Westchester tenth annual Fourth of July parade

The LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce will celebrate our nation’s birthday at its Tenth Annual Fourth of July Parade, “Westchester on Parade,” beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 4th.

The parade will feature parade entries from “America Through the Decades.”

Chamber members along with other community members will march down Loyola Boulevard, starting at Westchester Park and ending at Loyola Marymount University, a route which is reversed from last year.

The parade will mark the first public outing for newly inducted Chamber Chairman of the Board Tom Flintoft of Rose & Kindel. Also making her first appearance as honorary mayor is Diane Barretti of Sievers/Burnett Press.

Each year, thousands of individuals line up and down Loyola Boulevard in Westchester with flags waving, to catch a glimpse of the parade as it moves towards Loyola Marymount University. This year’s theme is “America Through the Decades.”

Chamber members thank the local business community its contributions to the parade this year.

Marina del Rey fireworks

The traditional fireworks extravaganza over the main channel in Marina del Rey is scheduled Saturday evening, July 4th, starting promptly at 9 p.m. and lasting approximately 20 minutes.

This year’s display presents the famed Zambelli Pyrotechnics, which originated more than 100 years ago in Italy and follows a tradition of large fireworks finales, a county Department of Beaches and Harbors spokesperson said.

The fireworks are choreographed to patriotic music, which will be broadcast in sync with the display over FM radio KXLU, 88.9 on the dial. Those watching the show can tune their radios to listen to the simulcast. The music will be relayed over loudspeakers in Burton Chace Park.

Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, and Fisherman’s Village, at 13755 Fiji Way, as well as the beaches in Marina del Rey and Playa del Rey are considered premiere locations for viewing the pyrotechnic extravaganza. Parking is available in county lots throughout the Marina for a $5 to $7 entrance fee and at Fisherman’s Village for $1 per half hour, $8 maximum.

Marina del Rey WaterBus service will operate on July 4th from 11 a.m. to midnight for a fare of $1 per person, one way. Tickets are available for purchase at seven boarding locations including:

n Fisherman’s Village at 13755 Fiji Way; Burton Chace Park at 13650 Mindanao Way; Waterfront Walk/Fire Station #110 at 4433 Admiralty Way; Marina “Mother’s” Beach at 4101 Admiralty Way; Dolphin Marina at 13900 Panay Way, Dock Gate # C-200; Esprit I at 13900 Marquesas Way, Dock Gate #B-417; and Marina Harbor at 14028 Tahiti Way, Dock Gate # A-2200.

The Beach Shuttle will provide service from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Information, marinadelrey.lacounty.gov/.

Santa Monica hometown parade

The second annual hometown parade presented by the Ocean Park Association will be held in Santa Monica Saturday, July 4th.

Led by Fire Chief Jim Hone, this year’s honorary grand marshall, the parade starts at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Santa Monica Civic Center. Last year, neighbors young and old, marching bands, civic groups, sports teams and others marched or cruised down Main Street for the parade.

Registration is required to participate in the parade. For information and applications, the Ocean Park Association’s Parade Line at (310) 564-1968 or www.opa-sm.org/.

Santa Monica holiday traffic and street closure information

Heavy holiday traffic is anticipated west of Lincoln Boulevard throughout the Fourth of July weekend.—Expect delays while driving through the area.

The Santa Monica Pier will be closed to vehicular traffic from Thursday, July 2nd at midnight through Sunday, July 5th at midnight.—All of the Pier’s shops, rides and attractions will be open during their regularly scheduled hours of operation and the Pier will be accessible to pedestrian traffic.

The following streets will be closed July 4th from 6 a.m. until noon for the parade:

n Main Street between Colorado Avenue and Marine Street; Neilson Way between Ocean Park Boulevard and Barnard Way; Barnard Way between Ocean Park Boulevard and Neilson Way.—As a result of these street closures, Beach Lot 5 South at 2600 Barnard Way will be closed on July 4th from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Special discounted parking is available at—the Civic Center Structure/Lot, 333 Civic Center Drive, and the Main Library Structure, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

Information, (310) 458-8411 or www.smgov.net/.

Fancy Dress Swim

ONE Santa Monica is holding a Fancy Dress Swim at Ocean Park Beach, Saturday July 4th, after the Santa Monica hometown parade to raise money for World Swim Against Malaria. Participants plan to wear suits and dresses and wade into the Pacific for the event. Each five dollars donated buys a mosquito bed net and helps protect a child from contracting malaria. Coordinator Herley Jim Bowling says, “Malaria is one of the planet’s most deadly diseases, killing the equivalent of seven jumbo jets full of children daily.” “With World Swim Against Malaria, 100 percent of donations received go to purchasing bed nets.”

Information, www.worldswimagainstmalaria.com/.