Santa Monica College’s popular annual outdoor festival and fireworks show, “Celebrate America,” will return to Corsair Field Saturday, June 25.

This year’s celebration will once again include picnicking, which had been prohibited the past couple years because of concerns about impacts to the new artificial turf.

The festival, held in honor of Independence Day, traditionally a week early, will include live entertainment, community service booths, beach balls and food. New to this year’s celebration will be a live auction from the stage with prizes donated by Santa Monica area businesses.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. and entertainment, including the Texas Jump and Louisiana Blues sounds of Chris Mulkey and Deluxe, begins at 6:30 p.m. Pryo Spectaculars’ fireworks are scheduled to begin at dusk, around 9 p.m.

Admission to the event is free but donations are welcome. Parking is $5. Alcoholic beverages, glass containers, barbecues, fireworks and chairs with pointed legs are prohibited.

Corsair Field is in the 2200 block of 16th Street in Santa Monica.

Presenting sponsors of the event are SMC and the city of Santa Monica. Major sponsors are the SMC Associated Students and Bourget Brothers Building Materials in Santa Monica.

Information, (310) 434-3001, or