The beaches and barbecues have already heated up in Los Angeles, but now it’s time for Fourth of July celebrations and fireworks to properly kick off summer. Celebrating America’s 235th birthday in LA is always a grand event, no matter how you choose to show your patriotism. So here are this year’s top four Fourth of July events in LA (and some runners up) that will get just about anyone in the mood to sing the “Star Spangled Banner” — or at least to play with some sparklers and eat a few too many hot dogs.

1. July 4th Fireworks Spectacular with Special Guests Daryl Hall and John Oates Where: Hollywood Bowl When: July 2–4, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $12–$158 (parking $15 per car and up)

2.  85th Annual 4th of July Celebration: Americafest 2011 Where: Rose Bowl Stadium (Pasadena) When: July 4, 10 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Tickets: $13; kids 7 and under are free (parking $20 per car)

3.  Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular Where: Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base When: July 4, 4 p.m. Tickets: Free (parking $5 per car)

4.  Annual Independence Day Celebration at Hansen Dam Where: Hansen Dam Recreation Area (San Fernando Valley) When: July 4, 3–10 p.m. Tickets: Free (parking $10 per car) For more events visit: http://discoverlosangeles.com

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