The July 4th party is in Malibu, where the chosen few (hundred) will flock to private beach parties and watch fireworks shot from one of four privately hired barges anchored off the shore. And while said chosen few (hundred) will have their cars valet-parked and their food catered, nothing will stop the unchosen few (thousand) from gate-crashing the best they can: PCH will turn into a virtual parking lot with people perched atop the hoods of their cars to watch the fireworks shows they weren't invited to, just like they do every year.

Malibu is the place to see and be seen on July 4th. Corporations have typically rented summer beach houses in Malibu for the purpose of entertaining and generating publicity. Frequently, Hollywood celebrities attend these parties -- or at least make an appearance -- and have their photos taken next to whatever product the corporation or agency is marketing. (In some cases, it's the celebrity who is being marketed.) In years past, LG and Polaroid practiced so much product placement that the houses they leased actually became known as the "LG House" and the "Polaroid House."

This year, four private firework barges have been permitted for July 4th. Because it got so many complaints about large parties lasting days, the city now regulates crowd control at private parties by requiring a permit for gatherings of more than 100; five permits for residential parties and two parking lot permits were granted for Independence Day.

Expect most of the action to be in the guard-gated Malibu Colony, where residents each year each chip in a few grand to pay for the fireworks barge and pretty much everyone throws a beach party, according to Hilton & Hyland Realtor Chad Rogers, who grew up in Malibu Colony and whose parents still own a home there. Rogers says it's also a time where major deals are brokered -- real estate or otherwise. One of the chicest parties takes place every year at the home of Ron Meyer, head of Universal Studios.

Rogers, who does a brisk summer beach lease business in the Colony, says he's invited a few friends over but will be "beach-combing" -- walking up the shoreline and stopping by clients' parties. It's kind of like just another day in the office, but sandier, he says.

The permitted fireworks barges will be off-shore near the 21500 block of PCH, 22300 block of PCH, 27900 block of PCH and off Malibu Colony Drive.

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  • July 4th Fireworks Spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl

    This LA Independence Day classic will feature crooner Barry Manilow. <em>When</em>: 7:30 pm. <em>Where</em>: The Hollywood Bowl. <em>How much</em>: Adult tickets run between $20.50 and $234; tickets for children 12 and under vary between $9 and $121. <em>Information</em>: <a href=" " target="_hplink">Click here.</a> July fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles

  • 4th of July AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl

    Music, food, crafts, and exhibits at the historic venue will be topped off with what is touted as the biggest fireworks display in Southern California. Tailgating is encouraged! <em>When</em>: The parking lot opens at 10 am, the food court opens at 2 pm, the stadium opens at 6:30 pm, the opening ceremonies begin at 7 pm, the entertainment program starts at 7:25 pm, and fireworks commence at 9:05 pm. <em>Where</em>: The Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena. <em>How Much</em>: $13, although children 7 and under and military personnel with ID get in free. Advance tickets are available via Ticketmaster, but you can buy in person at the Rose Bowl about a week before the event. Tickets are cash only at the stadium <em>Information</em>: 626-577-3100 or <a href="" target="_hplink">click here.</a> Fireworks - Rose Bowl

  • Palisades Americanism Parade

    After the traditional parade, there will be live music and a fireworks display by the sea. <em>When</em>: The skydiving show will start at 1:50 pm, the parade begins at 2 pm, entertainment is at 6:30 pm, and fireworks are at 9 pm. <em>Where</em>: The parade is on Sunset Blvd. in Pacific Palisades between Via de la Paz and Drummond St.. Entertainment and fireworks can be seen at Palisades Charter High School. <em>How much</em>: The parade is free, but the concert is $5. <em>Information</em>: <a href="" target="_hplink">Click here.</a> Palisades Parade

  • July 4th Baseball and Fireworks at Dodger Stadium

    A fireworks show will follow a game of all-American baseball between the Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds. <em>When</em>: 6:10 pm. <em>Where</em>: Dodger Stadium. <em>How much</em>: $12.75-$650 <em>Information</em>: <a href="" target="_hplink">Click here</a>. Fireworks at Dodger Stadium

  • LA Galaxy 4th of July Fireworks

    Watch David Beckham and the Galaxy take on the Philadelphia Union, and a fireworks show afterwards. <em>When</em>: 7:30 pm. <em>Where</em>: The Home Depot Center. <em>How much</em>: Tickets start at $24. <em>Information</em>: <a href="" target="_hplink">Click here.</a> LA Galaxy Confetti

  • BBQ, Brews and Red, White & Blues at the Queen Mary

    There will be an old-fashioned barbeque with Carolina, Texas, Kansas City, and St. Louis BBQ, corn on the cob, baked beans, funnel cake, and other delicious foods. Music, entertainers, and children's entertainment will accompany the feast, and it'll all be topped off with a fireworks show. <em>When</em>: The event goes from 10 am to 10 pm, and fireworks start at 9 pm. <em>Where</em>: The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802 <em>How much</em>: Tickets for adults are $39.95, tickets for children 5-11 are $19.95, tickets for non-active military and seniors are $34.95, and tickets for active military are free. <em>Information</em>: <a href="" target="_hplink">Click here</a>. 4th of July 2010 at Queen Mary

  • Annual 4th of July Community Fireworks Festival

    Get a sneak peak of CBS's back lot while enjoying exhibits, music, food, a children's fun zone, and fireworks. <em>When</em>: 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm. <em>Where</em>: CBS Studio Center, 4024 Radford Ave., Studio City. <em>How much</em>: Adults $20, children 12 and under $10, children 5 and under free. Wristbands for the rooftop fireworks viewing plus general admission are $20. <em>Information</em>: <a href="" target="_hplink">Click here.</a>

  • City of Calabasas Fireworks Spectacular

    This event includes music, a free family fun zone, inflatable rides, and a fireworks display. Tickets must be purchased in advance. <em>When</em>: Gates open at 5 pm, and fireworks begin at 9 pm. <em>Where</em>: Calabasas High School, 22855 W. Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas. <em>How much</em>: $10; children under 2 are admitted free. <em>Information</em>: <a href="" target="_hplink">Click here</a>. July 4, 2005.

  • 4th of July Fireworks in Marina del Rey

    Enjoy a 20-minute fireworks show launched from a barge as the sun sets over the ocean. <em>When</em>: 9 pm. <em>Where</em>: The launching barge is located between Fisherman's Village and the Breakwater, so the show will most likely be visible from throughout the marina, and from the waterfront side of most beaches, apartments, hotels, and restaurants. If you're not lucky enough to grab a restaurant reservation or to be invited to an apartment party, head over to Burton Chace Park (13650 Mindanao Way) or Marina Beach (4101 Admiralty Way). <em>How much</em>: Free! <em>Information</em>: <a href="" target="_hplink">Click here</a>.

  • Malibu Barge Fireworks

    Relax on the beach and watch fireworks over the ocean in one of the most scenic spots around LA. <em>When</em>: 9 pm. <em>Where</em>: The fireworks will be launched from barges adjacent to Malibu Colony Drive, the 21500 block of PCH, the 22300 block of PCH, and the 27900 block of PCH, but will likely be visible from anywhere near the beach. <em>How much</em>: Free! <em>Information</em>: <a href=" " target="_hplink">Click here</a>.

  • Dennis P. Zine July 4th Extravaganza

    The west San Fernando Valley festival includes a concert and fireworks. <em>When</em>: 6 pm to 9:30 pm. <em>Where</em>: Warner Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. <em>How much</em>: Free! <em>Information</em>: <a href="" target="_hplink">Click here</a>. Warner Center Fireworks

  • 4th of July in Monterey Park

    A fireworks show will be accompanied by entertainment, crafts, and music by the Monterey Park Concert band. <em>When</em>: 3 pm. <em>Where</em>: Barnes Park, 350 S. McPherrin Ave., Monterey Park. <em>How much</em>: Free! <em>Information</em>: <a href="" target="_hplink">Click here</a>. Monterey Park -- July 4th, 2008

  • 62nd Annual Cabrillo Beach July 4th Fireworks Spectacular

    This festival includes food trucks, a C-17 flyover, and a fireworks display. <em>When</em>: The food trucks open at 2 pm, the C-17 show is at 6:04 pm, and fireworks start at 9 pm. <em>Where</em>: Cabrillo Beach, 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro. <em>How much</em>: Free! <em>Information</em>: 310 548-7554 or <a href="" target="_hplink">click here</a>.

  • Crescenta Valley 4th of July Festival

    Enjoy rides, music, food, and fireworks! <em>When</em>: Gates open at 4 pm and close at 8:30 pm. <em>Where</em>: La Crescenta Elementary School Playground, 4343 La Crescenta Ave., La Crescenta. <em>How much</em>: Free! <em>Information</em>: <a href="" target="_hplink">Click here</a>. Crescenta Valley Fireworks

  • Shepherd of the Hills 4th of July Spectacular

    Fireworks will be accompanied by moon bounces, a color guard presentation, and food vendors. <em>When</em>: 4:30 pm to 10 pm. <em>Where</em>: Shepherd of the Hills Church , 19700 Rinaldi Street, Porter Ranch. <em>How much</em>: Free! <em>Information</em>: <a href="" target="_hplink">Click here</a>. Shepherd of the Hills Fireworks 2010