If you're north of the Los Angeles Basin in the hills, canyons and valleys of LA, here are the best fireworks shows, festivals and other events to celebrate the 4th of July in your neighborhood.
Note: Setting off fireworks—including "safe and sane" fireworks—in most of Los Angeles County, including the beaches, is illegal. If you take them a few blocks away from the narrow areas where they are sold, or if you bring them from out of town and set them off in LA, Long Beach or other areas, you could be cited with a $1000 ticket or arrested.
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4th of July AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl
One of the largest fireworks displays in Southern California with music and food vendors in the nearby Arroyo.
When: July 4th, parking lot opens at 10 a.m., food court opens at 2 p.m.; stadium opens at 6:30 p.m., performances begin a 7 p.m., Fireworks at 9 p.m.
Where: The Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena
Cost: $15-30, children 5 and under free in GA section. Children require a ticket in Reserved seating. Active Military with ID Free (up to 4 tickets per family), Veterans get 1 free ticket, available from the ticket booth near Gate B, doesn't include parking. Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster, in the box office a week before and at the stadium on July 4 (cash only).
Parking: $25 cash for cars
Info: 626-577-3100, www.rosebowlstadium.com/events/detail/america-fest
Note: You can also see the Rose Bowl fireworks from outside the stadium at the free concert at Levitt Pavilion.
Councilman Bob Blumenfield's July 4th Extravaganza in Woodland Hills
Huge Fourth of July fireworks festival in the West Valley with food vendors, play zone, a free concert and fireworks show.
When: July 4, Concert 6:00–8:00 p.m., fireworks to live music at 9:08 p.m.
Where: Warner Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills
Parking: $20 in any of the Warner Center structures between Topanga and Canoga or Califa and Oxnard
Info: 818-704-1358, www.valleycultural.org
Annual San Fernando Valley Independence Day Celebration
A holiday celebration in the San Fernando Valley featuring music and other live entertainment, food, and fireworks. Take a swim in the 1.5-acre swim lake available for use during the day.
When: July 4, 10 a.m.–10:00 p.m., Fireworks around 8:30 p.m.
Where: Hansen Dam Recreation Area, 11770 Foothill Blvd., Lake View Terrace
Info: 1-888-LA PARKS (527-2757), www.laparks.org
4th of July Fireworks Show in La Crescenta
Music, rides and a line-up of food trucks, culminating in a fireworks show.
When: July 4, Gates open at 4 p.m. and close at 8:30 pm, Fireworks at 9 p.m.
Where: La Crescenta Elementary School, 2800 Prospect Ave., La Crescenta, CA
Cost: General Admission $7 pre-sale, $10 at the gate, children 7 and under free. Rides extra.
4th of July Spectacular in Porter Ranch
The free festival and fireworks show at Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch includes moon bounces and face painting for the children, an outdoor stage show as well as optional food purchases from over a dozen local food vendors; all capped off with a twenty-one-minute aerial fireworks display.
When: July 4, 4:00 p.m.–10 p.m., Gates open at 4 p.m.
Where: Shepherd of the Hills Church, 19700 Rinaldi Street, Porter Ranch, CA 91326
July 4th Barn Dance and BBQ at Theatricum Botanicum
Not one of the biggest events, but a lot of fun—an Old Fashioned Barn Dance and Barbecue will take over the woodsy cove at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon for the afternoon on July 4th. There will be children’s games, a pie-eating contest, watermelon seed-spitting contest, cake walk, horseshoes, relay races, dunk bucket and more. Barbecue and fixins, beer and wine available for purchase. The fun ends at 5 p.m., so there's plenty of time to head out either side of the Canyon to find some fireworks or stick around for the performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
When: July 4, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Barn Dance with dance caller at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Where: Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga CA 90290
Cost: Adults $20 ($22 at gate), children 5-12 $8 ($10 at gate), under 5 Free
Info: (310) 455-3723, www.theatricum.com
More 4th of July Celebrations in the LA Area
If you want to venture south of the LA mountains for the holiday, check out the: