No fireworks in Santa Paula for the 4th of July

July 04, 2001
Santa Paula News

The 4th of July forecast for Santa Paula is dark skies due to the lack of fireworks after financial support couldn’t be mustered to continue the annual show.

By Peggy KellySanta Paula TimesThe 4th of July forecast for Santa Paula is dark skies due to the lack of fireworks after financial support couldn’t be mustered to continue the annual show.Staged for many years at Harding Park by the Mexican-American Chamber of Commerce, the free fireworks show was visible from many locations in the city. The Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce gave running the fireworks show a try for several years - the Airport helped by staging a daytime aviation festival for two years - but after community financial support dried up, the fireworks show was abandoned after a failed effort to have the city help out by tacking a buck a year on city utility bills.There are fireworks throughout Ventura County as well in Los Angeles County to take the family to, although there’s no place like home.And speaking of home, do not attempt to stage your own fireworks display: this illegal act is dangerous to life and limb and represents a fire hazard, said Fire Chief Paul Skeels. As usual, Santa Paula Police will be out watching for illegally discharged fireworks.Where to go for July 4th fireworks as a way to celebrate Independence Day?
Ventura is having a full-day of mega events, but if it’s just fireworks and some entertainment you’re after, try the Ventura College athletic field starting at 5 p.m. and featuring the Riders of the Purple Sage. Pre-sale tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for kids, but the show will cost you more at the gate. Call 642-2358 for more information.Freebies are being held in Fillmore which is holding its annual Chili Cook-off & Car Show during the day and fireworks that night at Fillmore High School, an event that will kick off with musical entertainment at about 6 p.m. Thousand Oaks also has a free show that can be watched from the Oaks Mall; Oxnard’s Channel Islands will feature fireworks will be exploding over the naval base and during the day there will be a variety of activities at the harbor. Camarillo’s Freedom Park will also have free fireworks and all day activities.Paid shows will also be staged in Ojai at Nordhoff High School (a $10 pre-sale family pass is good for two adults and a pair of kids or it’s $4 for adults and $2 for kids with a price adjustment at the gate: call 646-8126) and Simi Valley High School (ticket information 581-3200 ext. 103).Moorpark will celebrate the Fourth on the Third, Tuesday at Arroyo Vista Community Park ($1 admission per person).If you want to go out of county, try Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia (admission required) or the “Fireworks Spectacular” at the Hollywood Bowl, musically honoring the centennials of Louis Armstrong, Walt Disney and Jascha Heifetz (don’t ask. . .) being held from July 2 to July 4th (call 323-850-2000 for ticket information).Or, if you’d like to stay home, tune in A&E: the cable station will be offering a wonderful show staged in Boston, music, fireworks and all.

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