Fireworks have a special, magical, feeling no matter where you watch from, but if you can find a spot where there isn’t a huge crowd and you can relax, it can be an even better experience. Luckily, Los Angeles has so many great parks and hiking destinations that there are plenty of places to be found where you can have a great view of the fireworks and maybe encounter a few less people than the main viewing areas. Here are a few places to consider watching:

Marina Del Rey: If you’re looking for somewhere to be near the water and still take in the fireworks, Marina Del Rey is the place for you. Walk along the beach, eat at one of the amazing seafood restaurants, and then take in the view from the beach or a boat on the water. There isn’t anything more fun than being on the beach during one of the hottest days of summer. Add fireworks and you’ve got a perfect Fourth of July.

Festive fireworks display with reflections, copy space

Griffith Observatory: Griffith Observatory may be one of the most popular places to watch fireworks on Independence Day, but it’s popular for a reason. If you want an activity to last all afternoon and evening, hike up the hill to the observatory and put down a blanket for a picnic. It’s best to stake out your family’s spot early because it does get crowded, but from the top of the hill, you’ll have one of the best views of fireworks in the city.

Wilshire Grand Tower: If you’re in the market for a more upscale, adult, Independence Day, check out the new Wilshire Grand Tower in downtown Los Angeles. The event is ticketed but you’ll be able to see the fireworks from the 70th floor lounge, one of the highest spots in the city. If a fancy night out is what you’re hoping to have, complete with cocktails, this might be the best option for you. It would be the perfect splurge for a date night.

Crowd watching fireworks and celebrating at night

Jerome Daniel Overlook: The Jerome Daniel Overlook off Mulholland Drive is another popular destination for those hoping to get a good view of the city’s fireworks display. From here, you’ll be able to see the Rose Bowl’s fireworks but won’t be in the middle of the event’s festivities, though the spot does draw its own crowd hoping to watch the show. Come early for a spot and you’re sure to have a beautiful view.

Watching the fireworks is an Independence Day tradition for a huge number of families in the US, and the multiple displays that are orchestrated for the holiday in Los Angeles alone illustrate just how many people like to participate in the fun. With so many different events and fireworks shows happening, there’s really something for everyone to enjoy on this all-American holiday. So check out our fleet of vehicles, get your group together and pack up your blankets, picnics, and lawn chairs to catch the view from one of the city’s best viewing spots.

happy family standing on the hill and watching the fireworks