You can always head directly to the Abbey, do not pass GO, do not collect $200 and blow a winter blizzard in the bathroom!
We heard the after parties are beginning to stack up. We can't wait see the photos from tonight!
Anyways, here is a list of some places to spend your 4th if you decided to skip WeHo and see some fireworks.
4th of July AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl
One of the largest fireworks displays in Southern California with music and food vendors in the nearby Arroyo.
When: July 4th, parking lot opens at 10 am, food court opens at 2 pm; stadium opens at 6:30 pm, Opening ceremonies begin at 7, Program 7:25, Fireworks at 9:05 pm.
Where: The Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena
Cost: $13 General Admission, Kids 7 and under free, Active Military with ID Free, advance tickets on sale in May through www.ticketmaster.com. At the gate about a week before the event. Cash only at the stadium.
Parking: $20 cash for cars
Info: 626-577-3100, www.rosebowlstadium.com/RoseBowl_Americafest.php
Palisades Americanism Parade
Old fashioned Independence Day Parade followed by entertainment and a fireworks display.
When: July 4th, Skydivers 1:50 pm, 2:00 parade, 6:30 pm entertainment, 9 pm fireworks
Where: Parade on Sunset Blvd. in Pacific Palisades between via de la Paz and Drummond St., Entertainment and fireworks at Palisades Charter High School.
Cost: Parade Free, Concert $5
July 4th Fireworks at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
This free 60 minute fireworks show launched from near the LA Memorial Coliseum is not actually in the Coliseum, but can be viewed from areas around Exposition Park including from Christmas Tree Lane or from the south lawn. Bring blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy the show.
When: July 4, ~8:45 pm (dusk) 2012 Info TBA
Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, 3911 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA
Parking: available at 39th and Figueroa St.; Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Hoover St.; also at the USC Campus
July 4th Baseball and Fireworks at Dodger Stadium
The Los Angeles Dodgers game against the Cincinnati Reds will be followed by a fireworks spectacle.
When: July 4, 6:10 pm
Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
Cost: $12.75-$650, check Goldstar.com for discount tickets
Parking: $10 General Parking Information
3-Day July 4th Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl
For 2012 Barry Manilow will join the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a three-day Independence Day celebration with fireworks each night at the landmark Hollywood Bowl.
When: July 2-4th, 7:30 pm
Where: Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Ave, Hollywood, CA 90068
Cost: $13-$220 + fee
July 4th Fireworks, Marina Del Rey
Traditional fireworks extravaganza over the main channel in Marina del Rey programmed to patriotic music broadcast over FM radio KXLU, 88.9 and relayed over loudspeakers in Chase Park.
When: July 4th, 9 pm
Where: Chase Park, 13650 Mindanao Way (1 block west of Admiralty Way), Marina del Rey. Also viewable from Fisherman's Village and Marina Beach
Info: 310-305-9545, www.visitmarinadelrey.com