July 03, 2018
The Fourth of July is America’s birthday — the holiday when we all gather together to barbecue, eat apple pie and watch a good old fashioned fireworks show in celebration of our nation’s independence. It’s a time of community and togetherness — two things that E&S Ring loves to champion. We also love a good fireworks show. After all, there’s just something about watching the magical explosions of red, white and blue light up the night sky as you hear the collective “oooohs” and “awes” from your friends, neighbors and loved ones. There are many spectacular celebrations, both big and small, happening in and around our apartment communities — but we decided to narrow this year’s list down to four fun Fourth of July destinations that consistently leave our local residents awestruck.
2551 W. Ave. H
Lancaster, CA. 93536
Just 3 miles from Parkwood, this fun annual celebration at the Antelope Valley Fairground kicks off at 4pm on Wednesday with food and live music outside of the grandstand area, followed by the Professional Bull Riders Touring Pro Division show at 7pm. The fireworks show starts after 9:30 pm. Reserved grandstand tickets for bull-riding show cost $15-$30. There are also free fireworks viewing areas at south of the grandstand (show ticket required for grandstand seating for fireworks). Parking is $5.
More details about Parkwood: The community offers one- and two-bedroom apartment homes with amenities like fireplaces, central A/C and cable TV. Community perks also include two swimming pools, lush courtyards and regular community events designed to bring residents together.
Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Ave.
Pleasanton, CA. 94566
At the Alameda County Fairgrounds — less than 3 miles away from all four communities, there is a nightly concert, video and fireworks show starting at 8pm at the Concert Lawn through July 8 — just not on July 4.
Livermore Downtown on 1st Street
Livermore, CA. 94550
If you want to see fireworks on Fourth of July, you can always venture into Livermore; about 10 miles away, for the Annual Downtown 4th of July Red, White and Boom Fireworks Celebration. Taking place in downtown Livermore on 1st Street, the celebration kicks off at 4pm, with the fireworks show launching at 9:20 pm from the Parking Garage on Railroad Avenue. Walk-in viewing is free.
More details about Pleasanton Glen and Pleasanton Heights: Pleasanton Glen offers one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment homes within walking distance of downtown Pleasanton. Pleasanton Heights offers one- and two bedroom apartment homes conveniently located near parks, lakes, wineries, shopping and more. Pleasanton Place offers one- and two- bedroom apartment homes that offer easy access to the BART, ACE and interstates 680 and 580. Valley Plaza Villages offers one- and two- bedroom apartment homes near outdoor recreation areas, dining, and more.
Camarillo High School
4660 Mission Oaks Blvd
Camarillo, CA. 93012
About 7 miles from Mission Hills, Camarilllo’s annual Fireworks & Fun Day at the Camarillo High School football stadium offers live entertainment and family fun from 4pm until the fireworks display at 9 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are currently on sale at City Hall (601 Carmen Drive) and the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District Office (1605 E. Burnley) for $2 per person (ages 5 and under are free). Lawn seating will be available on the main football field. It is recommended that visitors bring chairs, blankets and coolers. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks will be offered for sale by the Pleasant Valley-Camarillo Lions Club, which proceeds from the sales benefitting Lions Club programs in the community.
More details on Mission Hills: Located adjacent to California State University Channel Islands, Mission Hills brings together the best of both worlds: a beautiful setting amongst the rolling hills of the Santa Monica Mountains and a convenient location minutes to Downtown Camarillo (and the 101 freeway). Spacious one, two and three bedroom apartment homes pay homage to mission revival architecture along charming tree lined streets with many large open space amenities including miles of hiking trails, large parks, tot lot, dog park, basketball court, pools, spas, gyms, barbeque areas, plus a town center with restaurants and a market.
Los Angeles does not have any shortage of amazing fireworks shows — Dodger Stadium, Hollywood Bowl, the Queen Mary. Since West Park Village is centrally located on the Westside of Los Angeles right off of the 405 and 10 freeways near UCLA, the Santa Monica Pier, and the Getty Museum, we chose two shows to highlight: July Fourth at the Marina and Culver City Fourth of July Fireworks Show.
Burton Chace Park
This show is easily considered one of the L.A.’s most stunning pyrotechnic shows. You can catch the show from the beach or nearby Burton Chace Park or Fisherman’s Village, which are about seven miles away from West Park Village. If you plan it right, you can also take in the sky show from the water if you happen to know someone with a boat or want to splurge on a Hornblower Cruise.
West LA College
Less than seven miles from West Park Village is West LA College, the site of Culver City’s Fourth of July Fireworks Show. As with most shows, the gates open at 4pm and fireworks start at 9pm. Expect the festive usual: carnival games, raffles, cover bands, and a bunch of food trucks when the gates open. There’s a $5 suggested donation to enter, and parking is $15 per car, or you can take a $1 shuttle from the Culver City Transit Center at Westfield Culver City.
West Park Village residents can also opt to spend Wednesday on the beach in Santa Monica. Hit up Santa Monica’s Fourth of July parade or barhop by bike during the day, and catch the waterfront fireworks at night. There are also plenty of venues that will be offering food and drink specials during the day. Esters Wine Shop & Bar in Santa Monica, for example, will be doing a boozy brunch from 10am to 2:30pm, while The Bungalow is kicking off its patio party at noon with a DJ and hot dog cart, according to Thrillist.
More details on West Park Village: West Park Village offers studio, one- and two-bedroom apartment homes. It is a short walk to transportation corridors.