Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Celebrate the 4th of July

Eager to watch fireworks on the fourth? Here’s a list of east San Fernando Valley displays and celebrations.

Annual San Fernando Valley Independence Day Celebration
A holiday celebration in the San Fernando Valley featuring music and other live entertainment, food, and fireworks. Take a swim(eww! or, uh, maybe not) in the 1.5-acre swim lake available for use during the day.
When: July 4, 10 am – 10:00 pm
Where: Hansen Dam Recreation Area, 11770 Foothill Blvd., Lake View Terrace
Cost: Free
Info: 1-888-LA PARKS (527-2757), www.laparks.org

Studio City - This is a fun-filled (and relatively expensive) family festival featuring exhibits, music, food, fireworks, a children’s fun zone, and a business exposition is held on the back lot at CBS Studios.
When: July 4, 5:00 – 9:30 pm, gates open at 4:30 pm
Where: CBS Studio Center, 4024 Radford Ave., Studio City, Los Angeles
Cost: Adults $15 advance, $20 at the gate, Children 6-12 $8 advance, $10 at the gate, add $20 for rooftop viewing access or pay $100 for VIP tickets.
Parking: Free
Info: 818-655-5916, www.studiocitychamber.com

Burbank, CA -  Burbank’s annual firework display and Starlight Bowl concert is one of the city’s favorite traditions. This concert kicks off the Starlight Bowl Summer Concert Series. On July 4, gates open at 6:00 pm, entertainment runs from 6:30 - 9:00 pm, and the fireworks show follows at 9:00 pm (weather permitting). This year, the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra will kick off the concert, which always features crowd favorite music and sing alongs. You can purchase your tickets online. Tickets cost between $10 - $20 each, with discounts available for seniors and students.

Just want fireworks? Do as we do – just pull up a piece of curb anywhere on the residential streets of the Burbank Benmar hills.  Best viewing is around Cambridge and Sunset Canyon.  Get wherever you’re going early, though – thousands of people do this every year and parking along the city streets gets quite tight.

Toluca Lake – Every year, the Lakeside Golf Club (4500 Lakeside, Burbank) has a terrific fireworks display that you can enjoy without being a country club member.  Just pull up a piece of curb on a residential street around the lake.  As in Burbank, this is quite popular, so get to the neighborhood early for best position and viewing.

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