The Best 4th of July Events in Los Angeles: Fireworks, Concerts, Outdoor Movies, & More

The Fourth of July holiday is right around the corner, and Los Angeles is ready to light up the night sky with dazzling fireworks and unforgettable celebrations. As the Entertainment Capital of the World, LA excels at hosting spectacular Independence Day events. From Grand Park’s Block Party to fireworks, concerts, outdoor movies, and more, we’ve got the scoop on the best July 4th festivities in the city.

All events take place on Thursday, July 4, unless otherwise noted. Here are the top spots in the Los Angeles area hosting 2024 fireworks shows and celebrations! Stay safe, and stay cool with plenty of shade and water!

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Gloria Molina Grand Park presents one of its signature events, the 4th of July Block Party, from 4pm to 9:30pm! This year’s event features arts activities, sports games, live music, and dance, with dozens of LA’s favorite food trucks and DJs spinning genres from hip-hop to reggaeton, funk, and more. Enjoy the return of the Gloria Molina Grand Park Ferris Wheel and an innovative drone show by Grizzly Entertainment. This is a free, inclusive event for all ages and backgrounds; fostering connections, allyship, and mutual support. Come celebrate and experience the true spirit of community!

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For Dodger fans, there’s always the hope for some fireworks from the Boys in Blue. The Dodgers host the Arizona Diamondbacks from July 2-4, including Japanese Heritage Night on Tuesday, July 2; Bobby Miller Bobblehead giveaway on July 3; and a fireworks show on July 4.

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Rooftop Cinema Club offers a premier outdoor movie experience at LEVEL in Downtown LA. On July 4th, RCC presents a screening of Independence Day (1996) starring Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum. Arrive early when doors open at 6:40pm and enjoy rooftop views, a live acoustic set of Americana, and frosty beverages at the bar. Tickets are $65 and include access to the rooftop party, a plate of BBQ and soft drink. Seating is first-come, first-served.

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The first Los Angeles location of the acclaimed Alamo Drafthouse theatre chain is located at The Bloc in Downtown LA. Alamo’s Movie Parties are interactive experiences for fans that include fun props, themed drinks and more. On July 3 and 4, Alamo is screening Steven Spielberg’s original Jaws (1975) – a bonafide classic with everything you need in a summer movie, from drunken sea shanties to Richard Dreyfuss in a shark cage and John Williams’ iconic score. Tickets to the Movie Parties include Shark Hats and Yellow Floatie Drink Holders.

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Universal Studios Hollywood celebrates the Fourth of July with a dazzling fireworks display, live music performances, specially themed décor and more – it’s all included in the price of admission! From the moment guests walk along the iconic red carpet and enter the world-famous theme park, they will be immersed in July 4th festivities. Beginning at 9pm, an elaborate fireworks display will splash across the sky, synchronized to a score of Universal-themed music and patriotic favorites from locations inside the park. Adding to the summer fun, guests can delight in the return of The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle, featuring an incredible light projection experience, while they enjoy the magical land of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™.

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Harry Connick, Jr headlines one of LA’s greatest summer traditions, the July 4th Fireworks Spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl. The GRAMMY and Emmy Award winner and his band will perform at the Bowl over three nights, accompanied by Thomas Wilkins and the LA Phil. Tickets are now on sale – kids 12 and under are half-price!

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One of LA’s most popular outdoor movie series, Cinespia presents Rocky and a dazzling fireworks show at the landmark Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The winner of three Oscars – including Best Picture – Rocky stars Sylvester Stallone in the title role, Talia Shire as his girlfriend Adrian, and the late great Carl Weathers as Apollo Creed. Doors at 7:15pm, movie at 9pm and fireworks post-screening. Guests are invited to bring their own picnic, including beer and wine. Tickets are on sale at Cinespia, as well as on-site and off-site parking.

On July 4th, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures presents a screening of Xanadu (1980), starring pop icon Olivia Newton-John as the Muse of Dance; the legendary Gene Kelly as a former big band leader; and Michael Beck (The Warriors) as a frustrated painter. With Newton-John’s help, Kelly and Beck team up to create Xanadu, the roller disco of their dreams, in LA’s Pan Pacific Park. The imaginative musical fantasy has developed a loyal fan base in the four decades since its release, helped by its colorful visual effects and catchy original songs performed by Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra.

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LAFC and the LA Galaxy will renew their crosstown rivalry with a marquee match at Rose Bowl Stadium on July 4, featuring the West Coast’s longest-running fireworks display, tributes to Veterans and pre-match tailgating. The 20th edition of “El Tráfico,” held on July 4th last year at the Rose Bowl, set the Major League Soccer stand-alone attendance record of 82,110 fans, with the Galaxy earning a 2-1 victory over LAFC. Rose Bowl Stadium served as the home venue for the LA Galaxy from 1996-2002 and will once again provide the biggest stage for LA’s marquee soccer rivalry. The Fourth of July match will mark the 28th MLS regular-season match held on July 4th for the LA Galaxy.

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World-famous Muscle Beach in Venice hosts its annual bodybuilding and figure competition every July 4th. Pre-judging begins at 10am and the finals take place at 1pm. Taking place at the Venice Beach Recreation Center, the competition is open to all amateur athletes with a $150 entry fee. Admission is free to the public.

One of Marina del Rey’s most popular annual events, the 4th of July Fireworks Show is back with a 20-minute display that starts at 9pm. The pyrotechnics will be synchronized to music played over loudspeakers at Burton Chace Park (13650 Mindanao Way) and Fisherman’s Village (13755 Fiji Way). The fireworks will be shot from a barge off the Marina’s south jetty. View the show from virtually anywhere in Marina del Rey, Venice Pier, Playa Vista and Dockweiler Beach. City Cruises is offering special July 4th cruises: the two-hour Sights & Sips Cruise from 7:30-9:30pm; and a three-hour Premier Dinner Cruise (7-10pm) with gourmet buffet, DJ and optional Top Shelf Bar Packages. Alternatively, you can charter a private yacht to get the ultimate close-up view. Find information about companies properly licensed to operate charters in the Marina at the Visit Marina del Rey website. Early arrival is strongly suggested. Parking is limited and local street closures are planned to start as early as 1pm in some areas.

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Taking place from 10am to 3pm, the 4th of July Celebration at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library includes live patriotic music, family entertainment, picnic games, arts & crafts, photo ops with presidential lookalikes and more. At noon, the Reagan Library will unveil the Charters of Freedom Monument – the first in California, the monument includes life-size replicas of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Here are the places in the Los Angeles area hosting 2024 fireworks shows. Events are on July 4 except where noted:

Alhambra Fireworks
800 S. Almansor St.
Gates open at 4 p.m.
Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.

Burbank Fourth of July Celebration
1249 Lockheed View Dr.
Parking opens at 4:30 p.m.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m.Show begins at 6:30 p.m.Entertainment by Billy Nation, a Billy Joel Tribute, and Mirage.

Culver City Fireworks
Town Plaza, 9300 Culver Blvd.Friday, July 5 – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.Instead of fireworks, there will be a drone show.

Downtown Los Angeles Fireworks

Gloria Molina Grand Park’s 4th of July Block Party200 N. Grand Ave.Thursday July 4 – 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Featuring activites, sports, games, live music and dance, and a drone show at night.

Monterey Park Fireworks
Barnes Park 350 S. McPherrin Ave.Saturday, June 29Festivities start at 4 p.m.Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.The night will feature live entertainment by Kaylyn & New Frontier.

Palisades Fireworks
Palisades Charter High School, 15777 Bowdoin St.Thursday, July 4Gates open at 6 p.m.Fireworks start at 9 p.m.Entertainment by DJ Lee Dyson of Hey Mister DJ.Advanced ticket purchases are required.

Rosemead Fireworks
Carnival at Rosemead Park, 4343 Encinita Ave., from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.The parade starts at 10 a.m. at Valley Blvd. and Muscatel Ave. It will end at 12:30 p.m.Pre-purchase wristbands for unlimited rides prior to event for $12 ($15 day of the event).

San Gabriel Fourth of July Celebration
Gabrielino High School, 1327 S. San Gabriel Blvd.Wednesday, July 3Festivities run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.Instead of fireworks, there will be a drone show.Preregistration required.

Santa Monica Fourth of July Parade
4th Of July Parade 2024Parade begins at Pico and Mainstreet at 9:30 a.m. It will travel south on Main Street and then turn right onto Marine, ending at Barnard Way.

Santa Monica Fireworks
Celebrate America at Santa Monica CollegeParking at Pico Blvd. and 17th St.Saturday, June 29Gates open at 5 p.m.Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.

Westchester Fireworks
24th Annual 4th of July Parade “Sounds of Summer”Loyola Blvd.Gates open at 5 p.m.Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.Enjoy live music by Westside Crew.

Long Beach Fireworks
1126 Queens HwyGates open at 3 p.m. featuring live music, DJs and a kid’s zone.Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. and can be enjoyed from the water!Cruises board at 6:30, 7:30, 7:45 and 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance.

Dodgers Stadium Fourth of July Game
1000 Vin Scully Ave
The game will start at 6:10 p.m.
Fireworks show presented by General Mills.
Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Rose Bowl Fourth of July Game
1001 Rose Bowl DrParking lots open at 1:30 p.m.Public Fanfest will run from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.Kickoff will be at 7:30.The fireworks post-match will be at 9:30.

Marina Del Rey Fireworks
Burton Chace Park Fisherman’s Village, 13650 Mindanao WayThe 20-minute firework show will begin at 9 p.m.Parking will range from $11 to $20.

Enjoy! Stay safe, and stay cool with plenty of shade and water!

Jacqueline Tager | DRE# 1476997
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