Great Vantage Points to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks in LA
Independence Day is almost upon us and Los Angeles has no shortage of of fireworks displays to watch. While you can go to one of the various venues putting on the pyrotechnics, you can also watch multiple shows at once by going to one of several vantage points overlooking the city!
We have rounded up some of the best places to do just that.
Exact times vary but fireworks displays start around 8:30 – 9:00.
Best Places to View Multiple Fireworks Shows in Los Angeles
1. Griffith Observatory
From the Observatory at Griffith Park you have a commanding view of most all of Los Angeles that is south of the Santa Monica Mountain range. Bring some binoculars and you an see the fireworks in downtown Los Angeles at Grand Park and other DTLA locations, Culver City, Marina Del Rey, San Pedro and at the Queen Mary. Some of the displays farther out may appear small, but that is what the binoculars are for! Parking is $4 per hour and the lot is quite small. Either go early to get a spot, or take the DASH Shuttle. Beware the DASH stops running at 10:00 PM so don’t waste any time getting to the stop after the fireworks!
2800 E Observatory Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
2. Angel’s Point in Elysian Park
Elysian Park officially closes at 9:00 PM, but I’m betting on the 4th of July with the fireworks going on right there at Dodger Stadium the city will be lenient on the hours. There are a couple of places to view the fireworks that will be going off at Dodger Stadium after the game.
Along Academy Rd the park has a number of picnic tables and large grassy areas and a fair amount of parking. From here you can see the aerial fireworks set off at the stadium but you won’t be able to see the ground displays.
Or drive on up the hill to Angel’s Point. Parking is scarce here, it is mainly a turn off from the road, but you can walk down a dirt trail a bit and find spots overlooking Dodger Stadium and downtown Los Angeles. As you follow Angel’s Point Road and some of the other roads in the park around, you will find other overlooks as well. Here is a Google Map of Elysian Park to help you navigate.
Beware, traffic near there will be a madhouse just prior to the game and after the game and fireworks end!
929 Academy Road, Los Angeles, CA 90012
3. Jerome C. Daniel Overlook above the Hollywood Bowl
This vantage point offers views from downtown to the ocean and all of the fireworks displays between, including of course the one at the Hollywood Bowl. Note that the Hollywood Bowl will be setting off fireworks on July 2nd, 3rd and 4th so you have three chances to see them. Again, limited parking.
7036 Mulholland Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068
4. US Bank Tower Observation Deck DTLA
From nearly 1,000 feet above the city in the iconic US Bank Tower, OUE Skyspace LA is the premiere destination for panoramic, 360-degree views of Los Angeles. What better place could you find to see the fireworks from all over the city? Be sure to get tickets in advance.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
5. Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
To many this park is known as the Culver City Stairs. An information sign posted at the trail entrance near the intersection of Jefferson Blvd. and Hetzler Rd. states that the staircase is 715 feet. Some of the steps are steep! The tallest single step measures approximately 20 inches. The average step height is 10.5 inches, and the shortest is 3.5 inches. The best view to be found is by taking the staircase up to the top, but you can follow the road into the park around and reach some high vantage points, but they will not be as sweeping at the others.
More information about the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook is available at the California Parks & Recreation Website.
Culver City, CA 90232
6. Angel’s Gate Park
Down in San Pedro, Angel’s Gate Park is home to the enormous Korean Bell of Friendship. High on a hill you have a stunning view across the LA and Long Beach Harbors and the Pacific Ocean. From here you will have a bird’s eye view of the Independence Day Fireworks Displays in Long Beach Harbor and the Queen Mary.
Also as you are traveling down Gaffey Street just before you get to the entrance to the park on the west side of the street there is a section of parking along the east side of the road. This is called Lookout Point Park. The view is not as sweeping as from Angel’s Gate Park, but you have a commanding view of the harbors and both fireworks displays
3601 S Gaffey Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
7. The Mount Wilson Observatory
This fireworks vantage point is out there a bit but worth it. The Mount Wilson Observatory is located on Mount Wilson, a 5,710-foot peak in the San Gabriel Mountains near Pasadena. From there you have a view of the entire Los Angeles basin but will be far from most of the displays. There are campgrounds along the nearby Angeles Crest Highway. Get there early if you plan to camp!
For directions and more information, visit the Mount Wilson Observatory website.
8. The Bona Vista Lounge
If you want a more crowd free and luxurious fireworks watching experience, then consider dining at the rotating restaurant on the top of the Westin Bonaventure in Downtown Los Angeles. Or for an even more relaxed and private fireworks watching experience, you may want to entertain the idea of reserving a room on a high floor facing in the direction of one of the downtown fireworks displays.
For more information, visit the Westin Bonaventure Hotel website.
404 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Universal City Overlook
The Universal City Overlook is located on the north side of Mulholland Drive and offers grand views of the San Fernando Valley and Verdugo Hills. It was funded by a donation from Universal studios. For your Independence Day festivities, it also offers a great vantage point for watching some of the fireworks displays around Los Angeles.
7701 Mulholland Drive
Studio City, CA