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June 13, 2017 -- Sana Monica's College's annual “Celebrate America” event -- which includes fireworks and entertainment -- will be held this year on Saturday, June 24, college officials announced Monday.

The 34th annual celebration will feature a "dazzling fireworks show" by Rialto-based Pyro Spectaculars Entertainment and live music by he popular Chris Mulkey Band and their Country Rock sounds. Eddie Jauregui will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Celebrate America fireworks
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The event on Corsair Field also will include a food drive sponsored by the Associated Students of SMC in partnership with Westside Food Bank to help students in need.

"Guests are encouraged to bring donations of unopened, nonperishable food items to one of the multiple drop-off locations that will be available," officials said.

As in past year, the festivities will also feature community service booths, food trucks, and food booths operated by the SMC Veterans’ Center, Big King®, Kettle Corn and Stuff, the Boy Scouts, and others.

Picnicking is welcome, but alcoholic beverages, glass containers, barbecues, fireworks (including sparklers) and chairs with pointed legs are prohibited. SMC is a smoke free campus and all smoking is prohibited.

Celebrate America festivities will also feature community service booths, food trucks, and food booths operated by the SMC Veterans’ Center, Big King®, Kettle Corn and Stuff, the Boy Scouts, and others. Picnicking is welcome, but alcoholic beverages, glass containers, barbecues, fireworks (including sparklers), and chairs with pointed legs are prohibited. SMC is a smoke free campus and all smoking is prohibited.

Though Santa Monica’s Independence day festivities usually take place before the Fourth of July, they have rarely, if ever, been held so far in advance of the anniversary of Congress’ endorsement of the Declaration of Independence.

In fact, on June 27, 1776, Thomas Jefferson had not yet presented the historic document he had drafted, with changes made by Adams and Franklin, to Congress. He would do so the following day.

On July 4, the Congress would formally endorse Jefferson's Declaration, with copies to be sent to all of the colonies. But the actual signing of the document didn’t take place until August 2.

Santa Monica College has been hosting fireworks for 34 years, and for nearly three decades the college’s celebration has been Santa Monica’s sole fireworks display.

Parking lots open at 4 p.m. (enter at Pico Boulevard and 17th Street), with Corsair Field gates opening at 5 p.m. Entertainment begins at 7 p.m. The fireworks are scheduled at 9 p.m. and will last approximately 17 minutes.

The event is free (donations are welcome), and parking is $5. See the Celebrate America website (www.smc.edu/CelebrateAmerica) or call (310) 434-3001 for additional details.

Celebrate America is presented by Santa Monica College, the City of Santa Monica, the Associated Students of Santa Monica College and the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.

 


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