SMC’s annual Independence Day fireworks show happens this weekend
The Fourth of the July happens in June at Santa Monica City College, where free fireworks and entertainment celebrate Independence Day early on Saturday, June 25.

The annual “Celebrate America” fireworks show begins at 9 p.m., but gates to Corsair Field open at 5 p.m. and the parking lot opens an hour before that for early birds.

The Chris Mulkey Band lends a country rock soundtrack to the evening from 7 to 9 p.m., and new SMC Superintendent-President Kathryn E. Jeffrey is on hand for a meet-and-greet.

Bring your own picnic meal — just be sure to leave booze, glass containers, barbecues, cigarettes, sparklers and chairs with pointy legs at home —  or visit food service booths hosted by the SMC Veterans Center, Kettle Corn and Stuff, Big King Burgers and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

But do bring some non-perishable goods: the Associated Students of SMC and Westside Food Bank are holding a food drive for students in need.
— Christina Campodonico


“Celebrate America” happens from 5 to 9 p.m. at Corsair Field, Santa Monica City College, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Free, but parking is $5 at Pico Boulevard and 17th Street. Call (310) 434-3001or visit