Avoid going to see fireworks on the wrong day in a subpar location. Hold off until Wednesday for one of these blowouts.
Marina Del Rey: Harbor Views
Drop anchor off the breakwater for unforgettable fireworks on the water. Tune to KXLU 88.9FM for simulcast.
Boat's in the shop: Next best viewing is at Chace Park.
Redondo Beach: Fireworks on the Lagoon
Beachside fireworks, stirring music and a laser show.
Avoid the free-for-all: Reserve a seat for better views and an additional post-fireworks laser show in the lagoon.
5p, fireworks at 9p. Free; $15-250 for lagoon seats
Long Beach: The Queen Mary
Party on the legendary luxury liner to Latin music and Beatles tribute band Walrus, then head to the stern for the fireworks.
VIP ticket: $99 buys you a buffet and a better view.
10a, fireworks at 9:15p. $26; kids $12
Pasadena: Rose Bowl
Grounds open at noon for tailgaters and food vendors, before the California Philharmonic fills the stadium with sound at 7p.
No reserved seats: Get there when gates open at 6p to take your pick.
7p, fireworks at 9p. $12; kids free
Studio City: CBS Studio Center
Family-friendly event featuring 60s music and magicians from the Magic Castle.
Gourmet BBQ: $100 VIP ticket includes dinner, rooftop fireworks viewing and preferred parking.
5p, fireworks at 9p. $15 in advance, $20 on-site; kids half-price
Hollywood: Hollywood Bowl
See Thursday's Rundown for info.
Best seats: Reserve tickets halfway back in the center. If they're sold out of the section you want, you can still find plenty of tix on Craigslist.
7:30p, fireworks at 10p. $9-$111; kids half-price