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Santa Monica’s Pacific Park Offers Panoramic View of Fireworks

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By Jorge Casuso

July 4, 2013 -- Santa Monica already had its official fireworks show last weekend and it’s illegal to fire off your own, but those who can’t get enough of the pyrotechnics can catch four different displays at once from atop the Pacific Park Ferris wheel Thursday night.

The displays stretching along the coast from Pacific Palisades to Redondo Beach can all be viewed from the world-famous wheel, which stands 130 feet above the Pacific Ocean and will be spinning with a dazzling display of patriotic colors and patterns after the sun sets shortly after 8 p.m.

The displays -- all of which start at 9 p.m. -- will cap a festive day that begins in Santa Monica with the annual Independence Day parade along Main Street sponsored by the Ocean Park Association (OPA).

Since this year’s theme is “Heroes,” Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks has been tapped by the neighborhood group to be the first female grand marshal. Also, for the first year, the Girl Scouts -- instead of the Boy Scouts -- will be the parade's flag bearers.

The Parade will start at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Civic Center at Pico Boulevard and Main Street. It will continue southward on Main Street to Marine Avenue where participants turn toward the beach and head to Barnard Way, looping around back toward Ocean Park Avenue.

Following are the four fireworks displays that can be viewed from the Ferris wheel starting at 9 p.m.:

  • Marina Del Rey will stage a twenty-minute pyrotechnic fireworks display presented by the famed Zambelli Fireworks Internationale. Explosives will be shot from a barge across the marina's main channel. Visit:

  • Pacific Palisades will celebrate with a fireworks display presented by world famous Pyro Spectaculars at the Stadium by the Sea.

  • El Segundo will stage its fireworks display from the tennis courts at Recreation Park. For more information, see:

  • Redondo Beach Pier fireworks show promises to be one of the largest in Southern California with a pyrotechnic display presented by Fireworks America.

The Police Department warns that all types of fireworks -- including so-called “safe and sane” fireworks -- are illegal in Santa Monica even if they were purchased legally.

“The public is urged to avoid the use of consumer fireworks and, instead, to enjoy displays of fireworks conducted by trained professionals,” said Nancy Johnson, the City’s Fire Marshal.

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier is LA’s only admission free amusement park, offering 12 amusement rides, 17 midway games and an oceanfront food plaza. Prices and operating hours are subject to change.

For more information and operating hours, please call (310) 260-8744, visit

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