Long Beach in California, not to be confused with its namesake in New York is an ocean front city located only around 20 miles from Los Angeles, so the spectacular offshore new year's eve fireworks display here each year attracts huge crowds, with many thousands heading uot from the greater LA area to watch the show.
Long Beach on new year's eve is a great place to be, as the relatively clement weather generally makes for a pleasant outdoor experience, with local beaches and harbour areas offering plenty of additional diversions as you await the evening celebrations.
For more information on new year's eve parties and events in the wider Los Angeles area, see our LA page here: LA new year's eve
The big new year event in Long Beach actually takes place offshore, with the Queen Mary new year's eve fireworks party. This is a 21+ party and includes a wide range of entertainment, including live music, DJs, dancers, and of course the spectacular fireworks at midnight, of which you'll have the best view possible from the deck of the great liner. Tickets are available for general admission or with VIP options - secure yours online here.
The Queen Mary isn't the only option for ocean based fireworks, there are many other yachts that also take to the water on new year's eve offering a new year fireworks cruise as a great way to mark the occasion. One popular offering is be Harbor Breeze cruises and includes live J and an open bar - tickets are available here.
Long Beach also hosts a massive new year's eve celebration of it's own - starting with a family friendly celebration at the Downtown waterfront amphitheatre with a 9pm fireworks show from the Rainbow Harbor lighthouse peninsula and followed by a party on Pine Avenue, featuring live music at the Pine Avenue New Year's Eve Block Party.
The earlier event, which starts at 5pm, is free but you do need tickets for the later show. You can buy your tickets online here. Performing at the downtown Long Beach new year show this year will be Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Citizen Cope. The lineup also includes Boogaloo Assassins, The Delta Bombers, DJ Plastic Plates, DJ Paul V, DJ Taharba and Sizwe the DJ.
Latest: Terrible news reaches us that singer Sharon Jones sadly passed away on November 18th. The show will go on but will be very much subdued for the loss. The live performances will instead be by St. Paul and The Broken Bones.
If you're looking for family friendly events there is also an earlier fireworks display at nearby Marina del Rey.
There may well be live TV coverage of the new year fireworks on some of the local networks, many of which alos now have live streaming online options - rest assured we'll post any links we find right here.
In the meantime, you might like to check out this live streamingh webcam, offering a great live view out over Long Beach harbour:
There are also links to a wider range of webcam views around the LA area on our Los Angeles page.
Long Beach has a wide range of new year accommodation options, from guest houses to luxury hotels. Top choices include The Westin Long Beach, the Hyatt Regency and Renaissance Long Beach Hotel.
You can search for deals at all of these venues, plus other local hotels here.