Local communities are gearing up for annual Fourth of July celebrations and events, including fireworks in Marina del Rey and Santa Monica, a live music event on the Marina Peninsula and a parade in Westchester.
MARINA FIREWORKS — A traditional fireworks display will be launched from Marina del Rey’s main channel starting at 9 p.m. Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4th. The fireworks will last about 20 minutes.
The show is presented by the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors, and the fireworks will be orchestrated by Zambelli Pyrotechnics, a company that originated about 100 years ago in Italy.
County officials recommend viewing the fireworks from Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey; or Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. Admission is free, but parking in county lots ranges from $5 to $8.
The fireworks are choreographed to “patriotic music,” which will be broadcast in sync with the display on the Loyola Marymount University radio station KXLU 88.9 FM. The music will be relayed over loudspeakers in Burton Chace Park.
In addition, the Marina del Rey WaterBus service will operate from 11 a.m. to midnight Wednesday, July 4th, offering an alternative way to travel around the Marina, as a number of streets in the Marina will be closed temporarily throughout the day. (See story on page 10.) The WaterBus fare is $1.
Information on the fireworks display and street closures, (310) 305-9545.
MR. AND MS. MUSCLE BEACH — The second of three of this season’s Muscle Beach Venice physique contests, organized by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and presented by Joe Wheatley Productions, will take place Wednesday, July 4th, at the Venice Beach Recreation Center, 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice.
The Mr. and Ms. Muscle Beach Bodybuilding and Figure Championship will begin to register amateur bodybuilding competitors at 7:30 a.m. Pre-judging starts at 10:30 a.m. and the event continues throughout the afternoon. At 1 p.m., there will be a parade of athletes and a presentation by the U.S. Army color guard.
One of the day’s highlights will be the induction of Franco Columbu and Abbye “Pudgy” Stockton into the Muscle Beach Bodybuilding Hall of Fame. Columbu was Mr. Olympia in 1976 and 1981. Stockton, one of the pioneers of the original Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, is being honored posthumously, along with her husband Les Stockton.
The entry fee for the Mr. and Ms. Muscle Beach contest is $75 for competitors, but spectator admission is free.
Information, (310) 399-2775.
MARINAPALOOZA — Marinapalooza, a Fourth of July block party centered around an all-day musical lineup, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 4th, with a stage at 23 Catamaran Street on the Marina Peninsula.
Bands scheduled to play include the Stevie Natale Band, Gypsy, Jungle City, Rebel Soul Band, The Spanks, Gus Company, Nikhil Korula, Amee Jana & Divine Crime and Splintergroup.
The event will include a charity fundraising raffle to benefit the Surfrider Foundation.
Information, (310) 729-4325.
WESTCHESTER PARADE — Community organizations and individuals marching in the annual Fourth of July Westchester Parade plan to assemble at 11 a.m. at Loyola Boulevard and Manchester Avenue. Marchers will proceed on Loyola Boulevard until they reach Loyola Marymount University (LMU), 1 LMU Drive, Westchester. Seating is available along Loyola Boulevard all the way to LMU.
Spectators can assemble along Loyola Boulevard to view the parade, which will include floats, marching bands and displays by community service groups.
The grand marshal at this year’s parade is FOX 11 news reporter Elizabeth Espinosa.
Mainstay participants in the parade include the Rotary Club of Westchester, the Kentwood Players community theater group, the Locke High School Marching Band and the Great Pyrenees Alliance of the West, a group that displays Great Pyrenees dogs.
The event is organized by the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce. Information, (310) 645-5151.
CELEBRATE AMERICA — Santa Monica College organizes an early Fourth of July celebration each year on the college’s Corsair Field, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Admission is free.
Highlights of the event, Saturday, June 30th — called “Celebrate America” — include a fireworks show and live musical entertainment.
Gates open at 5 p.m. and entertainment begins at 6 p.m. The event is free, but parking is $5 and donations are requested.
In addition to the fireworks, this year’s entertainment includes rhythm-and-blues groups House Brew and the J.D. Hall Band.
Event-goers are invited to bring picnic dinners, and food will be sold by vendors, but alcohol, glass containers, barbecues and personal fireworks are prohibited, according to Santa Monica College.
Information, (310) 434-3000.