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Want to see fireworks on the Fourth? Here are some ideas

Last month, the City of Claremont made the unfortunate decision to cancel the annual fireworks display, opting to replace it with a concert by The Ravelers at Memorial Park. Great band, lots of fun. But if you really want to see fireworks, here are some options.

For resident’s wanting to see some bright lights in the sky this Fourth of July, courtesy of fireworks, there are a few options outside of Claremont.

Pomona

Although the City of Pomona will not be hosting a designated fireworks display come the Fourth, residents are invited to the Pomona Fairplex to attend Unity Day Los Angeles and to celebrate the 35th showing of the fireworks spectacular, KABOOM!

At 2:30 p.m., Unity Day L.A. will kick off with a 1.5-mile walk for racial unity and reconciliation, following the unveiling of a monumental statue of Harriet Tubman, created by the famous African American sculptor Manuelita Brown, at Lincoln Park. Afterwards, attendees can make their way to the Fairplex for an afternoon of family fun and evening of boxing and live performances.

Food and fireworks are also in the cards, as well as musical performances by Jacquees, Ray J, Lakeside, Chico De Barge, TGM/Allen Hart formerly of The Gap Band, Mali Music, B Howard, Wylde Bunch, Scorpio, Keston Barker and more.

After a unity speech, the KABOOM fireworks specular will commence at around 9:15 p.m.

General admission for the entire day begins at $39.99 online, but jumps $10 at the door. For those only wanting to attend the fireworks display, admission begins at $19.99.

The evening will be hosted by comedy legends Paul Rodriguez & Tommy Davidson. To purchase tickets or to learn more about the day, visit unitydayla.com.

Upland

The City of Upland will host its annual Light Up the Night fireworks celebration at Cable Airport, 1749 W. 13th St., starting at 9 p.m.

Although fireworks begin late, gates to the airport will open at 5:30 p.m. so residents can get seated and situated. Residents are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn or beach chairs to avoid sitting on the ground.

Seating will be on a first come, served basis. Onsite parking will be available beginning at 5 p.m., but tailgating will not be permitted.

Live entertainment from Electric Vinyl, the ultimate rock tribute band according to the city, will begin playing at 7 p.m.

“Enjoy an evening of family, friends, food vendors, Kids’ Zone, beer garden, vendors, and the opportunity to watch planes of all types take off and land,” the city shared online.

Presale tickets begin at $10 per person and can be purchased at Magnolia Recreation Center, Gibson Senior Center, Upland City Hall, and Bert and Rocky’s Cream Company in Claremont. Tickets at the gate can be purchased at $12. Children two and under will get in for free.

For more details about Upland’s Fourth of July festivities, visit uplandca.gov/4th-of-july-festivities.

La Verne

Bonita High School, located at 3102 D Street, is again the site for the City of La Verne’s fireworks display. Stadium gates are set to open at 5 p.m. and the sky will light up with fireworks around 9 p.m.

In that period however, attendees can settle down in their favorite viewing spot within the stadium or on the field, while also enjoying food and beverages from local organizations. At 7 p.m., The Hodads will take the makeshift stage to provide some live entertainment.

General admission for the event begins at $10 per person, ages five and up. Children four or under will get in for free. For ticket locations, contact La Verne’s community services office at (909) 596-8700.

To view La Verne’s itinerary for Fourth of July, visit cityoflaverne.org/416/4th-of-July.

Residents are reminded all fireworks are prohibited in the cities of Claremont, La Verne, Pomona, Upland and West Covina. Residents are advised to check their local ordinances regarding use of fireworks before setting off any.

The COURIER wishes all not only a safe and sane holiday, but a happy Fourth of July.

 

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