Fourth of July 2011: Fireworks Celebrations In and Around the 818

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It’s always fun to go out to the beaches to watch fireworks on the Fourth of July, but there’s something to be said about staying close to home.  Check  out this list of spectacular firework festivals happening here and around the 818— from free to a paid ticket.  Happy 235th Birthday, America!

The 13th Annual July 4th Fireworks Festival at CBS Studio Center in Studio City

Let Freedom Ring at this one-of-a-kind fireworks festival live on a studio backlot with two different prices levels —general and VIP.  There is nothing like this Los Angeles. The general admission ticket features musical entertainers Boogie Nights on the mainstage. This  fun-filled annual family festival is hosted by CBS meterologist Josh Rubenstein and features  All American Smokehouse BBQ, a children’s fun zone, a green and business exposition for general admission ticketholders.

If you really want to light up the celebration, get the VIP ticket which includes dining in an air conditioned soundstage and rooftop fireworks viewing. Extra VIP perks include gourmet BBQ dinner, Millions of Milkshakes, taco bar, gourmet popcorn, cheese bar, beer and wine, vodka and whiskey tasting, boutique sake, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Horchata Bar, the Starbuck Jazz Quartet, Millions of Milkshakes — and of course, a spectacular aerial fireworks display!  Proceeds benefit The Lopez Foundation which is founded by actor George Lopez to help create change for underprivileged children and adults confronting challenges in education and health.

Pricing: General admission: Adults $20, Children 6-12 $10. Add $20 each for rooftop viewing access.  VIP tickets: Adults $100; child 5-12 $50, 3-5 $15.    Get your tickets at the Studio City Farmer’s Market on Sunday or the Studio City Chamber of Commerce.

Salute to the Soul of America in Burbank

Celebrate America at this fun and festive Independence Day event for the entire family in the hills of Burbank.  Enjoy a picnic and enjoy  The United States Air Force, Surfin’ USA and the Burbank Philharmonic for an evening of great entertainment filled with surprises. See a flyover, the induction of new enlistees, United States Air Force Veteran Daniel Rutherford singing the National Anthem and more.  Tickets: $8-$22; children under 2 and seniors are free. Parking, $8. 5:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. Starlight Bowl, 1249 Lockheed View Drive, Burbank.

Fireworks Spectacular at Calabasas High School

It’s a fun family 4th of July with fireworks at Calabasas High School. In addition to the fireworks, they will feature live music from Stone Soul featuring the best of 1960s Soul & Motown classics, a free family fun zone with a balloon artist, rides, crafts, games and the grand fireworks display! No alcohol.  Monday,  5 p.m., Fireworks at 9 p.m., Calabasas High School 22855 W. Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas.  Children under 2 Free. $11 person.

Annual San Fernando Valley Independence Day Celebration at Hansen Dam

This 4th of July Celebration at Hansen Dam is in its 17th year and celebrates “hometown heroes.” Check out gourmet food trucks, music, raffles and  prizes, free water slide, kid zone and other entertainment. Take a swim in the 1.5-acre swim lake which is available for use during the day.The fireworks show is orchestrated with patriotic music.  10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Hansen Dam Recreation Area, 11770 Foothill Blvd., Lake View Terrace.

July 4th Fireworks Spectacular with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl

Celebrate America’s birthday three nights straight under the stars with the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Daryl Hall and John Oates and the famed firework display. Fri-Sun, Jul 2-4, 7:30pm – Hollywood Bowl, 2301 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood. For tickets and more info, Tickets: $12-$168

Americafest 2010 at The Rose Bowl in Pasadena

There’s music, food and fireworks at ths 85th Annual Rose Bowl event. Entertainment to include live entertainment by the Jan & Dean Show featuring Dean Torrence, Mariachi Divas, band performance by DCI Phantom Regiment, Ives Brothers FMX motorcycle stunt and the Biggest Fireworks Show in Southern California Tickets $13. Children 7 & under FREE. Active Military with ID FREE.  2 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena.

4th of July Spectacular in Northridge (Porter Ranch)

This free festival and fireworks show at Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch includes moon bounces and face painting for the children, an outdoor stage show as well as optional food purchases from over a dozen local food vendors. The finale is an aerial fireworks display. July 4, 4:30 pm – 10 pm, Gates open at 4:30 p.m..Shepherd of the Hills Church , 19700 Rinaldi Street, Porter Ranch, CA 91326.

Annual Dennis P. Zine July 4th Extravaganza in Woodland Hills

This Fourth of July fireworks festival in the West Valley is part of the Concert on the Green series with food vendors, a play zone, a free concert and fireworks show. The featured entertainment is the 110-piece Los Angeles Pierce Symphonic Winds and Taylor Made, the James Taylor Tribute Band. 6 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:05 pm. Warner Park, 5800, Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills.

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