Fourth of July: Where to Watch Fireworks in L.A. and N.Y.

Fourth of July Fireworks - H 2015

Fourth of July Fireworks - H 2015

From the Hollywood Bowl to the Brooklyn Bridge, THR rounds up twelve coast-to-coast locations that will be lighting up the sky this Independence Day.

City skies will be a pyrotechnic-filled sight this coming Fourth of July.

In celebration of Independence Day, THR rounds up twelve different locations at which families, friends and partners can catch views of the fireworks shows taking place around the Los Angeles and New York regions this holiday.


Rose Bowl

The 89th annual Fourth of July celebration at Pasadena's Rose Bowl Stadium, known as Americafest, will feature an explosive fireworks show by Pyro Spectaculars by Souza, as well as tribute performances honoring the Beatles and Elvis Presley. In anticipation of the upcoming Minions film, a screening of Despicable Me 2 will directly follow the show. General admission tickets are $13 per person.

Hollywood Bowl

This year's July 4th Fireworks Spectacular, taking place on three consecutive nights from July 2-4, will be headlined by Smokey Robinson and also feature the Los Angeles Philharmonic. On July 4th, the event's closing night, festivities will begin at 7:30 p.m. PT.

Grand Park

On Saturday afternoon, Grand Park will host a block party featuring live music and a bevy of food truck options. Come 9 p.m. PT, Downtown Los Angeles will light up with a free rooftop fireworks show.

Marina Del Rey

Head over to the Marina to view a waterfront fireworks display, set to begin at 9 p.m. PT and last for about 20 minutes.

CBS Studio Center

CBS Studio's annual Fourth of July Fireworks Festival will kick off at 4:30 p.m. PT with live band performances, a car show from the Television and Motion Picture Car Club and a grand nighttime fireworks show. Tickets are priced at $20 for adults and $10 for children. 

Dodgers Stadium

The Dodgers will host back-to-back fireworks shows on July 3 and July 4, on which the team will face off against the New York Mets. Saturday's game will begin at 4:15 p.m. PT and be followed by a fireworks display presented by KURIOS from Cirque du Soleil.


Brooklyn Bridge Park

Macy's annual 4th of July fireworks spectacular can be seen from the Brooklyn Bridge above the East River. The 85-acre park is traditionally the city's most popular location to spend the holiday.

Brooklyn Heights Promenade

Located by the river, water-side views of the city's fireworks show can be seen from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade along with a backdrop of the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge.

Center Boulevard

This area of Long Island City will offer a close-up spectacle of Macy's anticipated fireworks show, as Center Blvd., at 48th Avenue, will be located close beside some of the fireworks barges.

Pier 15 (South Street Seaport)

Pier 15 will host the Freedom Fest on Independence Day, bringing live music, food and front-row views of the fireworks show to the seaside. General admission is $129 per person.

Empire State Building

For those willing to spend a little more this holiday, the 86th floor of New York's landmark Empire State Building will be open from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET. for fireworks viewing at a cost of $185 per ticket (250 of which are sold on a first-come, first-served basis).

FDR Drive (in Midtown Manhattan)

The city's main fireworks barges will extend to Midtown Manhattan this year, located between East 23rd St. and East 37th St. Intersecting those streets, elevated portions of FDR Drive will offer viewing areas for those who want to camp out roadside.