While the City of Santa Monica does not have a fireworks display on the 4th of July this Friday, there are many professional fireworks displays and events planned in and around the surrounding area.
Below is a partial list of celebrations you may wish to attend on the 4th of July:
Marina del Rey
Celebrate in the marina with a 20-minute pyrotechnic fireworks display presented by the famed Zambelli Fireworks Internationale. At 9 pm explosives are shot from a barge across the marina’s main channel, mirrored by the harbor below. Spectators may watch the display and listen to synchronized music on KXLU 88.9FM, also playing over loudspeaker throughout Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way. For more information, visit www.visitmarinadelrey.com/events/4th-of-july.
As the sun sets, Pacific Palisades resident and Foo Fighter lead guitarist Chris Shiflett will headline a two-and-a-half hour, family friendly concert at Palisades Charter High’s Stadium by the Sea with his band Chris Shiflett and The Dead Peasants. The town will be dancing, singing and waving the flag as they enjoy a fabulous and diverse sampling of world-class local entertainers, from traditional patriotic tunes to rock and roll. Parade at 2 pm along Sunset Boulevard. Fireworks show at Palisades Charter High School with entertainment starting at 6:30 pm. Fireworks at 9 pm. $5 at the gate. For more information, visit www.palisadesparade.org.
El Segundo’s annual Fourth of July celebration will take place beginning at 10 am in Recreation Park, 401 E. Sheldon Street. There will be food, games, contests, and music. There also will be live music starting at 5 pm. The fireworks will begin at 9 pm. To buy wristbands for grandstand seats and resident priority seating, call 310.524.2700. For more information, visit elsegundo.org.
There is a major show at the Redondo Beach Pier which will be visible from the Pier and Harbor areas and will feature live music and all-day entertainment at Seaside Lagoon. Gates open at 2 pm with many activities for kids and families including live bands, arts/crafts, workshops, water activities, dancing, food and beverage and more! Fireworks show will begin at 9 pm, choreographed to patriotic music. Other shows that are currently open to the public are going to take place at Cabrillo Beach and Malaga Cove in Palos Verdes (shot from a barge offshore). The shows all begin between 8 pm and 9 pm. For more information, visit redondofireworks.com.
The 2014 Culver City Fireworks Show will be held on the grounds of West LA College. Gates open at 4 pm. In addition to fireworks, there will be live music, food trucks, contests and more. Carpooling to the event is strongly encouraged. There is a suggested donation of $5 at the door in addition to parking fees. All proceeds from the show are returned to the community in the form of grants and scholarships to local organizations and deserving students. For more information, visit culvercityfireworksshow.com.
For safety reasons, the Santa Monica Police Department reminds everyone that the use of fireworks often starts brush, home, and forest fires, endangering the lives of many unnecessarily.
SMPD Lt. Richard Lewis said many people, including young children, are injured or burned each year from using even “Safe and Sane” fireworks.
“The Santa Monica Police Department reminds you that all fireworks are illegal to sell, possess, or use in the City,” Lewis said. “This includes the Safe and Sane fireworks as well. Any fireworks in your possession will be confiscated. Their possession is punishable by fines, imprisonment or both.”