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SUMMERTIME : Patriot Games: 4th of July Roundup : New citizens will be sworn in and parks will offer barbecues, music and games. Rockets will glare from Thousand Oaks to Castaic Lake.

June 26, 1992|HEATHER MORGAN | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Heather Morgan is a regular contributor to The Times

For many children, the Fourth of July seems extra special, for no better reason than it comes smack dab in the middle of summer. There isn't another holiday in sight for months. So what better way to beat the heat than with picnics and music and, of course, fireworks.

And regardless of age, these are still pretty good reasons.

"It's a wonderful day for people to come together and have a good time," said Jess Margarito, director of the 66th annual San Fernando Fireworks Show. "We have a real feeling of community here, and this holiday gives us the chance to express it."

But fireworks aren't the only tradition that the city of San Fernando will honor this year.

About 100 new American citizens will be sworn in before the show.

"Sometimes we forget the meaning behind July 4. It's more than just a party," Margarito said. "It's about education, setting goals, becoming something and giving it back to those who are less fortunate. We are so proud of these new Americans. They add another layer of strength to our community."

The fireworks begin at 8:15 p.m. at San Fernando's Recreation Park, 208 Park Ave. Admission is free. For information, call (818) 361-7155.

To continue the spirit of the Fourth of July celebration, this year the city will hold its annual San Fernando Fiesta on July 18 and 19 at the same location. Included are games, carnival rides for children, entertainment and refreshments. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Admission is free. Call (818) 361-1184.

Here are other Fourth of July celebrations:

* Lancaster will sponsor its fifth annual Fourth of July Show at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, 155 E. Ave. I. Family fun and entertainment will be stressed at this daylong event that begins at 12:30 p.m. There will be strolling clowns, magic shows, games, carnival rides and several stages with music ranging from golden oldies and rock 'n' roll to surf tunes.

The "sky concert" will begin at 9 p.m., with as many as 800 rockets being fired off. Admission is free. Call (805) 723-6077.

* Burbank will hold its fourth annual Fourth of July Fireworks Show at John Burroughs High School Stadium, 120 Clark Ave. Called "Discover America," this year's show will feature historical vignettes surrounding such patriotic themes as the American West and the Statue of Liberty.

Art Depew and His Orchestra will play big-band music before the fireworks display, which is set to begin about 9:30 p.m. Gates open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $4. Call (818) 953-9572.

* Santa Clarita will present a variety of Fourth of July events, beginning with a 9 a.m. Independence Day 5-K Run at Newhall Park, 24923 Newhall Ave. The "Stars and Stripes Festival," scheduled from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the park, will emphasize family fun. There will be several stages with continuous entertainment from jazz and rock bands to classical ensembles and dancing. The event is free. Call (805) 255-4910.

* Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia will offer its Fourth of July Fireworks Show in addition to its regular rides and entertainment. "Batman" is the theme of this year's 20-minute fireworks extravaganza beginning about 9:15 p.m. at Mystic Lake. The amusement park is off the Magic Mountain exit of the Golden State Freeway.

Admission is $25, $16 for senior citizens, $14 for children under 48 inches and free for children 2 and younger. Call (805) 255-4111 or (818) 367-5965.

* "Discover America" is the theme of the 14th annual Fourth of July Fireworks and Entertainment Show at the North Campus of Cal State Northridge, Devonshire Street and Zelzah Avenue. Sponsored by the Tri-Chambers of Commerce (Chatsworth, Northridge and Granada Hills), activities will begin at 2 p.m., with lots of family contests such as the Great American Water Balloon Toss, Revolutionary Tug of War and the Betsy Ross Pie-Eating Contest. Entertainment includes the Coasters and a sky-diving performance.

The 45-minute fireworks show, which includes ground as well as aerial displays, begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $7, $5 for children 12 and younger. Parking is $1. Call (818) 341-2428.

* Los Angeles County, Castaic Lake State Recreation Area and Quinn Productions will present the second annual Fourth of July Miracle Fireworks Show at Castaic Lake. The aerial show will begin at 9:15 p.m. with about 1,100 shells being fired into the sky. Gates will open at 6 p.m. Live entertainment will include Ron Marshall and the Silver Creek Band and the George Stone Big Band with members from William S. Hart High School. Following the fireworks until midnight, three rock bands, The Regulators, Red Rebel Devils and The Jesters, will perform.

The lake is off the Parker Road exit of the Golden State Freeway. Admission is $10 general, $5 for children 6 to 12, free for children under 6; a portion of the proceeds will go to Comic Relief. Call (805) 257-4050.

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