Fireworks shows to mark the 239th anniversary of the nation’s independence will be held tonight at several of Los Angeles County’s iconic venues along with parks and high schools.
What is annually billed as both Southern California’s largest and longest-running Independence Day fireworks show will be held at the Rose Bowl.
Americafest, the 89th annual Fourth of July celebration at the Rose Bowl, will also include a motorcycle stunt show and musical performances by Brandon Bennett, who portrays Elvis Presley in the Chicago production of “Million Dollar Quartet,” and the Beatles tribute band Liverpool Legends to mark next month’s 50th anniversary of when Presley first met the Beatles.
The band members were selected by Louise Harrison, the sister of the late Beatle George Harrison. Louise Harrison will attend the fireworks show, according to stadium officials.
The fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m. and be followed at 9:30 p.m. by the showing of the 2013 animated comedy “Despicable Me 2” on the stadium’s video board.
The Rose Bowl parking lots will open at 9 a.m. A festival with food vendors, entertainment, craft-making, exhibits and inflatable rides for children will begin at 2 p.m. in Area H outside the stadium.
The stadium gates will open at 6 p.m., with the motorcycle stunts preshow set for 6:45 p.m. and the opening ceremonies at 7 p.m.
General admission tickets are $13, while reserved seating is $25.
Fireworks will also follow the concert by Smokey Robinson at the Hollywood Bowl, the Los Angeles Dodgers-New York Mets game at Dodger Stadium and the Los Angeles Galaxy-Toronto FC Major League Soccer game at StubHub Center.
The third annual Fourth of July Block Party at Grand Park will include the first rooftop fireworks display set to iconic American music.
The party will run from 3-9:30 p.m. and be spread over eight blocks, from Temple to Second streets between Grand Avenue and Main Street. It will feature music, mural-painting, dancing and food from 30 vendors.
Marina del Rey’s 20-minute fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m., synchronized to music played over loudspeakers throughout Burton Chace Park. Burton Chace Park and Fisherman’s Village are considered the best spots to view the fireworks, which are shot from a barge across the marina’s main channel.
The 17th annual Fourth of July Fireworks Festival at CBS Studio Center in Studio City will include musical performances by Deana Carter and Cody Bryant, magic shows and a display of famous cars from movies and television series. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and close at 8 p.m.
General admission tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 6 to 12 years old, with children 5 years old and under admitted free.
VIP tickets, which includes dinner in an air-conditioned sound stage, are $125 for adults, $50 for children ages 6 to 12 and $15 children 3 to 5 years old.
Fireworks displays are also planned at:
— Alhambra’s Fireworks Extravaganza at Almansor Park, 800 S. Almansor Ave.;
— Artesia Community Park, 12000 block of South Street;
— Sierra Vista High School, 3600 Frazier Ave., Baldwin Park;
— Burbank’s Starlight Bowl, 1249 Lockheed View Drive;
— Calabasas High School, 22855 W. Mulholland Hwy.;
— Cerritos High School, 12500 E. 183rd St.;
— Pomona College, 333 N. College Way, Claremont;
— Commerce’s Rosewood Park, 2535 Commerce Way;
— Crescenta Valley High School, 2900 Community Ave.;
— West Los Angeles College, 9000 Overland Ave., Culver City;
— Diamond Bar High School baseball field, 21400 E. Pathfinder Road;
— Eagle Rock Recreation Center, 1100 Eagle Vista Drive;
— El Sereno Recreation Center, 4721 Klamath St.;
— Rowley Park, 13220 S. Van Ness Ave., Gardena;
— Huntington Park’s Salt Lake Park, 6550 Miles Ave.;
— Irwindale Speedway, 13300 Live Oak Ave.;
— La Crescenta Elementary School, 2800 Prospect Ave.;
— La Habra High School, 801 Highlander;
— La Mirada Community Regional Park, 13701 S. Adelfa Ave.;
— Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, 2551 West Ave H, Lancaster;
— The Queen Mary, 1126 Queen’s Highway, Long Beach;
— Van Ness Recreation Center, 5720 Second Ave., Los Angeles;
— Los Angeles Exposition Park, 700 Exposition Park Drive;
— Lynwood City Park, 3700 Beechwood Ave.;
— Three barges off the coast of Malibu will have displays;
— Palisades Charter High School, 15777 Bowdoin St., Pacific Palisades;
— Pomona Fairplex;
— Porter Ranch Shepherd of the Hills Church, 19700 Rinaldi St.;
— Redondo Beach Seaside Lagoon, 200 Portofino Way;
— Rosemead Park, 9200 Mission Ave.;
— San Fernando High School, 11133 Omelveny Ave.;
— San Pedro Cabrillo Beach, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive;
— Valencia Town Center, 26735 Circle Drive, Santa Clarita;
— South El Monte High School, 1001 N. Durfee Ave.;
— South Gate Park, 9615 Pinehurst Ave.;
— Sunland Tujunga’s Verdugo Hills High School, 10625 Plainview Ave.;
— Walnut High School, 21207 La Puente Road;
— Westlake Golf Course Driving Range, 4812 Lakeview Canyon Road, Westlake Village;
— Warner Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills; and
— Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia.