The Marina del Rey 4th of July Fire-works Show is among L.A.’s best Photo by Mike Yokotake

The Marina del Rey 4th of July Fire-works Show is among L.A.’s best
Photo by Mike Yokotake

Marina del Rey and Culver City go all out with fireworks shows for July 4

No traditional Independence Day celebration is complete without a fireworks show, and Westsiders are fortunate to have two of L.A.’s best right here in our own backyard:

Marina del Rey 4th of July Fireworks Show

A 20-minute light show hosted by Los Angeles County and performed once again by Zambelli Fireworks International, the Marina del Rey 4th of July Fireworks Show stands out not only for its pyrotechnic prowess, but also for its unique harbor location.

“It is right over the water, and just being able to have the vantage point of viewing it from the land side of the harbor or being on a vessel in the harbor is different from other firework displays in the area,” L.A. County Dept. of Beaches and Harbors spokeswoman Carol Baker said.

The fireworks begin promptly at 9 p.m., with Burton Chace Park (13650 Mindanao Way), Fisherman’s Village (13755 Fiji Way), and Mother’s Beach (4101 Admiralty Way) encouraged as prime viewing locations.

Burton Chace Park once again features a KXLU 88.9-FM broadcast of synchronized music over loud speakers — mostly traditional patriotic songs in years past, but remixed this year to include a wider range of familiar tunes.

“The musical arrangement will be a little different this year. It is a little more contemporary,” Baker said.

Baker encourages visitors to come early to spend some time enjoying the marina and to secure a good viewing spot.

“The fireworks are a highlight and the main event, but most families make a day of it and stay in the park or find another vantage point like Fisherman’s Village to view the firework display. They really enjoy themselves all day long,” she said.

Arriving early not only increases the fun factor, it also makes the outing more stress free—especially when it comes to finding parking, as there’s no street parking in the marina and most county-run public lots fill up by 6 p.m. or even earlier.

Once in the marina, consider riding the Marina del Rey WaterBus, operating from 11 a.m. to midnight, or the Beach Shuttle, operating from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., to get around after you’ve parked.

— Sam Catanzaro

Culver City Fourth of July Fireworks Show

Culver City’s annual fireworks show at West L.A. College is no pyrotechnic quick stop — it’s a four-hour patriotic affair complete with 16 food trucks, live music, raffles, carnival games and some 15,000 to 20,000 people in attendance

The event, presented by the Exchange Club of Culver City, begins at 4 p.m. with fireworks starting at 8 p.m. and running for nearly 30 minutes.

Last year’s fireworks show (the Exchange Club’s first at West L.A. College) was big but this year’s is even bigger, with launch points on the top of various campus buildings and The Firefall — a mesmerizing cascade of falling fireworks — making a celebrated return.

“This is the biggest and most-attended event at any of the Los Angeles community colleges, year-round,” Exchange Club of Culver City President John Cohn said.

The Exchange Club has been hosting fireworks shows in Culver City for more than 40 years, the event doubling as a fundraiser for local youth development and child abuse prevention activities.

The club encourages attendees make a $5 donation (except for kids 5 and under).

Parking on campus costs $10, with entrances at both 9000 Overland Ave. and 10100 Jefferson Blvd.

Another option is to catch the Culver City Green Bus, which will be running a special route from the Culver Westfield Mall to Overland Avenue and Venice Boulevard, with stops on both Overland and Sepulveda Boulevard. The fare is just $1 each way.

Visitors are encouraged to bring picnic baskets and blankets, but chairs with sharp edges and pets are not allowed.

“We love your dogs and cats, but I don’t think your dogs and cats are going to love this,” Cohn said.

Call (310) 429-2850 or visit culvercityfireworksshow.com for more information.

— Billy Singleton

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