- Disneyland: It's like 4th of July every day when the fireworks go off at Disneyland, but on the holiday, you'd better find a spot to watch extra early.
- Hollywood Bowl: As part of its summer concert series, the Hollywood Bowl offers special 4th of July concerts featuring a headline act and patriotic music performed by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. When they start playing The Star Spangled Banner, we defy any patriotic American to resist the thrill when the rockets go off at just the right moment - and the fireworks show is so close that you have to crane your neck to see them go off.
- Marina del Rey: Los Angeles' big public fireworks display happens at Marina Del Rey, just south of Santa Monica. This guide has all the details.
- Newport Beach: Southern California's largest fireworks display goes off at Newport Dunes Resort and one of the best places to watch them is on a dinner cruise. There's also a fun 4th of July boat parade in Newport during the day.
- Rose Bowl, Pasadena: Americafest at the Rose Bowl has been going on for more than 80 years. It's an all-day 4th of July celebration, with reasonably priced tickets, a concert and fireworks display.
- Take Me Out to the Ball Game: There's nothing more American than baseball. Check if the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Anaheim Angels are playing at home.
If you're looking for more places to celebrate the 4th of July in the Los Angeles area, you'll find a full listing at Los Angeles for Visitors