Where to Celebrate the 4th Safely in 2022

Lancaster, Palmdale, Lynwood and La Puente won’t be having fireworks this weekend, because the pyrotechnics company they hired is under investigation! And this year, So Cal’s already dry conditions have been exacerbated by the drought, so it’s a tinderbox out there! Many public fireworks displays, like those in Claremont, have already been cancelled. Please don’t light illegal fireworks, instead check out where to party!!!


From Saturday, July 2, through Monday, July 4, Cinespia is offering a trio of screenings  including “Fast and the Furious” on Saturday, July 2; “Purple Rain” on Sunday, July 3; and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” on Monday, July 4. After the movies, fireworks will light up the sky above the cemetery. So, bring a picnic and enjoy two of America’s favorite past-times.

HOLLYWOOD BOWL Fireworks Spectacular with Los Angeles Philharmonic, Steve Martin & Martin Short 2-4 / 7:30pm / $47-$204

Saturday, Sunday and Monday, July 2-4, 2022 the Hollywood Bowl will present two of the funniest, most influential, and most acclaimed talents of the past century: Steve Martin and Martin Short at 7:30 p.m. Following the performance, The Bowl’s famous fireworks will fill the Hollywood sky.

BIG BANG ON THE BAY / 5:30 / $50


Grand Park, along with The Music Center, celebrates the park’s 10th anniversary with the return of Grand Park’s free 4th of July Block Party. Gates open at 4:00 p.m., for six-hours of festivities featuring live entertainment and a spectacular fireworks show. Bring a picnic or enjoy a variety of treats from gourmet food trucks.

There will be six city blocks of exciting art projects, including digital works by Nany Cárdenas and an art installation by Jimenez Lai, plus two stages presenting global music, DJ sets, spoken word recitals, including Afrobeat, Brazilian, Dub Reggae, Cumbia, Afro Funke,’ Ethiopian Jazz and Soul, music from Peru, Colombia and Brazil, and some of Flypoet’s celebrated spoken word poets. Fireworks will take place between 9:00 – 9:15 with a playlist by Rani de Leon.

Alcohol is not permitted and will not be sold at Grand Park. Public parking will be available at The Music Center (135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012) and Walt Disney Concert Hall (111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012) at a flat rate of $9 per vehicle. Additional parking lots near Grand Park will be available. However, given the large number of guests expected at the event, members of the public are highly encouraged to take public transportation. Grand Park is located conveniently at the Civic Center/Grand Park station along the Metro B Line (Red) and Metro D Line (Purple).


Olive and 1st Streets
Hill and Temple Streets
Main and 1st Streets
Broadway and 1st Street You could also paddleboard out or City Cruises will offer special July 4 cruises. Reserve ASAP at City Cruises website.


Celebrate Independence Day this Monday with a spectacular 20-minute fireworks show over the water in Marina del Rey. You can watch from anywhere around the harbor. Local restaurants for comfortable viewing include Tony P’s Dockside Grill, The Warehouse Restaurant, or on the roof at High Rooftop Lounge in Venice. Some people suggest arriving early in the afternoon and hanging out at Burton Chase Park or at the local watering holes. You can take Uber to avoid the parking and traffic hassles.

Fireworks start at 9 p.m. and last 20 minutes. You can enjoy the show with synchronized music at either Burton Chace Park or Fisherman’s Village. RSVP now for front row tickets on Tony P’s Dockside Grill​’s or Warehouse Restaurant’s outdoor patio. Go to High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin if you would like a 360 degree view of LA, and the fireworks. You can go out on your paddleboard to enjoy the fireworks from the water, or City Cruises will be offering special July 4 cruises. Reserve ASAP at City Cruises website.

CITY OF ALHAMBRA / 4pm / free

On Monday, July 4, 2022, the city of Alhambra marks Independence Day with a 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks at Almansor Park. The free event includes games, food vendors and entertainment by the Xen and Wong Quadruplets. Gates open & lawn games: 4 p.m. Concerts: Start at 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. Fireworks: 9 p.m. “Prohibited: alcohol, smoking, BBQing, fireworks, coolers larger than 5QT’s, and weapons of any kind. Almansor Park, 800 S. Almansor St., Alhambra, CA. For more info, call (626) 570-3242.


This year Pedro celebrates the 71st Annual John Olguin July 4th Spectacular. On Monday, July 4, 2022 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. “Sponsored by the Port of Los Angeles and organized by the Cabrillo Beach Boosters, this celebration features music, family activities, food trucks, and a spectacular fireworks show at 9 p.m. at Cabrillo Beach. ” Cabrillo Beach, Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro, CA

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Born and raised in the great city of Los Angeles, this food, culture and music-loving punk rock angeleno wants to turn you on to all that is funky, delicious and weird in the city. While Elise holds down the fort, her adventurous alter ego Kiki Maraschino is known to roam the country in search of catfish.
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