Local fireworks displays in Santa Monica and Marina del Rey, a Muscle Beach contest in Venice and an annual community parade in Westchester will add some sparks to Independence Day celebrations throughout the community.
MARINA FIREWORKS — A traditional fireworks display will be launched from Marina del Rey’s main channel starting at 9 p.m. Independence Day, Tuesday, 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. 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.
In addition, the Marina CoastLink Water Shuttle Service will operate from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Monday, 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 elsewhere in this issue.)
Information on the fireworks display and street closures, (310) 305-9545.
MR. AND MS. MUSCLE BEACH — The traditional Fourth of July bodybuilding and physique contest is the second of three competitions that celebrate the spring and summer holidays and keep the Muscle Beach culture alive.
The Mr. and Ms. Muscle Beach competition combines “posing and “patriotism,” organizers say, and registration of participants begins at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 4th, at the Venice Beach Recreation Center, 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice.
The event will feature a bodybuilding contest and a physique contest for women based on “toned and sexy bodies” that was added in recent years.
Pre-judging of competing athletes will begin at 10 a.m., followed by a parade of competitors and a presentation of colors by a U.S. Army color guard. The finals then continue through the afternoon until about 5 p.m.
The open competition, presented by Joe Wheatley Productions, charges a $50 entry fee per competitor. Spectator admission is free.
Among the day’s highlights will be the induction of Bill Grant, Bill Pearl and Charlie Fautz into the Muscle Beach Hall of Fame. Grant won the titles of Mr. America in 1972 and Mr. World in 1974; Pearl won the title of Mr. America in 1953, Mr. USA in 1956 and Mr. Universe in 1953, 1961, 1967 and 1971; and Fautz was a Muscle Beach pioneer and a notable competitive bodybuilder, according to the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, the agency that sponsors the event.
Information, (310) 399-2775.
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, 1 LMU Drive, Westchester.
Spectators can assemble along Loyola Boulevard to view the parade, which will include floats, marching bands and displays by community service groups.
Mainstay participants in the parade include the local PT Cruiser Club, the Rotary Club of Westchester, the Kentwood Players community theater group, the Westchester High School Marching Band and a group that displays Great Pyrenees dogs.
The event is organized by the Westchester/LAX-Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce. Information, (310) 645-5151.
SMC FIREWORKS — 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, July 1st — 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 rock group the Tom Nolan Band and “smooth jazz” with Anthony Long.
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.