Firework shows, 4th of July celebrations will be held throughout VC

July 03, 2009
Santa Paula News

Although Santa Paula has cancelled its annual Fireworks Spectacular, there are plenty of places to visit throughout Ventura County offering pyrotechnic displays.

By Peggy KellySanta Paula TimesAlthough Santa Paula has cancelled its annual Fireworks Spectacular, there are plenty of places to visit throughout Ventura County offering pyrotechnic displays. And remember: although fireworks are available for sale in nearby Fillmore, it is illegal to possess or discharge the explosives in every other city and the unincorporated areas of the county.If you want to get an early start on the celebration, tonight is the July 3 Moorpark Fireworks Extravaganza at Arroyo Vista Park. Gates open at 3:45 p.m. and admission is $3 per person, where attendees can enjoy vendors, food booths and live music until the fireworks start at 9 p.m.Fillmore will be the scene of its annual Car Show & Festival, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Central Park on Central Avenue. The fireworks show will start at dusk at Fillmore Middle School, and although there is no public seating available on campus all city parks will be open. In Fillmore, much like Santa Paula, the fireworks will be visible from almost every area of the city.At the Camarillo High School stadium (4660 Mission Oaks Blvd.) the celebration will start Saturday at 4 p.m., with Jolly Jumps, live music and food for sale. Fireworks will start at 9 p.m. Admission is $2 and free for children 5 and younger. Free parking and shuttles are available at the Lewis Road Metrolink station (at Ventura Boulevard) and from Semtech Corporation, located at Mission Oaks Boulevard and Flynn Road.Ojai will have its annual Fourth of July Parade starting at 10 a.m., and at 5 p.m. the Nordhoff High School stadium (1401 Maricopa Highway) will open offering kids’ rides and live music, among other activities. Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m., and admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children.
Oxnard’s Plaza Park (corner of Fifth and B streets) will feature a free 1 to 3 p.m. concert by The Age of Aquarius.Holiday action will shift to Channel Islands Harbor, where an 11 a.m. parade will be held from Harbor Landing south along Harbor Boulevard. There’s a lot of holiday action at Marine Emporium Landing, with live music, an artists’ market, kids’ activities, food vendors and water taxi rides. The free fireworks display will be held at 9 p.m.In Simi Valley a community festival will be held at Rancho Santa Susana Park (5005 Los Angeles Ave.) starting at 2 p.m. A concert by The Platinum Groove starts at 6 p.m., and following more activities the fireworks show will start at 9:20 p.m.In Thousand Oaks a free concert by the Conejo Pops Orchestra will be held at Conejo Community Park (1175 Hendrix Ave.) at 5 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m., with plenty of viewing parking at the Janss Marketplace and Oaks Shopping Center.Downtown Ventura’s Fourth of July Street Fair along Main Street starting at 10 a.m. will feature more than 300 vendors, along with the open for business downtown. The Street Fair runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Push-em, Pull-em Parade from Cemetery Park along Main Street to Plaza Park starts at 10:30 a.m., and in Mission Park the California Music Festival will be held from noon to 8 p.m.The Independence Day Celebration fireworks show will be at Ventura College Athletic Field (4667 Telegraph Road), with activities and live music starting at 5 p.m. Admission for the 9 p.m. fireworks show is $8 for adults, $4 children 3-12, and family six-pack $35.

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