34th Annual Festival Features Entertainment, Food Drive, Fireworks, & Fun!
Santa Monica College presents “Celebrate America” Saturday, June 25. Bring a picnic and a food donation, and come enjoy the biggest, most sensational FREE patriotic event on the Westside! Gates open at 5 p.m., with entertainment at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m.
(NOTE: SMC’s Independence Day festivities are held early, on June 25)
Don't miss the free spectacular fireworks and entertainment of “Celebrate America” – Santa Monica College’s popular star-spangled salute to our nation’s independence – to be held Saturday, June 25.
The celebration – the only one of its kind in Santa Monica – will feature a dazzling fireworks show by Rialto-based Pyro Spectaculars Entertainment. Live music includes the popular Chris Mulkey Band and their Country Rock sounds, with Eddie Jauregui as Master of Ceremonies.
Held on Corsair Field, this year’s festivities 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.
Also new this year will be the Welcome Lounge, where guests can meet SMC’s new Superintendent/President Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery, find out about all things SMC – including its award-winning NPR member radio station KCRW (89.9 FM) and acclaimed performance venue The Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center – and enjoy light refreshments sponsored by Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®.
Celebrate America festivities will also feature community service booths, food trucks, and food booths operated by Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, the SMC Veterans’ Center, Big King®, and Kettle Corn and Stuff. 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.
Parking lots open at 4 p.m. (enter at Pico Blvd. and 17th St.), with Corsair Field gates opening at 5 p.m. Entertainment begins at 7 p.m. The fireworks are scheduled at 9 p.m.
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. You may also send email to COOK_VINNESSA@smc.edu for information.
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.
Event sponsors include Halton Pardee & Partners, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, Bourget Brothers Building Materials, and the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro).
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