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Fourth of July Celebrations in the San Fernando Valley PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alex Garcia, Sun Contributing Writer   
Thursday, 03 July 2014 03:20

It's time for fireworks and barbecue as the nation stops to commemorate it's 238th Independence Day.

There are plenty of places in the San Fernando Valley to enjoy a day of entertainment, food and brilliance lighting up the night sky.

You can start the day at the traditional Fourth of July Parade organized by the Valley Village Homeowners Association. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. at Colfax Charter Elementary School, 11724 Addison Street.

Neighbors are encouraged to make it a red, white and blue celebration and create their own homemade floats and displays. The parade ends at Valley Village Park, 200 Westpark Drive, where the Association provides corn dogs, watermelon, cold drinks and pancakes. The parade includes two marching bands from North Hollywood High School and Birmingham Community Charter High School.

Another parade organized by the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council takes place at 10 a.m. in that Valley neighborhood. The event begins at 10 a.m. at the corner of Foothill Boulrvard and Mt. Gleason and heads to Sunland Park.

The parade is a hit for water- spraying enthusiasts. It's become a tradition that both floats and parade watchers throw water at each other, particularly when it reaches the Sunland Park.

After the parades, you can head out to the different festivals in each corner of the Valley.

You can remain in the Sunland- Tujunga area and head to Verdugo Hills High School, 10625 Plainview Ave. in Tujunga. The event begins at 5 p.m. and culminates with an amazing fireworks display at 9 p.m. Entrance fee is $7 and all proceeds benefit the Verdugo Hills High School Community Grant Fund.

Another place to enjoy a Fourth of July Festival and Fireworks in the eastern part of the Valley is at Hansen Dam, which has been holding a Fourth of July Celebration for the past 20 years.

The fun begins at 4 p.m. and this year's entertainment includes the McCrarys', Jimmy Angel, Danza Temachtia Quetzalcoatl and Ballet Folklórico "Las Estrellitas." There will also be games, rides and food booths at the park, located at 11770 Foothill Blvd., in Lake View Terrace. Parking is $10.

An Independence Day celebration is also held at the Starlight Bowl in Burbank. The entertainment kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with the Surfaris, Surfin' (a Tribute to the Beach Boys) and is followed by The Tokens. A fireworks extravaganza starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20-$25 and parking is $8 (cash only). Gates open at 5:30 p.m. at 1249 Lockheed View Drive in Burbank.

If you're in the western part of the San Fernando Valley, you can head over to the July Fourth Fireworks Extravaganza at Warner Center, 5800 Topanga Canyon in Woodland Hills.

This year's celebration begins at 6 p.m. and features Mrs. Robinson's Decades Band, a professional tribute band featuring some of the greatest hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s, followed by Urban Xtreme, a teen pop girl group with an international following resulting from their appearance on the Disney Channel's Make Your Mark-Shake It Up show. Everything ends with a fireworks show that kicks off at 9:08 p.m.