1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena
(626) 577-3100; www.rosebowlstadium.com
Pasadena’s historic Rose Bowl takes a break from hosting sports rivalries to put on its annual fireworks show accompanied by the city’s own POPS orchestra.
Outside food court opens at 11 a.m.; Stadium opens at 6 p.m.; Orchestra at 6:45 p.m.; Fireworks at 9 p.m. $12. Tickets go on sale at the gate a week before the event. Cash only at the stadium. Parking: $20
4TH OF JULY BBQ AT THE AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC
320 Golden Shore, Long Beach
(562) 590-3100; www.aquariumofpacific.org
Is the deck of the Queen Mary too hot for you? Well you can still catch the legendary ship’s annual fireworks show from a “cool” view at the Long Beach Aquarium. 5 p.m.-10 p.m., dinner from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Aquarium admission: $20.95. Aquarium, plus dinner: $26. Advance reservations required for dinner.
ANNUAL SAN FERNANDO VALLEY INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
Hansen Dam Recreation Area
11770 Foothill Blvd., Lake View Terrace
(888) 527-2757; www.laparks.org
The 4th will sweep the valley with its annual showcase of live entertainment, fireworks and various Independence Day delicacies. Noon-10 p.m. FREE
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION AND PARADE IN HUNTINGTON BEACH
Huntington Beach Pier
One of the OC’s best beach spots will once again serve as the region’s focal point of 4th of July festivities including a 5K run/walk, live music, floats and food capped off with an end-of-the-day fireworks show. FREE
4TH ANNUAL VISION OUTSIDE 4TH OF JULY JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL IN
Vision Theatre Back Lot
3341 W. 43rd Pl., Los Angeles
(213) 202-5508; www.culturela.org
Leimert Park has a solution to cope with holiday heat: an all-afternoon jazz concert featuring “cool” blues. While you enjoy traditional 4th of July cuisine, take in the sounds of smooth jazz, and children can enjoy an exhibit of arts, crafts and face painting. 1 p.m.-7 p.m. FREE
JULY 4TH FESTIVAL ON PINE AVENUE IN LONG BEACH
Pine Ave. from Shoreline Drive to Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach once again takes 4th of July to its streets in its annual holiday celebration where you can catch of a glimpse of the fireworks display from the nearby Queen Mary. Adult entertainment festival at the Rainbor Lagoon near the Hyatt. Bands all afternoon, culminating in a patriotic performance by the Long Beach Municipal Band.)
Parking: Outdoor pay lots are at Shoreline Village and the Shoreline Marina. There’s a metered, all-day lot at Alamitos Beach. Pay parking structures are available at the Aquarium, the Pike and the Convention Center.
10 a.m.-10 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m.
PALISADES AMERICANISM PARADE
Sunset Blvd. in Pacific Palisades
Entertainment and fireworks at Palisades High School Stadium by the Sea
The Pacific Palisades plans on celebrating the holiday with a good old-fashioned street parade with live entertainment culminating with a fireworks show.
2 p.m. parade, 7 p.m. entertainment, 9 p.m. fireworks.
4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL
2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood
(323) 850-2000; www.hollywoodbowl.com
Hollywood wouldn’t be able to carry on the Independence Day vibe without one of its ongoing traditions: a fireworks extravaganza accompanied by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. July 2, 3 & 4 @ 7:30 p.m.
THE STARLIGHT BOWL 4TH OF JULY
1249 Lockheed View Drive, Burbank
Burbank’s gem of a concert arena will host live entertainment along with food and fireworks for the summer holiday, but welcomes anyone who wants to set up a few lawn chairs and have a picnic with family and friends.
6:30 p.m.-9 p.m, fireworks at 9 p.m. $10-$15, parking $5