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I’m a fireworks kind of person. First of all, I grew up in DC, where Independence Day fireworks are something of a religious event. Then add to that my pyromaniac tendencies and general fondness for smash-it-up kinds of stuff and you get a fireworks fan.
You probably already know you can find listings of the fireworks displays in LA and neighboring counties at the LA Times. But if you’re looking for something a little different this year, you might want to contemplate an aerial view. Some possibilities after the jump.
Markland is one of several I know who swears by the view from Yamashiro. Myself, if I were looking for an aerie for the fourth, I’d try Griffith Observatory. They are open until 10 on the fourth, and barring a good view, you can always reenact scenes from Rebel Without a Cause for fun (“I’ve got the bullets!”). One overhead perch I have already sampled is the view from Mount Lowe over the Rose Bowl fireworks, courtesy of a moonlight hike with the Sierra Club. As I’ve mentioned here before, it’s not, to be honest, as dramatic and spectacular as the view from the ground, but it’s novel and a fun way to meet some of LA’s canapé-crunching hikers. Finally, if you’re a DIY kind of guy and are still shopping for some holiday explosives, the LA Times has a map of cities that allow fireworks. Yesterday the map was titled “where to buy them”; today someone seems to have made the correction and retitled it “where they’re legal.” Good looking out, LA Times. And do be careful, pyro readers. It’s really dry out there. Not good conditions for setting fire to things. Might be a good don’t-try-this-at-home year.