Celebrate Independence Day in style this year – with a plan!
View evening fireworks from one of these trendy spots:
*The Castaway in Burbank
Spectacular views of the San Fernando Valley make the Castaway a great 4th of July destination. Sit on the outer deck for the best range of view and relatively inexpensive bar menu items.
COST: Cocktails are standard, bountiful appetizers cost upwards of $7
*The Cheesecake Factory in Marina Del Rey
One of the best views in Marina Del Rey, The Cheesecake Factory is the perfect harbor-side retreat. Enjoy your meal al fresco on the deck, with a perfect view of the Marina Del Rey fireworks show.
COST: Entrées range from $7-$30
*The Warehouse Restaurant in Marina Del Rey
Another great restaurant on the waterfront, the Warehouse is known for uber strong mai tai’s and delicious seafood dishes. Live music music on Thursdays and some weekends make this plank assembled restaurant totally shabby-chic.
COST: $12-$40 per entree
*Shanghai Red’s in Marina Del Rey
Shanghai Red’s also offers spectacular views of the Marina and her 4th of July fireworks show. The reasonably priced dining fare revolves mostly around surf and turf.
COST: $8-$26 per entree
*The Sky Room in Long Beach
The sky room is pricey, but with good reason. The cuisine is excellent and the view is spectacular. As you might have guessed from its name, the sky room sits atop the Long Beach Breakers hotel and provides astonishing 360 degree views of the surrounding city.
COST: $20-$45 per entree
*Hollywood Bowl 4th of July fireworks spectacular with Vince Gill
One of the many wonderful things about the Hollywood bowl is that you can bring your own picnic items. Chow on bread, cheese and wine while listening to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Vince Gill. The performance includes a theatrical, musically timed fireworks show.
COST: $12- $116 per ticket
*BBQ, Brews and Red White and Blues at the Queen Mary.
Get your grub on with four classic BBQ styles from the Carolina’s, Texas, Kansas City and St. Louis. Live performances by Lisa Haley and Zydekats. Face painters, live DJ, Fireworks display.
COST: $25 Adults, $13 Children includes admission to the event, access to the ship and fireworks. Brunch is $50 Adult, $12 child plus tax and gratuity. YOU MUST PAY FOR FOOD WITH CASH ONLY.
Fireworks and self guided pub-crawl. Good news: The entire city parties. Bad News: That means crowds and no parking.
WHEN: All day
Like Hermosa, but even crazier. Fireworks, college students, abundant alcohol for a raging good time.
WHEN: All day
*The Pasadena Rose Bowl
The Rose Bowl in Pasadena boasts the biggest fireworks show in Southern California. The food court and fair booths open at 2pm, the stadium opens at 6pm, The Drum Corps entertain from 7pm through the spectacular fireworks display that begins at 9pm.
COST: $13 per person
*Paradise Cove Restaurant
Sink your feet into the sand as you sip on mojitos. Paradise cove is the only beach in southern California where you can drink alcohol.
COST: 3 hours free parking with validation. Meals run between $10-25
*Mr. and Mrs. Muscle Beach competition
Join the circus of Venice Beach to watch the annual Mr. and Mrs. Muscle beach competition. It’s fun, it’s raucous and it’s comedy – least one competitor is guaranteed to wear a tiny speedo resembling the American flag.
COST: Free to watch, $80 to compete
Every year Disneyland puts on an impressive 4th of July fireworks show over Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at 9:25pm. It’s an exhilerating performance, if you can handle the wall to wall crowds.
COST: $59 for single park ticket
*4th of July Street Fair in Ventura
Cool off by heading to the Ventura Street fair in Downtown Ventura. Browse over 250 booths of crafts, trinkets and edibles while listening to live music. This fair draws over 50,000 visitors and is sure to entertain you with 5 stages of continuous entertainment.
WHEN: July 4, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
*July 4th Celebration and Fireworks Spectacular in Inglewood
Face painting, good food and booths featuring cultural arts and crafts make this fair and excellent family excursion. Listen to live music during the day then watch an elaborate fireworks display in the evening.
WHEN: July 4, 11:00 a.m. – dusk
SITE: Edward Vincent Jr. Park, 700 Warren Lance, Inglewood
*Annual Fourth of July Community Celebration in San Pedro
Ringing of the Korean friendship bell at 10:30am followed by keynote speakers from the Air Force SPace COmmand at the Los Angeles AIr Force Base. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic. The evening will conclude with Fireworks over Cabrillo Beach.
WHEN: July 4, 10:30am – 10:00 p.m.
SITE: Cabrillo Beach, 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro
*16th Annual Independence Day Celebration at Hansen Dam in the San Fernando Valley
Bring your swimsuit for a swim in the 1.5 acre lake. Enjoy live entertainment, food and fireworks in this valley-style 4th of July celebration. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic, which I assume means that there will not be an extensive variety of foods available for purchase.
WHEN: July 4, 3:00 – 10:00 p.m.
SITE: Hansen Dam Recreation Area, 11770 Foothill Blvd.,
Lake View Terrace
*12th Annual 4th of July Community Fireworks Festival in Studio City
CBS Radford studios holds this annual festival on their back lot. There will be music, food, fireworks, kids “fun zone” and a business exposition for grownups.
WHEN: July 4, 4:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
SITE: CBS Studio Center,4024 RadfordAve., Studio City
*Dennis P.Zine July 4th Extravaganza in the West San Fernando Valley
True to its name, the Dennis P. Zine Extravaganza features a concert and fireworks show for up to 40,000 people. By legions, this is the most popular 4th of July event in the valley. Don Sweeney and the SRO big band headline this year’s concert with a fantastic seventeen-piece ensemble playing Big Band era favorites and pop classics.
WHEN: July 4, 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
SITE: Warner Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills
COST: Free entrance. Parking is $15 in any of the area Warner Center structures.