The skies above Southern California will be filled with fireworks on the Fourth of July. Some fireworks festivities, however, come with added entertainment.
AmericaFest returns to Rose Bowl Stadium (1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena) for the 89th year, and this year the celebration, which lasts from 2-11 p.m., is bigger than ever. The afternoon FanFest features rides, crafts, exhibits and an array of food vendors. There will also be performances from Elvis and Beatles tribute acts. Pyro Spectaculars by Souza, as it has for more than 35 years, will create the fireworks. Stick around afterwards for a screening of Despicable Me 2. Tickets: $12-$25; www.rosebowlstadium.com.
Visitors to the Queen Mary (1126 Queen’s Hwy., Long Beach) can travel back in time from 2-10 p.m. The ship’s holiday event lets guests experience a 1920s Gatsby-inspired party, a 1950s musical dinner, a ’70s disco, a laser-tag rave and a turn-of-the-century traveling circus before watching a fireworks show light up the Long Beach Harbor. Tickets: $44 adults, $25 children in advance; $49 adults, $29 children at the door; www.queenmary.com.
It’ll be hard to find a July 4th celebration much more grand than the Block Party at Grand Park (200 N. Grand Ave., L.A.). The park will be alive from 3-9:30 p.m. with Salsa dancing, a mobile mural lab, a 30-foot glowing tower and performances on two stages (the Front Yard near Grand Avenue and Hill Street and the Backyard near Spring Street and Broadway). Then the night will end with a rooftop pyrotechnics display. Free; www.grandparkla.org.
Before fireworks explode over Redondo Beach, the whole family can enjoy a fun day at Seaside Lagoon (200 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach). Among the festivities from 2-10 p.m. will be swimming, inflatable slides, musical performance and arts and crafts. You can bring your own food or buy something from Ruby’s special holiday menu. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 children; www.redondofireworks.com.