Santa Monica College is celebrating Independence Day with its annual outdoor festival and fireworks display “Celebrate America,” Saturday, June 26th from 5-8:30 p.m.

The celebration begins at the college’s Fountain Quad, which is in the center of the SMC campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.

The festivities on the Quad will include KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox, character sketching and face painting artists. Attendees are welcome to bring their own picnic lunches.

The food fair and entertainment is expanded from last year and will showcase a wide variety of some of Los Angeles’ mobile cuisine including Let’s Be Frank, Calbi Tacos and Lomo Arigato, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, the Santa Monica Pier’s Churro Man, chili cheese nachos by the Kiwanis and pizza by the Jaycees.

The SMC cheerleaders and the rhythm and blues group, The J.D. Hall Band, will perform on the “Celebrate America” stage.

The entertainment will begin with SMC logo T-shirts shot out of a cannon and into the stands. A fireworks show will take place at 8 p.m.

The gates to the stadium bleachers adjacent to Corsair Field will open at 7 p.m.

Entry to the event is free but donations are welcome. Free parking is available in the structures at Pico Boulevard and 17th Street. Alcoholic beverages, glass containers, barbecues and fireworks are prohibited anywhere on campus. Food, drink (except water) and furniture are prohibited on Corsair Field.

“Celebrate America” is sponsored by SMC, the city of Santa Monica, the SMC Associated Students and the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.

Information, (310) 434-3001 or www.smc.edu/.

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