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The 4th of July is the quintessential summer holiday and Southern California is doing it up right. If you are looking for the perfect spot to celebrate and enjoy time with friends and family then this list is perfect for you! Whether you are in Los Angeles, Orange County or San Diego, we have compiled a selection of some of the best places to catch the fireworks and celebrate your independence here in SoCal.

Los Angeles

  • Americafest – Pasadena Rose Bowl

Enjoy classic American eats, a motorcycle stunt show and a world renowned fireworks presentation at this family friendly 4th of July celebration. While the fireworks may not start until 9pm, the Rose Bowl will open it’s doors at 2pm for a variety of festivities. Parking is $20, but you can make the most of it by tailgating with friends and family all afternoon!

  • Independence Day in the Palisades

If you are all about fun in the sun, then this beachy celebration is the one for you. The festivities will kick off at 2pm as a band of patriotic skydivers descend from the clouds marking the start of a colossal parade. The fun continues with a concert followed by an epic fireworks display. Event tickets are $10 and kids get in for free.

  • Pentatonix at the Hollywood Bowl

The Hollywood Bowl brings you another not to be missed 4th of July celebration with a must see performance by the Pentatonix. Enjoy the beautiful harmonies of these young acapella stars followed by a dazzling fireworks display. Can’t get tickets or just looking to catch the fireworks? Check out the Hollywood Bowl Overlook. While parking may be challenging, if you can score a parking spot the views of the city are spectacular. Tickets for the show will start at $28 and fireworks will immediately follow the concert.

  • 4th of July at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Catching a flick at Cinespia in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery is a must try for all visitors and residents of the Hollywood area. This 4th of july you can take you celebration to the next level as you enjoy a screening of Jurassic Park followed by a stunning fireworks display. Event complete with themed photo booth and Dj. Make sure you bring your own blankets or chairs as seating is not provided. Arriving early is necessary for this event as parking can be difficult to find and the lines will be long.

Additional Los Angeles 4th of July events can be found HERE.

Orange County

  • Disneyland Celebrates the 4th of July

From July 1st-4th you can catch an inspiring fireworks presentation as it lights up the night to the sounds of patriotic music. Enjoy a day at the park with the whole family or just grab a bite at downtown disney and catch the show from the courtyard. The park opens at 10am and the fireworks will begin at 9:30pm.

  • Concert on the Green – Irvine

Irvine Police association hosts it 33rd annual independence day celebration. Food, music, raffles and more will start at 3pm at the Irvine High School Stadium and the festivities will conclude with a beautiful fireworks show. Admission is $15 with discounts available for young children and seniors.

  • Laguna Hills Celebrates the 4th of July

Grab your family and friends and head on down to this Independence Day celebration. Carnival rides, games, music, face painting and more will be available starting at 4pm. Enjoy a day of fun in the sun and as the sun sets you can settle in and get ready for an exciting fireworks display starting at 9pm. Food and drinks will be available and don’t forget to bring your own blankets and lawn chairs as seating will not be provided.

  • Independence Day at Knott’s Berry Farm

Knott’s Berry Farm will be celebrating this Independence Day with their very own fireworks spectacular. Spend the day riding coasters, enjoying park fare and soaking up some sun before the festivities begin. The fireworks will start at 9:30pm and admission will start at $45.

Additional Orange County 4th of July events can be found HERE.

San Diego

  • Big Bay Boom

This will be the largest fireworks display in the county. The show will be visible from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero area and Seaport Village/ Coronado Landing. The score for the show will be live cast from 1090AM and 105.7FM. All you have to do is find a spot along the bay to settle in and you can enjoy the spectacular display to come. Show starts at 9pm. Make sure to plan ahead and be prepared for traffic.

  • 4th Fest – Chula Vista

Looking for a great location to catch some fireworks? Chula Vista will be offering a FREE fireworks spectacular at the U.S Olympic Training Center. The show will be set to a custom soundtrack and the event is open to all. Grab you friends and family and make sure you arrive early so you can secure yourself a spot. The show starts at 9pm.

  • Red, White and Boom – Lego Land

Celebrate this Independence Day with a family funday in the park. Enjoy more than 60 rides, shows and attractions all day long. The days celebrations will be concluded with an awe-inspiring fireworks display set to patriotic music. The park will open at 10am and the fireworks will begin at 8:30pm. If you can’t make it to the park there are plenty of local spots nearby where you can catch a glimpse of the fireworks. Make sure to plan for traffic and plan ahead so you don’t miss out.

  • The County Fair Celebrates 4th of July – Del Mar

If you love the San Diego County Fair the you won’t want to miss out on their Independance Day celebration. They will pulling out all the stops with amazing food and entertainment. The evening will come to a close with a stunning fireworks display that is not to be missed. The fairgrounds will open at 9:30am and the fireworks spectacular will begin at 9pm.

You can find more 4th of July events in San Diego HERE.

By Janysh Osmon

25 May 2021