The Fourth of July in San Pedro and Los Angeles

36th Annual Fourth of July at the Korean Friendship Bell


9:00 AM on Wednesday July 4th - Presentations by local and Korean community leaders. Assembled guests and dignitaries will lead the audience in reciting the names of the 13 original American states. As they read the names the honored representatives of the San Pedro and Korean Communities will strike a battering ram into the massive bell, ringing once for each state. The Korean Bell is rung officially on only four other occasions each year - Korean Independence Day (August 15th) Constitution Day (September 21st), New Year's Eve and Korean American Day (January 13th).

Angels Gate Park is located at 3601 South Gaffey Street in San Pedro. The free event has been conducted every year since the Korean Bell's installation in 1976. - via the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce

And other South Bay gatherings courtesy of the Daily Breeze -

18th Street Tradition
Join Vince and Dee Villa for the grand finale of what has become a quarter-century-old hometown tradition. This will be the 26th year the couple has invited neighbors - and anyone else - to gather on the sidewalk in front of their home at 1153 W. 18th St. to participate in a simple flag-raising ceremony to start the holiday.

They've attracted as many as 300 people in the past, from neighbors sipping morning coffee to area lawmakers. Guests are asked to arrive by 7:45 a.m. The call to colors will be at 7:55 a.m. Followed by singing, refreshments and time to meet and visit with neighbors. This is likely the last time the couple will present the event, at least on a large-scale basis.

Cabrillo Beach
Gourmet food trucks will be on hand, and flyovers and other tributes will be held from 4-9 p.m. at Cabrillo Beach, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, culminating with a 20-minute fireworks show from an offshore barge, all to the accompaniment of recorded patriotic and classical music.

Palos Verdes Estates

The Palos Verdes Independence Day Committee will hold its 51st annual celebration at Malaga Cove School, 300 Paseo del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates. The free event starts at 9:30 a.m. and will feature live patriotic music, a decorated children's bicycle parade, a puppet show, apple pie contest and games. This year's guest speaker is Richard Riordan, former mayor of Los Angeles and former state secretary of education. For more:

Rancho Palos Verdes

The city's 37th annual Independence Day celebration will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Upper Point Vicente Park, 30940 Hawthorne Blvd. The event will feature music by the Palos Verdes Symphonic Band and a country band, arts and crafts, rides, games, hula hoop contests, a petting zoo, helicopter rides and more. Admission is free, and a complimentary shuttle will run from the Hawthorne Boulevard Ralphs store to the lot adjacent the Point Vicente Lighthouse on Palos Verdes Drive West. On-site parking costs $5 per vehicle.

For more, call 310-544-5260 or visit


The Briles family of Torrance will once again have its privately funded fireworks show off the coast of Torrance beach. Jackie Briles, 91, covers the cost of the show in honor of her late husband. The pyrotechnics will begin between 9 and 9:15 p.m. from a barge.

Click to view KPCC's google map of most the LA Area 4th of July Fireworks 2012.


Los Angeles Coliseum in Expo Park

Celebrate the 4th of July at the LA Coliseum

The 10th annual Los Angeles Coliseum show begins at 9 p.m. on the east lawn.

Kids' activities will begin at 1:30 p.m. and music and giveaways from KJLH radio will start at 3 p.m.

Free parking at the King and Hoover entrance to the Coliseum.




The Exchange Club of Culver Cityand the City of Culver City invite you to attend the club's annual Fourth of July fireworks show at Culver City High School. Gates open at 5PM, entertainment begins at 6:30PM, and the fireworks start at 9PM. There is a suggested donation of $3 per person for the event.

Last year, an estimated 20,000 people attended the event, and the fireworks were great!

For 55 years the Exchange Club of Culver City has been dedicated to bettering the lives of our community's children with a special focus on the prevention of child abuse. The suggested donation of $3 per person (children under 5 are free) will help the club continue those efforts.

Hotdogs, soda, and Kettle Corn will be available for purchase. You can also get tickets for the Exchange Club's raffle, which features grand prize of an LCD flat screen TV.

Culver City High School is located at 4401 Elenda Street. Parking is available in nearby lots for $5 per car. Please note that you are not allowed to bring alcohol or fireworks of any kind onto the school grounds.


Marina Del Rey in the Marina Harbor: The traditional fireworks extravaganza over Marina del Rey takes place annually on July 4th at 9 p.m., and lasts approximately 20 minutes. Check out the schedule HERE.

Pacific Palisades: Parade at 2 p.m. along Sunset Blvd. Fireworks show at Palisades Charter High School with entertainment starting at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m. $6 at the gate. Visit:

Redondo Beach Pier: Gates open at 2 p.m. Visit:

El Segundo Recreational Park: Daytime events from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entertainment starts at 5 p.m. Visit:


You won't find our family's favorite fireworks show listed on most compilations of where celebrate the Fourth of July. Every year we head to Cheviot Hills Park, on Motor just east of Pico, where we have a fantastic view of the fireworks sent skyward from Hillcrest Country Clubright across the street. I've been told there is a great view from the roof of the Westside Pavillion as well.

Our group kick's off the celebration with a multi-generational game of kick ball and then we picnic at the park. It is a great local tradition. Hope to see you there. Fireworks begin at 9:00.



L.A. Dodgers vs. Cincinnati Reds at 6:10 p.m. Fireworks to follow.

1000 Elysian Park Ave., Los Angeles



Thanks for Councilman Paul Koretz for passing along the following tips:

Fire Chief Brian L. Cummings, Los Angeles Fire Department, shares the following information precisely because illegal fireworks are such a tremendous concern for the LAFD and the city as a whole:

Fire Chief Brian L. Cummings wants you and your family to have a fun and safe 4 th of July. The best way to do that is to be prepared and know your local laws.

Firework Statistics

The use or sale of ALL FIREWORKS including safe and sane have been illegal in the City of Los Angeles since 1942 (except at approved shows).
The LAFD Anti-Fireworks campaign began in 1982.
The 4th of July is one of the busiest days of the year for emergency services.
Most emergency calls are for fires and injuries caused by people using illegal fireworks.
Most firecracker injuries happen to the eyes, hands, head, and face areas.
The highest numbers of injuries are firecrackers (26%), rockets (21%), and sparklers (11%).
Almost half of all people injured were children under the age of 15.
According to the United States eye registry, more bystanders are injured by fireworks than by the people who set them off.
Sparklers can heat up to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit (that is hot enough to melt gold).
Possessing fireworks is a misdemeanor, punishable with a fine of $1,000 and/or 1 year in jail.

Fireworks Safety Rules

Never experiment with or make your own fireworks.
Never let anyone touch or pick up a dud firecracker that is lying on the ground. (contact the proper authority)
REMEMBER, animals have very sensitive hearing and can be stressed or frightened due to noise from fireworks. So:
Keep your pets indoors with the windows closed and the air conditioner on.
Turn on the television or radio to block some of the noise.

The goal of the LAFD Anti-Fireworks campaign is to:
Reduce the number of fire and injuries from fireworks.
Remind citizens that all fireworks are illegal in the City of Los Angeles.
Encourage citizens to attend a public fireworks display.



July 4th pet safety tips

The 4th of July is a fun and exciting time for many children and adults, but it is a nightmare for animals who cannot comprehend and may be terrified by the sudden explosions and frequent noises caused by fireworks, or who might face actual physical harm due to illegal fireworks set off in the immediate neighborhood.

That's why Los Angeles Animal Services and that department's General Manager, Brenda F. Barnette, have provided the following tip sheet:

Pet Safety Tips for 4th of July

Make this Independence Day fun and SAFE for your pets! Some people love big gatherings and loud noises – but that can be very frightening for our pets.
Here are some Pet Safety Tips for Independence Day:

Make sure your pet is microchipped and that the registration has your current address.In addition, make sure your dog is wearing a license tag. These two simple steps help us reunite families if a pet does get lost.

You can contact any of our L.A. Animal Services Shelters and schedule an appointment to have their companion animal microchipped. The cost for the public is $25.00 per animal. Most veterinary clinics also offer microchipping.

Keep your pets inside. If you are having guests over, keep pets in a room that is off-limits to guests, with plenty of water and food.

Surround pets with their favorite toys and other familiar objects. Play soothing music and keep the room as quiet as possible by closing doors, windows, and blinds.

Even if your pet does not seem obviously upset by fireworks, they can still cause harm to pets. Avoid potential burns, injuries, or possible ingestion by keeping all pets out of the vicinity of fireworks.

ADOPT NOW and Help Us Save MORE Animals
The fourth of July is a time shelter staff knows that we will have a sudden influx of lost and frightened animals. Our shelters are already over crowded. If you are considering adopting, please visit our shelters and adopt NOW or consider fostering a great dog or cat! They are counting on us. We are all they have.

The mission of the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services is to promote and protect the health, safety and welfare of animals and people. To learn more, please visit the website:

Fourth of July message from the Traffic Safety Coalition

This Fourth of July we are reminding parents and their children to be mindful of important traffic safety rules while walking or driving during the holiday.

One of the biggest dangers to Americans on the Fourth of July is traffic crashes. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that there were 800 roadway-related deaths on the Fourth of July between 2006 and 2010. IIHS is predicting that another 140 deaths occur this coming Wednesday, July 4th.

As a part of the July Fourth initiative, TSC has launched the "Declaration for Safe Celebration," a pledge highlighting steps each individual can take to ensure everyone stays safe on the road this holiday season.

Sign the Declaration here!

To view the TSC's press release on the Fourth of July and the Declaration for Safe Celebration, click here.

KPCC's Andrea Wang created the great and almost comprehensive google map above and here's the list from the map that she compiled.

Alhambra, Almansor Park
800 South Almansor St. Alhambra, CA Fireworks begin at 9:00 p.m. See the show from anywhere in the park. Limited parking, so arrive early. Admission is free. More info
Anaheim, Disneyland
1313 S. Harbor Blvd. Anaheim, CA A 4th of July Concert in the Sky Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Event entry with general admission.
Anaheim, Peralta Canyon Park
115 N. Pinney Dr., Anaheim Parade at 3 p.m., followed by a 5k & 10k run and pancake breakfast and dog show. Fireworks at begin at 9 p.m. Admission is free.
Baldwin Park, Sierra Vista High School
3600 Frazier Ave., Baldwin Park Fireworks begin at 9:00 p.m. in the field behind bleachers
Boyle Heights, Hollenbeck Park
415 S. Louis St., Los Angeles Boyle Heights Concert and Fireworks Show Event from 4 p.m.- 9 p.m. Fireworks begin at 8:30 p.m.
Buena Park, Knott's Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park Fourth of July Aerial Fireworks and Entertainment Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. General admission fees apply. Event Website
Burbank, Starlight Bowl
1249 Lockheed View Drive Burbank Flyover, music and fireworks. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Entertainment from 6:15 - 9:00 p.m. Fireworks - 9:00 p.m Event Website
Carson, LA Galaxy at the Home Depot Center
18400 Avalon Blvd. Carson LA Galaxy vs. Philadelphia Union Game begins at 7:30, fireworks show following game Admission charges apply
Calabasas, Calabasas High School
22855 W. Mulholland Hwy. Calabasas Gates open at 5 p.m., fireworks begin at 9 p.m. $10 dollar fee includes admission, parking and entertainment/activities. (Children under 2 enter free) Event Websit...
Castaic, Castaic Lake Recreation Area
32132 Castaic Lake Dr. Castaic Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. in the lower lake area $25 per vehicle for all day parking and fireworks $5 for walk-ins Event Website
Claremont, Pomona College
6th Street N. Mills, Claremont Gates open 6:30 p.m., Concert begins at 6:45 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. at Strehle Track Tickets $8 pre-sale, $10 at the gate. Event Website
Culver City, Culver City High School
4401 Elenda Street, Culver City Gates open at 5 p.m., entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m., and the fireworks start at 9 p.m. Suggested Donation is $3 per person. Bring a picnic or enjoy food from sna...
Cypress, Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Center
11200 Lexington Dr., Cypress Gates open at 4:00 p.m. Family fun, food vendors. Admission is free. Parking $5 cash (with the exception of those with military I.D.) No motor homes, dogs, personal firew...
Dana Point, Harbor Area
Fireworks can be seen from anywhere in Dana Harbor, and begin at 9 p.m. Event Website (free shuttle service info)
Diamond Bar, Diamond Bar High School
21400 E. Pathfinder Rd. Diamond Bar, CA Fireworks begin at 9:00 PM in the baseball field
Downey, Downey High School
10410 Brookshire Ave., Downey Fireworks show begins at 9 p.m.
El Segundo, Recreation Park
401 Sheldon St., El Segundo Festivities begin at 10 a.m., including a pie-eating contest and food vendors. Live music begins at 5 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. Admission: $3 pre-sale; $5 at the g...
Fullerton, Fullerton High School
700 N. Lemon St., Fullerton Event goes from 5:00-9:30 p.m. Free admission. Free parking at Plummer Parking Structure, Wilshire Parking Structure, and North Justice Center. No glass containers, smokin...
Gardena, Rowley Park
13220 S. Van Ness Ave., Gardena Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. in the baseball field
Hollywood, Hollywood Bowl
2301 North Highland Ave., Los Angeles July 4th Fireworks Spectacular with special guest Barry Manilow. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m., followed by fireworks. Event Website
Huntington Beach
City Beach, Huntington Beach "Celebrate Huntington Beach" Pier plaza festival and entertainment begins at 10 a.m. Fireworks over the ocean begin at 9 p.m. Purchase $10 tickets for VIP seating at C...
Irvine, Irvine High Stadium
4321 Walnut Ave., Irvine, CA Irvine Police Association's 28th Annual Concert on the Green Fireworks Festival Concert begins at 3 p.m., and fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Admission Adults (14 and up) $12...
Irvine, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8808 Irvine Center Dr., Irvine, CA Music of the Eagles Pacific Symphony concert begins at 8 p.m., with fireworks after. General admission fees apply, ranging from $25-$145. Event Website
La Crescenta, Crescenta Valley High School
2900 Community Ave. La Crescenta, CA Gates open at 4 p.m. and close at 8:30 p.m. Music, rides, food before the fireworks show at 9 p.m. Tickets available for purchase online and at the door. Event ...
La Habra, La Habra High School
801 Highlander Ave. La Habra, CA Gates open at 5 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. in the football stadium. Tickets can be purchased at the Community Service Department. Event Website
Lancaster, Antelope Valley Fairgrounds
2551 West Ave H, Lancaster Music, food starting at 4 p.m., and professional bull riders at 7 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. General admission for fireworks only: free, parking included Admissio...
Los Angeles, Dodgers Stadium
1000 Elysian Park Ave., Los Angeles L.A. Dodgers vs. Cincinnati Reds at 6:10 p.m. Fireworks to follow.
Long Beach, The Queen Mary
1126 Queen's Highway Long Beach Tickets include admission to the event, access to the ship and a spectacular fireworks show. Tickets are $39.95/adult, $19.95/child (5-11), $34.95 for non-active m...
Los Angeles, El Sereno Park
4721 Klamath Place, Los Angeles 5th Annual El Sereno Concert & Fireworks Show Fireworks will start at 8:30 p.m. The parade will start at 2 p.m. on the corner of Huntington Dr. and Van Horne Ave. For...
Los Angeles, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
3911 South Figueroa St., Los Angeles 10th Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza Beginning at noon there will be vendors, food, entertainment and activities for kids. Hour-long fireworks show ...
Marina Del Rey, Fisherman's Village
13755 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey Spectators can enjoy a fireworks show by the water at 9 p.m. Event Website (parking and viewing info)
Mission Viejo, Olympiad Road
Olympiad Road between Marguerite Pkwy and Melinda Rd. 4th of July Street Faire and Fireworks Spectacular The event goes from 12 - 9 p.m., with performances, crafts, food and games, ending with firewo...
Newport Beach, Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort
1131 Back Bay Dr., Newport Beach, CA Independence Day on the Bay Tribute bands, food trucks and fireworks. General admission: $20 General parking: $60 Event Website
Orange, El Modena High School
3920 Spring St., Orange The 16th Annual 3rd of July celebration Sunday, July 3, at 4 p.m. at the Fred Kelly Stadium. Only blanket seating is allowed on the field. General admission is $7, chil...
Pacific Palisades, Palisades Charter High School
1577 Bowdoin Street, Pacific Palisades Palisades Rocks the Fourth Concert begins at 6:30 p.m., Fireworks begin at 9:00 p.m. General Admission $6 at the gate, $5 online presale Children 12 and u...
Pasadena, Rose Bowl
1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena Americafest 2011 One of the largest fireworks displays in SoCal. Food and entertainment. 2:00 - 9:35 p.m. Tickets $13 (presale on ticketmaster; cash only at the stadiu...
Pico Rivera, Meller Elementary School
6016 Rosemead Blvd., Pico Rivera Fireworks begin at 9:00 p.m., on the West grass area.
Pomona, Pomona Fairplex
1101 W. McKinley, Pomona 26th Annual Fireworks Spectacular at the Pomona Fairplex Gates open 5:00 p.m., Monster Truck and Motocross start at 8:00 p.m., Fireworks Spectacular starts at 9:20 p.m. Tick...
Porter Ranch, Shepherd of the Hills Church
19700 Rinaldi Street, Porter Ranch 14th Annual 4th of July Spectacular Free family events begin at 4:30 p.m., fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. Free parking. Event Website
Rancho Santa Margarita, Lago Santa Margarita Beach Club (SOLD OUT)
21472 Avenida De Fundadores, Rancho Santa Margarita SAMLARC’s July 4th Star Spangled Spectacular Activities and music begin at 2:00 p.m. Fireworks Show at 9 p.m.Event Website
Redondo Beach, Seaside Lagoon
200 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach, CA Gates open at 2:00 p.m., Fireworks at 9:00 p.m.Kids 4th Annual Freedom Parade at 7:00, Live Entertainment until 10:00 p.m. General admission: $22 Child admission...
Rosemead, Rosemead Park
9200 Rosemead Ave., Rosemead Fireworks start at 9:00 p.m. Admission free
San Clemente, San Clemente Pier
622 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. from the end of the San Clemente Pier. Free admission. Event Website
San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano Sports Park
25925 Camino Del Avion, San Juan Capistrano The event goes from 3 - 9:30 p.m. Park admission free, ride tickets purchased on site. Event Website
South Gate, South Gate Park
9615 Pinehurst Avenue, South Gate Fireworks begin at 9:00 p.m.
Sunland, Verdugo Hills High School
10625 Plainview Ave., Sunland Sunland-Tujunga Chamber of Commerce Independence Day Family Fireworks Games, food and music, 5 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. (Event on the high school football field)
Sylmar, Hansen Dam Recreation Center
11770 Foothill Blvd., Lake View Terrace 18th Annual Hansen Dam Fireworks Spectacular Event goes from 2 - 9:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Torrance, Torrance Beach
Torrance Beach, Torrance The Briles family of Torrance will once again have its privately funded fireworks show. Fireworks will begin between 9 - 9:15 p.m. from the barge. Admission is free.
Tustin, Tustin High School Football Stadium
1171 El Camino Real, Tustin Entertainment will begin at 6:30 p.m., fireworks at 9:00 p.m. Admission is free. Barbecue food items, snacks, and beverages will be sold by Tustin High Booster Clubs.
Woodland Hills, Warner Ranch Park
5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland, Hills Annual Dennis P. Zine July 4th Extravaganza Entertainment begins at 6:00 p.m., fireworks begin at 9:08 p.m. Admission free, parking $15. Event Website
Yorba Linda, Veterans Park/ Yorba Linda Middle School
4756 Valley View Ave., Yorba Linda / 4777 Casa Loma Ave., Yorba Linda Entertainment begins 5:00 p.m. Fireworks begin 9:00 p.m. Admission is free.

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