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Happy Birthday, America!

On July 4, 1776, Independence Day was established in the United States as a national celebration observed by each coast, state and city.

Many gather to celebrate the birthday of our nation with signature fireworks tradition.

Outdoor events are an all-around popular outing by everyone in observance. Many flock to beaches and camping grounds as others relax with family-style barbecues.

Yet, they all sit back once darkness hits to look up at all the pretty explosions in the sky.

To help you plan your holiday, we’ve created a map of pubic fireworks shows and activities surrounding Boyle Heights. You can also visit for more locations.

View Fourth of July Fireworks Shows in a larger map

July 4th Fireworks/ community events:

  • Rosemead: parade starts at 12noon at Muscatel Ave and Valley Blvd, ending at 12noon at Rosemead Park where carnival/celebrations continue
  • Huntington Park at Salt Lake Park: Carnival starts at 5pm, $10 admission for rides; Fireworks show starts at 9pm
  • LA Sports Arena Fourth of July Festival and Fireworks show 12noon-10pm (free)
  • Hollywood Bowl 4th of July annual party includes Steve Martin, Edie Brickell, The Steep Canyon Rangers, patriotic music from the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden Wes and fireworks. Begins at 7:30pm, check website for ticket prices.
  • Barnes Park Community Center in Monterey Park: Celebration from 3pm-10pm; Fireworks at 9pm (free)
  • Almansor Park in Alhambra: Celebration with food and games begins at 3pm; Fireworks at 9pm (free)

*Note: Although our map shows a fireworks event at Rancho High School in Pico Rivera, we were unable to confirm details for the event.

Fireworks Safety

As families enjoy the holiday, they must remember to celebrate safely.

Mishandling of fireworks is a huge concern in Los Angeles when it comes to Fourth of July. Accidents have occurred in the past involving homes and even people.

It is readily important to handle all fireworks with safety during one of the Los Angeles Police Department’s busiest times of the year.

Did you know fireworks have been illegal in the city of Los Angeles since World War II?

Although fireworks are illegal in the city of L.A., certain cities are allowed to sell “safe and sane” fireworks throughout the county.

City officials, however, urge people to attend professional fireworks shows in their cities.

Anyone caught setting up fireworks within city limits are subject to a fine of $1,000 or six months in jail.

LAPD follows a zero-tolerance policy regarding the use of fireworks in the city of LA.

Spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department Brian Humphrey stresses safety protocols when it comes to handling fireworks and reminds the public that, “since World War II, all fireworks are illegal in Los Angeles. Even sparklers.”

Humphrey also reminds residents to become familiar with the dangers of fireworks when it comes to celebrating the Fourth of July.


  • Be careful when handling fireworks especially near the body. The most injured body parts are fingers, hands and arms as well as faces.
  • Do not stand directly over a firework that is meant to shoot off into the sky.
  • Parents should not allow young children to remain close to or handle any fireworks.
  • Remain at reasonable distances from any firework lit at all times.
  • When lighting fireworks, do not stand close to fuse and back away instantly.
  • Do not point fireworks at anyone.
  • Keep a bucket of water close or a hose in case of emergencies.
  • Dispose of all fireworks safely once finished.

City officials also urge the public to find out whether or not fireworks are legal in your city before lighting any. You may be subject to a fine or jail time.

Due to the extreme heat, one should avoid creating fires that can be caused due to low levels of rain during one of the hottest weeks of the year. Keep plenty of water handy.

*A version of this post was originally published on July 4, 2013.

Lourdes Espinoza

Lourdes Espinoza is a student Broadcast Journalism at Cal State University, Los Angeles. She works as a community associate for Boyle Heights Beat. Seeking and sharing local events has allowed her to sharpen...

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