27 June 2018. https://www.vcstar.com/story/entertainment/2018/06/26/week-fireworks-parades-fourth-july-events/719381002/