July 4 coverage: Fireworks will light up the sky as part of Independence Day celebrations in Santa Monica and Marina del Rey. Santa Monica College will host its 30th annual ‘Celebrate America’ festival Saturday, June 30 and Marina del Rey will welcome back its fireworks extravaganza Wednesday, July 4 after a one-year absence.

After its cancellation last year due to county budget constraints, the Marina del Rey Fourth of July Fireworks Show will return Wednesday, July 4.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe announced June 20 that the fireworks extravaganza will take place over the main channel in Marina del Rey beginning at 9 p.m.

“I would like to extend a special thank you to the generous sponsors who stepped up to help bring this holiday tradition back to Marina del Rey,” Knabe said. “Families from all over Los Angeles County will be able to spend their Fourth of July holiday watching a spectacular fireworks show light up our beautiful coastline.”

The display this year is presented by the Zambelli Fireworks Internationale. The fireworks are choreographed to patriotic music, which will be broadcast in sync with the display over FM radio KXLU, 88.9 on the dial. Those watching may tune their radios to listen to the simulcast. The music will be relayed over loudspeakers in Burton Chace Park for onlookers.

The park, located at 13650 Mindanao Way, and Fisherman’s Village, located at 13755 Fiji Way, as well as the beaches in Marina del Rey and Playa del Rey, are good viewing locations for the pyrotechnic extravaganza, according to county officials.

Parking is available in county lots throughout the Marina for a $7 – $10 entrance fee and at Fisherman’s Village for $1 per every 20 minutes, or $10 maximum.

Marina del Rey WaterBus service will operate on July 4 from 11 a.m. to midnight for a fare of $1 per person, one way. Boarding passes are available for purchase at seven conveniently located boarding locations. The free summer weekend Beach Shuttle will also provide service from Playa Vista to Marina del Rey and the Venice Pier on July 4 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The fireworks display is hosted by the county Department of Beaches and Harbors and made possible in part by funds from the community and local business sponsors such as the Marina del Rey Convention and Visitors Bureau; Marina del Rey Lessees Association; Fisherman’s Village; E&S Ring Management Corporation; Marina Marketplace; FantaSea Yachts & Yacht Club and Shanghai Red’s Restaurant, among others.

The fireworks show is expected to last approximately 20 minutes.

Information, www.marinadelrey.lacounty.gov.

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