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Celebrating America’s Birthday

Today, July 4, 2013, we celebrate America’s 237th birthday. Here is the Totally Local VC list of things to do.

We hold these truths to be self-evident,

that all men are created equal, that they are

endowed by their Creator with certain

unalienable Rights; that among these are

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

— The United States Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

july4thOur Independence Day celebration goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence.


Today, July 4, 2013, we celebrate America’s 237th birthday.

Here is the Totally Local VC  list of things to do:

Thousand Oaks/Newbury Park

The annual Conejo 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular starts at 9:00pm. Fireworks will be launched from behind the Hillcrest Center of the Arts in Thousand Oaks. Best viewing will be at the Oaks Shopping Center and Janss Marketplace parking lots. Call the Conejo Recreation and Park District for more information at (805) 381-1247.

Newbury Park is hosting its 3rd Annual Miller Family YMCA 5K/10K, Classic Car Show and Parade on July 4th. The parade starts at 9pm. There will be a kid’s fun zone, entertainment and more.

There will be an Ice Cream Social and Patriotic Celebration at Stagecoach Inn Museum in Newbury Park from 1:00-4:00 pm on July 4th in honor of its own birthday and the 4th of July. Free barbershop music, ice cream and more happenings.

Westlake Village

The 44th Annual 4th of July Parade starts at 9:45 am followed by music, fun for the kids, etc. Located at Berniece Bennett Park.

Simi Valley

The Reagan Library 4th of July Celebration starts at 10:00 am- 3:00 pm. Festivities include music, family entertainment, food, presidential look-alikes, face painting, storytelling and more. All 4th of July activities are FREE; however, regular admission applies for touring the museum.

The 43rd Annual Fourth of July Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza will be held at Rancho Santa Susana Park in Simi Valley. Gates open 2:00 pm. Fireworks start at 9:20 pm. Event features live bands, kid’s activities, crafts and food vendors and more. FREE admission.


The City of Calabasas 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular at Calabasas High School opens its gates at 5:00 pm and fireworks start at 9:00 pm. Also features live music and a kid’s fun zone. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance: $10 admission price includes parking, entertainment and activities; Children under 2 are free. Food and beverages will be offered for sale.

Other Calabasas 4th of July activities include a free Summer Splash Party, a Pet Show at Calabasas Lake and the 35th Annual Lakeside Fun Run 4 mile, 2 mile, 1/2 mile and 1/4 mile events.


A 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular at Camarillo High School is planned again by the Camarillo-Somis Pleasant Valley Lions Club. Gates open at 4:00 pm; fireworks at 9:00 pm. Tickets are $2, kids 5 and under free.

Oxnard/Channel Islands Harbor

The 16th Annual Fireworks by the Sea runs all day long, from 10:00 am. to 10:00 pm on July 4th at the Channel Islands Harbor, The day includes food, live entertainment, kids’ activities, artists’ market, water taxi rides and more.  Fireworks start at 9 pm The day also features the 16th Annual 4th of July Parade at 10:00 am.

Start your 4th of July with the 10th Annual Channel Islands 4th of July 5K & 10K races on 4th of July at Hollywood Beach/Oxnard State Beach Park.


The City of Ventura 4th of July Street Festival and 38th Annual Pushem-Pullem Parade are free, with the parade starting at 10am, street fair along Main Street. Featuring over 200 artisans, food booths, vendor displays and live music. Tour Ventura City Hall between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm as part of its 100 year anniversary celebration.

The Rotary Club of Ventura announced earlier this year that it is cancelling its Family Fun Festival and Fireworks Show that previously took place at Ventura College.


The Ojai Independence Day Parade takes place on July 4th in downtown Ojai at 10:00 am. Preceding the parade at 8:45 am are the Youth Freedom Run 1/2 mile and 1 mile fun runs.

At 5:00 pm, Nordhoff Community Stadium opens its doors for a flag ceremony, food booths, games and rides, entertainment and fireworks at 9:15 pm


The Fillmore Chili Cook-Off and Car Show is 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on July 4th and the City of Fillmore Fireworks Show starts around 9:15 pm.

Fillmore & Western offers 1 hour train rides all day, then a special Firecracker Dinner Train that serves up dinner and a great view of the City of Fillmore Fireworks show.

Santa Paula

A Fireworks Show will be held at Harding Park, 1300 E Harvard Blvd, sponsored by the Rotary Club and the City of Santa Paula.

Agoura Hills

On Sunday, July 7th, the City of Agoura once again presents a free concert at Chumash Park followed by a fireworks display.

Woodland Hills

The Valley Cultural Center in Woodland Hills hosts its July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza featuring the 110-piece Los Angeles Pierce Symphonic Winds at 6pm, followed by fireworks at 9:08 pm.

Santa Barbara

The 51st Annual 4th of July Parade down State Street is once again hosted by Spirit of 76 Foundation. There are lots of activities all day near the beachfront hosted by the City of Santa Barbara and SPARKLE and of course fireworks at West Beach at 9:00 pm.

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