LA goes nuts for the 4th, and this year’s no exception: nearly every part of the city has a permitted fireworks show, where all you’ll have to do is look up to see the rockets’ red glare. But if you want to get close to the action, here are all the details on the spots to watch fireworks this year in LA.
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Pasadena 2:00, 7/4 Motorcycle stunts! Live music from the Beatles tribute band Liverpool Legends (which is an odd choice on America’s birthday, but whatever)! A special salute honoring JPL! And, duh, fireworks!
Hollywood 7:15, 7/3 After Cinespia’s screening of Grease (doesn’t get more American than a movie about completely changing your personality so people will like you), Hollywood Forever will light up the night with their annual fireworks show.
Echo Park 4:15, 7/4 Stay after the Dodgers/Mets game for a USO Show Troupe performance and a gigantic fireworks show.
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Wilder Shaw is a regular Thrillist contributor who will probably pay money to see Independence Day: Resurgence in theaters and isn’t sorry ‘bout it. Talk Goldblum with him on Instagram at @wildershaw and Twitter at @WilderShaw_.