Looking for some cool ways to see fireworks? Here are a handful of shows near Inglewood, Some come with their own parades and festivals!
July 4th Block Party at Grand Park
Grand Park in the LA Civic Center is celebrating Independence Day with an eight-block party culminating in a rooftop fireworks display with special effects pyrotechnics. The festivities stretch from Temple to 2nd Street between Grand and Main. There are two main stages, one between Grand and Hill and the other between Broadway and Spring with lots of picnic area in between, and two mobile DJs. Entertainment includes musicians, dancers, jump rope experts, spoken word artists and more. This is an alcohol-free event. No alcohol served or permitted and bags will be searched. See website for restrictions, there are lots of them.
The event will cover all four blocks of Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles, 200 N. Grand Avenue, between Grand Avenue and Spring Street. The parking lot will be closed until 3 pm on July 4, so don't plan on getting there early. Music begins at 4 pm, light show at 9:00pm.
This is a free event. Parking is $10 at the park or at the Music Center. Info: grandparkla.org.
Annual Vision Outside 4th of July Jazz and Blues Festival in Leimert Park
Celebrate the 4th of July at the Vision Theatre in Leimert Park with jazz and blues, children’s arts and crafts, face painting, and delicious food. Held at the Vision Theatre back lot, 3341 W. 43rd Pl., Los Angeles. This is a free event. Info: www.culturela.org, 213-202-5500.
Mr. & Mrs. Muscle Beach, Venice Beach
From 9am to 5pm, Venice Beach goers can watch a body-building pageant on the beach.
Registration is from 7:30-9:30am, and pre-judging at 10am, is followed by finals at 1pm.
Held at Venice Recreation Center, 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach. Free to watch, $100 to compete. Info: californiabeachbodybuilding.com, 310-399-2775.
Westchester 4th of July Parade
LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual parade with over 1,000 participants and 5,000 spectators. Floats, marching bands and community groups. Parade begins at 11am, Loyola Blvd. from Westchester Park (7000 W. Manchester Blvd.) to Loyola Marymount University. This is a free event. Info: laxcoastal.com.
July 4th Fireworks, Marina Del Rey
Traditional fireworks extravaganza over the main channel in Marina del Rey programmed to patriotic music broadcast over FM radio KXLU, 88.9 and relayed over loudspeakers in Chase Park. Show begins at 9 pm, Chase Park, 13650 Mindanao Way (1 block west of Admiralty Way), in Marina del Rey. Also viewable from Fisherman's Village and Marina Beach. This is a free event. Paid parking is available in County lots. Info: 310-305-9545, www.visitmarinadelrey.com.
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 4th of July Community Festival and Fireworks Show
Community concert, food, games rides and 45-minute fireworks display at the LA Memorial Coliseum and Expo Park Grounds takes place from noon to 10 pm at Exposition Park, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles 90037. Entrances to Exposition Park are located at MLK & Hoover and 39th & Figueroa. This is a free event. For parking, visit http://www.lacoliseum.com/index.php/parking/. For more info, visit www.lacoliseum.com, culturela.org
July 4th Fireworks in Culver City
The Culver City 4th of July celebration includes live music, food trucks, family-friendly midway games and a fireworks display at West LA College, 9000 Overland Ave., Culver City 90230. Gates open at 4 pm. Cost is $5 per person, children under 6 are free. Parking is $10. Info: www.culvercityfireworksshow.com
Stay safe and sane! Safe and Sane fireworks are the only ones that are legal in Inglewood. If fireworks are going higher than 6 feet into the air, they are illegal. There are more than 20 Safe and Sane fireworks stands approved by the City of Inglewood. When you purchase these fireworks, you help support youth activities in the city. To report illegal fireworks, call (310) 412-8771.