Picks of the Week - Happenings
By Shane Cohn and Michel Miller 07/03/2013
Fourth of July Events:
3RD OF JULY FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA Beat the crowds! The City of Moorpark sponsors this annual event at Arroyo Vista Community Park. Festivities begin at 4 p.m., with fireworks at 9 p.m. Includes live entertainment, presentation of the American Flag, vintage plane fly-over, Revolutionary War characters, food booths and more. For more information, call 517-6300 or visit www.ci.moorpark.ca.us
ELITE THEATER 4TH OF JULY PARTY 5 p.m. Family and Friends come celebrate the 4th of July with us at our new location at Fisherman’s Wharf. Bring a beach chair, your favorite food and watch the fireworks from the best location in town. $10 at the door. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. Call 483-5118 for reservations.
VENTURA STREET FAIR 10 a.m.-5 p.m. City of Ventura’s 4th of July Street Fair continues its proud 38-year-old tradition in Ventura’s Downtown Cultural District. The Independence Day event regularly draws 30,000 residents and visitors in a showcase of handmade arts and crafts by more than 300 artisans along nine blocks of Main Street from Fir Street to Mission Park, plus environmental displays, children’s activities, savory foods from booths sponsored by local organizations and businesses and many stages of live entertainment.
CELEBRATE VENTURA CITY HALL CENTENNIAL 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Take part in the commemorative festivities in celebration of the 100-year anniversary (1913-2013) of the beautiful and historic San Buenaventura City Hall building at 501 Poli Street -originally built as the Ventura County Courthouse.
CAMARILLO FIREWORKS This year’s Camarillo Fireworks Spectacular and Fun Day will take place, in the football stadium at Camarillo High School. Gates will open at 4:00 p.m., and the fireworks program begins at 9:00 p.m. Admission is $2, and kids five years of age and younger are free. Camarillo High School, 4660 Mission Oaks Blvd, Camarillo.
16TH ANNUAL FIREWORKS BY THE SEA 11 a.m.-8 p.m. The biggest and most popular Fireworks in Ventura County, attracting crowds from all over California. Activities all day: Beachside Street Parade, 5K & 10K Run/Walk, Tall ship trips, Live Entertainment, Children’s Activities, BBQ’s, Food Booths, Arts & Crafts, and more. The night ends with a spectacular fireworks show over the water. Channel Islands Harbor At Harbor View Park, 3350 S. Harbor Blvd, Oxnard.
4TH OF JULY ACTIVITIES AT RONALD REAGAN LIBRARY 10 a.m.-3 p.m. To celebrate our Nation’s 237th birthday, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is hosting a day full of family-fun activities. This year’s celebration includes patriotic concerts, family entertainment, games, crafts, and more. All outdoor activities are free; admission rates apply to view the Reagan Museum, Air Force One Pavilion and the new Lincoln: The Exhibition. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. For more info, visit www.reaganlibrary.com/events.
THOUSAND OAKS ANNUAL FIREWORKS DISPLAY Launched from the hill behind the Hillcrest Center for the Arts. Best viewing is from the Oaks Shopping Center and Janss Marketplace. For more information, call Conejo Recreation and Park District 381-1247.
JANSS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR 5-9 p.m. The shopping center, a fireworks viewing site, will offer free festivities on the roof of the Janss parking structure and in the fountain courtyard. Activities include balloon twisting, face painting and a bounce house. Starting at 5 p.m., DJs will play music in the courtyard and Led Zeppelin tribute band Led ZepAgain will perform on the rooftop. Janss Marketplace, Moorpark Road and Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks.
CONCERT IN THE PARK 5-7 p.m. The Conejo Pops Orchestra and Sherwood Singers will perform patriotic and Americana music. Tri-tip sandwiches, hot dogs and snow cones will be on sale. Admission is free. For more info call 381-1247.
FIRECRACKER TRAIN AND FIREWORKS SHOW 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Annual outdoor event includes a train ride, car show, food booths, arts and crafts vendors, vintage train rides, horseshoe tournaments and live entertainment. Fillmore and Western Railway. Fireworks at 9 p.m. For directions, visit www.fwry.com. For more information, call 524-2546.
VFW POST 1679 4th OF JULY CELEBRATION 12-2 p.m. Food, games, concessions, live band, full tri-tip meal: $10 adults, $5 for kids under 12. 3801 Market St., Ventura. 642-2674.
SESPE CREEK CAR SHOW & CHILLI COOK-OFF 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The event will feature classic vehicles on display, a chili contest, food and vendor booths, and live music. Free. The Fillmore and Western Railway Co. will offer one-hour train rides at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.; tickets cost $10-$20. Central Park, Central Avenue between Main and Santa Clara streets, Fillmore. Visit www.fillmorecarshow.com for more info.
OJAI INDEPENDENCE DAY Events will take place Wednesday and Thursday in and around Libbey Park in downtown Ojai (on Ojai Avenue between Signal and Montgomery streets). Wednesday: A free concert at Libbey Bowl will feature the Ventura British Brass Band (6 p.m.) and Kevin Hogan and Frank Browne of Neil Diamond tribute band Fantastic Diamond (7:30 p.m.). Thursday: A Youth Freedom Run will begin at 8:45 a.m. at Libbey Bowl. The annual parade, this year with a “Celebrate the Goodness of America” theme, will start at 10 a.m. on Ojai Avenue, traveling from Country Club Drive to Park Road. For more info, call 646-0076.
OJAI FIREWORKS 9:15 p.m. The fireworks will take place at Nordhoff High School stadium, 1401 Maricopa Highway. Gates will open at 5 p.m. for pre-fireworks entertainment including music by Crowfoot and Party of 5 at 5:30 p.m. Advance tickets (available at American Hay, Attitude Adjustment, Rite Aid and Ojai Hair Co.) are $8 general admission, $4 children 12 and younger, $15 for a family pass (two adults and children younger than 13). Tickets at the gate cost $10 general admission, $5 children, $20 for a family pass. Call 646-0076 for more info.
SANTA PAULA FIREWORKS 9 p.m. Harding Park, 1300 E. Harvard Blvd. A fireworks display, which can be viewed at the park and from all around Santa Paula. Free. For more info, call 933-4226.