How should I get around?
Like it or not, slowly. Everyone is off from work, and traffic will be hellish. Ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber are always a good option if you’re going to indulge. And, depending on where you’re headed, taking the Metro is a cheap and easy option, especially if your destination is Downtown ... or the beach, by way of Santa Monica via the Expo Line. You can then grab a Bird scooter upon arrival (because they’re everywhere in these parts) and zip around the Westside without a traffic care in the world.
Where should I pregame?
Many of the venues hosting fireworks displays also offer food, music, entertainment, games, and general fun for much of the afternoon and evening leading up to the blasts. You can easily spend the day beach barhopping by bike if you plant to catch waterfront fireworks later in the evening, or you can hit up Santa Monica’s Fourth of July parade on bar-and-restaurant-lined Main Street to kill some time.
Plenty of venues -- from the Westside to Downtown -- will be offering food and drink specials during the day, and other stuff you’d never expect on a Wednesday. Esters Wine Shop & Bar in Santa Monica, for example, will be doing a boozy brunch from 10am to 2:30pm, while The Bungalow is kicking off its patio party at noon with a DJ and hot dog cart. You can also camp out at one of our fine city’s ever-growing pool of rooftop bars, where you’ll most likely be able to see some sort of nearby fireworks show after the sun goes down -- and if you can’t see them, well, at least you’re still up on a roof drinking. If you're feeling a bit more DIY, bring your best picnic game to Barnsdall Park, which provides views of multiple shows from a distance.