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Where They'll Light Up the Sky for the Fourth

July 04, 2002

Los Angeles County

* More than 50 communities in Los Angeles County are having holiday fireworks displays. For information, call the Los Angeles County Fire Department Fireworks Hotline at (888) 654-3473. Here are some of the options:

Burbank--The Starlight Bowl will host a Fourth of July concert starring the Tonight Show All-Star Band with guest vocalist Gloria Loring, followed by a fireworks display. Starlight Bowl, 1249 Lockheed View Drive. 6 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. $16. (818) 525-3721.

Hollywood Bowl--Americana rules at the Target July 4th salute to America's birthday. Award-winning composer John Williams leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and James Taylor will sing along in this patriotic program that includes Sousa marches and a fireworks display. Singer-songwriter Taylor is the guest performer for the evening. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. 7:30 p.m. $5-$30 for bench seats; $38-$80 for box seats. (323) 850-2000.

Lake View Terrace--The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a Fourth of July celebration featuring live music, including opera, pop, ethnic folk and country-western, plus food and fireworks, at the Hansen Dam Recreation Area. Hansen Dam Recreation Area, 11770 Foothill Blvd. Noon-9 p.m. Fireworks begin at dusk. Free admission and parking. (818) 896-6215.

Long Beach--The Queen Mary will be the site of a four-day weekend carnival of activities (today, noon-11 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 1-11 p.m.) that includes food, displays, entertainment, dancing under the stars, plus admission to the Scorpion submarine and the Queen Mary's "Behind the Scenes" guided tour and its self-guided "Ghosts & Legends" tour. The fireworks spectacular takes place today only. The fireworks are visible from across Long Beach Harbor, while those aboard the ship will hear a special musical score. Queen Mary Events Park, 1126 Queen's Highway. $19-$23, adults; $17, seniors and military; $15, ages 3-11. (562) 435-3511.

Marina del Rey--The fireworks display over the harbor can be viewed from land or sea, from such locations as Marina Beach, Fisherman's Village, Marina del Rey Peninsula and Burton Chace Park. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. 9 p.m. Free. (310) 305-9595.

Pasadena--A ticket to the Rose Bowl tonight gets you two shows in one: a match between the L.A. Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes and a 15-minute fireworks spectacular after the final whistle. Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena. 7 p.m. $8-$22; $65 for a special Independence Day Pack of four tickets. (626) 577-3100.

Pomona--The Fairplex will present "Kaboom!," its Fourth of July celebration featuring fireworks, monster trucks and extreme air motorcycles. Fairplex Gate 17, Fairplex Drive, Pomona. 8 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. $10-$17.50, ages 2 and younger free. Parking is $6. (909) 623-3111.

Studio City--The Fourth of July Picnic and Fireworks Spectacular at the CBS Studio Center begins with a country music concert including Chris Cagle and Tommy Walker and the C.A. Worship Band. This fourth annual event benefits Olive Crest Homes and Services for Abused Children. There will be skateboard, taiko drumming and martial arts demonstrations as well as an antique car show. A fireworks display will close the evening. CBS Studio Center, 4024 Radford Ave., Studio City. 5-9:30 p.m. $20, adults; $10, 4-12 years; police and fire personnel with ID and children 5 and younger are free. (818) 655-7744.

Valencia--Strictly USA, a salute to patriotism at Magic Mountain, will feature jazz, '80s rock and country bands throughout the day, with balloon sculptors, face painters and performers throughout the park. The day will be capped with 15 minutes of red, white and blue fireworks choreographed to patriotic tunes. Six Flags Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. 10 a.m.-midnight. $42, adults; $26.99, children. (661) 255-4817.

Walnut--The fun will include live entertainment, a ceremony conducted by the U.S. Air Force and fireworks. Walnut High School, 400 N. Pierre Road, Walnut. 5 p.m. $5, adults; $3, children 3-13 years; children under 2 are free. (909) 598-5605.

West Covina--Ambitious Americans in West Covina will start the day with a 5K walk at 7 a.m., followed by a pancake breakfast, but that's just for starters. There'll be a chili cook-off, a beer garden, arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment, raffles, carnival rides and, of course, fireworks. Cameron Park, 1305 E. Cameron Ave., West Covina. Free. (626) 814-8430.

Woodland Hills--The Valley Cultural Center presents its first fireworks show set to live music. KBIG-FM personality Charlie Tuna will host the festivities, which include the LA Hip Kids, the Bob Dylan tribute band Highway 61 Revisited and 1960s recording artists the We Five. The SRO 17 Piece Big Band will provide a musical background to the fireworks show. Warner Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. 5:30 p.m. Free. (818) 704-1358.

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