What: Free Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza
When: July 4, 9 p.m.
Where: Almansor Park, 800 S. Almansor St.
Details: Bring your own picnic or purchase food; come early as parking is limited.
More Info: 626-570-5007
What: Salute to America
When: July 4, gates open at 5:30 p.m.; entertainment from 6:15-9 p.m.; fireworks at 9 p.m.
Where: Starlight Bowl, 1249 Lockheed View Dr.
Details: An evening of music and fun culminating in an aerial fireworks finale.
What: Fourth of July Fireworks Show
When: July 4, gates open at 5 p.m.; entertainment starts at 6:30 p.m.; fireworks show at 9 p.m.
Where: Culver City High School, 4401 Elenda St.
Details: Suggested donation is $2 (children under five enter free). Hot dogs, soda and kettle corn will be available for purchase. Parking in a nearby lot costs $5 per car.
What: Annual Vision Outside 4th of July Jazz and Blues Festival in Leimert Park
When: July 4, 1-7 p.m.
Where: Vision Theatre back lot, 3341 W. 43rd Pl.
Details: The celebration kicks off with free jazz in the park at 1 p.m. The celebration culminates in fireworks.
What: Fireworks Spectacular With Special Guest Barry Manilow
When: July 4, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave.
Details: Celebrate the 4th with pop and patriotism at the Bowl. Barry Manilow headlines.
More Info: 323-850-2000
What: Fourth of July Celebration
When: July 4, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Where: The Queen Mary, 1126 Queen's Highway
Details: Enjoy the fair during the day and fireworks at night. Entertainment is eclectic--from a barbershop quartet to DJ Craig “Jukebox Hero” (4:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.). Tickets are $39.95 for adults, $19.95 for children and $34.95 for seniors and non-active military (active military enter for free).
More Info: 877-342-0738
What: 64th Annual Fourth of July Parade
When: July 4, 2 p.m.
Where: The Palisades Recreation Center, 851 Alma Real Dr. (run); Sunset Blvd. in Pacific Palisades, between Via de la Paz and Drummond (parade); Palisades Charter High School, 15777 Bowdoin St. (fireworks)
Details: Join this year's parade marshall, actor Jerry Mathers ('the Beav') and a cast of over 1000 marchers for an afternoon of Fourth of July spirit.
More Info: 310-459-7963
What: Americafest 4th of July Celebration
When: July 4, stadium gates open: 6:30 p.m.; fireworks show: 9:05 p.m.
Where: The Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Dr.
Details: A day of music, food and fireworks featuring the Drum Corps International Performance and Military Tribute. General admission costs $13; children seven and under and active military with ID enter free.
More Info: 800-745-3000
What: Seaside Lagoon Independence Day Celebration
When: July 4, gates open at 2 p.m., fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
Where: Seaside Lagoon, 200 Portofino Way
Details: Beyond the food, fireworks and fun, the Seaside Lagoon is now open for swimming. Reserve parking and seating. Seats are $20 for adults and $15 for children (seats on the sand) with additional family packages for $100-$250.
What: Sixth Annual 4th of July Parade
When: July 4, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Main Street
Details: This year's parade honors science and technology. Parking in Civic Center structure costs $3. Santa Monica Place (enter on 2nd St.) offers 3 hours free parking. Parking meters available west of Main St. from Neilson Way.
What: Fourth of July Fireworks Festival
When: July 4, 5-9 p.m.
Where: CBS Studio Center, 4024 Radford Ave.
Details: Musical entertainment on several stages. Magic shows for kids. Food. Drinks. VIP stage and world class fireworks. Purchase tickets ($20 for adults; $10 for children 6-12) online.
More Info: 818-655-5916
What: Mr. and Ms. Muscle Beach
When: July 4, pre-judging starts at 10 a.m.
Where: Venice Recreation Center, 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach
Details: Body building, figure and bikini competition. The event is free to spectators but costs $80 to enter and compete.
More Info: 310-399-2775