While, sure, most neighborhoods in L.A. seem to have their own amateur fireworks shows at all hours of the night (apologies to anxious dogs and anybody concerned about fire safety), nothing really beats spending the Fourth of July marveling at an old-fashioned pyrotechnic spectacular thrown by the pros. Here are some of our favorite spots to set up and watch some amazing fireworks in L.A.
Spend your Fourth with The Go-Go’s and the L.A. Phil this year. Sing along with the bands retro hits (“We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” et al) then enjoy a patriotic performance by the orchestra and the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles; tickets $9.50-$282.
July 4 is AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl. This show is among the oldest fireworks in L.A., with the tradition now going for the last 92 years. It continues this year with a live performance by American Idol winner Maddie Poppe, a Michael Jackson tribute show, and a family fun zone. Fireworks blast off at 9:00 P.M. Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena; tickets $15-$30.
Gather on the South Lawn starting at 11:00 A.M. for a free, family-friendly community festival and picnic party, followed by an hour-long fireworks show at 9:00 P.M. If you’ve got kids in tow, they’ll have plenty of games and activities to keep them busy throughout the day. 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles; free.