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Celebrate the 4th of July with some good old-fashioned fireworks.

June 28, 2007

THE Fourth of July is about freedom, democracy and independence -- great ideals that get celebrated with flags, parades, music, and red, white and blue bunting draped from anything that will hold it. Toss in a few hot dogs and hamburgers and you've got yourself one fine American tradition.

But it's not a real celebration until the sun sets, the blankets are spread on the ground and the sky lights up with a thousand breathtaking points of exploding light. There is no shortage of firework displays this year. Here is a sampling of the Southland's best.

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Events are free and taking place Wednesday unless noted otherwise.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY

Artesia Fireworks at 9 p.m. Artesia Park, Elaine Avenue and South Street. (562) 860-3361.

Baldwin Park Festivities begin at 5 p.m.; fireworks at 9 p.m. Sierra Vista High School, 3600 Frazier St. (626) 813-5245.

Bellflower The city's Independence Day carnival runs July 1-3, Sun., noon-10 p.m.; Mon., 5-11:30 p.m.; Tue., noon-11:30 p.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Tuesday only. Thompson Park, 14001 Bellflower Blvd. (562) 866-8614.

Calabasas Gates open at 5 p.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Calabasas High School, 22855 Mulholland Highway. $10. (818) 222-2782.

Castaic Lake Holiday festivities begin at 5 p.m.; fireworks at 9 p.m. All-day entrance to the park is $25 per car or $5 per person. Castaic Lake Recreation Area, 32132 Ridge Route Road, Castaic. (661) 257-4050.

Catalina Island Fireworks at 9 p.m. can be seen from anywhere in Avalon. (310) 510-1520.

Cerritos Fireworks at 9 p.m. Cerritos High School, 12500 183rd St. (562) 924-3336.

Claremont Holiday festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with live music and other attractions; fireworks at 9 p.m. Pomona College, 340 N. College Ave. $6-$8. (909) 399-5460.

Commerce Fireworks at 9 p.m. Rosewood Park, 5600 Harbor St. (323) 887-4427.

Cudahy Festival starts at 3 p.m. fireworks at 9 p.m. Cudahy Park, 5220 Santa Ana St. (323) 773-5143.

Diamond Bar Fireworks at 9 p.m. Diamond Bar High School, 21400 Pathfinder Road. (909) 594-1405.

Dodger Stadium Fireworks after the game between the Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves. Game time is 6:10 p.m. Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., L.A. $8-$500. (323) 224-1459.

Hollywood Bowl This year's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular features the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the cowboy singing group Riders in the Sky. Edwin Outwater conducts. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. Mon.-Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9-$111. (323) 850-2000.

Huntington Park Festivities begin at 6 p.m.; fireworks at 9 p.m. Huntington Park High School, 6020 Miles Ave. (323) 584-6218.

Irwindale Gates open at 4 p.m.; races start at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks. Irwindale Speedway, 13300 E. Live Oak Ave., Irwindale. $7-$20; 5 and younger, free. (626) 358-1100.

Lakeview Terrace All day festivities will conclude with fireworks at about 9 p.m. Hanson Dam Amphitheatre, 11770 Foothill Blvd. (888) 527-2757.

Lancaster Gates open at 6:30 p.m.; music begins at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, Avenue H at California 14. (661) 723-6077.

Lakewood Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Lakewood Center Mall, Lakewood and Del Amo boulevards. Sat. (562) 633-0437.

Long Beach A Beatles tribute band and others will perform starting at noon followed by fireworks. Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Pier J. $11.95-$25.95; 4 and younger, free. Other activities may have additional charges. (562) 435-3511.

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum A festival and jazz concert in Leimert Village at the Vision Theater, 4325 Degnan Blvd., will run from 1-7 p.m., followed by fireworks from the Coliseum at dusk. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, 3911 S. Figueroa St., L.A. (213) 485-7616.

Marina del Rey Fireworks at 9 p.m. Fisherman's Village, 13755 Fiji Way. (310) 305-9545.

Palmdale Gates open at 6:30 p.m.; music starts at 7:30 p.m. followed by fireworks. Palmdale High School, 2137 E. Ave. R. (661) 267-5611.

Pasadena A family festival begins at noon. At 7 p.m., Victor Vener conducts the California Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert followed by fireworks. Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive. $12; 7 and younger, free. (626) 577-3101.

Pico Rivera Festival starts at 4 p.m.; music at 7 p.m.; fireworks at 9 p.m. Smith Park, 6016 Rosemead Blvd. (562) 942-7004.

Pomona The 21st annual "Kaboom!" July Fourth celebration with monster trucks, motorcycle daredevils and fireworks. Show starts at 8 p.m.; fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave. $12.50-$19.50; 2 and younger, free. (909) 623-3111.

Redondo Beach Fun begins at 4 p.m. with music and other attractions; fireworks at 9 p.m. Seaside Lagoon, 200 Portofino Way. $10-$250. (310) 318-0681.

Rosemead Holiday carnival with live music, rides, games, entertainment and other attractions begins at noon; fireworks at dusk. Rosemead Park, 4343 Encinita Ave. (626) 569-2256.

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