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Happy New Year, Los Angeles: Where to Find the Fireworks and Festivities

December 20, 2013 at 10:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s never too early to start planning for the New Year, and that’s especially the case when we’re just a couple weeks away. We’ve checked out what our favorite cities are up to when it comes to welcoming 2014, and we’re here to share. So check out what’s going on in and around Los Angeles to celebrate the countdown to 2014.

With sprawling suburbs and events in each, there’s plenty of spots to ring in the New Year around LA. That makes it difficult to just pick that one perfect spot to welcome 2014, as there are several different firework displays from which to choose.

You could always climb aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach for one last (fake) cruise to end 2013. There will be different ports of call—in theory—and upon the arrival at each port the ship’s horn will blow as an announcement is made to welcome guests to the next stop on their journey. Signature cocktails are available to get you in the mood for your visits to India, Brazil, and New York City before the fireworks. Boarding passes start at just $99.

If you're staying in Los Angeles proper, then the best option has got to be the goings on over at Grand Park. Events are totally free and start around 6pm, then run throughout the evening ending with plenty of fanfare at midnight. Expect photo booths, live music, art installations, and a countdown at City Hall. They’re even showing the ball drop from New York City as well—although that's early in the eve at 9pm. You are sure to stay well nourished, as plenty of the city’s food trucks will be on hand providing all kinds of tasty treats. Best of all when midnight finally rolls around you’ll have a great view of fireworks in and around the area.

Going farther south is always an option, and that’s probably a great idea if you have kiddos joining you as you bid farewell to 2013. There’s always Disneyland in Anaheim, and of course they have a full slate of parades, fireworks, and other stuff as Mickey leads the countdown towards 2014. Activities are included with the cost of admission, but that’s not saying a lot since a single day ticket starts at $92 for adults. If this is on your itinerary just be sure to get there early—like 10am not 10pm—as this is usually one of the days where they actually close the turnstiles when the park hits capacity.

Pretty much no matter where you decide to do the countdown you’re bound to have a great time in and around Los Angeles. After all, it’s not going to be snowing, there’s plenty of palm trees, and it might even be warm and sunny.

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