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Annual 4th of July Fireworks Show Cancelled Due to Major Construction at West Los Angeles College: Alternatives for Nearby Shows and Celebrations!

Post Date:05/31/2019 8:50 AM

Fireworks Show Cancellation 2019Due to major construction at West Los Angeles College, the Annual 4th of July Fireworks Show, produced by the Culver City Exchange Club and sponsored by the City of Culver City and the County of Los Angeles, will not take place this year.

For the last three years, the show has taken place at West Los Angeles College: an ideal location because of its ample parking, facilities and reduced neighborhood impacts. The College is undergoing a $60 million improvement that will enhance outdoor gathering spaces, increase green space, improve pedestrian access and establish enhanced infrastructure and technologies for the future. Due to extensive campus-wide construction, the fireworks show cannot be safely accommodated this year.

“We value the relationship with the Exchange Club and the City of Culver City, and appreciate the communities’ understanding as the college continues to grow,” said Dr. Jim Limbaugh, President of West Los Angeles College. “As we move into our 50th year, we are excited about the two new buildings currently under construction that will expand our programs for paralegal, computer science and business as well as house a state-of-the-art soundstage unlike anything else in the nation. Last year, we postponed construction to host the 2018 Fireworks Show, but the work is currently too encompassing to comfortably host this year’s event. We are hopeful that we can welcome the event back in 2020.”

The City of Culver City is committed to working with the Exchange Club the County of Los Angeles and West Los Angeles College to proactively produce an exciting program and event next year.

“The Club, along with the City of Culver City, hopes to be able to bring back an even better event in 2020 and wishes everyone in Culver City a happy and safe 4th of July,” said Culver City Exchange Club President Francia Fate.

Community Celebrations and Nearby Viewing Options

“While we’re sad the Fireworks show that the City has sponsored, supported and enjoyed for the past 53 years cannot take place in 2019, we’re making the most out of this year’s July 4th celebration by looking to our neighbors and friends to create a new kind of Independence Day memory,” said Culver City Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells. “With neighborhood block parties here in Culver City and fireworks shows in the surrounding area, there are several ways to celebrate within and near our community.”

Fireworks shows in the nearby vicinity include:

Celebrate America at Santa Monica College
4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on June 29, 2019
Cost: $5 Parking
SMC’s Independence Day Celebration is popular on the Westside.

Exposition Park Fireworks
Noon to 9:30 p.m. on July 4, 2019
Cost: Free
4th of July Community Festival and Fireworks Show has family games, food trucks, entertainment (beginning at Noon), and fireworks (9:00 p.m.) on the south lawn at Exposition Park (Exposition Park Drive & Bill Robertson Lane).

Grand Park + The Music Center’s Fourth of July Block Party
3:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on July 4, 2019
Cost: Free
Hear live music on stage, play games, buy drinks and food, and watch 9 p.m. fireworks at the 4th of July Block Party in Grand Park.

Marina del Rey Fireworks Celebration
Fireworks at 9:00 p.m. on July 4, 2019
Cost: Free
Marina del Rey offers a 20-minute fireworks show that starts at 9:00 p.m. Attendees can catch the show from the shore or the water.

Westchester Fourth of July Parade
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
On Tuesday, July 4, 2019 the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce will presents a parade donning the theme of ‘America, Better Together!’

El Segundo Fourth of July Celebration
10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
El Segundo’s annual all-day Fourth of July celebration will offer food, games, contests and music.  To buy wristbands for grandstand seats, call 310-524-2700.

Want to Avoid Traffic? Consider taking public transportation, such as Culver CityBus. Follow the Culver CityBus on Facebook and Twitter for the latest route updates. 

Hosting a Neighborhood Party? Residential Block Party applications are available online or at the Public Works/Engineering Division on the second floor of City Hall. If you are interested in applying, please call 310-253-5600 to understand requirements and process. Applications must be submitted no later than 15 full City Hall working-days prior to the proposed Block Party date.

Having a Picnic in the Park? There are a few picnic spaces still available at several neighborhood parks. Please visit the Parks, Recreation and Community Services website or call 310-253-6650 to reserve a space today.