Fourth of July holiday celebrations in the local area include the traditional fireworks display over the main channel in Marina del Rey and the 11th Annual Fourth of July Parade in Westchester.
The annual Marina del Rey fireworks extravaganza Sunday, July 4th is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. and last approximately 20 minutes, according to the county Department of Beaches and Harbors.
Earlier in the day at noon, the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce will present its Fourth of July Parade in Westchester.
The fireworks show over the Marina’s main channel will be choreographed to patriotic music which can be heard from loudspeakers at Burton Chace Park and on KXLU 88.9 in simulcast. This year’s display is presented by Zambelli Pyrotechnics, which originated more than 100 years ago in Italy.
County officials have indicated that the annual show may be discontinued next year unless additional funding sources are identified due to the budget crisis.
Two locations recommended for best viewing of this year’s event are Burton Chace Park at 13650 Mindanao Way and Fisherman’s Village at 13755 Fiji Way, as well as Marina del Rey and Playa del Rey beaches.
Parking is available in county lots throughout the Marina for a $7-10 entrance fee. Fisherman’s Village has parking for $1 per 20 minutes with a $10 maximum.
Marina del Rey WaterBus service will operate on the Fourth of July from 11 a.m. to midnight for a fare of $1 per person, one way. Season boarding passes are available for $30 and can be purchased from Hornblower Cruises & Events.
Boarding passes are available for purchase at seven boarding locations including Fisherman’s Village at 13755 Fiji Way; Burton Chace Park at 13650 Mindanao Way; Waterfront Walk/Fire
Station #110 at 4433 Admiralty Way; Marina “Mothers” Beach at 4101 Admiralty Way; Dolphin Marina at 13900 Panay Way, Dock Gate # C-200; Esprit I at 13900 Marquesas Way, Dock Gate #B-401 and Marina Harbor at 14028 Tahiti Way, Dock Gate # A-2200.
The summer weekend Beach Shuttle service from Playa Vista to Marina del Rey is another alternative way to travel around the Marina during the holiday weekend.
To download WaterBus and Beach Shuttle schedules,
At the yearly Westchester Fouth of July Parade thousands of—individuals line up to catch a glimpse of the parade. Chamber members along with other community members will march down Loyola Boulevard, starting at Westchester Park and ending at Loyola Marymount University.
This year’s theme is “Songs of America,” providing viewers with a festive, musical salute for the holiday.