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SATURDAY, JULY 2
STAR-SPANGLED ROCK ‘N COUNTRY JAM AND FIREWORKS CELEBRATION | Gates open at 12 p.m. Music all day, a large dance floor, food, beer and wine, shopping and a free Fun Zone (sponsored by Adventist Health Simi Valley). And of course, fireworks! Admission is FREE or you can opt for the VIP Experience for an extra special afternoon and evening that includes delicious food, drinks, shaded seating for the concert and a special viewing area for the fireworks. Limited onsite parking for $20. Parking and shuttle service will run from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. from the Simi Valley Metrolink Station (5050 E. Los Angeles Ave.) and Simi Valley High School (5400 Cochran St.). Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, 5005 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Visit www.starspangledsimi.com for more information and tickets.
SUNDAY, JULY 3
3RD OF JULY FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA | 4-9:30 p.m. The city of Moorpark is excited to host its annual 3rd of July Fireworks Extravaganza, with food booths, vendors, presentation of the flag, games and other attractions. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. Grass seating; bring blankets and lawn chairs. Advance purchase of tickets is recommended. $8 advance, $10 CASH at the gate, $5 for onsite parking (advance purchase required). Arroyo Vista Community Park, 4550 Tierra Rejada Road, Moorpark. Tickets and more information at www.moorparkca.gov/578/3rd-of-July-Fireworks-Extravaganza.
VENTURA ROTARY FIREWORKS SHOW AND FAMILY PICNIC | 5-10 p.m. After a two-year absence due to COVID restrictions and challenges, the Rotary Club of Ventura is bringing back the annual Fourth of July Fireworks Show and Family Picnic at the Ventura College athletic fields. This year, the event will be held on Sunday, July 3, with gates opening at 5 p.m. and the fireworks show beginning at approximately 9 p.m. The event is family-focused with a Kids Zone featuring many bounce houses and organized games like potato sack races and a water balloon toss. This year, thanks to sponsors like Wheelhouse, the Trade Desk, Community Memorial Health Systems, Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach and others, fun on the bounce houses is included with child’s admission. Bring a picnic, a blanket and soft low-back folding chairs. Food trucks, live music, fun giveaways and more will also be part of the festivities. Please no glass, alcohol or pets. $5-25. Ventura College Athletic Field, Telegraph and Claremont Way, Ventura. For tickets and more information, visit www.venturafireworks.com.
FREE JULY 3 CONCERT IN OJAI | 6 p.m. Get into the patriotic spirit a day early with this free music concert featuring Shanti Kettles and the Ojai Band. 2022 Grand Marshall Ally Mills will appear, and the Navy Sea Cadets will give a presentation of the colors. Libbey Bowl, 210 S. Signal St., Ojai, www.4thofjulyinojai.com.
FILLMORE FIREWORKS SHOW | 9 p.m. In partnership with numerous organizations, the city of Fillmore will be hosting a professional fireworks show on July 3, at 9 p.m. This year’s show will be launched from the Fillmore Middle School located at 543 A Street, Fillmore. Get your patriotic celebrations started a day early at this star-spangled display! More information at sespecreekevents.org/fireworks/.
MONDAY, JULY 4
4TH OF JULY IN OJAI | 7 a.m. It’s a full day of activities that celebrate Independence Day! Monday, July 4, begins with a pancake breakfast at the Chaparral Auditorium 7-10 a.m. ($5-7), followed by the Youth Freedom Run starting at the Libbey Park fountain at 9 a.m. At 10 a.m. the parade heads down Ojai Avenue, starting at Country Club Drive and ending at Park Road. For more information, visit www.4thofjulyinojai.com.
BORCHARD COMMUNITY CENTER JULY 4 ACTIVITIES | 8 a.m. Festivities begin with a pancake breakfast 8-11 a.m. ($5 per person) and Home Run Derbies in Fields #1 and #2 starting at 9 a.m. 190 N. Reino Road, Newbury Park. More information at www.crpd.org/events/fourth-of-july-activities/.
34TH ANNUAL SESPE CREEK CAR SHOW AND STREET FESTIVAL | 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. After a two-year break due to COVID-19, the Sespe Creek Car Show is back on for 2022! This iconic event is a Fourth of July tradition and we are excited to bring you a new and exciting event lineup. Experience a day of eye-catching restoration and creativity as car collectors from across Southern California converge to showcase their prized automobiles. This year’s event includes our largest footprint ever spanning three full city blocks with space for over 400 vehicles. In addition to cars, numerous food booths, craft vendors and local organizations will be on hand to share their goods and services with the community. As always, the city of Fillmore will continue to offer California approved, safe and sane fireworks for sale at 20 different booths along Highway 126. Downtown Fillmore; more information and map at sespecreekevents.org.
4TH OF JULY STREET FAIR AND PUSHEM-PULLEM PARADE | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This year’s theme is “2022: Red, White and Blue!” The street fair features arts and crafts booths, live entertainment, a car exhibit, and family-friendly activities. Downtown businesses and restaurants will also be open as part of the Main Street Moves program. The Pushem-Pullem Parade, presented by the Rotary Club of East Ventura, will begin at 10 a.m. on Main Street in front of Cemetery Memorial Park and continue into Downtown Ventura, leading into the Street Fair. The road will be closed, and participants are welcome to begin queuing up as early as 9 a.m. This is a pedestrian parade and community members are welcome to bring their bikes, scooters, strollers and wagons. Motorized vehicles are not allowed. No registration is required. Live music and other entertainment will be offered on two main stages (Main and California, Mission Park) and several smaller ones, too. Free bike valet at Main and Oak streets. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.ca.gov/1737/4th-of-July-Street-Fair-Pushem-Pullem-Pa.
4TH OF JULY FAMILY PARADE AT CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR | 10:30-11:30 a.m. While there will not be a fireworks show this year, the Channel Islands Harbor will celebrate Independence Day with two separate parades where visitors and participants can show their red, white and blue spirit. The Family Parade takes place 10:30-11:30 a.m., starting at Albacore Way, traveling north on Harbor Blvd. and ending at Marine Emporium Landing (bring your strollers, wagons and walking shoes). Entry forms are required to participate; there will be a sign-in table at the corner of Harbor and Albacore Way on July 4 or you can download the form at www.channelislandsharbor.org/event/4th-of-july-family-parade-2022/ and email it to CIHarborVisitors@ventura.org. 3377 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard.
4TH OF JULY ELECTRIC BOAT PARADE AT CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR | 2-4 p.m. Bring your family and sit harborside to watch the 4th of July Electric Boat Parade! At 2 p.m., more than 50 patriotic themed electric boats will cruise around the east and west channels of the harbor. The parade begins at the turning basin in front of the old Lobster Trap and is sponsored by Central Coast Electric Boats and the Channel Islands Yacht Club. For more information, please call 805-985-4563 or visit centralcoastelectricboats.com.
CONCERT IN THE PARK | 5-7 p.m. The Surf City All Stars band performs all the great hits by The Beach Boys and Jan and Dean Band. Conejo Community Park, 1175 Hendrix Avenue, Thousand Oaks, www.crpd.org/events/fourth-of-july-activities/.
FIREWORKS SHOW AT NORDHOFF HIGH SCHOOL | 5:30-10 p.m. Nordhoff High School Stadium will host the annual Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Show, with live music by the Unusual Suspects, food trucks and more. Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. Bring your blankets, chairs and coolers and enjoy the greatest small town show around. NOTE: This is a completely different show than in the past and if you are not inside the gates you will miss most of it. No pets, alcohol or glass. $5-55. Nordhoff High School, 1401 Maricopa Highway, Ojai, www.4thofjulyinojai.com/fireworks-info.
4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS AT CAMARILLO PREMIUM OUTLETS | 9 p.m. The City of Camarillo is hosting its 2022 Independence Day Fireworks Show on Monday, July 4. This year, the fireworks show will be hosted from the Camarillo Premium Outlet parking lots, and the best way to view the fireworks is to PARK & WATCH with family and friends. This year’s show is entirely aerial. Viewers will be able to see the show from any of the Outlet Mall parking lots looking towards the direction of the ocean. The 18-minute firework display begins promptly at 9 p.m. Parking is first come, first served. No entry after 8:45 p.m. Fireworks will also be visible from the surrounding areas, so we encourage you to find a safe location to observe the show. Admission is FREE; no ticket is needed. No additional activities are planned. No smoking, alcohol, cannabis or pets are allowed. Personal fireworks are prohibited at the event and illegal throughout the city. PLEASE NOTE: This is not a tailgate party event. For your safety and protection, please refrain from large picnic setups with blankets, chairs, E-Z Ups, etc. For more information, visit the online events calendar at www.cityofcamarillo.org.
FIREWORKS AT HARDING PARK | 9 p.m. The Rotary Club of Santa Paula will once again offer an exciting, beautiful and patriotic fireworks display in honor of Independence Day. Festivities kick off around 9 p.m.; spectators may start to arrive at 6 p.m. Harding Park, 1300 E. Harbor Blvd., Santa Paula.
THOUSAND OAKS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR | 9 p.m. The Conejo Recreation and Parks District and the city of Thousand Oaks present the Annual July Fireworks Spectacular! This year’s patriotic radio simulcast is graciously presented by KHAY 100.7 FM radio. Fireworks are set off on Fireworks Hill above the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, with viewing locations at Janss Marketplace and The Oaks Mall. More information at www.crpd.org/events/fourth-of-july-activities/.