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Fourth of July celebrations in the SCV -- and beyond

There's a Fourth of July celebration nearby that fits your fantasies

Posted: July 2, 2009 2:12 p.m.
Updated: July 3, 2009 6:05 a.m.
Newly enhanced special effects are among the highlights of the "Fantasmic!" show on the Rivers of America in Disneyland. Newly enhanced special effects are among the highlights of the "Fantasmic!" show on the Rivers of America in Disneyland.
Newly enhanced special effects are among the highlights of the "Fantasmic!" show on the Rivers of America in Disneyland.
This year the Hollywood Bowl will feature a July 4th Fireworks spectacular with special guest John Fogerty. This year the Hollywood Bowl will feature a July 4th Fireworks spectacular with special guest John Fogerty.
This year the Hollywood Bowl will feature a July 4th Fireworks spectacular with special guest John Fogerty.
The Santa Clarita Fourth of July Parade begins at 9 a.m. The Santa Clarita Fourth of July Parade begins at 9 a.m.
The Santa Clarita Fourth of July Parade begins at 9 a.m.
Disneyland Summer Nightastic! features an all-new nightly fireworks show, "Magical," built around some of the most beloved moments from Disney movies. Disneyland Summer Nightastic! features an all-new nightly fireworks show, "Magical," built around some of the most beloved moments from Disney movies.
Disneyland Summer Nightastic! features an all-new nightly fireworks show, "Magical," built around some of the most beloved moments from Disney movies.

You can't go wrong with the Fourth of July festivities available locally. We've got a pancake breakfast, a 5K run, a parade, barbecues, picnics and a couple great fireworks shows. But if you want to branch out a bit, there are many other slants on the holiday celebration. Some offer cool activities and entertainment and some offer that plus cooler temperatures. You've got fireworks extravaganzas in the San Fernando Valley, concerts at the Starlight Bowl and Hollywood Bowl, celebrations near the ocean (including at the Aquarium of the Pacific) and theme parks. If you've never done a Fourth at Disneyland, maybe now is the time. And, if you just want to get away from it all, why not try some outdoor fun in Big Bear?

So, from the mountains to the sea, and all the red, white and blue in between - celebrate!


Santa Clarita Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast
Where: Held in Newhall at the Roger Dunn Golf parking lot on Main Street between 5th and 6th Streets
When: 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
What: The breakfast, at $4, includes pancakes, sausages, orange juice and coffee.

Independence Day 5K Run
Where: Newhall Memorial Park, 24933 Newhall Ave., Newhall, CA 91321
When: 5K and walk start at 8 a.m., Kiddie K starts at 7:45 a.m.
What: Presented by the Santa Clarita Runners, there will be a 5K race, and a non-competitive walk, as well as a Kiddie K. The races will benefit the high school cross country programs in the SCV.
Info: Register at  or visit Packet pickup and registration on Friday, July 3 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Whole Foods Market.

Santa Clarita Fourth of July Parade
Where: Parade runs north along Main Street (formerly San Fernando Road) from 5th Street to Lyons Avenue, turns west on Lyons and then north onto Orchard Village Road, ending at 16th Street.
When: Parade begins at 9 a.m.
What: Grand Marshal Jay Thomas, president of Six Flags Magic Mountain, leads this year's parade - which, as always, will be loaded with horses, floats, music, fire trucks, kids, cars, military and more.
Info: Visit for maps, detour routes, street closures and other information.

Castaic Lake Fourth of July Celebration
Where: Castaic Lake Recreation Area (Lower Castaic Lake)
When: Music from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m.
What: Enjoy the lake and recreation area all day for $25 per carload or $5 per person walk-in (5 years and under free) - followed by music and fireworks.
Info: Call the Castaic Lake Office at (661) 257-4050

Bridgeport Marketplace Carnival and Picnic
Where: Bridgeport Marketplace, corner of Newhall Ranch Road and McBean Parkway.
When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
What: Bristol Farms and the Bridgeport Marketplace host a Fourth of July Picnic and Carnival. The event will feature live music, barbecue fare and sweet treats, as well as a dunk tank, petting zoo, pie eating contest, pony rides, carnival games, and more. Seventy-five percent of all carnival booth ticket sales will be donated to local charities.
Info: Bristol Farms (661) 284-5970

VFW Post 6885 Barbecue
Where: 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country, CA 91351
When: 2 p.m. to midnight
What: A barbecue will include hamburgers, hot dogs, homemade side dishes and desert. It is a family event, and current enlisted military personnel eat free all day. Live entertainment will be featured onstage from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. to midnight.
Info: (661) 252-6885;

Whole Foods "Dinner and Fireworks in the Parking Lot"
Where: Whole Foods Market, 24130 Valencia Blvd., Valencia, CA 91355
When: Dinner served from 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. (or while supplies last); fireworks across the street at the mall starting at approximately 9:15 p.m.
What: Dinner, at $6 a plate, includes your choice of a meat-lover or vegetarian entrée, plus watermelon, salad, dessert and a drink. Bring the family and picnic under the stars and watch the fireworks show.
Info: Tina Landrum (661) 260-2377, ext. 210; e-mail

Fireworks at Westfield Valencia Town Center
Where: Westfield Valencia Town Center
When: 9:15 p.m.
What: Bring the whole family for the fireworks show and watch from just about anywhere at the Westfield Valencia Town Center. Suggested viewing areas, with portable restrooms and trash containers, are: Parking Area 6K - 6G, Parking Area 6C, 7A - 7E, Parking Area 10K - 10M, Parking Area 2D - 2H and Parking Area 10C - 10G. Bring a portable radio or listen from your car radio to the fireworks soundtrack broadcast live on KHTS-AM-1220 AM.

View Fireworks from The Greens
Where: The Greens Sports Bar & Restaurant, 26051 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355
When: Open all day, but see details below
What: The Greens at Valencia is featuring an old fashioned Fourth of July barbecue and a live band and you can also view the Town Center fireworks from there. Bring your blanket for prime viewing from the putting course. Call for reservations. The Greens will be open all day but access will be closed from 8:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. between Valencia Boulevard and Magic Mountain Parkway. Please plan accordingly.
Info: Call (661) 222-2900 for information.

The Fourth at Six Flags Magic Mountain
Where: 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355
When: Picnic July 3, 4 and 5, noon to 3 p.m.; Musical Salute and Laser Show July 4
What: Picnic in the Grande Oak Picnic Pavilion for just $15.99 for adults and $9.99 for kids under 48 inches (with park admission). Laser Show Extravaganza - patriotic laser display choreographed to classic American songs. The show begins at the conclusion of the Six Flags Looney Tunes Beach Bash parade on July 4 and can be seen at Valencia Falls.


Acton Fourth of July Parade
Where: Acton, CA
When: 9 a.m.
What: Parade, followed by awards, crafts, games and food at Community Center

Get Away to Big Bear on the Fourth
Where: Big Bear Mountain Resorts, Big Bear, CA
When: Summer
What: Golfing, biking, hiking and Snow Summit Scenic Sky Chair is open daily

San Fernando Valley Independence Day Celebration
Where: Hansen Dam Recreation Area, 11770 Foothill Blvd., Lake View Terrace, CA
When: Noon to 10 p.m.
What: A holiday celebration featuring music and other live entertainment, food and fireworks. Take a swim in the 1.5-acre swim lake available for use during the day.
Info: 1-888-LA PARKS (527-2757);

July 4th Fireworks Festival in Studio City
Where: CBS Studio Center, 4024 Radford Ave., Studio City, CA
When: 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
What: This is a fun-filled family festival featuring exhibits, music, food, fireworks, a children's fun zone and a business exposition in a back lot at CBS Studios. Adults $15 advance, $20 at the gate, Children 6-12 $8 advance, $10 at the gate, add $20 for rooftop viewing access or pay $100 for VIP tickets.
Info: (818) 655-5916;

Dennis P. Zine July 4th Extravaganza
Where: Warner Park, 5800, Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA
When: Concert begins at 6 p.m., fireworks to live music at 9:05 p.m.
What: Huge Fourth of July fireworks festival in the West Valley with food vendors, play zone, a free concert and fireworks show.
Info: (818) 704-1358;,

Starlight Bowl
Where: 1249 Lockheed view Drive, Burbank, CA 91504
When: Gates open at 6 p.m., entertainment from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m.
What: Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra performs, followed by the Swing Kings dance band.
Info: Purchase tickets online. Tickets are not available at the gate.

Hollywood Bowl
Where: 2301 North Highland Ave., Hollywood, CA 90068
When: 7:30 p.m.
What: July 4th Fireworks Spectacular with special guest John Fogerty. An all-American hero headlines. John Fogerty, the guitar and voice of Creedence Clearwater Revival and a master craftsman of classic rock 'n' roll, is enjoying an enormously successful solo career. Don't miss an electrifying night of "Fogerty and Fireworks" - favorite American orchestral classics and a rollicking set by America's favorite son.
Info: (323) 850-2000

Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk
Where: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
When: CityWalk hours 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., music performances 8 p.m., 9:15 p.m.
What: In addition to all the attractions inside the park, as part of the regular Celebrity Band Saturdays, Still Standing will perform at CityWalk for the early show and Lukas Rossi & Stars Down will perform at the second show

Disneyland Park
Where: Anaheim, CA
When: Park hours are 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. Other events as below.
What: In addition to other attractions, events as below.
Info: visit
Street Party, 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Join the parade with rocking music, balloons and streamers, conga lines, swing dancers, Disney Characters.

Billy Hill & the Hillbillies, 11:15 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:35 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. Four brothers, all named Billy, put on a show of bluegrass and slapstick comedy. Look for them in Frontierland, including on stage at the Golden Horseshoe.

Flag Retreat Ceremony, 4:45 p.m.

Fantasmic! 9 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Mickey battles evil and conjures good in a musical pyrotechnic spectacular with magnificent floating scenes and effects that will leave you breathless. Amazing special effects including film projected on water, fiber optics and lasers. More than 50 live performers . A ferocious forty-five foot fire-breathing dragon.

Jump, Jive, Boogie Swing Party featuring Doc Anello and the Swing Machine, 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.

Jedi Training Academy, 10:30 a.m., 11:35 a.m., 12:40 p.m., 2:25 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:35 p.m. Hone your lightsaber skills as you and other Padawans learn techniques and moves from a Star Wars Jedi Master. Then, put your training to the ultimate test as you do battle against the dark side.

Fourth of July Concert in the Sky, 9:25 p.m. - includes fireworks

Disney's California Adventure Park
Where: Anaheim, CA
When: Park hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
What: In addition to other attractions, events as below.
Info: visit
Disney's Electrical Parade, 8:45 p.m. Light up your night and keep your memories bright when this dazzling spectacular winds its way through the heart of Disney's California Adventure Park. Half a million colored light bulbs, with lighting carefully choreographed to work in sync with the memorable soundtrack. Electric animals made of light to thrill and entertain.

Pixar Play Parade, 5:15 p.m. Familiar faces from every Disney-Pixar film are along for the ride.

Disney's Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular, 12:10 p.m., 1:50 p.m., 4:15 p.m. and 5:50 p.m. With dancing genies, soaring carpets and imagination taking flight, this amazing production brings your favorite characters from Disney's Aladdin to the Hyperion Theater.

Playhouse Disney - Live on Stage! 10:30 a.m. , 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.
Sing, dance and play along with beloved friends from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Handy Manny, Disney Little Einsteins and more - all live on stage. Mickey's colorful clubhouse opens up to create a wonderful Disney adventure filled with delightful characters, bubbly special effects and catchy TV tunes.

"The Magic of Brother Bear" Totem Ceremony, 11:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. The Disney animated feature film "Brother Bear" comes to life at the all new "The Magic of Brother Bear" Totem Ceremony.

Drawn To The Magic, 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

HSM 3: Right Here! Right Now!, 11:30 a.m., 12:05 p.m., 1:05 p.m., 3 p.m. and 3:35 p.m. Experience "High School Musical 3: Senior Year - Right Here! Right Now!" - an entertainment extravaganza. Join the Wildcats for a unique, high-energy traveling "concert" that is sure to put plenty of pep in your dance step.

Knotts Berry Farm
Where: 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90620
When: Park hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
What: In addition to all the regular attractions All Wheels Extreme and Everyone Loves Snoopy - Ice Show are currently entertaining park visitors. All Wheels opens on the Calico Square stage, with heart pumping music, high-energy skaters, BMX riders and dancers with high flying action. With the Snoopy ice show, you see the world's most famous beagle as he struts his stuff on ice skates.

Aquarium of the Pacific
Where: 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
When: Aquarium hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fireworks (nearby) begin at 9 p.m.
What: Celebrate Independence Day with the red, white, and blue fish at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Families will be able to witness the ambiance of the Aquarium at night and get a fish-eye view of the City of Long Beach fireworks display. Admission for everyone is just $11.95 after 5 p.m. For an additional cost, enjoy a buffet barbecue on the Front Lawn from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Barbecue seating is limited and advance reservations are strongly recommended.

The Fourth in Ventura
Where: Ventura, CA - Street Fair from Fir to Ventura Avenue; fireworks at corner of Day & Loma Vista
When: Street Fair 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., fireworks 9 p.m.
What: Street fair and fireworks show
Info: (805) 648-2075

Fireworks at Marina Del Rey
Where: Barges off Beaches and Harbor near Admiralty and Fiji Way
When: 9:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
What: Fireworks show. Music coordinated with the fireworks display can be heard on KXLU FM radio, 88.9. The music will also be relayed over loudspeakers in Burton Chace Park.

Fourth of July at the Rose Bowl
Where: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
When: Noon - 9:30 p.m.
What: Celebrate America with music, food and fireworks. Drum Corps International presents five World Class Unit performances, "Americafest," the biggest fireworks show in Southern California

Redondo Beach Fireworks
Where: Seaside Lagoon, 200 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach, CA
When: Gates open at 2 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
What: Fireworks, Kids 3rd Annual Freedom Parade at 7:30 p.m., live entertainment until 11 p.m. Info:

Celebrate at San Pedro - Cabrillo Beach
Where: 3800 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro, CA
When: Live music begins at noon, fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
What: Local San Pedro Bands and the Golden State Pops Orchestra will play a variety of Americana music. There will also be tours of a naval vessel, armed forces and U.S. Coast Guard demonstrations, displays by the Los Angeles City Fire Department's firefighting boat, and the Washington Artillery group along the coastline firing canons. A 20-minute fireworks presentation will begin at 9 p.m. Free.

Huntington Beach Fourth of July
Where: Huntington Beach, CA 92648
When: Surf City 5K 7 a.m., parade 10 a.m., pier festival 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., fireworks 9 p.m.
What: A full day of activities includes the Surf City 5K run, the Huntington Beach parade, pier festival and fireworks

Catalina Island
Where: Avalon, CA
When: Festivities begin at 1 p.m. and fireworks start at 9 p.m.
What: The fun begins at 1 p.m., with the famous Catalina golf cart parade down Crescent Avenue. It continues with a barbecue buffet dinner at the Casino Ballroom, with music from the USC Marching Band from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Following dinner, a magnificent firework spectacular will take place over Avalon Bay, which spectators can enjoy from the Casino balcony, the front beaches, or from boats in the harbor.
Info: (here you will find info on getting to, and around, the island, as well)



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