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South Bay Community Calendar July 4th events

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After a one-year hiatus, the Redondo Beach Fireworks Festival returns to Seaside Lagoon, in King Harbor. The Lagoon opens for picnicking and kids activities at 2 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Photo by Ray Vidal

Fireworks, runs, music 

planned for the Fourth

Redondo Fireworks Festival

Seaside Lagoon, 137 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach.

One of the premiere fireworks displays in Southern California, this community celebration features live music, kids activities, food and beverages booths, and a true pyromusical production and laser show. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children. For info and tickets visit rbfireworks.ticketleap.com. Lagoon open at  2 p.m. Fireworks show at 9 p.m. Call ahead to reserve your spot at (310) 430-3974.

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The 26th Annual Village Runner 5K in Riviera Village begins at 8 a.m. and is followed by the Firecracker Dash for kids at 9:30 a.m., and the GI Joe Joe $1,000 Push-up Challenge. Photo by Randy Angel

Village Runner 5K 

Village Runner, 1811 S. Catalina Avenue, Redondo Beach.

This popular, 26th Annual race along the Redondo Esplanade, overlooking the ocean, begins at 8 a.m. in front of the Village Runner store, followed by the Firecracker Dash for kids at 9:30 a.m. Participants receive a 4th of July Run T-shirt. Age division awards and cash prizes to the top three male and female runners in the 5k run. GI Joe Joe’s $1,000 Push-up Challenge follows the races.  All kids dash finishers receive medals. $35 for adults, $25 for kids’ ages 4 – 12. VillageRunner.com


Hermosa Iron Man

North Hermosa Beach.

The Hermosa Beach Ironman is not your usual ironman. Hundreds of competitors gather on the sand early on July to run a mile on the sand, paddle a mile in the ocean, and then do their best to drink six cans of beer. If you’re tired of political correctness, this spectacle is for you. On the beach, somewhere in North Hermosa. 

MB Begg pool party

1402 N Peck Ave., Manhattan Beach.

Join the aquatics staff for family water games, water balloon tossing, swimming, and music. No food will be provided, so bring a picnic to eat on the grass area. Begg pool. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. $5 per person. 

Mounted Los Angeles County Sheriffs and Hermosa Beach police will bring color and calm to the beach on the Fourth of July. Photo by Jim Cody

El Segundo Celebration

El Segundo Recreation Park, 401 Sheldon St, El Segundo.

The City of El Segundo Recreation & Parks Department annual Fourth of July Community Celebration and Fireworks Spectacular is sponsored by Chevron Refinery and Realtor Bill Ruane Realty. Sack races, water balloon tosses, and hula hoop contests. Pie eating and watermelon eating contests. Live music beginning at 5 p.m. followed by the Fireworks Spectacular at 9 p.m. General admission wristbands are available to purchase at each Recreation Park facility for $5. This family event is open to all ages. Pets are not allowed. For more information call the City of El Segundo Recreation and Parks Department at (310) 524-2700. 

Torrance Fireworks

Torrance Civic Center, 3330 Civic Center Drive.

The 20-minute, 1000-shell show will feature a patriotic soundtrack. Viewing from surrounding parking lots. Across the Toyota Sports Complex at 555 Maple Ave., and a portion of the Courthouse, 835 Maple Ave., parking lots will be open for public viewing. Tickets required to enter the Toyota Sports Complex viewing area. These free tickets must be picked up in advance at either the Cultural Arts Center Box office at the James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, or the Community Services Department in the West Annex of City Hall, 3031 Torrance Blvd. Box Office hours are Tuesday-Friday, from 1 – 8 p.m. and Saturday from noon – 8 p.m. The Community Services Department will be open to distribute tickets through Friday, July 1, from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Gates to the Toyota Sports Complex will open at 7 p.m., and will close 30 minutes after the show ends. 


For over three decades ago, 24th Place residents have rallied their neighbors for a neighborhood Fourth of July parade. Photo by Kevin Cody

RPV  Celebration

Point Vicente Park/Civic Center, 30940 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes.

Rancho Palos Verdes Annual celebration features arts and crafts, carnival rides, games and contests, petting zoo and the Jim Gamble Puppet Show. Free. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. For info call (310) 544-5260 or visit rpvca.gov. 

PVE celebration

Malaga Cove School, 300 Paseo Del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates. 

The 58th Annual Palos Verdes Old Fashioned 4th of July. Civic Awards, music, food, bike parade, family games, and an apple pie contest. Heritage of Freedom Honoree & Guest Speaker Gwynne Shotwell, President & COO of Spacex. Fun begins at 9:30 a.m. For more info visit pvjuly4.org.

Music on the Meadows

Terranea Resort, 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes.

Terranea invites guests of all ages for an afternoon and evening filled with music with headliners Al Jardine and the Beach Boys. $65. For tickets and additional information visit terranea.com/events/music-on-the-meadows.

Olguin Spectacular

Cabrillo Beach, 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro.

John Olguin was a revered marine biologist and the godfather of the Cabrillo Marine Museum. The celebration features music, family activities, food trucks, and view fireworks. Free. 12 – 10 p.m. Cabrillo Beach, 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro.  For more information visit lawaterfront.org. 

RB Pier Concert

Every Thursday & Saturday

100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach.

The first of the Redondo Pier free summer concerts is followed by the 9 p.m. Redondo fireworks display. Future concerts on July 18, July 27, August 15 and August 24. On the octagon below Kincaid’s. Bring your beach chairs, invite your family and friends for an evening of relaxing music on the pier. 6 – 8 p.m. redondopier.com/events/.


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