Here in Santa Monica you've got two chances to see some fireworks. We usually take the early option the weekend before to avoid the enormous crowds, and it's just as good anyway. Most of the fun comes in hanging out with our friends. The fireworks are more icing on top really. There was a layer of fog that rolled in off the beach after sunset that gave the fireworks a sort of jellyfish-like quality, which was cool for me, because for some reason I've always had a strange affinity for jellyfish. Don't ask me to explain because I certainly wouldn't want to meet one face to face.