It’s almost time to say goodbye to 2018 and start setting our goals for a better 2019. Part of that tradition involves ringing in the New Year with a grand fireworks display!
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Edit: We recently learned that there are no New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Grand Park in 2019. Please plan your fireworks viewing spots where Grand Park isn’t the primary fireworks display you hope to see.
Well known places that are having New Year’s Eve fireworks shows include Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles, Universal Studios, Knotts Berry Farm, the Santa Monica Pier, Long Beach and the Queen Mary and Marina Del Rey, which has two fireworks displays on New Year’s Eve.
We wrote about Nine Places to Watch Fireworks in Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve last year. These same places are all having fireworks displays this year if you want to see them where they are happening, but be sure to check the links in the article for current times. However, lesser known New Year’s Eve fireworks will be going on all over Los Angeles.
Wouldn’t it be fun to watch several of the New Year’s Eve fireworks shows at the same time? We thought so and put together a list of unusual vantage points to see fireworks all over Los Angeles.
Vantage Points to Watch New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Los Angeles
1. Angels Point
Angel’s Point is a spot in Elysian Park overlooking Dodger Stadium, downtown Los Angeles and across Hollywood out to Santa Monica. From here you should be fireworks displays at Grand Park, on the Santa Monica Pier and Marina Del Rey.
Parking is scarce here, it’s 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. You can get an idea of what the view from Angel’s Point is like in this video, albeit without fireworks in it.
2. 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 New Years Eve Fireworks Displays in Long Beach Harbor and the Queen Mary. This is truly one of my favorite spots in LA.
You’ll also have views of the fireworks happening at Marina Del Rey, the Santa Monica Pier and downtown, though they will be distant.
Also as you are traveling down Gaffey Street just before you get to the entrance to the park 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 wonderful view of the harbor and fireworks displays
3601 S Gaffey Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
3. Griffith Observatory
From the Observatory at Griffith Park you have a 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, Santa Monica, 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. If you take the DASH be sure to check the schedule and ensure it will be running after the fireworks. On most nights it stops running at 10:00 PM.
2800 E Observatory Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
4. Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
To many this park is known as the Culver City Stairs. The entrance to the trail is near the intersection of Jefferson Blvd. and Hetzler Rd. The staircase is lone, 715 feet or steps. Some of the steps are steep! The tallest single step measures approximately 20 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 and, I believe the same vantage point as if you had hiked the stairs.
From here you should be able to see most of the New Year’s Eve fireworks displays around the greater Los Angeles area.
More information about the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook is available at the California Parks & Recreation Website.
6300 Hetzler Rd
Culver City, CA 90232
5. Hollywood Bowl Overlook
Also known as the Jerome C. Daniel overlook, this vantage point offers views from downtown to the ocean, south to the fireworks displays in Long Beach at the Queen Mary and all of the fireworks displays between. We haven’t been able to find anything saying whether or not there will be New Year’s Eve Fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl, but we are betting there is a good chance there will be. If so there is no better place to watch the Hollywood Bowl fireworks from!
Note, parking here is very limited.
7036 Mulholland Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068
6. The Mount Wilson Observatory
This fireworks vantage point is out there a bit but worth it. From it you have a view of the entire Los Angeles basin but will be far from most of the displays so bring binoculars! The Mount Wilson Observatory is located on Mount Wilson, a 5,710-foot peak in the San Gabriel Mountains near Pasadena.
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.
7. 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. For your New Year’s Eve fireworks watching, ifor watching some of the fireworks displays around Los Angeles.
7701 Mulholland Drive
Studio City, CA
More Traditional LA Fireworks Watching Locations
If you want a more crowd free and luxurious fireworks watching experience, then consider watching them from one of the rooftop restaurants or hotels in DTLA.
1. The Bona Vista Lounge
Enjoy the New Year’s Eve fireworks from the rotating restaurant on the top of the Westin Bonaventure in Downtown Los Angeles.
For more information, visit the Westin Bonaventure Hotel website.
404 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
2. US Bank Tower Observation Deck DTLA
From nearly 1,000 feet above the city in the iconic US Bank Tower, OUE Skyspace LA offers 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.
633 W 5th St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
3. Rent a room in a DTLA hotel on New Year’s Eve
For a more private and romantic New Year’s Eve Fireworks watching experience, you could also consider renting a room on a high floor in one of the many downtown Los Angeles hotels. Just be sure to talk directly to the desk clerk in the hotel and ensure you room will have a clear view of the fireworks you wish to see. The best display to watch from DTLA would be the fireworks at Grand Park.
Recommended hotels for this fireworks view are: The Westin Bonaventure; the Omni which is not only the closest to where the DTLA fireworks happen it is also located on top of Bunker Hill in California Plaza for an even higher vantage point; the Sheraton Grand; the Standard Downtown, which is a boutique hotel with a roofop bar (be sure to inquire on the view when making reservations); the Hilton Checkers Los Angeles, the Intercontinental Downtown Los Angeles and the LA Grand Hotel Downtown.
Most of the hotels in DTLA have rooftop gardens, bars, restaurants and/or observation decks but please confirm with the hotel what the views are like first. We think the hotels offer the most enjoyable views of the New Year’s Eve fireworks as you are not fighting the crowds. But they do come with the price tag of the cost of a hotel room or a dinner.
Regardless of where you view the fireworks, we here at Totally LA wish you a happy and very prosperous new year.
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