By Michele E. Buttelman
Signal Staff Writer
The Fourth of July is like no other day in the United States and the Santa Clarita Valley. Parades, picnics, BBQs, family, fun and, most of all, fireworks!
The tradition of setting off fireworks on the Fourth of July began in Philadelphia on July 4, 1777, during the first organized celebration of Independence Day.
Where can you see fireworks in Southern California this Fourth of July?
Communities throughout Southern California will light up the night sky this Fourth of July with spectacular fireworks.
City of Santa Clarita ‘The Spirit of America’ Fireworks Spectacular
Valencia Town Center 24201 West Valencia Blvd., Valencia 91355
Fourth of July in Santa Clarita is packed with celebrations including the kickoff to the day, the Rotary Club of Santa Clarita Valley’s annual Pancake Breakfast at 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot near Main Street and 6th Street in Old Town Newhall. The Santa Clarita Runners will then host the 39th Annual Independence Day Classic 10K (7 a.m.) and 5K (8 a.m.) runs at Newhall Park.
The Fourth of July Parade starts at 9 a.m. Residents are invited to Old Town Newhall to watch the parade as it makes its way from the roundabout in front of William S. Hart Park along Main Street and Lyons Avenue before finishing at Orchard Village Road and Dalbey Drive.
The highlight of the day, the Spirit of America Fireworks Spectacular, hosted by the city of Santa Clarita, will light up the night sky at Valencia Town Center. The show will begin at approximately 9:20 p.m. with patriotic music simulcast on KHTS AM 1220 and FM 98.1.
“For this Fourth of July, I urge you to prioritize safety and leave the pyrotechnics to the professionals,” said Santa Clarita Mayor Jason Gibbs. “Let’s gather our loved ones, find the perfect spot and marvel at the breathtaking exhibition illuminating our city’s night sky.”
Six Flags Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, 91355
Six Flags Magic Mountain will present fireworks over the theme park’s roller coasters from July 1 through the July 4. Celebrate the red, white and blue at Six Flags Magic Mountain with four nights of fireworks at 9 p.m. nightly. Best Viewing Areas: Full Throttle Plaza and Main Gate Plaza.
Celebration by the Sea
Ventura College Athletic Fields, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura 93003
The Rotary Club of Ventura will produce the annual 4th of July Fireworks Show and Family Picnic at Ventura College from 5 – 10 p.m. on July 4. The fireworks show is a custom designed “Sky Concert” from the California-based experts at Pyro Spectaculars and will feature over 3,000 firework effects finely choreographed to a contemporary musical score.
The day begins with the Children’s Pushem – Pullem Parade followed by the annual Fourth of July Street Fair in downtown Ventura.
The evening event is spread across several acres of beautiful lawn at the Ventura College Athletic Fields and includes the fireworks show, live music, food vendors, a Kids Fun Zone and “the friendliest hometown picnic in America.”
Los Angeles Fourth of July Block Party
Grand Park 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles
The Gloria Molina Grand Park Fourth of July Block Party is the largest in Los Angeles County and covers six city blocks. Enjoy picnicking, music, dancing and food trucks as well as hundreds of drones putting on a show that reinvents the traditional fireworks show. Enjoy an homage to hip-hop music’s 50th anniversary. Party starts at 4:30 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m.
Dodgers Game with Fireworks
Dodger Stadium, 1000 Vin Scully Ave, Los Angeles 90012
Join the Dodgers as they face off against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, July 4 at 6:10 p.m. Fireworks after the game ends. Tickets priced from $33.
L.A. Galaxy at the Rose Bowl
1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena 91103
Join the Major League Soccer Los Angeles Galaxy as they play the Los Angeles Football Club at the historic Rose Bowl. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are priced $35 to $500. Fireworks after the game. Special picnic pack offer includes four tickets along with hot dogs and sodas and a souvenir L.A. Galaxy blanket to share starting at $160.
July Fourth Fireworks Spectacular with The Beach Boys
Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Ave., Los Angeles 90068
July 2, 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets priced from $39 to $314. With dozens of chart-toppers becoming anthems of American youth, including “Surfin’ USA,” “I Get Around,” and “Fun, Fun, Fun,” The Beach Boys will light up the night with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Bowl’s legendary fireworks.
On Aug. 16, 1969, Zubin Mehta conducted the first Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks concert at the Hollywood Bowl, thus beginning the beloved tradition of fireworks at the Bowl
Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City 91608
When you buy a ticket to visit Universal Studios Hollywood this July 4 you will also get a free fireworks show. In past years the theme park has produced fireworks shows on July 2, 3 and 4 beginning at 9 p.m. each night. This year plans are still in the works and only July 4 fireworks have been announced. Best viewing locations: TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D and at Universal Plaza. There is little to no fireworks viewing available at CityWalk. Tickets are priced from $109 online.