The Independence Day is just about here, with all the sparkle and flavor that it brings. We can’t wait to watch the fireworks and tuck into some pie and barbecue! If you haven’t yet made your 4th of July plans, worry not – here are some ideas.


First things first: no matter if you are spending the day at the beach  or around the grill, you need to get yourself a pie. So many great spots around town, but we are rather partial to Gjusta with its amazing peach pie, and are great fans of Knowrealitypie in Eagle Rock with its mouthwatering boysenberry and Cognac coconut cream creations. If you need a pie fast – the Pie Hole never disappoints. Go for the Earl Grey variety – it’s our recent favorite.


No Independence Day is complete without a proper fireworks show lighting up the sky. There is no shortage of places to go and catch one – here are some suggestions on where to enjoy the annual extravaganza!

If you are staying on the Eastside, AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl is a brilliant celebration of all things white, red and blue. The all-day festival is a local classic, with lots of rides, games and crafts to keep everyone amused for hours. The light show starts at 9P, and is usually visible from all around the Arroyo and Pasadena areas – Colorado Bridge being one of the favorite locations to take in the fireworks spectacular.

Watching the fireworks reflected in the water is a special delight. Head to Long Beach to see some colorful explostions above the horizon –  you don’t need to be aboard the Queen Mary to see the show, it’s visible from just about anywhere along the waterfront. Locals enjoy observing the works from the nearby Shoreline Park, Los Alamitos Beach, or the Belmont Pier.

The Dodger Stadium always puts on a delightful show – a special perk if you are planning to attend the game of Pittsburg Pirates this Wednesday evening. Parking can be tricky, so get on the free (with your game ticket) Dodger Stadium Express at Union Station. Or, if watching baseball is not quite your cup of tea, climb the hill and check out the fireworks from Chavez Ravine or nearby Chinatown.



In the mood for something different? Take advantage of the national day off and visit a museum. Although the majority of  Los Angeles museums are closed on July 4, the gorgeous Getty Center will stay open from 10 am to 5:30 pm. The Norton Simon Museum will keep open hours from 12 pm to 5 pm, and contemporary art at The Broad will be on view from 11 am to 5 pm. Alternately, pack a picnic and head to East Hollywood to watch fireworks in Barnsdall Park. Set atop a hill, this beautiful park – home to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House – offers great views of multiple fireworks displays. Wishing everyone a fun, sun-filled and safe 4th of July!

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