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Fireworks, Festivities for the Fourth

Holiday: Cities around the county are offering a variety of activities to mark Independence Day.

July 03, 2002

Fireworks displays, festivals and other Fourth of July activities are scheduled around Ventura County. Events take place Thursday unless otherwise noted.


The Pleasant Valley/Somis Lions Club will host its annual fireworks at Freedom Park beginning at 4 p.m. The event includes food, Jolly Jumpers, a rock-climbing wall and live entertainment. Fireworks start at 9:10 p.m. The park is at the Camarillo Airport, off Pleasant Valley Road, between Eubanks Street and Freedom Park Drive. Free admission. 484-8388, Ext. 395.


The annual Star Spangled Car Show & Festival will feature more than 300 street cars, classics, hot rods and trucks at Central Park, and along Central Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Arts and crafts vendors, food, live entertainment, vintage-train rides, military displays and children's activities are included. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. at the Fillmore High School football field, 555 Central Ave.; gates open at 6 p.m. Free. 524-3701.


The city will hold its annual Third of July Fireworks Extravaganza from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at Arroyo Vista Community Park, 4550 Tierra Rejada Road. There will be music, carnival games, tug-of-war, a climbing wall, an inflatable slide, Jolly Jumpers and food court. Performers include Raymond Michael with his Elvis Presley tribute at 4:30 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. $1. 517-6300.


The Ojai Music Festival's jazz concert, "American Salute," will feature the 18-piece Henry Mancini Alumni Big Band at 5:30 p.m. at Libbey Bowl. $15 general; $12 senior citizens; $5 children 6 to 17; free 5 and younger. 646-2053.

The Ojai Independence Day Committee will hold several activities. A downtown parade from Country Club Drive to Park Road starts at 10 a.m. Picnic in the Park with food, contests, games and entertainment begins at 11:30 a.m. at Sarzotti Park, 510 Park Road. Gates open at 5 p.m. at Nordhoff High School stadium, 1401 Maricopa Highway, for a concert featuring Soul City Survivors, starting at 6 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. $8 general, $3 children. 646-4295.


Channel Islands Harbor will host festivities beginning at 11 a.m. with a children's parade, followed by live entertainment, arts and crafts, a rock-climbing wall, food, children's activities, farmers market and tall-ship tours, until 5:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Free. 985-4852.

Simi Valley

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library's annual holiday affair from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. includes entertainment, games, presidential look-alikes, face painting, storytelling, food and a concert by the Los Angeles Police Department Concert Band. Free. The museum is at 40 Presidential Drive. Museum admission is $5 general, $3 for senior citizens 62 and older, free for children 15 and younger. (800) 410-8354.

Gates open at 3 p.m. at Simi Valley High School, 5400 Cochran St., for food and crafts booths, live entertainment and a skydiving team. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. $9 general, $6 children. 584-4400.

Thousand Oaks

Family open swim, noon to 4 p.m., Thousand Oaks High School and Newbury Park High School pools. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. Best viewing at The Oaks mall, north parking lot, Ventura Freeway at Lynn Road, Thousand Oaks. Both events free. 381-2747.

Maestro Elmer Ramsey will lead his 30th annual Conejo Pops Orchestra holiday concert at 5 p.m. at Conejo Community Park, Dover and Hendrix avenues, Thousand Oaks. Free. 495-6471.


The city's fair on downtown's Main Street, between Fir Street and Ventura Avenue, will run from 10:30 to 5 p.m. It will include a Push'em-Pull'em Parade at 10:30 a.m., entertainment on six stages, experimental aircraft flyovers, food and crafts. Free. 654-7749.

The Rotary Club of Ventura and Ventura College will host their annual show from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the college athletic field, 4667 Telegraph Road. Featured will be the Rubicon Theatre Company, zydeco band Acadiana and others, youth games, strolling entertainers and food. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. $8 general, $5 children. 642-2358.

Westlake Village

The Westlake Yacht Club will hold boat races and a parade at Westlake Lake. An electric boat race starts at 10:30 a.m., the round-the-island small sailboat race at 12:30 p.m. and the Decorated Boat Parade at 4 p.m. Entry fee, $4; viewing is free. Westlake Lake is on the 32000 block of Lindero Canyon Road. (818) 889-4820.

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