A fireworks display by Pyro Spectaculars is scheduled Saturday, July 1st, at Santa Monica College’s “Celebrate America” festival honoring Independence Day.

The only celebration of its kind in Santa Monica, this annual event will also feature entertainment by the Tom Nolan Band, a rock group, and the smooth jazz sounds of Anthony Long.

Gates open at 5 p.m. The entertainment starts at 6 p.m. and the fireworks begin at dusk.

Located on the SMC Corsair Field, at 16th Street and Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, “Celebrate America” is free, but donations are welcome. Parking is $5.

FIREWORKS ILLEGAL, DANGEROUS — As the July 4th holiday approaches, the Santa Monica Fire Department reminds everyone that all types of fireworks are illegal in the City of Santa Monica.

This includes so-called “safe and sane” fireworks, which may be used only in the city in which they are purchased, Santa Monica fire officials said.

Permanent scarring, loss of vision and dismemberment are too often the harsh results of amateur fireworks use, fire officials said.

To keep the public safe from fireworks-related injuries and deaths, the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) urges everyone to treat fireworks — whether legal or illegal for consumers — as suitable only for use by trained professionals.

According to the Fire Protection Association, amateur fireworks use endangers not only the users, but also bystanders and surrounding property and structures.

Pyrotechnic devices ranging from sparklers to aerial rockets cause thousands of fires and serious injuries each year, according to the association.

“Safe and sane fireworks don’t exist,” said John Hall, NFPA assistant vice president of Fire Analysis and Research. “When things go wrong with fireworks, they go very wrong, very fast, far faster than any fire protection provisions can reliably respond to.”

Public fireworks displays by trained professionals are the smartest and safest fireworks alternative for everyone because they are conducted under controlled settings and regulations, according to NFPA.

Following these displays, or at any other time, children should be cautioned to never pick up fireworks that may be left over. Fireworks that have been ignited and fail to immediately explode or discharge can cause injury because they may still be active, according to NFPA.

Fire Protection Association members say children should always tell an adult if they find fireworks, rather than picking up smoking or charred fireworks themselves, which is just too risky.

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