June 13, 2019

"Celebrate America" on June 29

Santa Monica College presents Celebrate America — the biggest, most sensational patriotic event on the Westside — Saturday, June 29. Gates open at 5 p.m., with entertainment at 6 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. Admission is free; parking is $5. (Photo Credit: Keats Elliott)

“Celebrate America” at Santa Monica College June 29

37th Annual Festival Features Entertainment, Food Drive, Fireworks, & Fun For Families & Community Members

SANTA MONICA, CA — Santa Monica College (SMC) will present “Celebrate America” — a star-spangled salute to our nation’s independence — on Saturday, June 29, at Corsair Field on the main SMC campus at 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Admission to the popular entertainment and fireworks spectacular is free. Entertainment begins at 6 p.m. The fireworks are scheduled for 9 p.m.

The celebration — the only one of its kind in Santa Monica and held the weekend before the Fourth of July — features a dazzling fireworks show by Rialto-based Pyro Spectaculars Entertainment. Eddie Jauregui presides again as Master of Ceremonies. Live performances include the popular country rock sounds of the Chris Mulkey Band and a demonstration by the SMC Cheer Squad. Trapdoor Social — founders of the Sunstock Solar Festival — brings its solar-powered sound and lighting systems to the Celebrate America stage provided by Santa Monica Pier.

The SMC 90th Anniversary Lounge will offer a place where guests can find out about all things SMC — including its many academic and student support programs, award-winning NPR member radio station KCRW (89.9 FM), the SMC Foundation, the acclaimed performance venue The Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center, and more.

Celebrate America festivities will feature community service booths, food trucks, and food booths operated by Kettle Corn and Stuff, Pucker Up Lemonade, and the Boy Scouts.

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.

The event is free (donations are welcome), and parking is $5. Parking lots open at 4 p.m. (enter at Pico Blvd. and 17th St.), with Corsair Field gates opening at 5 p.m. There will be no pre-show entry to parking lots after 8:15 p.m., or to Corsair Field after 8:45 p.m. See the map of the main SMC campus for location details.

Celebrate America is presented by Santa Monica College and sponsored by the City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica Pier, T-Mobile, Halton Pardee+Partners, and Associated Students of Santa Monica College.

Additional details available at the Celebrate America website, by calling 310-434-3001, or by sending email to Cook_Vinnessa@smc.edu requesting information.